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Being Filled With The Holy Spirit

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Ephesians 5:18 “And do not get drunk with wine, for that is debauchery,

“Be filled,” is to make full or to complete. Its literal usage is to fill a boat with so many fish that it begins to sink (Luke 5:7) or to fill every pore of a sponge (Matthew 27:48). Similarly, many have been in a chapel or reception hall that was filled with wedding guests (Matthew 22:10).

Its figurative usage includes the Jews being "filled with wonder and amazement" (Acts 3:10) and of the Sadducees being filled with jealousy (Acts 5:17)—which is how it was used in Ephesians 5:18. To be filled with the Holy Spirit was to be fully yielded, surrendered, under the control and influence of the Holy Spirit. We see this with the disciples in Acts 2:4 and Acts 4:31.

The Holy Spirit is called the Spirit of Christ in Romans 8:9. When a disciple comes under the control and is empowered by the Spirit of Christ, even the impossible becomes possible with Him. 

Many have heard the song, “Jesus Take the Wheel.” This occurs when a disciple yields all control over to His Spirit. This reminds me of how I often do the driving when my wife and I are traveling, yet it is so peaceful and restful in the passenger seat when she is driving. Why? I trust in her ability to get us to our destination safely. We can do the same with Jesus Christ and His Spirit Who indwells us. The person who is wholly surrendered to Him is in His Holy Hands for He indeed has everything under His control.

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