Christianity Is Thrilling!

“Christianity is stimulating, Christianity is exhilarating, Christianity is thrilling!  That is what Paul is saying, ‘Do not be drunk with wine, wherein is excess’ — do not go and take drink if you are looking for a thrill, or for a stimulus, or for some exhilaration–‘but be filled with the Spirit’, and you will have all that and more. This is the tremendous idea which is so characteristic of New Testament teaching. Wine–alcohol–as I have already reminded you, pharmacologically speaking is not a stimulant; it is a depressant. Take up any book on pharmacology and look up ‘alcohol’, and you will find, always, that it is classified among the depressants. It is not a stimulus. ‘Well’, you say, ‘why do people drink alcohol in order to receive a stimulus?’ In a sense I have already been answering the question. What alcohol does is this; it knocks out those higher centres, and so the more primitive elements in the brain come up and take control; and a man feels better temporarily. He has lost his sense of fear, and he has lost his discrimination, he has lost his power to assess. Alcohol merely knocks out his higher centres and release the more instinctive, primal elements; but the man believes that he is being stimulated. What is really true of him is that he has become more of an animal; his control over himself is diminished.

That is the exact opposite of bieng filled with the Spirit; for what the Spirit does is truly to stimulate….What does He stimulate?  He stimulates our every faculty. He stimulates the mind and the intellect… He stimulates the heart also…  The Christian is a man whose mind is expanding, whose heart is moved and enlarged. And he wants to do something, he wants to make a contribution, to wants to extend the confines of the Kingdom of God, he wants others to share in it. It affects the whole of the man, intellect, emotions and will.  What a stimulus!”  –Martyn Lloyd-Jones “Life In the Spirit” Ephesians 5:18

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About Maureen Stohlmeyer

Grateful to have been married to my wonderful husband Michael for nearly 35 years who is now with the Lord, I would like to share from writers from the past who have strengthened our faith and walk with Jesus Christ our Savior and Redeemer. His walk with God was deeply enriched by the writings of authors from the past and I dedicate this blog to him and to them.
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