Sometimes I wish things didn’t fall apart so easily. Two weeks after having my car serviced, I couldn’t get the heater to work. When I took it back to the shop, they told me I didn’t have any radiator fluid. Then they tried to blame me for the problem, when, in fact, they forgot to check my fluid levels the last time I came for service.

Our “radiator fluid” in the Christian life is the Holy Spirit. He is the Source of our spiritual strength. The more He controls our lives, the more His fruit will be visible through us. The Spirit will only take control when we walk in Him by trusting and obeying the Word of God. This is our filling station.

Now we don’t need a fill-up in the sense of getting more of the Spirit, but we do need Him to get more of us. Life works so much better when we’re letting the Spirit lead—and He even shows us when it’s time to check our fluid levels. A lack of joy and peace are two symptoms He uses to make us aware of sin which keeps us from fellowship with God.

You may be wondering why in the world you don’t have joy or peace in your relationship with Christ. Have you checked your spiritual fluid levels? Is the Holy Spirit leading in every area of your life, or are there some burdens you don’t want to turn over to Him just yet? Let the Holy Spirit have all of you. Your life won’t run right unless He’s in full control.

Ephesians 5:18 is not just an experience to be enjoyed but a command to be obeyed. If we do not open ourselves to a daily encounter with the Holy Spirit, then the inevitable conclusion is that we are disobedient Christians. — D. L. Moody

Devotional by Dr. James A. Scudder