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Eph. 5:18

Intro: Man and new car. He saves for it, buys it, has it delivered to his home. Then he has it parked in his driveway, washes it, waxes it, shows it off to his friends, even sits in it all afternoon long. But, he doesn’t know how to start it, so he has to push it wherever it goes. That is a silly sounding story, but that’s how many Christians run their spiritual lives. They know they are saved, sealed and indwelled by the Holy Spirit, but they have never quiet gotten the hang of, or understood being Spirit-filled. O they have faith, but they end up pushing it around instead of allowing it to carry them through life. For these people, Christianity is a constant battle, everyday a struggle.

If you and I are going to experience the fullness of the Christian life, then we must learn how to be filled with the Holy Spirit. It isn’t enough just to be saved.

That will get you to Heaven, but unless you are filled with the Spirit, you will have a rough road here below.

This verse gives the Christian a command. It says, “You be filled with the Holy Spirit.” Too many read these words and say, “Well, the Bible says that we ought not to drink.” And, it does! But, it also says much, much more. While this verse does give us a “don’t”, it also give us a “do.” Christianity is far more than a bunch of “don’ts”, there are a whole lot of “do’s” to keep you busy too. In fact, if you will spend your time doing the do’s, you won’t have time to do the don’ts.

Eph. 5:18 tells us not to be under the influence of alcohol, but rather to be under the influence of the Holy Ghost. Today, let’s look together at How To Have A Spirit-Filled Life. I want to help you reach your fullest potential for God. I want to help you be Spirit-Filled.


We are to be filled continuously, consciously and conspicuously. Until this is a personal reality in your life, you will never be able to fully enjoy, appreciate or participate in the Christian life. There are several good reasons why we should be Spirit-filled.

A. Obedience to God -

1. Eph. 5:18 is a command, not a suggestion, The Christian who is not Spirit filled is in rebellion to God!

2. Present Tense, which tells us to be filled now and to remain filled forever.

3. Plural. This means that every Christian has an obligation to be Spirit filled, not just leaders.

4. Spirit filling is not the privilege of a few, it the command for all. It is not the abnormal Christian experience, it is the normal Christian experience!

B. Obligation To God - Not only do we owe God our obedience in this matter of Spirit-filling, we also have an obligation to Him. We are obligated to God in every area of our lives. We must strive to be everything we can be for His glory and to do this, we must be Spirit-filled!

Notice several areas where it is especially important.

1. Your Worship life - Eph. 5:19-20 - To experience true worship, we must be sensitive to, and controlled by the Spirit of God - John 4:24.

2. Your Wedded Life - Eph. 5:22-25 The wife is to submit to her husband as unto the Lord.

Neither husband or wife can fulfill their duties to the other until they are living under the influence of the Spirit. Until they are, the home is out of balance!

3. Your Work Life - Eph. 6:5-9 We are to do our job as if we were working directly for the Lord. You ought to serve your boss as if He were Christ Himself! Our daily work ought to be carried out with the same enthusiasm that we have when we go the church. Every Christian ought to let his light shine brightly on the job. There is a great need for Spirit-filled workers on the job.

4. Your War Life - Eph. 6:10-17 - We are locked in mortal combat with a powerful spiritual foe, the devil. The only hope we have of succeeding in life is to war in the Spirit. He is after your home, your family, your marriage, your faith, your health, your happiness, anything he can ouch and destroy. Your only hope is to be Spirit-filled!

5. Your Witness Life - Eph. 6:18-19 - To be a good witness demands that we be Spirit-filled. Otherwise, our words will have a hollow ring to them and they will have no power to touch the heart.

C. Opportunity Before God - Eph. 5:14-16 - These are dark days against fierce enemies, but these are also days of great opportunity. The world needs our message and our hope. We have a tremendous opportunity to share the Gospel with a lost world, but to take advantage of this great privilege we must be filled with the Holy Spirit of God.


A. Conversion - The filling of the Spirit is an exclusive privilege of the redeemed. Step #1 is to receive Jesus into your heart and life!

B. Commitment - It is a commitment to a Person. Open all the doors of your life, (heart, home, marriage, family, job, finances, etc), and invite Him to come in and take control of everything. then yield to Him, We are to make a commitment to the Spirit of God to live under His influence. The Spirit - He will change your walk, talk, courage, power, everything! But, we have to allow Him to do His work and keep it a part of our daily lives by total dependence upon Him.

C. Claiming - Col. 2:6 - We received Christ by faith and we must have faith that He will also fill our lives. If you have dealt with your sins, opened the doors of your life to Him, then claim the filling of the Spirit by faith.


A. Relationships will change

1. Toward God - Strengthened, filled with praise and adoration. You will have a true spirit of worship. His work will not be a drudgery.

2. Toward Others - Love them, forgive them, submit to them, serve them.

B. Reactions will change - Criticism will be replaced with thanksgiving - 1 Thes. 5:18. God will receive the glory and honor due Him!

C. Reality will change - Gal. 5:22-25 - The fruit of the Spirit will be on display in the life of the Spirit-filed Christian!

Can you honestly say that you are Spirit-filled? If not, I challenge you to come before the throne, open all the doors in your life, hand the Spirit the keys and give Him control! It will make all the difference in you Christianity!

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