By the end of this post I hope the concept of drinking the Spirit will be clear. Or at least much clearer than it was.
I think it’s an important topic. There are a number of scriptures referencing drinking the Spirit like, 1 Cor 12:13, 10:4, and Eph 5:18.
For a long time drinking the Spirit was a very confusing subject to me. I understand being filled with the Spirit and being aware of God. I do my best to live by that understanding. But I wondered how I could drink the Spirit.
I heard different people say, “Oh, so-and-so knows how to drink.” And I’m like, “Uh, did God give them a cup? Did I miss the café?”
I’ve had some experiences in which I’ve seen (in my minds eye) the Lord extend a cup to me. I can’t say that I really understood even in those instances. When I went through the motions of lifting the cup I just poured air down my throat. I couldn’t help but feel like I was missing something.
But some time ago I was spending some time just meditating on the Lord and he brought this topic up. What he told me made everything extremely simple. He told me that drinking of the Spirit is just being aware of his presence. He showed me that each time I spend time with him or invite him into what I’m doing I am drinking of him.
Yes, we are always in the presence of God but there’s a difference between being in his presence and recognizing that we are in his presence. The former makes him background noise like an operating system, and the latter allows him to be an intimate participant.
Each time we invite God to be an intimate participant in our lives we are drinking him up. Click To TweetEach time we invite God to be an intimate participant in our lives we are drinking him up. It can’t be helped. He permeates everything we are. It’s a beautiful inevitability.
This revelation was a large weight lifted off of me. The cup I was having visions of was him letting me know that his presence is my drink. I was just misunderstanding it a bit.
For me, drinking the Spirit means being intentionally aware of his presence.
Be aware of him and you will drink of him – you will become intoxicated by him. For those of us coming alive with him and desiring to live in his abundance, this is something that should be class 101…along with hearing his voice!
Hopefully that cleared things up a little. Or maybe some of you have something to add to clarify things even further. That’s what the comment section is for!
Jesse and Kara Birkey
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