Filled with the Spirit

 Filled with the Spirit


“And do not be drunk with wine, in which is dissipation, but be filled with the Spirit.”

(Eph. 5:18)


                Alcohol is a major industry in our country.  Every year, about $211 billion in alcoholic beverages are sold in America.  I don’t know about you, but I really don’t have any use for alcohol for several reasons.  First, it can be a bad witness.  What if someone were to see me drinking alcohol?  Would they be inclined to do the same?  Also, it is poor stewardship because alcohol is expensive.  Couldn’t our money be used on something else?  With all the other beverage alternatives, alcohol just seems to be unnecessary.

                Of course, that’s not to mention all the lives that have been ruined by alcohol.  Just think of all the fights it has caused.  Think of all the mothers who have lost their children because they were driving under the influence of alcohol.  As a pastor, I routinely I minister to people whose lives have been hijacked by booze.  People have lost their jobs, their homes, their cars, their families – all as a result of consistently filling themselves with intoxicating beverages.

                There’s got to be a much better way.  Paul provides the alternative – “be filled with the Spirit.”  Filling oneself with alcohol leads to dissipation (wastefulness), but being filled with the Holy Spirit leads to a life beyond our wildest dreams.  Understand that there’s a difference in being “indwelt” by the Spirit and being “filled.”  The Holy Spirit came to indwell you when you placed your faith in Jesus, but being filled with the Spirit is something that occurs every day as you pursue a closer walk with God through prayer, Bible study, etc.  Put away the spirits, and be filled with the Spirit! 









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