For the past few months here in London I and our preaching team have been preaching through the book of Ephesians in a series entitled the “Letter to London”.
Its been a massive blessing to me personally, and this past week again spoke so effectively to me as only Gods word in the scriptures can. The text included Eph 5v18, which reads “and do not be drunk with wine which leads to debauchery (that’s Greek for”it messes up your life”), but BE FILLED WITH THE SPIRIT.”
I’m reminded again that the church and early disciples never accomplished anything worthwhile until they were “spirit-enabled” in Acts 2v4 – “And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit, and spoke in other tongues AS THE SPIRIT ENABLED THEM.“ The only way to live the Christian life is to live it “spirit-enabled / spirit-filled / spirit-empowered.” Looking at Paul’s first trip to Ephesus in Acts 19v1, we read that the very first question Paul asked the few disciples whom he found there, was this: “Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you first believed?” Wow, what a first question. They answered: “No, we have not even heard that there is a Holy Spirit.” Paul then introduces them to the Holy Spirit and His empowering, and they become a powerful transforming force in their idol-worshipping city and culture. (By the way, notice that these were called “disciples” before they knew or had experienced any of this. They were on a journey of spiritual discovery and growth. The whole journey from saying yes to Christ is “discipleship.”)
Just like the early disciples at Pentecost, and those in Ephesus, every disciple of Christ must at some stage come to the realisation that the only way to move ahead to follow Christ is by being “Spirit-enabled.” The awesome thing is that this promise is for YOU! Whatever you do in 2009, whatever your dream, make sure that you only do it “Spirit-enabled”.
Don’t just have “get drunk” moments either, but rather live “be being filled” – develop a culture of being filled and living filled daily. May you know His amazing filling and enabling in every area of your live and ministry in 2009!
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