Joy in the Holy Spirit


A. Inhibitions

1. Have you ever been in an environment when you were inhibited?   Share:

Inhibition is an inward restraint of a free and natural spontaneous outward expression.

What are some things people do to lose their inhibitions?  (My hopes is that someone will say, “drink or get drunk.”)

2. Which Lists or words are most commonly associated with the secular and which with the Sacred?

(Activity: It may be better to simply scramble all these words and have them randomly place them in two categories: Secular or Sacred that is Holy)

1. Reverence, Respect, Peace, Silence, Awe                          Or        Joy, Excitement, Fun, Enthusiasm

2. Solitude, Quiet, Calm, Stillness, Moderate?                       Or        Energy, Thrill, Awesome, Emotion, Gusto

3. Modest, Piety, Worship, Esteem, Honor, Religious        Or        Bliss, Cheer, Delight, Humor, Jubilance

4. Admiration, Apprehension, Fear, Wonder                         Or        Liveliness, Merriment, Rapture, Rejoicing


All of these words are attributes of God that I found in the Bible.

3. Why do we not see some of these things in Church or religious stuff?

4. Have you ever seen some of these “Fun” things done in a Sacred environment? Share:

B. Being Drunk compared to Being Spirit Filled. (This could get fun in your groups.)

1. Statement:   You’ll never guess what I found in the Bible this past week.

That 2 times being drunk was compared to being filled with the Spirit of God.

(Talk about drunkenness NOT drinking. The purpose of this is not to have a conversation about alcohol AT ALL, but rather to use this topic to get to the comparison between “being Spirit Filled” and being Drunk.)

[They may not be interested in where in the Bible you found it, but here’s the references just in case.]

Acts 2:12-13 “Amazed and perplexed, they asked one another, “What does this mean?” Some, however, made fun of them and said, “They have had too much wine.”

Eph 5:18 “And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit;” KJV

“Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit.” NIV


2. Question of the night:

  Why would the Bible compare drunkenness with people full of the Holy Spirit 2 times? 

I mean the Bible condemns drunkenness, yet the comparison is right there.

Main Points

1. Joy is an attribute of God and therefore it is permissible to express joy in worship to God.

2. Inhibition hinders natural spontaneous outward expression to God.

3. Joy comes from the Holy Spirit so much so that Being Drunk and Being Spirit Filled are compared in the Bible.


Statement of the Leader:

I’ve found 4 things about drunks that relate to being a Spirit Filled Christian.

Joy, Tenderness  & Compassion,  Courage & Boldness,  Sharing

1. Joy

There is a Joy that comes from the Holy Spirit.

Acts 13:52 “And the disciples were filled with joy and with the Holy Spirit.”

Romans 14:17 “For the kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking, but of righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit,”

1 Tessalonians 1:6    “…you welcomed the message with the joy given by the Holy Spirit.”

EXAM      David Dancing before the Lord

The story begins when King David decided to bring the Ark of the Covenant back to Jerusalem. The Ark of the Lord represents the Presence of God. After a series of events the Ark of God was finally being brought back into Jerusalem (the presence of God was coming back) and David was so excited that he took off his outer garments and “danced before the LORD with all his might,” (2 Samuel 6:14) “As the ark of the LORD was entering the City of David, Michal daughter of Saul watched from a window. And when she saw King David leaping and dancing before the LORD, she despised him in her heart.”(2 Samuel 6:16)

Why do we not see the Spiritual Leaders of today dancing before the Lord uninhibited?

Has anyone seen first hand this kind of Dancing before the Lord anywhere?

Inhibition is an inward restraint of a free and natural spontaneous outward expression.  We have been taught to restrain, suppress and hold back the natural spontaneous expressions when it comes to worship.  In any other environment when you hear the beat of the music like from a Praise Team you would simply begin to move your feet to the music.  You wouldn’t be able to control yourself, because there is a natural spontaneous response to it from humans.  I’m not trying to talk about the reemergence of Dance into the worship service, but that there is a place for JOY and it’s natural expressions in our Worship services and in our expressions of Praise to God.

2. Tenderness & Compassion:

ILLUS of the Drunk: A drunk man entered a bar talking about blood, smashed broken, aweful terrible poor little fellow was smashed all over my wind shield.  And then he floew over the top of my car and I didn’t see him in my rear  view mirror.

Bartender asked: Where did you hit the fellow?

Drunk: About 2 miles back down the highway.

Bartender: Did you call the cops? Or 911?

Drunk: No of course not.

Bartender: Why, because you were drunk?

Drunk: NO, whenever I’ve had that kind of a thing happen to me I’ve never called the cops.

Bartender: You’ve done this before?

Drunk: Yeah, It’s happened to me lots of times and it makes me cry almost every time. Especially when I’ve been drinking.

Bartender: Why you SOB, You’ve run over a pedestrian and smashed his blood all over your windshield and he flew over your car and you didn’t even stop to help him?

Drunk: Well, no….. But I wouldn’t quiet call him a pedestrian.

Bartender: Well, what would a drunk like you call some little fellow crossing the road?

Drunk: I’ve always called them mosquitoes.

Drunks sometimes are overly compassionate about things.  We should also be compassionate.

What are some areas in your life that you’ve not been as compassionate as you should?
Most of the time it is “INACTION” that leads to our lack of compassion.

 3. Courage & Boldness

Illus.  You take the average guy surrounded by a group of four bullies.  Normally he would run or try to talk his way out of the trouble.  But not a drunk.  He would quickly be heard saying, “Wow, we don’t have a very even fight here.  Maybe you boys could take a few minutes and make a few phone calls and gather a little more help because between these two guns (pointing to his biceps) and these two canons (referring to his fists) not to mention these power weapons you’d recognize as my feet, you boys are in need of some reinforcements.  As a matter of fact, I could whip you boys with one hand tied behind my back.”

Where does this courage come from?  It’s the drink talking.  When was the last time anyone asked that question about you?

Has anyone seen first hand a courageous act? Share:

What’s the opposite of Courageous?                                      – cowardice

Can anyone think of an example of a Christian being Courageous?

4. Sharing

It is often stated that drunks will say things like, Can I buy you a drink? Or You wanna’ beer?  Their sharing. Well, it’s high time that we begin sharing what we know about living the best life- life to the full.

Human Struggles

1. Most of the time we are too concerned about what others will think of us to lose our inhibitions and express ourselves with true joy.  In this way Joy is being stolen from us.  How can we remedy this?

2. When I think of the way most drunk people are uninhibited it makes me wish that I could lose my inhibitions and just enjoy life in that same way.  How would expressions of praise toward God be different if we were uninhibited outwardly like a drunk person.

3. What does being filled with the Holy Spirit have to do with this?

Application Helps

1. I acknowledge that there is a joy that comes from the Holy Spirit and I desire to discover this Joy.

2. The next time I’m in an environment that I feel the presence of God I will ask to be filled with God’s Spirit to be able to express myself to God in Praise uninhibitedly.

3. I’ll strive to live a life that is joy-filled, by being filled with the Holy Spirit.

Additional Scriptures:

Deuteronomy 16:15

For seven days celebrate the festival to the LORD your God at the place the LORD will choose. For the LORD your God will bless you in all your harvest and in all the work of your hands, and your joy will be complete.

Nehemiah 8:10

Nehemiah said, “Go and enjoy choice food and sweet drinks, and send some to those who have nothing prepared. This day is sacred to our Lord. Do not grieve, for the joy of the LORD is your strength.”

Luke 10:21

At that time Jesus, full of joy through the Holy Spirit, said, “I praise you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and learned, and revealed them to little children. Yes, Father, for this was your good pleasure.

John 15:11

I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete.

Acts 13:52

And the disciples were filled with joy and with the Holy Spirit.

Romans 14:17

For the kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking, but of righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit,

Galatians 5:22

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,

Philippians 2:2

then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and purpose.

1 Thessalonians 1:6

You became imitators of us and of the Lord; in spite of severe suffering, you welcomed the message with the joy given by the Holy Spirit.

1 Peter 1:8

Though you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy,

Hebrews 13:17

Obey your leaders and submit to their authority. They keep watch over you as men who must give an account. Obey them so that their work will be a joy, not a burden, for that would be of no advantage to you.