From the Pastor’s Heart
And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit…Ephesians 5:18
Saints must be willing to turn over every stone so that we give clear and concise information to those we are pursuing for the Kingdom of God. The Gospel is what we are committed to using to help the lost learn about the Savior. Paul taught the Ephesians so that they would grow with spiritual understanding. He wanted them to know that grace is God given; our purpose will then be fulfilled.
A believer spirit filled condition isn’t a onetime experience, but it is maintained by continually being filled. The Holy Spirit will influence every aspect of our lives, overflowing, transforming relationships, dynamic ministry, enhanced worship which includes a personal prayer language (gift of tongues). The scripture (Ephesians 5:18) instructs us be not drunk with wine wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit. (KJV)
We need to be filled so that we can enjoy the fulfillment of the Holy Spirit. (Colossians 1: 9-10) So many blessings come when we release ourselves to the Holy Spirit, knowledge, wisdom and spiritual understanding. Our desire should always be to walk worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing Him, being fruitful in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God.
Lastly, Salvation the greatest gift we have received. It is threefold, past, present and future. We are saved (justification) when we first trusted Christ; we are being saved (sanctification) as the Holy Spirit continues to work in us; and we will yet be saved (glorification) as we share in the final triumph.
A last note: I want to thank the best church in the world. Your love was truly proven when I lost my mother and the entire church rallied around me and my family. Thanks for all the prayers, support and your presence every step of the way. I love you all and feel honored that God has blessed me to shepherd such great people.