THEME: FILLED WITH THE SPIRIT
Ephesians 5:15-18 NKJV
“See then that you walk circumspectly, not as fools but as wise, redeeming the time, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be unwise, but understand what the will of the Lord is. And do not be drunk with wine, in which is dissipation; but be filled with the Spirit,”
-The Greek present tense is used here to indicate that filled with the Spirit is not a once-for-all experience, but a repeated encounter, as the Holy Spirit empowers us for a specific purpose. The contrast between being filled with wine and the Spirit is obvious, but there is something in common that Paul had to make contrast, for both influences affect the bearer. The effects of dissipation are felt by the later and a classical example is given by the parable of the prodigal son. Given his inheritance, he squandered it in wasteful living, as he was led by the flesh and not the Spirit. He walked foolishly and wasted his time, energy and resources, but when he came to his senses, he repented and was accepted by the Father. We are called to sort for the Holy Spirit and allow Him to influence our thoughts, desires and actions according to His great purpose and will.
This is the day that You have made Lord, we rejoice and are glad in it. As a deer pants for streams of water so our souls thirst for You. May You fill us afresh Holy Spirit. May You anoint us afresh dear Lord Jesus. May You forgive us for the times we have been filled with wine and forgotten Your statutes, and wash us with Your precious blood. May You deliver us from all evil and guide us in the way we should go always. May You heal our hearts and minds so that we may focus on You and Your will always. May the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit, be with us now and forever more. Amen
Further reading: Luke 15:11-32