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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

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