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Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit,...
We will all live "under the influence" of something or someone. Shortcuts to living a full life nearly always involve living "under the influence" of some addictive substance or behavior. God's antidote is far more than a call to stop addictive behavior: it is a call to live "under the influence" of God's holy presence alive within us, the Spirit of the Living God. This Spirit-filled life is the only alternative to an addiction driven life because we all hunger and thirst at our core being for God. Anything less than experiencing this water of life within us (John 7:37-39) will leave us vulnerable to the many false substitutes that place us in bondage. "Be filled with the Spirit!" is more than a command, it is the only way to live life abundantly (John 10:10).
O Father, fill me and transform me by the power of the Holy Spirit at work within me. Mold me and conform me to the character and compassion of your Son Jesus, in whose name I pray. Amen.
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