June 3, 2012
"Filled with the Holy Spirit"
Read Ephesians 5:15-18
Ephesians 5:15-18 instructs us to live as wise persons by
1) making the most of every opportunity, 2) by understanding the Lord's will, and
3) by being filled with the Holy Spirit. As Christians, we are indwelt by the Holy
Spirit at the moment of conversion. Acts 2:4, "All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit."
The Greek word "fill" suggests the process of bringing something to its intended
level, such as, "fill the bucket." On the Day of Pentecost, the disciples were able
to speak the gospel in languages they had not learned and 3,000 people were saved
and added to the church. Other examples include Acts 4:8, "Then Peter filled with the Holy Spirit said to
them, 'Rulers....'" Acts 7:55, "Stephen, full of the Holy Spirit...." Acts 13:9, "...Paul, filled with the Holy Spirit, looked
at Elymas and said...."
The power of the Holy Spirit working in our lives will cause us to bear at least
five kinds of spiritual fruit. 1) The fruit of Souls won to Christ. Matthew 4:19, "Follow Me and I will make you fishers of
men." 2) The fruit of the Spirit (Character). Galatians 5:22-23. 3) The fruit of Righteousness.
Philippians 1:11. 4) The fruit of Service. Romans 15:25-28. 5) The fruit of Praise. Hebrews 13:15, "Through Jesus Christ, therefore,
let us continually offer to God a sacrifice of praise - the fruit of lips that confess
Bottom line: We cannot live the Christian life on our own power. We must ask God
to fill us with His Spirit, so that He can direct and empower our daily lives.