“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 2: Our Justification
Romans 8 is an exciting proclamation of what the new life is all about. Paul opens the chapter by laying the cornerstone of our faith, and then goes on to describe to us the vital role of the mind in the new life of a believer.