Be Filled Up
“And do not be drunk with wine, in which is dissipation (waste); but be filled with the Spirit,” Ephesians 5:18
This passage is an admonition for these latter days for all of God’s people. It talks about being alert in your walk of life and recognizing the traps of the enemy, to not fall into them. It speaks of being wise and not foolish with our time because we live in evil days. It goes on to say we should understand what the will of the LORD is for our lives. Lastly this scripture talks about being filled up with the Spirit of God and not with the distracting pleasures of the world.
It is appropriate to reason then that being filled with the Sprit is the way to stay close to God, also the way to accomplish this list. Thankfully, we don’t have to wonder how to be filled with His Spirit. The passage clearly lists the things we can do to fill our lives and hearts up with the Spirit of God.
Number one is to speak to one another in psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs. Instead of speaking the things we see in the natural world, start talking to others about heavenly things. This will make it evident that your mind is set on the things above and not the things in the earth. (Colossians 3:2).
The second thing is to sing and make melody in your heart to the LORD. This is all about encouraging yourself when you are alone and have time to let your imagination run away with you. Instead direct your thoughts to sing, praise and worship the LORD.
Thirdly, always be thankful. It’s no secret that we live in a day of the entitled mentality, but the fact is that we are to be thankful in everything because without Him we can do nothing (John 15:5). Cultivate a thankful heart by spending a few minutes each day thanking God for all His wonderful works and love!
Lastly, walk in humility by submitting to one another in the fear of God. Probably the most difficult thing to do in this list is to submit to others. Our culture is one that constantly desires to be “right” and that everyone around should know it. However, submitting to one another is the best way to show the love of God to others. It speaks loudly that those around you are more important than your pride of being “right.”
Today I encourage you to be filled with the Holy Spirit of God! Speak out in spiritual songs of praise, make melody in your heart, be thankful and submit to each other. In doing these things you will be outwardly exhibiting the fruit that comes by walking in the Spirit not the flesh. Those around you will recognize the Spirit of God in you and these acts will speak volumes to those you encounter each day. The greatest ways to be an effective witness for God is by displaying His fruit.
Today’s scripture reading: Ephesians 5:15-21