Ephesians 5:18 And do not be drunk with wine, in which is dissipation; but be filled with the Spirit.
The Bible says we should be ‘filled with the Spirit’. Have you ever wondered what that actually means?
Some people think that being filled with the Spirit is an emotional experience, and it can include that. But it doesn’t always mean that. You can be filled with the Spirit and not have any emotional response. Then again, you can be filled with the Spirit and feel a lot of emotion.
In the church today we see too many bizarre and even aberrant things happening that are attributed to the Holy Spirit. People say, “the Spirit is leading me to do this or that”. The problem is we are easily misled and Satan is a master deceiver. And so God designed scripture to be our safety net.
Scripture, among many other things, tells us what is proper for our faith and practice. Do we find the justification for our spiritual practice, in the Bible? If the answer is ‘no’, then the things we are doing are most likely not from the Holy Spirit. Seek the Lord and serch scripture.
So what does it mean to be filled with the Spirit? We could compare it to driving a car. We read in Acts 2 about the day of Pentecost, the story of the ‘explosion’ of the Holy Spirit that set the church in motion. In the same way, when you get into your car and start the ignition, there is an explosion, if you will, that gets the motor working. You don’t need to keep turning your car on again and again once you’re driving. You just need that initial explosion, and then you drive the car.
It is great when you have an emotional experience. But we must remember that the Bible says, “The just shall live by faith” (Romans 1:17), not be emotions. By and large, the Christian life is a walk of faith, not a walk of feeling. Feelings will come and go. But the just shall live by faith.