A song says, “If drinkin’ don’t kill me . . .” (It’s better to be UGI.)

Drinkin’ can temporarily loosen you up and distract you from your problems, but, but it can’t give you a continually happy heart. Bud Light can’t compare to God’s Light!

Many people believe that alcohol frees them up to relax and have fun, but it fades in comparison to the glorious joy of the Lord! When society believes getting drunk is more fun and exciting than experiencing Christ, church has failed to demonstrate God’s joy.

I love living UGI (under God’s influence). There’s nothing else like it! The Holy Spirit is “new wine” and inner “rivers of living water,” not “religious services.”

Too many Christians want a weekly talking tour of God’s new wine winery, but don’t even want a single taste of His new wine. They want a sermon to tickle their mind, not Christ’s presence to intoxicate their heart.

If you’ve ever seen someone drunk on Jesus alone, you’ve seen the joy of the Lord. “These men are not drunk as you suppose.” Making room for Christ to live in you and intoxicate you, will change you from hardhearted to happy-hearted.

There are influences to do right (conscience, God) and influences to do wrong (temptation, selfish desire). What influences you? When people are under the influence of God, they live and act like Jesus.

Being in(toxic)ated with negativity quelches the quality of your life. People who have lost their hope are under the influence of lies.

We’re all under the influence of various things. Are your influences leading you to joy? Search: The Joy Of Early Christianity book.

It’s one thing to hear about Jesus. It’s far different to continually experience Him. Why settle for the first and miss out on the second?

Moments pile up, leaving mounds of memories in your mind that mold your mental health. Spiritual intoxication will make the most of your moments.

Dead or alive? A dead Jesus needs programming, but the living, resurrected Jesus needs no program to lead a worship gathering. If there’s anything in the world that doesn’t need to be programmed, it’s a group of people meeting with the risen Jesus. They should flow like a party under Christ’s influence.

If we really believe that Jesus is alive, why don’t Christians meet around Him, instead of meeting around a sermon about Him? Why don’t we get drunk on Him? When Christians meet to surrender to Jesus’ influence and freely enjoy His presence, the kingdom of God begins to manifest in their midst.

There are much more effective ways to get excitement than drinkin’.
Search: The Joy Of Early Christianity and get a happy heart.

Bud Light can’t compare with God’s Light!

About Steve Simms

I like to look and think outside the box. In college I encountered Jesus Christ and I have been passionate about trying to get to know Him better ever since. My wife and I co-lead a non-traditional expression of the body of Christ in Nashville based on open participation and Spirit-led sharing. We long to see the power and passion of the first Christ-followers come to life in our time. I have written a book about our experiences called, "Beyond Church: An Invitation To Experience The Lost Word Of The Bible--Ekklesia" that is available in Kindle & paperback @ http://amzn.to/2nCr5dP
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