Ephesians 5:18 Do not get drunk with wine, which leads to deabuchery(excessive indulgence; lack of due restraint). Instead be filled with the Spirit.
Whenever someone loses his or life at the hands of a drunk driver it evokes feelings of sadness, as well as anger. Why do people like Dr. Raymond Cook, who is currently standing trial in Raleigh for second-degree murder and felony death by vehicle, insist on drinking and then getting behind the wheel of a car? Don’t they know the risks? The better question is–do they care?
On the fateful night of September 11, 2009, Dr. Cook made the unintelligent and selfish decision to embark on a reckless trip, armed with a dangerous weapon. His careless and reckless actions contributed to the death of Raleigh resident, Elena Shapiro, a 20 year old ballet dancer. Her death, and so many others like it, was senseless and preventable; if only Dr. Cook and others who made the same foolish choice, would’ve heeded the numerous warnings against drinking and driving. Ms. Shapiro was an innocent bystander in the path of someone on the road to destruction. Now, her family and friends are left to deal with the aftermath of Dr. Cook’s poor decision to drive, despite his inability to safely do so, at the time.
Paul warned Christians not to be drunk with wine, but instead to be drunk with the Spirit. Too much wine brings about foolishness and a lack self-control which in turn, can lead to irreversible mistakes, as in Dr. Cook’s case. Intoxication in the Spirit, on the other hand, is a good thing. It brings with it, power to live righteously, peace, comfort, joy and the assurance that you are a child of God. The Spirit is the only thing you should allow to have control over you or your life.
Becoming drunk with the Spirit, entails consistently spending time doing and thinking about spiritual things. One such thing is filling up on the word of God. Take daily shots of scripture. On one occasion, Jesus told his disciples that the words that he was speaking were spirit and life. So the Word itself is spirit. Therefore, one surefire way to get drunk in the spirit is to consume lots of the Word. Reading and meditating on the scriptures draws you even closer to God.
In Ephesians 5:19, Paul suggests, singing hymns, psalms and spiritual songs to yourself. He said make melody in your heart to the Lord. Filling your ears and mouth with good, anointed gospel or Christian music gives you a spiritual high that no drug can duplicate. It also keeps your spirit in tune with the Spirit of God.
Limit and be very selective with secular music. If your choice of music doesn’t edify you or your spirit, stop listening to it, especially if it brings you down. The more you make melody in your heart to God with spiritual music and songs, the less you will want to listen to anything other than music that glorifies God.
Pray and fellowship with God regularly. Daily prayer takes us into God’s presence, which can bring about a special kind of spiritual intoxication. Paul tells us to pray without ceasing. That’s constant communion and interaction with God. As you go through your day, think about the Lord. Send up little short prayers or praise to God. Doing so, keeps you mindful of God, increases your intimacy with Him and keeps your spiritual buzz going.