Wednesday 15 January, 2014

Ephesians 5:15-20

15 Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, 16 making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. 17 Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is. 18 Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit, 19 speaking to one another with psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit. Sing and make music from your heart to the Lord, 20 always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.

This is a sobering passage – no pun intended.  Paul calls us to watch the manner of our lives and then gives instruction that we should not get drunk, but be filled by the Holy Spirit and speaking in an encouraging fashion to one another and with thankfulness.

It is interesting that Paul makes plain that being filled with the Holy Spirit is God’s will for us!  It is not a simple suggestion, or encouragement it is the very will of God!  I need to remind myself that whenever I am dealing with being filled with the Holy Spirit that I do not present it as an ‘optional extra’ but as part of God’s will for us in Christ Jesus!

Father, thank You for filling me with the Holy Spirit, may You continue to do so, and may I encourage others to be filled as well.

Written by Ps. Richard Botta

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  1. David Newton says:

    The word ‘evil’ in this instance is an adjective derived from the word pain or misery that is the result of sin in a sinful world. Most likely the reference to getting drunk refers to ‘drinking to forget your troubles’ as opposed to ‘drinking to celebrate a good outcome’. God’s remedy to sadness is ‘under the influence of the Holy Spirit be thankful for what you do have’.

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