Getting Drunk On God

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“Don’t get drunk on wine, which leads to wild living. Instead, be filled with the Spirit.”  Ephesians 5:18GWT

Paul teaches that the effects of being filled with God’s spirit is joy! And then gratitude comes as a by-product. Which obviously eliminates grumbling, pouting and self-pity and bitterness, scowling and murmuring, depression and worry and discouragement.

So, how do we get filled? Start with getting drunk on God! Paul warn us to NOT get drunk on wine, but rather be filled with God’s spirit. To get drunk on wine or any alcohol, you must drink lots of it. In order to get drunk on Holy Spirit, we need to drink and drink and drink more of Him…..daily! I Cor. Says “We were all…..made to drink of one Spirit.”

Jesus said, “If anyone thirsts, let him come to me and drink. Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, ‘Out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.’”

We drink God’s spirit by setting our minds on the things of the Spirit….”seek the things above!” Philippians 3:19. Our focus should strive to stay on heavenly things as much as possible. Our perspective needs to align up with God’s so we can see what He sees! When we are too focused on the things of this earth, we lose sight of God and His great purposes.

The Holy Spirit is not like wine because He is a person and is free to come and go where He wills (John 3:8).

Jesus said to his disciples, “If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will the heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!” If we want to be filled with the Spirit, we must pray for it.

In Ephesians 3:19. Paul asks his Father in heaven (v. 14) that all the believers might be “filled with all the fullness of God.”

So my friends, today and always, we need to drink and pray. Drink and pray. DRINK AND PRAY! Get filled so you can go out and pour onto others, His grace, love and power. There is a dying world out there that needs Jesus! You may be the only bible someone sees today. You may be the one person that God wants to use today to make a difference in someone’s life for good!

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Are you Living STRONG?

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Did you know that you have an open invitation from the Creator of the Universe to come to Him for everything you have need of?  It is true, but sometimes we need a daily reminder.  Our lives get so busy and the hustle and bustle of the 21st century run us down so that we forget where our true sustenance comes from.

My reminder came this morning as I was pounding away on my treadmill.  The words at my feet scream, “LiveSTRONG”.  The catchy phrase that Lance Armstrong has made millions from, could also be an open call from God Himself to you and I to live STRONG.

God spoke this message in times past through another man, the prophet Isaiah.  In chapter 55, God calls out, “Ho!  Everyone who thirsts, come to the waters; and you who have no money, come, buy and eat.  Yes, come, buy wine and milk without money and without price”.  God is imploring His children to come to Him for all their satisfactions, come to Him for their daily provision.

The great culmination of this invitation comes when God invites us again through the life of Jesus.  On the great day of the feast of Tabernacles, Jesus stands in front of the people and calls out, “If anyone is thirsty, let him come to Me and drink deeply”.

Close your eyes with me for a moment and can you just imagine this scene?  Jesus is in the temple and He is raising His voice above all the others.  Wanting to gather everyone’s attention, He calls out this powerful invitation.    As Jesus must have looked out over the sea of faces, His heart must have tugged deeply for the hurting and brokenness of mankind.  He knew that the only satisfactions that their heart craved could only come from Him.  He was the expression and fulfillment of all of the Father’s heart.

As I daily meet people who are hurting and confused, I hear the Father say “LiveSTRONG”.  As I sit across my kitchen table and hear a 40 year old man tell me of his tragic and devastating childhood, his life now falling apart, I hear the Father say, “Come to Me”.  As I see people running around buying and spending money on things that will never satisfy, I hear the Father say, “Come to Me, I am free!  I have everything you need”.

God is all we need to get by in this world my friends.  Today, if you feel the sadness and frustration of  realizing that perhaps you have substituted other things for the living water that Jesus offers, simply reach out your hand to Him and He will come!  Allow His deep love to crash over you and rush into your being.  The result will be a beautiful filling up and then you can go and pour it out over everyone else that is thirsty!

“Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden and I will give you rest”.  Matthew 11:28