MAR 22

Ephesians 5:18
Memorise Ephesians 5:18
“…be not conformed to this world.”

Yesterday we learned what sanctification is. I hope you are not intimidated by this “big word”! It is true, in a sense, that this is a big word– it expresses God’s “BIG ambition” for us! The Apostle Peter means the same thing when he wrote, “Be ye holy; for I am holy” (1 Peter 1:16, quoting Leviticus 20:7).

I can understand if you are scared! How can human beings be holy! But, if God commands it, He will give us the “power” to be holy! How does He give us this “power”, this ability to be holy? The answer is in the verse for today, “And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit”. When we are filled with the Spirit, we will yield ourselves fully to the control of the Spirit. He will abundantly bless such a person with joy and ability to do much good work. Such a person will enjoy coming to church to worship God, and have fellowship with other Christians (Ephesians 5:18-20).

How do you know you are filled with the Spirit? Read the following verses (Ephesians 5:19-21), “Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord; Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ; Submitting yourselves one to another in the fear of God”. Can you see the contrast with somebody “drunk with wine”? A drunkard is under the influence of alcohol – we should rather be under the influence of the Holy Spirit! Somebody who loves God will naturally love to sing praises to God! He thanks God every day for blessings, big and small, even when things go badly (from a human point of view). He will not be proud (how can we be proud when all that we have comes from God?), and he is always ready to “esteem other better than themselves” (Philippians 2:3) – not because he is timid and fear other people, but because he fears God (not with cravenly fear, but the fear of offending a holy loving God).

Would you not earnestly pray for the Holy Spirit to fill you and guide your life?

Thought: Must I remember the exact date and time of my salvation
before I am truly saved?

Prayer: Help me O God for I am a sinner! Make me more like Christ my
LORD and Saviour that I may glorify His holy Name.