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Eph. 5:18		HOW TO HAVE A SPIRIT-FILLED LIFE
Intro:  Ill. Man and new car.  He saves for it, buys it, has it delivered to his home.  
Then he has it parked in his driveway, washes it, waxes it, shows it off to his 
friends, even sits in it all afternoon long.  But, he doesn’t know how to start it, so 
he has to push it wherever it goes.  That is a silly sounding story, but that’s how 
many Christians run their spiritual lives.  They know they are saved, sealed and 
indwelled by the Holy Spirit, but they have never quiet gotten the hang of, or 
understood being Spirit-filled.  O they have faith, but they end up pushing it 
around instead of allowing it to carry them through life.  For these people, 
Christianity is a constant battle, everyday a struggle.
	If you and I are going to experience the fullness of the Christian life, then we 
must learn how to be filled with the Holy Spirit. It isn’t enough just to be saved.  
That will get you to Heaven, but unless you are filled with the Spirit, you will have 
a rough road here below.
	This verse gives the Christian a command.  It says, “You be filled with the 
Holy Spirit.”  Too many read these words and say, “Well, the Bible says that we 
ought not drink.”  And, it does!  But, it also says much, much more.  While this 
verse does give us a “don’t”, it also give us a “do.”  Christianity is far more than a 
bunch of “don’ts”, there are a whole lot of “do’s” to keep you busy too.  In fact, if 
you will spend your time doing the do’s, you won’t have time to do the don’ts.
	Eph. 5:18 tells us not to be under the influence of alcohol, but rather to be 
under the influence of the Holy Ghost.  Today, let’s look together at How To Have 
A Spirit-Filled Life.  I want to help you reach your fullest potential for God.  I 
want to help you be Spirit-Filled.

  I.  		REASONS FOR BEING FILLED WITH THE SPIRIT	
    (Ill. We are to be filled continuously, consciously and conspicuously.  Until this 
is a personal reality in your life, you will never be able to fully enjoy, appreciate or 
participate in the Christian life.  There are several good reasons why we should be 
Spirit-filled.)
    A.  Obedience to God - 
	1.  Eph. 5:18 is a command, not a suggestion, Ill. 
             Imperative mood!  The Christian who is not Spirit filled is in rebellion    
             to God!  
	2.  Present Tense, which tells us to be filled now and to remain filled 
     	     forever.  
	3.  Plural.  This means that every Christian has an obligation to be Spirit 
     	     filled, not just leaders. 
	4.  (Ill. Baptist tendency to spend more time on 18a than 18b.  Many feel that 
             drunkeness is a tremendous evil.  It is a sin, but no more so than failing 
             to obey the Lord.  In fact, it might not be as bad!  (Ill. I have had more 
             trouble out of Baptists who were not Spirit-filled than out of drunks and 
             lost people!)  (Ill. How would we react if a drunk came to lead the 
             service?  Yet, we think nothing of doing the Lord’s work in an unfilled 
             condition!)
	5.  Spirit filling is not the privilege of s few, it the command for all.  It is not 
             the abnormal Christian experience, it is the normal Christian experience!
    B.  Obligation To God - Not only do we owe God our obedience in this matter 
	of Spirit-filling, we also have an obligation to Him.  We are obligated to 
	God in every area of our lives.  We must strive to be everything we can be 
	for His glory and to do this, we must be Spirit-filled!  Notice several areas 
	where it is especially important.
	1.  Your Worship life - Eph. 5:19-20 - To experience true worship, we must 
    	      be sensitive to, and controlled by the Spirit of God - John 4:24. (Ill. The 
     	     difference.)
 	2.  Your Wedded Life - Eph. 5:22-25  (Ill. The wife is to submit to her 
	     husband as unto the Lord - “Feminism is dead wrong!”)  (Ill. The 
 	     husband is to love his wife as if he were Christ loving the church.)  
	     Neither husband or wife can fulfill their duties to the other until they are 
	     living under the influence of the Spirit.  Until they are, the home is out of 
	     balance!  (Ill. Children need the filling also - Eph. 6:1-4)
	3.  Your Work Life - Eph. 6:5-9  We are to do our job as if we were 
     	     working directly for the Lord.  You ought to serve your boss as if He 
     	     were Christ Himself!  Our daily work ought to be carried out with the  
     	     same enthusiasm that we have when we go the church.  Every Christian 
             ought to let his light shine brightly on the job.  (Ill. Lazy, slow, critical, 
     	     dishonest versus honest, careful, punctual, trustworthy, hardworking.)  
    	     There is a great need for Spirit-filled workers on the job.
	4.  Your War Life - Eph. 6:10-17 - We are locked in mortal combat with a 
     	     powerful spiritual foe, the devil.  The only hope we have of succeeding in 
     	     life is to war in the Spirit.  Ill. He is after your home, your family, your 
      	     marriage, your faith, your health, your happiness, anything he can ouch  
     	     and destroy.  Your only hope is to be Spirit-filled!
	5.  Your Witness Life - Eph. 6:18-19 - To be a good witness demands that 
     	     we be Spirit-filled. Otherwise, our words will have a hollow ring to them 
    	     and they will have no power to touch the heart.  (Ill. Acts 1:8)
    C.  Opportunity Before God - Eph. 5:14-16 - These are dark days against 
	fierce enemies, but these are also days of great opportunity.  The world 
	needs our message and our hope.  We have a tremendous opportunity to 
	share the Gospel with a lost world, but to take advantage of this great 
	privilege we must be filled with the Holy  Spirit of God.

 II.		THE REQUIREMENTS FOR BEING SPIRIT-FILLED
    A.  Conversion - The filling of the Spirit is an exclusive privilege of the 
	redeemed.  Step #1 is to receive Jesus into your heart and life!  (Ill. Many 
	lost!)
    B.  Commitment - It is a commitment to a Person.  (Ill. He is a Person, not an 
	it!)  Open all the doors of your life, (heart, home, marriage, family, job, 
	finances, etc), and invite Him to come in and take control of everything.  
	then yield to Him, (Ill. Passive Voice).  We are to make a commitment to the 
	Spirit of God to live under His influence.  (Ill. Alcohol - It influences and 
	controls every part of the personality of the drunk.)  (Ill. The Spirit - He will 
	change your walk, talk, courage, power, everything!)  Ill. But, we have to 
	allow Him to do His work and keep it a part of our daily lives by total 
	dependence upon Him.  (Ill. A Drunk - He gets thee by drinking, stays there 
	by drinking more!)
    C.  Claiming - Ill. Col. 2:6 - We received Christ by faith and we must have faith 
	that He will also fill our lives.  If you have dealt with your sins, opened the 
	doors of your life to Him, then claim the filling of the Spirit by faith.  (Ill. 
	Not about feelings - The tree will be known by the fruit it bears!)

III.		THE RESULTS OF BEING SPIRIT-FILLED
    A.  Relationships will change
	1.  Toward God - Strengthened, filled with praise and adoration.  You will 
     	      have a true spirit of worship.  His work will not be a drudgery.
	2.  Toward Others - Love them, forgive them, submit to them, serve them.
    B.  Reactions will change - Criticism will be replaced with thanksgiving - 1 
	Thes. 5:18.  God will receive the glory and honor due Him!
    C.  Reality will change - Ill. Gal. 5:22-25 - The fruit of the Spirit will be on 
	display in the life of the Spirit-filed Christian!  (Ill. Gal. 5:16!)

Conc:  Can you honestly say that you are Spirit-filled?  If not, I challenge you to 
come before the throne, open all the doors in your life, hand the Spirit the keys and 
give Him control!  It will make all the difference in you Christianity!
Sermon By Alan Carr 
 



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