MARCH 26

Today's Bible Readings
     Exodus 37
     Proverbs 13
     John 16
     Ephesians 5:17 - 6:24
 
MEMORIZE TODAY
“And do not be drunk with wine, in which is dissipation; but be filled with the Spirit.” (Ephesians 5:18) “However, When He, the Spirit of truth has come, He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak of His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come." (John 16:13)
 
THE SPIRIT-FILLED SAINT
The Spirit-filled life is the subject of the latter part of the book of Ephesians. We discover how the filling of the Holy Spirit affects our marriage, family, relationships at work, spiritual warfare, and our prayer life.
Every Christian is indwelt by the Holy Spirit (I Corinthians 3:16), sealed by the Holy Spirit (Ephesians 4:30), and instructed and comforted by the Holy Spirit. Every believer is also baptized by the Holy Spirit (I Corinthians 12:13). A good way to remember the ministry of the Holy Spirit in the life of the saint is this acrostic:
                        R.I.B.S.   R-regenerates;  I-indwells; B-baptizes; S-seals.
We must be filled with the Holy Spirit. There is no Kingdom building without it; there is no effective Christian ministry without it; there is no legitimate evangelism without it; and there can be no revival without it. Take careful note of our memory verse and the Scripture following.
A Descriptive Illustration - Here there is a negative command and a positive command. We are told to, ''be not drunk with wine, but to be filled with the Spirit," When a person is intoxicated, they don't walk the same or talk the same, and their craving is for more alcohol. When one is filled with the Holy Spirit, they neither walk nor talk the same, and their craving is for more of the things of the Spirit of God.
A Divine Imperative - This is a command; it is not optional, but obligatory. Let's have a brief Greek lesson here.
This command is: PRESENT TENSE-“be constantly being filled with the Holy Spirit." PASSIVE VOICE- the action is not originated by you but by God. PLURAL- it literally means to the family of God; ''be all of you constantly being filled." It PERMEATES; the language here indicates that we are to be filled to the brim and overflowing.
A Delightful Involvement - When you are filled with the Holy Spirit, He will not make you weird, but He will give you a sound mind, a radiant heart, and a poised Spirit. You will enjoy the inward consequence - a Spirit of adoration. (Ephesians 5:19) Inside the heart of a Spirit-filled believer, there is worship, praise, and adoration toward the Savior.
Focus on the upward consequence - a Spirit of appreciation. (Ephesians 5:20) When you are filled with the Holy Spirit, you will have a thankful, grateful Spirit. A Spirit-filled believer is never characterized by complaining, grumbling, and griping.  You will be known for an attitude of gratitude. You will display the outward consequence - A Spirit of accommodation. (Ephesians 5:21) We have too many temperamental folks in the church today - 90% temper and 10% mental. When you are filled with the Holy Spirit, you will find yourself wanting to accommodate others.
The key to everything you have ever wanted to be, as a child of God, is to be filled with the Holy Spirit. You will move from the mediocre to the miraculous; from the natural to supernatural; from the usual to the unusual. This is the key to everything in the Christian life.
 
PRAY FOR THE WORLD
Today we are going to pray for the Republic of the Gambia. We find this country in Africa (on the western coast of Africa and is bordered by Senegal). Islam is dominant, yet the land remains open to the Gospel. Little effort has ever been directed at reaching the Muslim majority, and converts from Islam have been few, but their numbers are increasing. The Mandinka, made famous by Alex Haley's book, Roots, are a key people. Pray for continued freedom to witness, and for openness of heart for Muslims to receive the truth. Somehow I sense that this little nation, because of its size, shape, location, and the lack of response formerly, represents a tremendous opportunity for God's people to saturate the culture with the Gospel. Could it be that God is calling you, or your church, to take this nation on as a partnership? Now that's just a thought, but I felt the anointing of God to share that with you. Whoever is the catalyst that God uses to change the Gambia will change an entire region for the glory of God.
 
A WORD FOR YOUR WORLD TODAY
''Revival is the inrush of the Spirit into the body that threatens to become a corpse."
D. M. Panton