“Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit”
– Ephesians 5:18 NIV
Have you ever thought in the course of your academic pursuit that “there’s absolutely no way I am going to understand this course!”, only to discover that you just needed to comprehend the course’s premise and it wasn’t rocket science?
In the same way, some believers think that the things of the spirit are so out of reach that it’s actually rocket science. They think being filled with the spirit is only reserved for a select few. Good news: you can be filled with the spirit.
Yet, like your academic modules, you need to understand the basics which is: as soon as you believe in the gospel, you received the Holy Spirit! (Ephesians 1:13). We received all of Him, not half measures. Armed with that knowledge, it becomes apparent that being filled is not a problem at all.
With the analogy Paul gave in our anchor verse, we see that “being filled” requires our participation. No one gets drunk with wine by staring at wine bottles, you have to drink! So how do you “drink” of the spirit?
The subsequent verses show us how:
“Speaking to one another with psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit. Sing and make music from your heart to the Lord, always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.” – Ephesians 5:19-20, NIV
Simply put, you get filled by speaking. You cannot be silent and claim to be filled with the Spirit. In Acts 2:4, this was how the apostles were filled. “All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them.”
What happens when we get filled with the spirit? We are edified (Jude 1:20, 1 Corinthians 14:4). Another result of being filled, especially in our gatherings, are exhortation and comfort. In addition, prophecies, psalms, revelations, and much more will flow, and lives are changed for the better forever! Glory to God! (1 Corinthians 14:3,26).
So you see, you have to be filled. Don’t wait for service days, in your secret place, get filled! Pray in the spirit, sing psalms and hymns to the Lord. Set the atmosphere in your room on fire. Speak to your Father and enjoy a wonderful time of fellowship. Being filled with the spirit is your birthright, claim it.
DO THIS: Set aside time every day this week to get filled by the Spirit.
Bible Reading Plan:
John 10:22-42, 1 John 2:24-29, Job 12, Ezekiel 33-34