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Faith Imagined: Drunk with Holy Spirit

Faith Imagined

Alisa Hope Wagner: Christian Writer

February 27, 2011

Drunk with Holy Spirit

Recently, I have gone to a rock concert, stand-up comedy and a musical on Broadway. During all three shows, I was astonished by the overwhelming show of esteem and love. People cheered, whistled, raised arms in honor and screamed praises. And although every show was great, I couldn't help wonder why Christians are embarrassed to exalt their God.

People were drunk on beer or drunk on the energy of the performance, so they let go of all their inhibitions and became expressive bottle-rockets of admiration and joy. I understand that there are all forms of worship, and I know that people have different ways of offering up their love to God, but sometimes it feels good to remove all constraints and dance and jump before the Lord like David (2 Samuel 6.14-16 NIV).

The world wants to jump for joy. The world wants to scream out praises. The world wants to lift their arms in awe. People want to believe that there is something more worthy and more beautiful beyond themselves. The world craves worship. Who better to worship than our perfect Creator? What better place to worship than our church?

I worship God in my car, at my home and while exercising at the gym; and I love the fact that I can also worship God at my church. Yes, I may be weird, but so were all those people at the U2 concert. I saw a hundred thousand people raise their arms to an imperfect singer, so why can't I raise my arms to a perfect God?

If we believe that Jesus took our sins on the cross and that we wear His righteousness by grace, then church should be a place where hundreds or thousands of righteous people stand side by side bringing praise to God. No matter what people did the night before, we are made righteous by faith and not by acts. We are clothed with the 100% perfection of Jesus and our praise is beautiful in God's eyes (Philippians 3.8-11).

Being drunk on the Holy Spirit doesn't dull your senses or slow you down. The dwelling of the Holy Spirit supernaturally brings you to the throne of God, where the most amazing rock concert of all time is being held every moment. I don't want to wait for heaven to praise God. I want to rock-out for Christ right here, right now. God doesn't need our praise. The Bible says that all of heaven and earth praises Him (Psalm 69.34). However, I need to praise God. I was created to worship. I tap into an endless source of hope, peace, joy and love when I do.

"Who will not fear you, Lord,
and bring glory to your name?
For you alone are holy.
All nations will come
and worship before you,
for your righteous acts have been revealed.”

- Revelations 15.4 (NIV)

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Blogger Stuff could always be worse said...

I have had this thought many times when at ballgames, concerts, etc. You express our worship well!

3:44 PM  
Blogger Susan J. Reinhardt said...

Hi Alisa -

I come from a family of huggers. They're people, who enjoy expressing their love.

Since I'm part of God's family, why should I be hesitant to rejoice when I come into His Presence?

My family would be upset if I showed no enthusiasm when I visited. I want to bring joy to my Abba Father's heart and let Him know how much I love Him.

Susan :)

3:44 PM  
Blogger Shonda said...

I too have thought about it. Having been in many different types of church, I've seen all sorts of styles of worship. Personally, I like the expressive style the best.

4:29 PM  
Blogger Missie said...

Amen! My favorite is singing at the top of my lungs in my car...raising my palms in prayer!

5:33 PM  
Blogger Joan said...

Great post! I'm thankful that my husband and I attend a church where we are free to raise our hands in worship. (We are also free not to raise hands.) Some weeks, I don't - othertimes I am so overwhelmed by the Spirit, that I just have to lift my hands in praise.


6:50 PM  
Blogger Nicole said...

Great post Alisa! This is so true!! Why is it that I can do it at home but not really in public so much? I don't go to ballgames or concerts but I do want to be able to shout for the Lord they way I would at a game or a concert!

Again, great post and great verse! (verses) :)

9:34 PM  
Blogger Sonia said...

Thanks for sharing this. I needed it. :)

Have a great week!

God bless and keep you,

11:14 PM  
Blogger Chocolate Covered Daydreams said...

That was a cool analogy! Thanks for sharing.

11:39 PM  
Blogger The Unknowngnome said...

Rock on sister! Rock on the Rock!

4:17 AM  
Anonymous Esther said...

I needed this reminder today to be proud of my Lord, and to be unashamed in my worship of Him.

7:34 AM  
Blogger Deborah Ann said...

LOVE your new header!

Love the message. If we don't praise Him, the rocks will! What are we waiting for?

11:44 AM  
Blogger Janice Moore-Petty said...

I love this post on TRUE worship. Why is it that when we chose to exercise our God given right to have a real relationship with our beloved savior Jesus, unbelievers say we are copping out on life and that "religion" is a "crutch". A crutch is excessive alcoholism, illegal drug use, porn, the love of money, worship of man rather than almighty God. I could go on an on but you get the picture. Help me somebody and help their unbelief Lord!!

12:03 PM  
Blogger Sharon Kirby said...

I'm rocking out with you, my friend! Celebrating the wonderful fact of my salvation. Raising my arms to the perfect God who reached down in grace and mercy to rescue me. I'm letting myself get carried away in joy.

I've got my "happy feet" on - and I'm just singing His praises.

How great Thou great Thou art!


5:43 PM  
Blogger Bernadine said...

Great thoughts Alisa. I love that expressive, all out form of worship.

8:10 PM  
Blogger Susan Panzica - EternityCafe said...

Great post!! My husband is a worship leader (and a big U2 fan!) and I am a dance-before-the-Lord kinda girl. Love love love to worship!

When people show their love at a concert or sporting event, they're called "fans" short for "fanatics" which is what they call Christians who praise the Lord. Being "drunk" means being "Under the influence." So Paul when is talking about not being drunk with wine, but be drunk with the Holy Spirit, it means that we need to be under the Spirit's influence. Drunk people are out of control, and Christians ought to be out of their own self-control and under the Spirit's control and influence.
Blessings to you,

9:48 PM  
Blogger Toyin O. said...

There is nothing that makes me feel closer to loving Jesus than raisng my hands in adoration:)

4:09 PM  
Anonymous Hosted SharePoint 2010 said...

God Bless you!

6:04 AM  
Anonymous Peggy Patrick Medberry said...


3:10 PM  
Blogger God Is Enthralled By Your Beauty said...

Amen! Amen! Amen!! Years ago when I was in corporate worship; I remembered how crazy I was at the football game and I thought, "If I can get crazy like that at a game, why am I embarrassed to get crazy about God?" From that moment on, to the degree I cheered for the worldly games, is to the degree I cheered in awe of God...I thought, why wait until I get to heaven to do what I can do NOW!!! So awesome Alisa!!! Thank you for sharing are so beautiful and lovely!

11:55 PM  
OpenID bluecottonmemory said...

A few years ago, Bill O'Rielly did a piece on charasmatic(sp) churches and how they worshipped God. They shoed video-tapes of people raising their hands in worship, dancing, jumping up and down, tremendous emotion on their faces. He thought it was "wrong."

I thought he was wrong. However, I thought like him until a church we started going to taught on praising God, used scripture to teach praise and worship.

And the story of how David danced through the streets always comes to mind.

It's hard to loosen those chains of pride that keep your hands down - but once they are freed and raised, reaching to God as though a child to a father to be picked up - how amazing!

Thanks for bring up a subject that needs more spotlight!

2:20 PM  

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