Psa 150:4 Praise him with the timbrel and dance:

Eph 5: 18 And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit

JOY

1Pe 1:8 Whom having not seen, ye love; in whom, though now ye see [him] not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory.

God produces a joy that just loves to please our heavenly Father.  Joy that comes out of living right before God.  Joy that loves to give express of our lives as believers.  Paul says we have not seen or touched God as we would touch another human being.  Yet we choose to love him with a passion.  We choose to  make the conscious decision to believe. To declare this is My GOD.

SOBRIETY

1 Tim 2: 9 In like manner also, that women adorn themselves in modest apparel, with shamefacedness and sobriety (sōphrosynē); not with broided hair, or gold, or pearls, or costly array

1 Tim 2: 15 Notwithstanding she shall be saved in childbearing, if they continue in faith and charity and holiness with sobriety. (sōphrosynē)

WHY oh WHY would Paul instruct women to be sober when drunkenness was the norm?

 Sobriety (Sōphrosynē )

1) soundness of mind

2) self-control, sobriety

 So Paul lumps holiness in with soberness.  Does this not say something here?

 Acts 26: 25 But he said , I am not mad , most noble Festus; but speak forth the words of truth and soberness ( sōphrosynē)

 Paul again in speaking to those in authority proclaim his words with uprightness , clear precise and in full charge of his faculties

 By experience  I have found that God has taken me away from this scenario of drunkenness.  God can and does express himself through me with a real joy, love and peace and I mean in abundance. Where worship takes on a new and dynamic reality. I just love to worship. This reality and experience it’s not drunkenness. What I experience is the very opposite. Quite confidence and self control. Just as the Bible teaches. Place where I can commune with God in a real glorious and wonderful way. I cannot repeat it enough that God’s way is not drunkenness.  Being filled does not make you slur your words and act like a drunk.

LAUGHTER:

What about laughter?  Yes laughter can also come out of our relationship with God.  But we have also to be cautious here. True laughter comes from an appreciation of what God has done.  It does not come from the guy at the front with the funny face acting it up. and cracking jokes to make people laugh

 I have seen people manipulated and call it the Holy Spirit.  Where self control and constrain is thrown to the wind all in the name of one who brings self control.  I have seen foolishness proclaimed as wisdom, drunkenness as revival.  I have seen a lot of this so called Holy Ghost laughter and it is nothing but a spirit of mockery behind it.  You can tell by the way the Bible and his word is treated.

Psa 126: 2 Then was our mouth filled with laughter, and our tongue with singing: then said they among the heathen, The LORD hath done great things for them

 1 Thess 5: 21 Prove all things; hold fast that which is good Abstain from all appearance of evil.

Prov 1`7: 22 A merry heart doeth good [like] a medicine: but a broken spirit drieth the bones

Rom 14: 17 For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost

Rom 15: 13 Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that ye may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Ghost.

At no time does drunkenness gets associated believers who are walking with God.

James 3: 10 Out of the same mouth proceedeth blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not so to be

Would that also include those who feign drunkenness and slur their words as to appear intoxicated?

1 Cor 14: 40 Let all things be done decently and in order.

Two words get used here DECENTLY and ORDER

Decently : means  denotes “gracefully, becomingly, in a seemly manner” (eu, “well,” schema, “a form, figure”); “honestly,” in Rom 13:13 (marg., “decently”), in contrast to the shamefulness of Gentile social life; in 1Th 4:12, the contrast is to idleness and its concomitant evils and the resulting bad testimony to unbelievers; in 1Cr 14:40, “decently,” where the contrast is to disorder in oral testimony in the churches.

Honest, Honestly, Honesty:

becomingly, decently,” is rendered “honestly” in Rom 13:13, where it is set in contrast with the confusion of gentile social life, and in 1Th 4:12, of the manner of life of believers as a witness to “them that are without;” in 1Cr 14:40, “decently,” in contrast with confusion in the churches.   (VINES) 

Again the idea of drunkiness is simply ruled out.

 Order : 1) an arranging, arrangement

2) order

a) a fixed succession observing a fixed time

3) due or right order, orderly condition

4) the post, rank, or position which one holds in civic or other affairs

a) since this position generally depends on one’s talents, experience, resources

1) character, fashion, quality, style

 I have taken a little bit of time here to quote the dictionary because at the heart of God is order and arrangement.  God is not a God of confusion.  Drunkenness produces confusion, mockery and disorder.  It runs contrary to the nature of God.

 HOLINESS (hagiasmos)

Heb 12: 14 Follow peace with all [men], and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord

1) consecration, purification

2) the effect of consecration

a) sanctification of heart and life

Holiness is a sanctification of our lives.  But it is also a place where God puts us, whereby we are being separated  from this world and separated unto God and his service. Upon those he will pour out his spirit.

 1 thess 4: 17 For God hath not called us unto uncleanness, but unto holiness (hagiasmos)

1 Peter 1: 2 Elect according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, through sanctification  (hagiasmos) of the Spirit, unto obedience and sprinkling of the blood of Jesus Christ: Grace unto you, and peace, be multiplied

With Holiness comes a deep sense of the purity in which God is calling us.  As we behold those same virtues in God, so we also crave to reflect that same nature in our lives.  We desire to be holy because he is HOLY.  We crave to be pure because he is PURE!   

Worship

Worship in many ways cannot be forced, but it does come out of a growing reality as to how far God went to save us.  To restore what was broken. To mend what we could not.  Gods grace is so vast and so great I don’t think we have yet to see its horizons.   It extends outward from Calvary and encompasses the sinner.  God bestows his righteousness not just to our guilty records, but works within us to bring out that which is his righteous nature. 

Tears

Another facet which is hardly ever mentioned is tears.

Ps 56:  Thou tellest my wanderings: put thou my tears into thy bottle: [are they] not in thy book.

Pslam 126: 5 They that sow in tears shall reap in joy

Is 25: 8 He will swallow up death in victory; and the Lord GOD will wipe away tears from off all faces; and the rebuke of his people shall he take away from off all the earth: for the LORD hath spoken [it].

We simply do not quaint tears are something God respects or encourages, but he does.  Tears of Joy as well as tears of sorrow.  There are times I am moved to tears over something.  It brings not just a release from God.  But it comes from God. 

 JUDGEMENT

Rev 17: 2 With whom the kings of the earth have committed fornication, and the inhabitants of the earth have been made drunk with the wine of her fornication

Now is it by any coincidence that drunkenness is a part of the judgement of God?  In fact that becoming drunk is an actual judgement upon those who commit spiritual whoredom? God is not a kill joy but the one thing I have found that God will not  allow                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               his word to be mocked.  The more we come to know God the more sober we become.

CHASTENING 

Job 5: 17 Behold, happy [is] the man whom God correcteth: therefore despise not thou the chastening of the Almighty:

Heb 12: 7 If ye endure chastening, God dealeth with you as with sons; for what son is he whom the father chasteneth not?

God will and does bring a chastening hand.  No matter how close we walk with God there are still elements in our lives which God has to deal with and change.  Slowly we are being changed into the nature of the one who saves us.  God never saves us to leave us in our sins.  We all struggle with certain sins.  But we can be thankful that answer is in Jesus .  Even Paul struggled with something.  He does not say what it is.  But his faith was confident that Jesus would deliver ( Rom 7:- 8: 1)

LIFE

Act 17:28 For in him we live, and move, and have our being; as certain also of your own poets have said, For we are also his offspring.

God does not just give life, he is LIFE.  all that exists, derives its souce from God.  Men can give the science as to why the sun shines.  But it still owes its existence to that one source of life.  We were dead in trespasses and sins.  Alienated from the true source of all life.  We had physical life and we had breath, but that life is still drawn from the one who is the source of all life.  Now in Christ we who were a far off  have been brought near to near to God.  The closer we get to God the more will get closer to life.  We will enjoy its glow, delight in its warmth, and relish in its vigour.

TRUE REVIVAL IS SOBERING!!!

 I think the last true revival that this world saw was the revival in Lewis under Duncan Campbell 1949 on the Outer Hebrides of Scotland:

This article is adapted from a taped message delivered by Duncan Campbell approximately thirty years ago to the students of the Faith Mission Bible College in Edinburgh, Scotland. It chronicles some of Mr. Campbell’s experiences and insights related to the revival from 1949-1953 in the Hebrides Islands off the northwestern coast of Scotland.

“Oh that thou wouldest rend the heavens, that thou wouldest come down, that the mountains might flow down at thy presence. As when the melting fire burneth, the fire causeth the waters to boil, to make thy name known to thine adversaries, that the nations may tremble at thy presence! When thou didst terrible things which we looked not for, thou camest down, the mountains flowed down at thy presence.” Isaiah 64:1-3

I never read that third verse without my mind going back to what actually happened in the parish of Barvas on the island of Lewis. At the outset, let me make it clear that I did not bring revival to the Hebrides. I had the privilege of being there and in some small way leading the movement for about three years but God moved in the parish of Barvas before I set foot on the island. Revival is still a sign which is spoken against, and you cannot believe every story you have heard about the Lewis Awakening. Down through the years things have been said which have no foundation in fact. However, facts are powerful things.

Revival Defined First, let me tell you what I mean by revival. An evangelistic campaign or special meeting is not revival. In a successful evangelistic campaign or crusade, there will be hundreds or even thousands of people making decisions for Jesus Christ, but the community remains untouched, and the churches continue much the same as before the outreach.

True revival brings conviction

In revival, God moves in the district. Suddenly, the community becomes God conscious. The Spirit of God grips men and women in such a way that even work is given up as people give themselves to waiting upon God.

In the midst of the Lewis Awakening, the parish minister at Barvas wrote, “The Spirit of the Lord was resting wonderfully on the different townships of the region. His Presence was in the homes of the people, on meadow and moorland, and even on the public roads.”

This presence of God is the supreme characteristic of a God-sent revival. Of the hundreds who found Jesus Christ during this time fully seventy-five per cent were saved before they came near a meeting or heard a sermon by myself or any other ministers in the parish. The power of God, the Spirit of God, was moving in operation, and the fear of God gripped the souls of men – this is God-sent revival as distinct from special efforts in the field of evangelism.

Around midnight, a group of young people left a dance and crowded into the church. There were people who couldn’t go to sleep because they were so gripped by God. Although there was an awareness of God and a spirit of conviction at this initial meeting, the real breakthrough came a few days later on Sunday night in the parish church. The church was full, and the Spirit of God was moving in such a way that I couldn’t preach. I just stood still and gazed upon the wondrous moving of God. Men and women were crying out to God for mercy all over the church. There was no appeal made whatsoever. After meeting for over three hours, I pronounced the benediction and told the people to go out, but mentioned that any who wanted to continue the meeting could come back later. A young deacon came to me and said, “Mr. Campbell, God is hovering over us.” About that time the clerk of the session asked me to come to the back door. There was a crowd of at least 600 people gathered in the yard outside the church… Someone gave out Psalm 102 and the crowd streamed back in to the church which could no longer hold the number of people. A young school teacher came down front crying out, “O God, is there nothing left for me?” She is a missionary in Nigeria today. There was a bus load of people coming to the meeting from sixty miles away. The power of God came into the bus so that some could not even enter the church when the bus arrived.>……..

In one area of the district there was bitter opposition to the movement because I preached the baptism of the Holy Ghost as a separate and distinct occurrence following conversion. Those who opposed me were so successful in their opposition that very few people came to the meetings.

One night, the session clerk came to me and said, “There is only one thing we can do to the correct the situation which now prevails. We must give ourselves to waiting upon God in prayer. I have been told there is a farmer who said we could meet in his home. He is not a Christian and his wife isn’t saved, but they are God-fearing people.” About thirty of us, ministers and elders from the district, met in this farmer’s house. I felt the going very, very hard. I prayed. All the ministers prayed. One felt that the very powers of hell were unleashed. About midnight I turned to one of the elders and told him I thought the time had come for him to lay hold of God. This man rose to his feet and prayed for about half and hour. (Of course, you must remember that we were in revival, and in revival time doesn’t exist. Nobody was looking at the clock.) The man paused, lifted his hand toward heaven and said, “God, did You know that your honour is a stake? You gave the promise that You would pour water on the thirsty and floods upon the dry ground, and You are not doing it.” I wonder how many of us could approach God with words like that on our lips? Then he said, “There are five ministers in this meeting, including Mr.Campbell, and I don’t know where any one of them stands in Your Presence. But if I know anything about my own heart, I think I can say that I am thirsty for a manifestation of Your power.” He paused again, then cried out in aloud voice, “God, Your honour is at stake and I now challenge You to pour water on the thirsty and floods upon the dry ground.” And in that moment the stone-built house literally shook like a leaf. I immediately went to the Acts of the Apostles where it is recorded that they prayed and the place where they were assembled was shaken. As soon as this dear man stopped praying, I pronounced the benediction a little after two o’clock in the morning and went out to find the whole village ablaze with God. I went into one house and found nine women on their knees in the kitchen crying out to God. One woman saved that night has written some of the finest Gaelic hymns in our Gaelic hymnal. On the following Sunday, the road was black with the people walking two miles to the church. The drinking house in that particular village closed that night and has never reopened since. This is God at work. A God sent revival is always a revival of holiness.

http://www.thewaycm.com/written.html

It was said that men and women left the pubs and clubs.  Drawn by God, Convicted by his spirit.  They sobered up wised up and get saved.  We can walk in this revival; if we a thirsty enough.  Let us desire for God to move in our lives.

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