No doubt, when a person experiences being filled with the Holy Spirit, it will lead to action of some kind. In fact, as I look through the New Testament, every time I see the term Filled with the Holy Spirit, I see believers moved to action: prophesying, preaching, praying for people, preaching with boldness or expressing a gift of the Holy Spirit! But not one time do I see extreme emotional and meaningless religious expressions. Instead, I see expressions of God’s love through ministry or worship. And never once, do I see it as an indication that one believer has gotten more of the Holy Spirit or become more spiritual than another believer!
We have a tendency to look to a single experience and hope that one experience will forever change our life. But that never really happens. God has called us to a relationship. That’s why we are called to become disciples, not just Christians. To walk in this abundant life we must walk with our God. We must follow Him with our whole heart. At every moment, in every situation, we must be ready to follow and yield to Him.
Ephesians 5:18 says, And do not be drunk with wine, in which is dissipation; but be filled with the Spirit (NKJV). In this scripture, being filled is compared to being drunk. Being drunk does not actually make you do things you do not want to do. Instead, it just removes the limitations, the boundaries that prevent you from doing what you want to do. Albeit, many times those boundaries are there for a good reason. Anyone who has ever given themselves to much drinking has awaken to the dreaded question, “Oh no! What did I do?” The answer is simple. You did something that you wanted to do, but something that inhibitions, personal beliefs and boundaries would “normally” have kept you from doing.