Ephesians 5:18 "And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit;"
My husband pointed out a truth I've never thought about before while preaching this past Sunday.
It's a sin to be drunk with wine yet we don't see it as sin to not be filled with the Spirit. If it is a sin for the one then it is just as much sin for the other. We have no problem seeing it as sin to be drunk with wine. That stands to reason. But we need to realize that God commands us to be filled with the Spirit. If we are not filled with the Spirit then it is just as much a sin as it is to be drunk with wine.
The problem is not many are filled with the Spirit...yet we don't see it as sin if we're not. God commands us in His Word to be Spirit-filled. A lot of people know that God commands it. If this is so then why aren't we? Are we even asking to be filled?
We need to ask for things according to God's will and believing that He will do for us what we are asking. We know it's God's will to be filled. So to ask for Him to fill us is according to His will. If you are praying asking Him to fill you...do you believe that He will do it for you? If you doubt He will then you are not praying believing.
The problem with a lot of us is that we're not fit for it. In a lot of our lives we have something that prevents us from being filled. Another problem is that we don't want to pay the price it takes to have it. We have to be willing to forsake some things in our lives. We need to separate from some people and places in our lives also. If we're not willing to do these things then we won't be Spirit-filled.
We have got to be willing to put away those things that are hindrances in our lives and surrender totally to Him!! We need to be totally sold out to God.
Do you want to be Spirit-filled? Are you willing to do what it takes to get it? It comes through prayer!! Not just a few minutes a day in prayer either. James 5:16 "...The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much." The requirements for this and any prayer we pray is to make sure we're right with God and we must pray with earnest. We cannot pray light-hearted and expect God to do for us what we're asking.
Maybe you're saying to yourself that you are Spirit-filled. You better be careful. A person knows they are Spirit-filled if there is evidence of conversions in their life. By this I mean that souls are being saved as a result of your witness and your life. Is this true in your life? If not then you're not Spirit-filled. If you're not Spirit-filled....you're in sin. We must confess it as sin and begin praying for it....with all our hearts!!
What a change we could make in our homes, churches, communities and our nation if we had more Spirit-filled Christians.