Don’t be drunk, be filled with the Holy Spirit

The big message that I want to share with you concerning the drunkenness teaching is that God does not want you to be drunk with wine. In Ephesians 5:18, He contrasts being drunk with wine with being filled with the Holy Spirit. God wants you to be filled with the Holy Spirit. Filling is an experience subsequent to salvation. You see this in Acts 2 where the believers that were there on the Day of Pentecost were filled with the Holy Spirit. You also see that evidence of being filled with the Holy Spirit is speaking in other tongues. Being filled with the Holy Spirit is an experience for others. Getting saved is an experience for you.

The way that you get filled with the Holy Spirit is that after you receive salvation, Romans 10:9-10, you can ask God to fill you. (Luke 11:13) Once you are filled, you can get drunk in the Holy Spirit. The Bible teaches how to do this in Ephesians 5:19-21. Being drunk in the Holy Spirit is being so full of the Holy Spirit that the evidence of His presence can be visibly seen by others. This is confirmed by Acts 2:4 and specifically from verse 13 on out to the end of the chapter. There is an appearance associated with the fullness of the Holy Spirit and those who are unaware and have not been taught could possibly think that the appearance is related to an overindulgence in alcohol.

God wants you to live your life in the Holy Spirit. He wants you to be led by the Holy Spirit in all that you do and say and allow the Holy Spirit to minister to you. He is calling you to righteousness and a life in Him and He doesn’t want you to be given over to alcohol and a life of drunkenness.

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