The Wine Of God

May 7, 2001 • Duane Sheriff • Ephesians 5:18, Acts 2, Joel 1

The Word of God instructs His people to be filled with the Spirit, referred to as "The Wine of God." In this message, Duane teaches that this is not just a suggestion but a divine commandment. In Ephesians 5:18, Paul tells believers not to get drunk with wine but to be filled with the Spirit.

When individuals and Spirit-filled churches obey this commandment, four things happen in their hearts and lives. First, there is a change in speech, characterized by speaking to oneself and among believers in psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs. Second, this infilling leads to a spiritual joy and liberty that surpasses worldly happiness. Third, a thankful spirit emerges. A Spirit-filled person or church will naturally be grateful, constantly giving thanks to God for all things. Fourth, there is mutual submission among believers. True humility and submission to God and one another are the fruit of being filled with the Holy Spirit.

When the Holy Spirit descended upon the disciples, they appeared drunk to the onlookers because of their exuberant joy and bold speech. Being filled with the Spirit is the key to overcoming the challenges and temptations that this generation will face. Every time God moves in a generation, Satan counterattacks. Duane identifies three significant issues that mark our generation: abortion, rebellion, and fornication.

This generation has a destiny to bring deliverance, so the enemy is attacking the unborn. Since 1962, over 40 million unborn lives have been terminated in America. This parallels with the biblical accounts when evil forces sought to kill deliverers like Moses and Jesus by massacring infants.

Rebellion stems from a lack of discipline and accountability from parents. Young people are tormented by spiritual forces and seek constant distraction to avoid inner brokenness. The hope is a Spirit-filled church willing to innovate and connect with their needs.

Fornication or sexual perversion is a counterfeit to the "wine of God." Sexual sin is like an addictive wine that has intoxicated nations, leaders, and even ministers. The "wine of her fornication" is a powerful force that can ensnare anyone.

The church body needs to be filled with the "Wine of God" to overcome the enemy's attacks and bring deliverance to the nations.