Don’t Blow Your Horn

Be very careful, then, how you live–not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is. Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit, (Ephesians 5:15-18 NIV)

Paul tells us to be filled (continually) with the Holy Spirit.  He also says be careful how you live. Be wise and thoughtful, and don’t be a drunk. Basically, Paul is saying choose your relief.  When things are too much and you are bending under the pressure, don’t turn to things that falsely satisfy. Alcohol is specifically mentioned here but that could also be overwork, shopping, overextending in any way.  Instead, turn to Jesus.  When you say yes to Jesus, the Holy Spirit moves in. The Holy Spirit will fill you up with joy and peace every moment of every day.  The other options won’t.

We all do good things to help out – whether it be for others or our church or an organization.  Jesus says we should and then He says after we do it we should be very, very quiet about it.  It’s hard. It’s hard because that voice in your head starts telling you how good you are and that what you’ve done needs to be recognized. Watch out! That voice, the one that wants you to take the credit and not give it to God? That is not the voice you should be listening to. When we hear that voice, we should ask God to search our hearts and clean them out. Only to God belongs the glory.

Written by Diane Levy


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