Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit, speaking to one another with psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit. Sing and make music from your heart to the Lord, always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. (Eph. 5:18-20)
I love to pray in the Spirit—to pray in tongues. I love to be filled with the Spirit. Do you know what that is? Have you ever been so full of joy, that you could not help but pray in the Spirit and worship? It is supposed to be, if you will, our “resting heartbeat” as believers.
I don’t mean jumping up and down and shouting—although, there is a place for that. I am speaking of the abiding peace of God in your soul. Just a few days ago, Elana and I woke up in Ireland. We were there ministering at a conference. We had the morning off, so we decided to walk to the next town—seven kilometers. About halfway there, we started praying—and then I did not want to stop. I just continued to “Sing and make music from your (my) heart to the Lord.” What a joy it was to commune with God!
A Cheap Buzz
Notice Paul compares being filled with the Spirit to getting drunk with wine. Getting drunk (or high) is the cheap counterfeit to being filled with the Spirit.
Getting drunk doesn’t require relationships. Being filled with the Spirit requires one to seek God. There is a cost.
Getting drunk leads to “debauchery” which is: “excessive indulgence in sensual pleasures.” Getting drunk leads to bad judgment. I have been involved recently in an issue with a minister, who has been accused of getting drunk and then sending lewd texts and pictures to people—something that one would not do sober. When you are filled with the Spirit, it leads to acts of love and kindness, as well as building each other up. The fruit is good!
Getting drunk leads to bad health and hangovers. It can lead to throwing up and even alcohol poisoning. Getting filled with the Spirit leads to self-control and good habits. It leads to a healthy body. Proverbs 17:22 says that “a cheerful heart is good medicine.”
Keep Drinking—The Seven Keys
There are several commands in scripture that are “continual” commands in regard to our relationship with the Spirit of God.
Rejoice always. (1 Thess. 5:16) Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! (Phil 4:4)
Pray continually. (1 Thess. 5:17)
Do not quench the Spirit. (1 Thess. 5:20)
Think pure thoughts. (Phil. 4:8)