We had bible study tonight, and I just wanted to comment on something Jini said, because I thought it was pretty good. The first thing she said was "We have the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit doesn't have us." And then she gave a great analogy to explain what she meant.
Picture a room in your basement, that doesn't have any windows or anything, just cement walls on all sides. In this room, you've stored all your boxes. It's filled to the top with boxes. There's a single lightbulb at the top of the room that you turn on. The lightbulb represents the Holy Spirit, and the room is you. The boxes represent all your hangups, your weaknesses, basically things that keep you from being closer to God in your life. That lightbulb can only penetrate so far into the room, because the room is already filled with other things. As you remove boxes, the light can penetrate more and more into the room. So it is with our lives. As we remove those boxes, the Holy Spirit can fill us more and more.
18Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit.
If we want the Holy Spirit to have us, fully have us, we need to remove the other things from our lives. Make ourselves a vessel that can be filled by the Spirit.