Ephesians 5:18: “Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit”
Here is a compare and contrast between Wine and the Spirit. This is about influence and control, but with two totally different outcomes. A person under the influence of wine or alcohol experiences altered behavior (so does a person filled with Spirit). They may say or do things, which they would not ordinarily do. In certain situations, they even have the ability to act like a completely different person! Accompanying outcomes in the early stages of drinking include: heightened senses, decreased self-awareness and less self-consciousness, resulting in an increased boldness. As one continues to consume more alcohol, mental and emotional capacities are impaired (Spirit empowers) and the ability to make good decisions are greatly diminished (Spirit increases). Drunkenness can spiral into what we ever-so-gently call “poor choices.” The bible calls this debauchery or self-indulgence. The end result may leave you eating peanut butter off the floor in someone’s kitchen, wearing your underpants; Disgraced, but you had no idea at the time! By being filled with the Spirit, you will be led to make bold choices, that you might not make on your own. Yet, these choices lead to miraculous outcomes, which you would not otherwise do on your own. Be filled… with the Spirit!