Do not get drunk on wine. . . . Instead, be filled with the Spirit. (Eph. 5:18)

FOR THE LAST COUPLE YEARS, I have served on the board of the Grant County Rescue Mission in Marion, Indiana. As the chairperson, I have asked different men, who have been helped by the ministry of the mission, to share their testimonies with the board members before we start doing business.

Max started his testimony with these words, “I used to be filled with booze, but now I am filled with the Spirit of God; and I feel really good!” Throughout the board room I heard different individuals saying, “Amen!”

Max then continued. “I feel good about my relationship with God. No longer do I feel guilty when I go to him. The Spirit of God is helping me to know that I have been forgiven and that I can have a good relationship with my heavenly Father. Secondly, I am finally beginning to feel good about myself. For years I have felt shame for how my life has turned out. There is no pride in being a drunk and having lost everything, including my family. However, now the Spirit is helping me to stay sober. He has even supplied a job for me. Lastly, I feel good about how the Spirit is helping me to make friends at the Mission who are encouraging me to keep on the right course.”

Allow the Holy Spirit to fill and transform you.

Jim “Umf” Lo is a professor at Indiana Wesleyan University, cross-cultural leader, intercessor, and author of several books including Unholiness: Overcoming the Forces That Attack Your Soul (WPH).

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