You Must Be Filled

“And do not be drunk with wine, in which is dissipation; but be filled with the Spirit.”

Ephesians 5:18

Ponder This

What will it take to heal our world? I’m convinced we’re facing one of three things: revival, ruin, or the return of Jesus Christ. I pray God it will be either spiritual revival or the return of the Lord Jesus. But if it is a spiritual revival, how will it come about?

“Therefore, do not be unwise, but understand what the will of the Lord is.” And what is the will of the Lord? “Be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess, but be filled with the Spirit.” (Ephesians 5:17-18)

People have tried everything. There is only one answer for a world in the need our world is in. The will of the Lord is that the church of the living God be filled with the Spirit of the living God. This alone is the answer.

What does it mean to be filled with the Spirit? It implies continuous control by the Holy Spirit. The emphasis is on “be filled,” not “get filled.” “Be” implies a continuous control by the Holy Spirit. The fact that you were filled with the Spirit doesn’t necessarily mean that you are filled with the Spirit.

Practice This

Oswald Sanders said, “There is no such thing as a once-for-all fullness. We may, and should, be filled with the Spirit again and again.” Yesterday’s experience is no good for today. Being filled is a day-by-day experience. Ask God to fill you with His Spirit today.