18 And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit;
19 Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord;
20 Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ;
21 Submitting yourselves one to another in the fear of God.
God wants every Believer to be filled with the Spirit, however many of us (Christian’s) are not sure what this means or what it looks like.
To help us understand that whatever fills us, controls us, apostle Paul cites drunkenness as a negative example of “filling” and tells us to avoid it.
Every believer is indwelt by the Holy Spirit, however the extent of His rule is determined by the (Christian’s) our freedom to comply.
We have choices:
1. Surrender our lives to the Spirit’s control.
2. Be sensitive to His leadership and guidance.
3. Be obedient to His prompting and dependent Upon His strength.
4. The evidence of the Holy Spirit’s control is revealed in our character.
Those of us who have yielded our lives to Christ’s leadership are being transformed into His likeness. The degree of our surrender determines the level of transformation.
Good works and faithful service are a result of being filled with the Holy Spirit, but they are not necessarily signs of being yielded to Him. I am speaking primarily about character rather than actions; And we must always remember that our redemption and entrance into Heaven is not based upon good works, but instead on our faith in Jesus Christ’s finished work at the cross and His resurrection.
As believers, it is imperative that we “decide” who rules our life, by either actively surrendering to Christ or “deliberately” going our own way. Those who try to avoid the issue by making no choice at all unknowingly opt for self-rule. The fullness of the Spirit and godly character await those who choose God over self.
Heavenly Father, we ask that you would forgive us for the times when we have either knowingly or unknowingly put our own personal desires ahead of following the guidance of Your Holy Spirit. We pledge to seek You more through: the studying of Your Word, prayer, and actively listening to and taking heed to Your voice, from this day forward. In Jesus’ name we pray, Amen.