Misguided Week 1

Failed to be Sustain by the Spirit

Fellowship is important, but it does not fill your spirit-man.  Songs move feet to tap and heads to nod, but they do not fill the spirit.  Sermons uplift and motivate people but only when the Word, not opinion or politics, is preached.  Worship is done in spirit and in truth (John 4:24).  Prayer only works when you ask according to His spirit and not your desires (James 4:2-3).  Our giving is only valid when we give wholeheartedly and cheerfully without coercion or guilt-tripping by the recipient (2 Corinthians 9:7).  The walk of a believer must be uprightly, not receiving any direction from the ungodly (Psalm 84:11, 1:1).  The Holy Spirit is here for us believers to withstand the wiles of the devil (Ephesians 6:11).  The Holy Spirit comforts us by reminding us of God’s love and is evidenced by His Word (John 14:26).

Why, then, do individuals seek strength and endurance from people, places, and things that may work to ease the mind but grieve their spirit?  Happy hour does not bring happiness because when one sobers up, they are hurting all over again.  Running away to be alone may give you temporary relief, but you cannot run from your troubles. They will always be waiting for you or even trailing you as you run.   Liquor induces physical intoxication. But the Holy Spirit induces a different kind of drunkenness where you may look drunk, but nothing can bother you.  No one can break you.  Nothing can bind you either.  Being strengthened by, subjected to, and surrendered to the Holy Spirit is how one is content no matter what.

The Holy Spirit is how a single mother does not panic but prays when her family needs food.  The Holy Spirit sustains your household when income has ceased.  The Holy Spirit sustains your mind after people have been playing tricks all day.  The Spirit of God moves like the waters of the Atlantic, Pacific, Arctic, Indian, and South oceans (Genesis 1:2).  The same power the Holy Spirit used to raise Christ from the dead can raise you out of the muck and miry clay you may find yourself in (1 Peter 3:18, Psalm 40:2).  You will never fail with the Holy Spirit.  It is bottles of spirits, not the Holy Spirit, that cement your demise.  The Holy Spirit, not a bottle of brandy, brings a breakthrough.  He, not gin, finds the good in you.  He keeps it real, not rum.  He guarantees victory, not vodka.  The Holy Spirit teaches, not tequila.  With the Holy Spirit, all you do is win, win, win, which whiskey could never do for you.