“be filled with the Spirit” (Ephesians 5:18) is to be controlled by the Holy Spirit. This is a present continuous action and requires a believer to be (a) daily yielded to God, (b) daily in repentance with confession with godly sorrow, (c) daily allowing the word of God to richly indwell the inner man. Being controlled by the Holy Spirit empowers a believer (a) daily in spiritual battle (Spirit versus flesh) and, (b) daily in living out the person and character and conduct of Christ and in being obedient to the will of God.
Walking in the New Life, Part 1: The Truth About Sin
In order to rise-up beyond the lowlands of salvation, we must first be resolute in our understanding of God’s character when it comes to sin. God has not changed, and repentance is a foundation stone on which the new life must be built.