Posted by: missionventureministries | May 26, 2014

THE EVIDENCE OF BEING FILLED BY THE SPIRIT – Ephesians 5:15-20

Ephesians 5 vs 15-20

“Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit.” (Ephesians 5:18) 

One cannot be filled with the Holy Spirit, which entails complete control by the Holy Spirit, if we have come to even the slightest degree under the control of wine, or anything else, for that matter. Therefore, Christians should be filled with the Holy Spirit, so as to be only under His influence. 

The Bible strongly warns about the dangers of alcohol: Wine is a mocker and beer a brawler; whoever is led astray by them is not wise.” (Proverbs 20:1) 

All true believers are indwelled by the Holy Spirit from the moment of conversion. Paul gives a stern warning in Romans 8:9: You, however, are not in the realm of the flesh but are in the realm of the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God lives in you. And if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, they do not belong to Christ. Therefore, all true believers are sealed with the Spirit the moment they are saved: When you believed, you were marked in Him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit” (Ephesians 1:13). So, “do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with whom you were sealed for the day of redemption.” (Ephesians 4:30) 

Being fully controlled and guided by the Spirit is not just a one-time experience. It should be a continual experience; a moment-by-moment control of one’s thoughts and actions by God.  

But how does one have such an experience, and what is the evidence that it is the real thing? To be controlled by the Spirit, one must yield control to Him and not let ourselves be controlled by anything or anyone else. So the phrase, “full of the Holy Spirit,” describes a person who habitually lives with every area of their life under the control of the Spirit. They are not obstinate, but are controlled by the Spirit. 

Jesus promised that “when He, the Spirit of truth, is come, He will guide you into all truth” (John 16:13). 

The fullness of the Spirit does not mean that a person once had a dramatic or ecstatic experience, but rather that they consistently walk with their life yielded to the Holy Spirit, so that the fruit of the Spirit characterizes their life. 

The real proof is in the life, manifested by such characteristics as are described in the context of the passages referring to the Spirit’s filling. The filling of the Spirit is accompanied by how we live. “Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil” (v. 15-16), understanding God’s will – “therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is”  (v. 17). It is also accompanied by a happy and Bible-centered conversation – “speaking to one another with psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit. Sing and make music from your heart to the Lord” (v. 19) and a continuously thankful heart – “always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ” (v. 20). 

So to be a Spirit-filled Christian, we must be growing in our understanding and obedience to God’s Word and it is also evidenced by boldness in witnessing and in standing up for God’s truth (Acts 4:31; 13:9-10). 

If we believe in Christ as our Savior and Lord, God has given us the Holy Spirit to indwell us. He commands us to be filled with the Spirit, which means living our life yielded moment-by-moment honoring the indwelling of the Holy Spirit by everything that we think, say and do. 

We need to understand that the Holy Spirit will not fill a dirty vessel. However, “if we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9). We must present ourselves to God as those alive from the dead and yield our minds and bodies to Him as instruments of righteousness. (Romans 6:13) 

As we walk this way, confessing and turning from sin, relying on the indwelling Spirit for His power, being obedient to His Word, we will develop a habit of holiness. 

He will control or influence our thoughts, our emotions, our words, our attitudes, our schedule, our relationships, our finances, and all of life. He does not do this as a controlling master, but rather, using our unique personality and gifts. He fills us as the wind fills the sails of a ship, directing us in His paths of righteousness and joy. 

God does not want us to yield our wills to Him so that He can dominate us – but so that He can communicate His amazing love to us, His children.

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Responses

  1. I am so happy I found your site.

    God bless you and all that you do.

    • Thank you for your comments Gina. All honor and glory go to our heavenly Father who guides us and teaches us. Blessings to you also.

  2. Sr/Madam in Christ, Thank you for the lesson on one being filled with Holy Spirit. Indeed, we are called to serve God with a pure heart and mind. We can in no way pollute our system with the things of this world which leads to destruction and death. you have bless my spirit for the word. please remember Liberia in your daily prayer. we are fighting a battle that seem too hard but God being on our side we are sure to over come. hope to hear from you again. Rev. Alex Toe Satiah Liberia


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