Eph.5:18,19 – And do not get drunk with wine, for that is dissipation, but be filled with the Spirit, speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody with your heart to the Lord;

Being drunk in the Spirit is not some new bizarre twist on Christianity forged in the halls of charismania. Spiritual intoxication is as old as communion or any other sacred part of our Christian faith. Even though this intoxication is often characterized by laughter and extreme joy it is saturated with the very holiness of the Lord. Actually it has erupted throughout church history often scandalizing segments of the body of Christ. It has often been connected to critical seasons for the church, equipping Christians for the persecution and temptations that are rampant in the world. Here is how Augustine described spiritual intoxication and drinking in his day.

“The Holy Spirit has come to abide in you; do not make him withdraw; do not exclude him from your heart in any way. He is a good guest; He found you empty and He filled you; He found you hungry and He satisfied you; He found you thirsty and He has intoxicated you. May He truly intoxicate you! The Apostle said, “Do not be drunk with wine which leads to debauchery.” Then, as if to clarify what we should be intoxicated with, he adds, “But be filled with the Spirit, addressing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody to the Lord with all your heart”. Doesn’t a person who rejoices in the Lord and sings to Him exuberantly seem like a person who is drunk? I like this kind of intoxication. The Spirit of God is both drink and light.”

Many have left the church in our generation because of a dissatisfaction that has developed in their souls. Churches have scrambled and morphed into a culturally acceptable model to try to keep the crowds. The changes in church hasn’t helped meet the nagging thirst that is in the dissatisfied souls of this age. The solutions are as old as the gospel itself, man is thirsting for God and nothing less will do. The solution for today’s world is the same as the one that has surfaced throughout history. Man is thirsty for living water, the water that becomes a veritable fountain in our souls.


  1. I thank The Lord for allowing me to receive via the Holy Spirit. My co-workers just don’t understand why I start laughing uncontrollabley. They think that I am nuts to put it mildly 😊. But I know that it is a result from joy unspeakable. This is only one of the ways that I receive. I don’t have any control over it. It comes at a time,well I just can’t put it into words. But I do thank the lord for it.

  2. Intoxication with wine results in uninhibited happiness and outburst of laughter. There are swells of intense emotional ups and downs. There is a warm love for strangers and a distancing of one’s problems. When the affects of the wine dissipates you are right back where you started and probably worse off since in that state you did things that must dealt with.
    Intoxication with the Spirit from outward appearance may look the same – uninhibited happiness and outbursts of laughter. Yet internally, healing is taking place. A love for God and His holiness is magnified. Uninhibited outbursts of praise and a true love for others increases. When the outward effects of spiritual intoxication seemingly dissipates the internal effects remain. There may things to be dealt with such as criticism but in the end God is glorified and we are happified! \o/

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