Be Filled with the Spirit

Ephesians 5:18. “And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess: but be filled with the Spirit:”

My personal conviction is to abstain from use of any and all alcohol. I don’t–and won’t–engage in debate about this. I know there is a movement that I find regrettable, among younger Christians, to use alcohol socially and find no problem in doing so. We’ve never felt the need, and we’ve lived quite happily without it.

The clear teaching in this verse is that if you want to be filled with something, let it be the Holy Spirit of God rather than something as harmful as alcohol. When we fill ourselves with anything that prohibits the Spirit,  we are in danger.

It is what we are filled with that characterizes us to others. If a person is filled with anger and bitterness, that’s what comes spilling out. I he is filled with fear, then that fear motivates his thought and behaviors. If he is filled with selfishness and greed,  those things are obvious to everyone around him.

If we are filled with the Spirit, then the same thing is true. It is clear to all who have dealings with us that we are controlled and lead not by our own selfish desires, but by the Holy Spirit of God.

Drunkenness, being filled with wine, leaves no room for the Spirit.

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