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Mark Shoquist  // Ephesians 5:18 // Have you wondered why some professing Christians don’t look any different from unbelievers? It’s likely because they aren’t living a Spirit-filled life.

The moment we come to faith in Jesus, the Holy Spirit immediately comes to dwell within us. Being indwelt with the Spirit is a one-time, wonderful event that lasts for eternity.

However, the Bible also tells us to continually be filled with the Spirit, which means to allow the Spirit full access to empower and direct us. It’s different from being indwelt with the Spirit.

Since I’m a chocolate lover, I’ll use the analogy of chocolate milk to explain the difference. Think of your life as a glass of milk and the Spirit as chocolate syrup. Being indwelt is like generously pouring chocolate into a glass of milk. All the ingredients are fully present to make a delicious glass of chocolate milk. However, unless you stir the chocolate, enabling it to have full influence over the milk, the milk will only continue to taste…well, like milk. Stirring the chocolate is like being filled with the Spirit.

To take the analogy further, notice the milk doesn’t “muster up” the taste of chocolate on its own. Instead, the chocolate does the work. The milk merely needs to make itself fully accessible to the chocolate.  Same goes for the Spirit in our lives.

Just how chocolate can quickly resettle at the bottom of a glass moments later, we need to continually be filled with the Spirit, moment-by-moment, asking Him to empower and direct our lives.

Ask the Lord to fill you and empower you right now, as you go about your day today.