The Filling of the Holy Spirit

soul_cries_out“Do not get drunk on wine…instead be filled with the Spirit”.                            Eph. 5:18 (NIV)

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In today’s verse, Paul commands us to be “filled with the Spirit”… but what does that mean? Does it mean that we need to pray to God to give us more of the Holy Spirit so that we can somehow be filled up?

I don’t believe Paul means for us to seek more of the Holy Spirit.

I believe he means we should yield more to the Spirit.

To be filled with the Spirit is to be fully yielded to the Spirit.

The Holy Spirit is the perfect gentleman.

He does not fight us for control of our lives.

When we press for control…He releases it.

The Holy Spirit only exerts control over the areas of our lives that we have released to Him. Therefore, the greatest barrier that keeps us from living Spirit-controlled lives…is us!

We demand control…and are loathe to release it.

We fear that the Spirit’s agenda for our life will be different than our agenda.

We fear that the Spirit will take us to a place we don’t want to go.

We fail to trust that the Holy Spirit wants only what is best for us.

Yet the Spirit wants to take us to a place that God has designed just for us…a place we were designed for.

A place of service to Him…and of rich fellowship with Him.

All we have to do is to let go…and let Him drive!

But when we see a curve in the road ahead…we grab the wheel to make sure we safely make it around that curve. When the road peaks on a hill and we can’t see what lies beyond…we grab the wheel tightly and wait anxiously to see where the road is leading.

We do this in our life and in our practice of medicine.

Being filled with the Spirit is being yielded to the Spirit. It is trusting in Him completely to direct your life where He wants to take you.

Being filled with the Spirit is being without anxiety…without fear.

Trust and obey…for there’s no other way… to be happy in Jesus…

Prayer: Lord help me to trust my life completely to You and yield to your Holy Spirit.

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