A Word From The Pastor

Be Filled With The Spirit

March 12, 2017
Pastor Kaiser

Ephesians 5:18 And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit;

               

Ephesians 5:18 And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit;

   There is a reason that we have here above drunkenness and the filling of the Spirit.  There are slight parallels between the two that we must identify.  When men drink booze they are exhilarated.   Booze makes man to be happy and to forget about his calamities for a little bit.  Indeed most of the people at a party with an alcoholic beverage in their hands are happy.   But the Christian desires to be happy too and exhilarated.  How does he achieve this exhilaration?  By the Spirit of God; because He gives delight and joy, excitement that is uplifting and never ending.  The reason that some Christians have no joy is because they are looking in the wrong place.  The Spirit of God gives joy!! 
   The second reason people drink booze is to obtain courage and strength.  Liquor emboldens its consumer.  Millions of fights have broken out by drunkards who by nature are not fighters but under the influence of booze.  Many have risked their lives, performed acts of courage and strength that never would have taken place without the liquor.  Indeed booze gives people strength to accomplish what they never would without it.  But wait a minute.  Does not the Holy Spirit have the power to give us courage?  And this is a real courage.  Not a fake and momentous courage.  The courage that a drunkard realizes is unrighteous causing many regrets and heartaches.  But the courage that the Holy Spirit gives to the Christian is righteous and with no regrets.  How does a Christian face trials?  He faces them with the help of the Holy Spirit to give courage.  How do so many that are not Christians face trials?  They face trials with booze hoping to gain strength or to escape. 
   The last parallel we will discuss, and there are more, is fellowship.  For the drunkard when he is happy, he drinks.  When he is sad, he drinks.  When he is bored, he drinks.  When he is lonely, he drinks.  Booze has become his best friend and we all know how important our best friend is.  This truth combined with the fact that when a man walks into a tavern he needs not know anyone inside on a personal level.  The enjoyment of booze makes them comrades and that fellowship is hard to break.  But wait a minute.  When we are saved the Holy Spirit comes into us teaching us that fellowship with God is the greatest prize. 
   Truly wine does not fill, but empties.  But the Holy Spirit fills and gives us tenfold of what booze ever could.  Are you Spirit filled?