From my reading in Ephesians 5:17-33 in the One Year Bible New Testament.
“Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit,” Ephesians 5:18
The Bible is clear that it is a sin to get drunk.
When you are drunk you lose control of yourself and do things you will regret. It leads to the wasting of your life.
Instead we are instructed to be filled with the Spirit.
When we are filled with alcohol we lose control. When we are filled with the Spirit we have self control. The phrase “Be filled” literally means to continually be filled. This means that it is not a one time event in the life of a Christian.
The Holy Spirit already lives inside of all Christians, but many are not living in His fullness.
It is possible to quench the Spirit and grieve the Spirit through our sin.
Because of that, many Christians are not filled with the Spirit. Like a kink in a hose, our sin blocks the Holy Spirit’s work in our lives.
Being filled with the Spirit is necessary to live in a way that pleases God.
It is how we grow. It is how we relate to people lovingly. It is how we can effectively share our faith. Being filled with the Spirit is when we see God using us for his purposes.
Are you currently filled with the Spirit or do you have sin that you need to confess?
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