Did you know that drunkenness was God’s idea? He is the author of intoxication. The concept of “being high” started with Him. There’s no high like the Most High!

The devil has never created anything. He only perverts what God made perfect. The world has no tricks of its own. It can only offer counterfeits of what God offers. What the world offers is fake and phony. But God offers the real stuff.

All sin has pleasure associated with it. Sin is pleasurable. If it wasn’t, then nobody would partake in it. Who would willingly partake in something unpleasant and unpleasurable that would kill and destroy them? That would be stupid. People sin because there is pleasure associated with it. But it is only for a moment.

Hebrews 11:24-25 NKJV
By faith Moses, when he became of age, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter, choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God than to enjoy the passing pleasures of sin.

The pleasures associated with sin are passing pleasures. They remain only for a season. They are temporary. Momentary. Why? Because they are the fake. They are only counterfeits. But the pleasures that come from God are the real deal. They remain forever. They are eternal. They do not have an expiry date!

A great example is drunkenness. Drunkenness is a sin. It has pleasure associated with it. That is why people get drunk. But it is only a momentary pleasure. A hangover often shows that the expiry date has been reached. The pleasure of drunkenness is only a counterfeit. But if there is a counterfeit available in the world, then that must mean that the real thing is available from God.

Ephesians 5:18-20 NKJV
And do not be drunk with wine, in which is dissipation; but be filled with the Spirit, speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord, giving thanks always for all things to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Here Paul compared being filled with the Spirit to being drunk with wine. Being filled with the Holy Spirit is the real stuff! It’s uncut. And you won’t wake up with a hangover the next day. What a deal!

Have you notice the more drunk a person gets, the more free they get? They often start to sing. Maybe even shout. And dancing is sure to follow. Drunk people are often the most real people. The intoxication causes the masks to come off and the walls to come down. The person under the influence drops his guard. He returns to his natural state. The mind shuts down and the heart begins to show.

Being filled with the Spirit has the same effect. “Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom” (2 Cor. 3:17). The more filled a person gets, the more free they get. Singing, shouting and dancing can, and should, follow. That’s why Paul said the effects of being filled with the Holy Spirit is singing psalms, hymns and spiritual songs, making melody in your heart to the Lord, and giving thanks always for all things. Sounds amazing!

The infilling of the Holy Spirit also causes us to return to our natural state. Our masks come off, the walls around our hearts come crashing down and we let go of ourselves. What we always used to hide behind gets taken away. Instead, we stand “naked and unashamed”. The real version of ourselves comes out as we break free from all that we held dear to for security.

Let go, and let God fill you up with His intoxicating Holy Spirit. Gloog, gloog, gloog! Drink it in. Gulp it down. Down, down, down… And then, let it bubble up. Up, up, up… And away! Away to paradise. Back to reality…

Love and Blessings

Peter

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