Scripture Reference: Ephesians 5:18
And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit
The Holy Ghost is a living, active, personal being, sent to be our Counselor, Advisor, Advocate, Defender, Director, Encourager and Guide.
If you are interested in living life the way Jesus promised then a good understanding of the Holy Spirit is vital. Being “filled with the Spirit” is not just a suggestion but a clear command of scripture. What Paul wrote to the Ephesians in the above verse means being controlled by Him in much the same way that alcohol controls a person’s mind and actions.
When we’re angry with each other about something, for instance, being filled with the Spirit enables us to control our tempers and impatience. He keeps us from saying things we’ll later regret. He battles the selfishness within us, bringing our hearts under His authority and bending our wills to God’s. We don’t always let Him win, of course. We still fail Him far too often. But every time we submit ourselves to His control, He grows in us the character traits that please Him and bless our others. “For the mind set on the flesh is death, but the mind set on the Spirit is life and peace” (Romans 8:6).
In Him, you also, after listening to the message of truth, the gospel of your salvation — having also believed, you were sealed in Him with the Holy Spirit of promise, who is given as a pledge of our inheritance, with a view to the redemption of God’s own possession, to the praise of His glory.
The Holy Spirit was given to you at the time of your salvation as proof from God that you were in Christ and would receive the full experience of glory at the end. Look at what happens in this verse. First, you heard the gospel of your salvation. At that time you believed; you trusted in Christ’s death on the cross for the forgiveness of your sins. When you believed, you were united with Christ and the thing that sealed you in that relationship was the Holy Spirit, who God gave you at that time as a pledge of your eternal inheritance.
Today God is promising you that the work of redemption He is doing in your life right now, making you more and more like Jesus, will one day be complete. You are God’s precious possession. God will not abandon you. You have been sealed in Christ and God the Father will never abandon Jesus Christ His Son.
Posted by Fay-Ann Swearing
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