"And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit." Ephesians 5:18
The commands of the Lord are clear. We read the commands of God in scripture and acknowledge the truth that is stated. We understand there are certian things He wants us to do and certian things of which we are to not do. I ask you today my friend, have you or I ever considered Ephesians chapter five and verse eighteen as a command we are to keep?
Nothing could be more clear than what is being taught. Paul says under the inspiration of God, "Don't be filled by intoxicating beverage ... Be filled to the point of control by The Holy Spirit." Is this eternal truth not what most believers are missing today? Are we not controlled by our schedules, a calendar, a reminder on our phone or tablet? Are there not those (many more than we would care to think) among the ranks of God's children that allow feelings, emotions, and or circumstances to dictate the way in which they live and behave? Yes, everyone understands the idea of being controlled.
So, how are we to be filled? How are we to obey this command? Bear with me in the simplicity of my thinking in applying the verse from Ephesians. If an individual comes under the "power" of alcoholic beverage by ingesting it, then it stands to reason the more strong drink ingested the more control the alcohol will have on the person. The Lord Jesus Christ stood and cried out concerning the Holy Spirit ... His Spirit ... in John chapter 7 and verse thirty-seven and thirty-eight. Hear His command. "If ANY man thirst, let him come unto me,and drink. He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water." What He asks of His children, He always enables them to do. We MUST get more of Jesus Christ in us. We MUST ingest more of His Word. And we MUST allow Him more of our time. Every part of our lives, days, and our beings MUST be filled with Jesus Christ!
Pastor Shane Davis
The thriving community of Hinton, Alberta is located in the foothills of the Canadian Rockies. Hinton Baptist Church is a group of believers dedicated to following the Lord Jesus Christ and living out our faith in Him on a daily basis. Please feel free to contact us if we can be of any assistance.
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