THURSDAY, AUGUST 12
Instead, be filled with the Holy Spirit
Ephesians 5:18 (NLT2)
ONE BAPTISM, MANY FILLINGS
Speaking to a large audience, D.L. Moody held up a glass and asked, “How can I get the air out of this glass?” One man shouted, “Suck it out with a pump!” Moody replied, “That would create a vacuum and shatter the glass.” After numerous other suggestions Moody smiled, picked up a pitcher of water, and filled the glass. “There,” he said, “all the air is now removed.” He then went on to explain that victory in the Christian life is not accomplished by “sucking out a sin here and there,” but by being filled with the Holy Spirit.
“Instead” in Ephesians 5:18 marks a contrast. In contrast to a state of intoxication with wine, be intoxicated by the Spirit. Drunken and Spirit-filled people have one thing in common — they are both controlled people. Their lives and their behavior are radically changed by that which fills them. One author writes, “ filled is in the passive voice (subject receives the action) which emphasizes that we as believers do not fill ourselves but permit the Spirit to fill us or control us (so called “divine passive”, a work of God not man). This is also sometimes called the “permissive passive” which conveys the idea “allow yourselves to be filled”.
Mike taught that at our spiritual birth, we are “Baptized” by the Spirit. Then over and over, believers are “Filled” with the Spirit. The first question is have I been born spiritually by placing my faith in Jesus and repenting of my sins? The second question then is am I allowing the Spirit to fill me on a regular basis?
Thank God for doing the work for you. Praise Him that your part is simply to receive the gift He wants to give you.