Pastor Adam Noritake
Living in the Holy Spirit
“Do not get drunk”
Mixing alcohol with religious worship was common
They would get drunk on wine and be filled with the “spirit” of Dionysus.
There are physical and emotional indicators of drunkenness. Paul compars drunkenness from alcohol and being filled with the Spirit. Imagine the Spirit filling you, and the power of that filling, with change and totality that comes with it. When we are filled with the Spirit, we do not sing drunken songs, but we sing songs of praise to God!
Have a BALANCED DIET when it comes to praising God!!! Hymns vs contemporary songs. Hymns were written by Christians who were as God-loving and Spirit-filled as Christians are now! Corporate praise is special. Being a Spirit-filled Christian means having praise on your lips, showing gratitude to God.
Complaining is the antithesis to gratitude. God will make us into a thankful people. The Spirit has to work in us on the inside to make us grateful. We need the right perspective: we were created to worship God. The gospel needs to be real to us.
How does the Holy Spirit make a broken, hurting person give thanks even in the darkest of places? How does God take that person and make them overflow with thanksgiving?
A spirit-filled Christian is subject to one another out of love for Christ. We are all under authority. We are under authority of our parents, teachers, mentors, GOD (in the form of the Trinity: Father, then Son, then Holy Spirit, yet all EQUAL.) Jesus was under authority of God, obedient until death. There is an authority structure amongst Christians, especially in church. We should strive to be LAST in authority within the church. Love the church, serve the church.
Spirit-filled people do these things: