And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit; 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; Eph 5:18-20
Ephesians 5:18 tells us not to be drunk with wine or alcohol, but instead to be filled with the Holy Spirit. In some translations of the Bible, it sounds like this verse is saying to just get filled one time and that’s it. But actually, this verse is saying “be filled continually”, “be ye being filled” or “be ever filled with” the Holy Spirit! It’s not a one time thing!
When you get around some Believers they talk about how they used to be filled, or that one time when they were filled. “I was filled with the Spirit back in 1973…” Praise God, we can live a Spirit-filled (or Spirit-intoxicated) life on a daily basis! This is not a religious thing, or a mental thing, but God has given us a substance that enables us to live a life that pleases Him. It can’t even be taught! It can only be caught.
In Acts 2 we see the Apostles and the 120 being filled with the Spirit for the first time
Acts 2:4, And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.
And it wasn’t two chapters later where we see them filled AGAIN!
Acts 4:31, And when they had prayed, the place was shaken where they were assembled together; and they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and they spake the word of God with boldness.
In fact, Acts 13:52 says, “And the disciples were continually filled with joy and with the Holy Spirit.” Did you see that? Continually filled with JOY and the HOLY SPIRIT!
In Acts 2 when the disciples were filled, people thought they were drunk on new wine! Peter said, “These men are not drunk, but God said that in the last days He would POUR out His Spirit upon all flesh!” Paul said in 2 Cor 5:13, “For whether we be beside ourselves, it is to God: or whether we be sober, it is for your cause.”
When people are drunk on alcohol, or the worlds wine, it losens them up to yield to their flesh. But when people are drunk, or filled, with the Holy Spirit it losens them up to the things of the Spirit! Suddenly they are able to live for God and yield to Him with ease! And not only that, God pours in you to pour through you! He wants to use each of us as a vessel!
John 7:37-39 On the last and greatest day of the feast, Jesus stood up and called out in a loud voice, “If anyone is thirsty, let him come to Me and drink. 38Whoever believes in Me, as the Scripture has said: ‘Streams of living water will flow from within him.’” He was speaking about the Spirit, whom those who believed in Him were later to receive. For the Spirit had not yet been given, because Jesus had not yet been glorified.