WEDNESDAY, MAY 10
SCRIPTURE: Ephesians 5
This chapter continues the application that Paul started in verse 4. There is much in this chapter. There is more about how we are to live. When you get to verse 22 and following, there is much about how we are to be married. Never doubt that the marriage of two Christ followers should be a picture of the Gospel at work.
But I have decided to focus on verse 18 and a couple of verses following. The Scripture speaks here of being filled with the Holy Spirit. I think this deserves some of our attention.
When we are saved, at the moment we are saved, the Holy Spirit comes to take up residence in us. Because there is no dissection of the Spirit, when we receive Him at salvation, we receive all of Him.
But life and its challenges have a way of causing us to ignore the Holy Spirit in our lives or pushing Him down into the dusty recesses of our hearts. When we do that, we are not prone to listen to His voice or follow His leading. We just go off and do whatever it is that we want to do.
So the Bible says we need to be filled with the Holy Spirit. If you look at this word fill in the original language of the New Testament, you would discover that it literally means to keep on filling. In other words, being filled with the Holy Spirit needs to be a continuous process in the lives of all Christ followers.
The great evangelist Billy Graham explains this constant filling this way. He speaks of a lake on the property where he lives. That lake is spring fed and because it is the water in the lake is always clear and fresh. He speaks of that spring as continually filling that lake.
That really is a great illustration for us. As we are constantly filled with the Holy Spirit, He pushes out all of the residue of life, the junk that clutters things up, and the bad stuff that shouldn’t be there. He replaces that with life that is clear and fresh.
Verses 19-21 give us some unmistakable evidences of being filled with the Holy Spirit. We have a song in our heart. We give thanks for all things at all times. And we submit ourselves to others out of respect for Jesus.
So, the question has to be how can we continually be filled with the Holy Spirit. One way is we just need to ask Him to fill us. Yes, it is as simple as that. Another way is to stay in the Word of God. The Spirit of God is always in the Word of the God. Therefore, the more of the Word we have in us, the more His Spirit will be in us. A third way is to be careful what you allow into your life. At the end of the day, what you let in will be what comes out. Every time.