“And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit” Ephesians 5:18.
“Be filled with the Spirit” is a command. The command is plural so it applies to all believers. The verb is in the present tense – it is an experience we should enjoy every day not just on special occasions. The verb is also passive. We do not try to fill ourselves with the Spirit but instead we allow the Holy Spirit to fill us. The word “filled” mean to be” controlled by”. We are to be controlled by the Holy Spirit. To be “filled with the Spirit” means that we allow the Holy Spirit to control our mind, emotions and our will.
If our homes are our sanctuaries, then to “Be filled with the Spirit” is a command from God that must be taken seriously. So many homes end up broken. The divorce rate in America is over 50% for first time marriages. That is a profound number and we must look into the cause of it. While there are many reasons that cause divorces today I believe there is only main one root cause. People today do not take seriously the command to “be filled with the Spirit”.
It is God’s will for us to walk in harmony with each other through the power of the Holy Spirit. God wishes to see not only husbands and wives in harmony with each other but also parents and children, sibling with sibling, employers and employees and most of all, God wishes for us to walk in harmony with Him. The only way for this to happen is to be filled with the Holy Spirit.
The Spirit’s fullness is needed in our lives if we are going to have a Spirit led home. Once we deny ourselves and hand over the reins to the Holy Spirit, then and only then, will we see a change in our home and in our relationships with one another. We will be able to see the joy return to our homes and relationships. Thanksgivings will be on our lips for one another and praises to God will be sang (vs.19, 20). We will be submissive to one another putting the needs of others before ourselves (vs.21). This is what it looks like to have a Spirit led home.
Tomorrow I will dive into three evidences of the Spirit led home: joyfulness, thankfulness, and submissiveness as found in Ephesians 5: 19-33.
Dear Jesus, I hand over the reins to myself. I give You permission to fill me with the Holy Spirit today so I may walk in a way worthy to You. May my home always be a sanctuary. May my home always be filled with love for one another and love for You! In Jesus name, Amen.