October 18, 2013

The Spirit Filled Life

When we accept Jesus Christ as our Savior, we are filled with his Spirit who permanently dwells within us. What does it mean to be filled with the Holy Spirit? Ephesians 5:18 says, “Don’t be drunk with wine because that will ruin your life. Instead, be filled with the Holy Spirit.” This verse compares being filled with the Holy Spirit to being drunk with wine. It’s a pretty good comparison because if you’re drunk, you’re under the influence of alcohol and controlled by it. But if you are filled with the Spirit, you’re under the influence of God and controlled by Him and the fruit of the Spirit will be evident in your life – love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, gentleness, and self-control. All the things that you can’t produce on your own are produced by God filling you to overflowing.

In Romans we are told, “Those who live according to the flesh have their minds set on what the flesh desires; but those who live in accordance with the Spirit have their minds set on what the Spirit desires. The mind governed by the flesh is death, but the mind governed by the Spirit is life and peace.” The Spirit also teaches us how to pray. Romans 8:26 says, “…the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans.” It is only through the work of the Holy Spirit in our lives that we can live the victorious Christian life.