“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, speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord, giving thanks always for all things to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, submitting to one another in the fear of God” (Eph 5:17-21)
We are commanded to be wise and have spiritually understanding. Foolishness is not a virtue. We are to know and to do the will of God. What does God want from us, His children? God wants us to be like His Son, Jesus Christ and to be filled with the Holy Spirit! Selah!
What does it mean to be filled with the Holy Spirit? Just like a drunkard is ‘filled’ with alcohol, is under the influence of alcohol, so also the child of God should be filled with the Spirit of God. When you become saved, you receive a deposit of the Holy Spirit. As a child of God you know who the Holy Spirit is. The challenge now is to yield to God, to open your heart and to allow the Holy Spirit to fill every ‘room’ inside. Then you shall receive supernatural power to obey the Word of God and you shall make great progress as a Christian.
In Greek, the word translated ‘filled’ is ‘pleroo’. It is a very interesting word. Basically, it means three things:
*Pressure! Just like the wind blows and pushes a sail boat, this is how the believer who is filled with the Holy Spirit is propelled forward. The ‘wind’ of the Spirit gives you the power to walk like Jesus walked and to run the race to the end. The same Holy Spirit keeps you from backsliding or going astray! With just a little effort, you shall feel this wind gently blowing from behind and you shall move on in life from one testimony to another! Hallelujah!
*Permeation! If you put a drop of color in a glass of water, soon, it will spread to the whole liquid. If you are filled with the Holy Spirit you shall have a new attitude and a new heavenly fragrance. You will change and become like Jesus! Your mind will change! Your words will change! Love will become the way of life for you. Others will notice this change and this will be your testimony to the glory of God.
*Control! The Person of God the Holy Spirit will control your thinking, your emotions and your behavior. Each person is controlled by one dominant emotion. For example, a man can be controlled by greed; another by anger or by depression, by fear or by sexual lust. All his decisions bow to the this internal invisible idol. In the same way, when you are filled with the Holy Spirit all your thoughts, emotions and choices are under the control of the Spirit of life. Doubt, fear, confusion, selfishness have no place in your heart anymore. They disappear because of the new controlling power working in you. You now live a life pleasing unto God! Think about these words! Desire to be filled with the Holy Spirit! Fast! Pray! Worship The Lord! Be filled with the Holy Spirit! And you shall receive power once the Holy Ghost comes upon you!