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Tuesday, June 27, 2017

D.U.I. - Disciple Under the Influence

June 27

(Ephesians 5:18-20 NIV) "Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit. {19} Speak to one another with psalms, hymns and spiritual songs. Sing and make music in your heart to the Lord, {20} always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. {21} Submit to one another out of reverence for Christ."

(Mark 10:42-44 NIV)  "Jesus called them together and said, "You know that those who are regarded as rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their high officials exercise authority over them. {43} Not so with you. Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, {44} and whoever wants to be first must be slave of all."

Getting drunk on wine can lead to a D.U.I. (Driving Under the Influence). Drinking in the Spirit can also lead to D.U.I. (Disciple Under the Influence). The indicators of Christian D.U.I. are corporate worship, personal praise, continuous thanksgiving, and mutual submission. Mutual  submission always takes two or more people. It is unnatural for us. It takes a new attitude -- an attitude that is different from the one we learn in the world. Mutual submission is like putting a "YIELD" sign at both ends of a single lane bridge -- to avoid collisions people must be willing to submit to one another. Many of the silly conflicts and embarrassing disputes for which the church is notorious could be avoided if we would just “submit to one another out of reverence for Christ.” But this kind of submission will require a “Disciple Under the Influence”, so drink heavily and deeply of God’s Holy Spirit! -- Friar Tuck’s Word of the Day


Monday, June 26, 2017

Drinking in the Spirit

June 26

(Ephesians 5:18-20 NIV) "Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit. {19} Speak to one another with psalms, hymns and spiritual songs. Sing and make music in your heart to the Lord, {20} always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ."

(Ephesians 4:19 NIV) "Having lost all sensitivity, they have given themselves over to sensuality so as to indulge in every kind of impurity, with a continual lust for more."

(Luke 15:13 NIV) "Not long after that, the younger son got together all he had, set off for a distant country and there squandered his wealth in wild living."

(1 Thessalonians 5:7-9 NIV) "For those who sleep, sleep at night, and those who get drunk, get drunk at night. {8} But since we belong to the day, let us be self-controlled, putting on faith and love as a breastplate, and the hope of salvation as a helmet. {9} For God did not appoint us to suffer wrath but to receive salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ."

(1 Corinthians 10:31 NIV)  "So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God."

(Psalms 81:10 NIV)  "I am the Lord your God, who brought you up out of Egypt. Open wide your mouth and I will fill it."

God calls us out of intoxication and into sanctification. If we are going to be immoderate in our drinking, it should be with the new wine of His Holy Spirit. Drunkenness usually leads to debauchery. Debauchery is the extreme indulgence of our appetites, or what some would call unbridled living. It is a self-indulgent mindset. It opens the floodgates of excess in our life. Debauchery caused the “Prodigal Son” to "squander his wealth in wild living." Debauchery is like a black hole that drains our life. It numbs the conscience, destroys good judgment, breeds a “continual lust for more”, and makes us really stupid. This world needs a strong, vital Christian witness. We have no business being "lit up", or "living it up" unless we are lighting up our world and living up to Jesus. If we are going to be intoxicated, it should be with the Spirit of God. -- Friar Tuck’s Word of the Day

Sunday, June 25, 2017

God’s Will: What About Me?

June 25

(Ephesians 5:15-16 NIV) "Be very careful, then, how you live--not as unwise but as wise, {16} making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil."

(Proverbs 11:14 NIV) "For lack of guidance a nation falls, but many advisers make victory sure."

(Proverbs 12:15 NIV) "The way of a fool seems right to him, but a wise man listens to advice."

(Proverbs 13:10 NIV) "Pride only breeds quarrels, but wisdom is found in those who take advice."

(Proverbs 15:22 NIV) "Plans fail for lack of counsel, but with many advisers they succeed."

It can sometimes be difficult to discern God’s individual will for our lives. Scripture and prayer, used in combination, can help us discern God’s will, but it’s hard to find specific verses that tell us what job to take, what person to marry, or what city to live in. Circumstances, such as our family situation, education, health, spiritual gifts, and prior commitments, should also be taken into consideration when seeking God’s individual will. Circumstances can include what are often called “open doors” and “closed doors”. Just be aware that the Enemy also knows how to open and close doors. Every “open door” does not necessarily come from the Lord, nor does all difficulty constitute a “closed door” from God. Whenever we are moving in God's direction there will likely be resistance. The wise Christian will exercise patience and seek godly counsel. -- Friar Tuck’s Word of the Day

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Understanding God’s Will

June 24

(Ephesians 5:15-17 NIV) "Be very careful, then, how you live--not as unwise but as wise, {16} making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. {17} Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord's will is."

(Romans 12:2 NIV) "Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is--his good, pleasing and perfect will."

Maturity in the faith brings with it an increased ability to understand God's will. We stop conforming to this world, our minds are renewed, and our wills are transformed. We still have choices to make. We either live wisely, or we live foolishly. We either live in God's will, or we live outside of His will. There is little “middle ground”. It’s difficult to be just a little bit stupid. It is helpful to us that God’s moral will is spelled out in His commandments. Think of them as the manufacturers operating instructions. Along with our conscience and Christ, the commandments form a trinity for knowing God’s will. Obey the commandments, listen to your conscience, and know the mind of Christ, and you will have a much greater chance of understanding God’s will. This is a necessity for the Christian, because just like we can’t be a little bit stupid, we also can’t be just a little bit disobedient. -- Friar Tuck’s Word of the Day