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What Are You Getting Intoxicated On?

Nov 09

by Victoria Robinson

There are at least four ways a person can become intoxicated. The first is being intoxicated on love as we see described in the romantic scriptures found in Song of Solomon. The second is the most obvious, by becoming physically intoxicated. God clearly shows us this is not wise. The third is shown to us in the book of Isaiah where God calls Jerusalem to awaken from her spiritual drunkenness due to sin.  The fourth is to become intoxicated on the Spirit as found in the book of Acts. This is where God says not to get drunk on wine, but instead be filled with the Spirit.

The first kind of intoxication is certainly wonderful as long as you are in a godly relationship. The second and third way to get intoxicated are really one and the same. Both are simply sin. So girlfriends, is there some sin in your life that is making you stagger in drunkenness? Just like alcohol, sin can overtake you gradually. One sin doesn’t necessarily make you stagger in drunkenness. Maybe even two does not seem to bother you. But in the end all sin, whether a little sip or a large swig will be harmful. The more you sin, the more your heart becomes hardened.

The fourth is the best way to be intoxicated, that is to be drunk on the Spirit of God. There is no better feeling than to revel in your relationship to your heavenly Father. Dearest girlfriends, let us not get drunk on sin, but instead be filled with the Holy Spirit.

Therefore hear this, you afflicted one, made drunk, but not with wine. This is what your Sovereign LORD says, your God, who defends his people: “See, I have taken out of your hand the cup that made you stagger; from that cup, the goblet of my wrath, you will never drink again. ~ Isaiah 51:21-22 NIV
  
Who has woe? Who has sorrow? Who has strife? Who has complaints? Who has needless bruises? Who has bloodshot eyes? Those who linger over wine, who go to sample bowls of mixed wine. Do not gaze at wine when it is red, when it sparkles in the cup, when it goes down smoothly! In the end it bites like a snake and poisons like a viper. Your eyes will see strange sights and your mind imagine confusing things. You will be like one sleeping on the high seas, lying on top of the rigging. “They hit me,” you will say, “but I’m not hurt! They beat me, but I don’t feel it! When will I wake up so I can find another drink?” ~ Psalm 23-29-35 NIV
 
Wine is a mocker and beer a brawler; whoever is led astray by them is not wise. ~ Proverbs 20:1 NIV
 
Let him kiss me with the kisses of his mouth— for your love is more delightful than wine. ~ Song of Solomon 1:2
 
Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit. ~ Ephesians 5:18 NIV
 
And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. ~ Ephesians 4:30-31 NIV
 
They are darkened in their understanding and separated from the life of God because of the ignorance that is in them due to the hardening of their hearts. 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. ~ Ephesians 4:18-19 NIV
 
At one time we too were foolish, disobedient, deceived and enslaved by all kinds of passions and pleasures. We lived in malice and envy, being hated and hating one another. But when the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared, he saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit, whom he poured out on us generously through Jesus Christ our Savior, so that, having been justified by his grace, we might become heirs having the hope of eternal life.~ Titus 3:7 NIV
 
For the kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking, but of righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit, because anyone who serves Christ in this way is pleasing to God and approved by men. ~ Romans 14:17-18 NIV