Bought by the Blood

October 20, 2009

Be Filled with the Spirit

And do not get drunk with wine, for that is debauchery, but be filled with the Spirit, – Ephesains 5:18

I was talking to men in my small group about this verse recently and how I believe that Paul is trying to make a comparison and contrast with the Christian and the drunk.  The way that an alcoholic craves alcohol and is dependent should be the same way we seek the Holy Spirit.  We need to have an attitude of not being able to live without the Holy Spirit and seeking to have our lives constantly, every second of every day, being filled with the Holy Spirit.  We should thirst and crave after the Holy Spirit with an attitude that our lives are not complete unless we are more aware of His presence to strengthen and guide us.  Unfortunately that is not my typical attitude and it is more often than not that I am self-reliant.  On my own I can accomplish nothing, but God invites me to seek Him because He is a good Father that enjoys giving good gifts to His children.  I love the convicting questions J.C. Ryle asks based on Luke 11:9-13

Do we pray in the name of Jesus as needy sinners?  Do we know what it is to ‘ask,’ and ‘seek,’ and ‘knock,’ and wrestle in prayer, like men who feel that it is a matter of life or death, and they have must have an answer? Or are we content with saying over some old form of words, while our thoughts are wandering, and our hearts far away?

And I tell you, ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. 10 For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks it will be opened. 11 What father among you, if his son asks for a fish, will instead of a fish give him a serpent; 12 or if he asks for an egg, will give him a scorpion? 13 If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will the heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!” – Luke 11:9-13

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