“Then Jesus returned to Galilee, filled with the Holy Spirit’s power.”
Luke 4:14 (NLT)
When I read today’s passage I can’t help but think, “If Jesus needed to be filled with the Holy Spirit, shouldn’t I be?” Paul writes about this very thing. He writes, “Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit.” What does this mean? The key is in the reference to being drunk on wine. There is only one way to get drunk. You get drunk by being “filled” with alcohol until the amount that you consume has you under its influence. This is not a casual drink that is in moderation. This is in excess to where you become drunk. So what is he saying about our life in the Spirit? Paul says that instead of getting drunk with wine, let us have the same insatiable appetite for the guidance and fellowship of the Holy Spirit. When we meditate, read, pray and commune with the Holy Spirit enough, which is more than a casual occurrence of reading a few verses of scriptures, we will begin to be “filled” or under the influence of the Holy Spirit’s leading in our daily living. It is interesting, the tense is not a “one time” filling, but actually means “be filled and keep on being filled.” You do not get drunk on wine once for the rest of your life. The effect of the wine soon dissipates. To continually be drunk you have to continually drink the wine. In order to stay “filled” or influenced by the Holy Spirit, we need to continually stay in communication and fellowship with the Holy Spirit. Today, recognize the work of the Holy Spirit and ask Him to fill you and guide you throughout this day.
Dear Holy Spirit, I recognize that it is Your desire to fill me and completely guide my life. I give You control. Come Holy Spirit, fill me I pray.
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