Ephesians 5:18 And do not get drunk with wine, for that is debauchery, but be filled with the Spirit
Face it; we are influenced by our environment. The things we expose ourselves to influence how we think, how we feel and the decisions we make more than we’d like to admit. Millions of dollars are spent on advertising products with the intent to influence our spending. Notice how much louder that car commercial is? Notice how that catchy jingle during Saturday morning cartoons gets every kid in the room staring at the TV?! O, how about those overtly sexual commercials during sporting events?! The spiritual battle rages on around us with our enemy ready to trip us up with tricky subtle influences. But we are not helpless. Paul’s exhortation is clear: we are to choose what we are influenced by. Here he uses alcohol as the example of wrongful influence driving a person to drunkenness, but how the Holy Spirit governs us into righteousness.
Now, this isn’t meant to stir up an argument whether believers should drink or not. The point is we CHOOSE what we are influenced by. Whether it is alcohol, entertainment, music, magazines, relationships, etc., we choose what we allow our thoughts, our actions and our alliances to be ruled by. O! And please be advised; neutrality will not suffice either. Even Jesus warned us to be careful not to leave our “house” empty with NO influence at all:
Luke 11:24–26 “When the unclean spirit has gone out of a person, it passes through waterless places seeking rest, and finding none it says, ‘I will return to my house from which I came.’ And when it comes, it finds the house swept and put in order. Then it goes and brings seven other spirits more evil than itself, and they enter and dwell there. And the last state of that person is worse than the first.”