‘Don’t be drunk with wine, because that will ruin your life. Instead, be filled with the Holy Spirit.’ Ephesians 5:18 NLT
Sometimes people get drunk to try to fill an emptiness on the inside. But it doesn’t work. Like the man quipped, ‘It’s champagne tonight and real pain in the morning!’ Recognising that His disciples wouldn’t survive without Him when He left, Jesus said, ‘I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Counsellor to be with you forever—the Spirit.’ (John 14:16–17 NIV) Once you understand what the Holy Spirit can do, you won’t want to live a single day without His help. Observe:
(1) He will plant your feet on the path of truth (see John 16:13).
(2) When you doubt your salvation, He will confirm that you are truly God’s redeemed child (Romans 8:16).
(3) In difficult situations when you don’t know what to say, He will give you the right words at the right time (see Acts 1:8).
(4) He will reproduce His nature in you (see Galatians 5:22). This is referred to as ‘the fruit of the Spirit’, not the efforts of your flesh. Fruit doesn’t struggle to grow; it simply draws life from the tree to which it’s connected and thrives. Paul writes, ‘Don’t be drunk with wine, because that will ruin your life. Instead, be filled with the Holy Spirit.’ You can generally spot someone who is drunk by the way they slur their words and wobble when they walk. When it happens, we say they are ‘under the influence’. Paul’s point is clear: as a believer, your walk and your talk should be ‘under the influence’ of the Holy Spirit. So today ask God to fill you with His Spirit—and stay topped-up by reading His Word and praying daily.
SoulFood: 2 Chr 19–21, Lk 16:19–31, Ps 119:113–120, Prov 22:1–3
The Word for Today is authored by Bob and Debby Gass and published under licence from UCB International Copyright 2023