August 12, 2015
Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery.
I can drink wine as a Christian, but I choose not to. There are many reasons why other people don’t drink wine, including what today’s QT is suggesting which is that it leads to debauchery, which God hates an destroys. Some other reasons include things like it might put a brother or a sister who in growing in Christ to test, or that the temple of God, which is us and our bodies should be kept clean if God is to use us. I agree with all these reasons, but personally I think what concerns me the most about drinking wine is that it puts distance between God and me, and creates small openings in which Satan can attack me in various ways to put bad thoughts or lead me to bad decisions, which will ultimately take away the love and blessings God is preparing for me.
Speak to one another with psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs.
This is an interesting verse in that it challenges my current belief that I should worship to worship the LORD, LORD only, and not for the sake for appearing to worship to others. Today’s QT seem to suggest that when we worship together, we help fill each other be filled with the Holy Spirit. This is true because I’ve experienced this many times when I went to Christian conferences. You put many God-loving people in a room, and we glow with the Holy Spirit by the end of it. I think it’s also true even for just God-loving people to be around each other. It’s comforting, and refilling, whereas even a phone call from a distant worldly friend can be quite energy-consuming, to the point where I have pray after the phone call.
The thing that this verse makes me think most is raising my hands to God while worshipping during Sunday service, or standing up when no one else is standing up, which George at the Faith church did last Sunday. I almost joined him, and looking back, I should have, but I thought there might be many people who cannot stand up in the Faith church because there are many grandfathers and grandmothers, but after the service, pretty much everyone stood up. Also, when I raise my hands to God to worship God, I do it as a bowing, or kneeling before God, and it helps me to be with God better in the moment. When I see others raising their hands, it also helps me to worship more wholeheartedly. That’s all good, but I see these good things as by-products for worshipping God for the sake of worshipping God, but what today’s QT is suggesting is that these other by-products are not by-products, but are also main benefits, to help each other worship.
Application: worship not only to worship God myself, but also to help the whole church worship together at Sunday’s service(s)