BE FILLED WITH THE SPIRIT Saturday, 14 March 2015
“And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit”. Ephesians 5:18 (KJV)
When you are under pressure you need to get God’s perspective on your situation. So the question often asked by believers is: how do I get the Holy Spirit to guide and direct me into His will? The challenge comes with learning to identify the voice of the Holy Spirit when you are in a dilemma. But it shouldn’t work this way. Don’t wait for challenges to learn to listen to the Holy Spirit. Listen to Him in the morning, at noon, and at night. Hear His voice when you are happy and when you are sad. He does not speak in a different tone when you are facing a challenge instead of being happy. So if you have learnt to identify His voice in the good times, you will have no trouble identifying it when you are in dire straits.
The scripture above says, “And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit” (Ephesians 5:18, KJV). The original translation says, “Be being filled”. In other words, it is a continuous process. It does not happen just once. The believer who enjoys the leading and guidance of the Holy Spirit must be filled with it continuously.
When the Holy Spirit comes to you, He does not come as a guest. That is why the scripture says you should be continually filled in the Spirit. How? By praying in the Spirit, meditating on the word and constantly communing with Him. All truth is parallel; by nature you will readily identify the voice of a close friend better than that of a person you’ve only met once some time ago. So it is with the Holy Spirit. If you develop the habit of communing with Him, even in a crowd His voice will be clear to you.
So don’t play hide-and-seek with the Holy Spirit. Rather, develop a rapport with Him. Take time to fellowship with Him. Ask Him any and every question that you can think of. Pray about the word. Study the word. Meditate on the word and watch Him manifest in your life. It is a command: be filled with the Spirit.
Further reading: Ephesians 5:5-20 Daily Bible reading: Morning-Deuteronomy 22-24, Evening-Mark 14:1-26