The Bible says, “And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the SPIRIT; Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the LORD; Giving thanks always for all things unto GOD and the FATHER in the Name of our LORD JESUS CHRIST…” (Ephesians 5:18-20) However, we ain’t suppose to be stuck on stupid all the time as you cannot eat steak and potatoes every day! The body needs nourishment for the physical man just as the inner man needs SPIRITUAL FOOD. Yet, we have more wine taverns, bars, and liquor stores than churches. On every corner, there is a place to get drunk. More so, the bartender will call a taxi to take the drunk home (and they may or may not pay for the cab). The idea is to keep drunks off the roadways. That’s a good thang! Oh yea! The drunk may be singing but it won’t be a hymn to the LORD!
BRING IT DOWN ON HOME:
Apostle Paul wrote this letter to the “Saints at Ephesus” who were good people but good people make mistakes and there will be a lot of good people in hell! So, it is not enough to be good because our standards ain’t good enough for GOD! That’s why, GOD sent JESUS! All of our righteousness is as “filthy rags” to GOD. I saw the ruins at Ephesus, the Great Theater, the Temple of Diana, and modern Ephesus. Honey, Apostle Paul was right on the nail. The city was full of idol worshippers and the Saints had to look at them.
Like the Saints at Ephesus, the devil is up-in-the faces of the Saints of our day! But ALL Saints (past, present, and future) are chosen in CHRIST JESUS (before the foundation of the world) that we should be holy and without blame before HIM in love. Furthermore, GOD hath blessed Saints with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in CHRIST. We are going to make it through every trial and tribulation. Don’t you worry about your family, children, friends, job, pain, suffering, depression, confusion, ups and downs. The LORD GOD will be with you ALWAYS even unto the END. Each day, press a little harder. Lay aside all that junk! In fact, don’t even look at the people who upset you – see them and don’t see them! May I say this? You might get mad and stab them with a plastic fork , then, you’ll have to pray for forgiveness! So, it’s best to take an Epson Salt or bubble bath as you read the Bible!
There is another message for the “Saints at Ephesus.” In the Book of Revelation, Apostle John wrote to the Church of Ephesus, “I know thy works and thy labor, patience, and how thou cannot bear them which are evil and thou hast tried them which say they are apostles, and are not, and hast found them liars. Nevertheless, I have some what against thee, because thou has left thy first love. Remember therefore from when thou are fallen, and repent, and do the first works; or else, I will come unto thee quickly, and will remove thy candlestick out of his place, except thou repent.” (Revelation 2:2-5)
Now we must look at our natural selves. By nature, we are sinners and sinful people (if allowed) will do only what seems right to them. As you know, what is right for one person may not be right for the next person. Thus we need a standard and it’s the WORD of GOD! As Christians, we must obey GOD’S Commandments and HIS guidelines will help us to do right unto those we like and those we don’t like. If someone is hungry (black or white), we must feed them….if someone needs a coat, we must give them a jacket…if someone needs help, we must help them because of the love of God. If you are a hiring manager, you will not cherry pick applicants by race, color, gender, or creed. You will hire the best qualified applicant regardless to his or her race, color, or creed.
No matter what, the Lord GOD commands us to obey. Notice GOD does not say we cannot drink wine. Instead the Lord says, “… be not drunk in excess…” In fact, JESUS attended the Wedding in Cana and He produced wine for them to drink. Notice, the people drank but JESUS did not make the wine for them to get drunk and the Bible does not say they got drunk. I suppose that was the best wine they ever tasted! Another Scripture tells us there is a time and season for all things to be born, to die, to plant, to pluck up, to be quiet, to laugh, to mourn, and so on and on.
Like the “Saints at Ephesus,” we have fallen and left our first love – to the love The Lord Thy GOD with all of our hearts! The Lord GOD wants us to be filled with the HOLY SPIRIT not the spirits in the wine bottle! The “spirits in the bottle” will make us crazy and make us to all kinds of immoral acts (which are contrary to the Will of God). Don’t get out there to willfully or unwillfully sin against the Lord GOD because you may not like yourself in the morning. Even worse, you may be called into judgment and it will be too late to make it back. So remember this, “Be Filled with the SPIRIT not the Spirits in the Bottle!”
Have a Blessed Day!