GOD SAID… “IT’S TIME FOR THE CHURCH TO BECOME DRUNK WITH VICTORY!”
By Keith Luker
UPSETS AND UNDERDOGS
This is a season of upsets and underdogs.
We see it in sports; we will see it in the financial markets, and even in politics. There have been more surprise victories in the last few months than I have seen in my lifetime. Every sports commentator in America has been aghast at how many underdog teams have upset the highest ranking teams in the nation (like the tiny Oregon State Beavers knocking off the #1 ranked powerhouse USC Trojans in college football!). I believe were are going to see this more and more in the coming year of new beginnings for the church. Many of us who have sown faithfully into the dreams of God will personally experience instantaneous positive reversals that will shock our friends and family. The world will be left scratching its head saying, “How did that happen?” I tell you, God has been preparing us for this season for 7 years!
THE VOICE OF THE HOLY SPIRIT IN COUSIN’S BBQ
I walked into Cousin’s BBQ Restaurant at the end of March and my attention was riveted on what I saw on the TV screen. It was a sports highlights reel that was playing short clips of the “March Madness” basketball playoffs. Each clip was a very short snippet of several back to back victory celebrations. People were going absolutely WILD with the joy of winning the victory. Three…two…one…it’s good!!! The crowd goes wild! The players and fans were jumping up in the air and falling all over each other, screaming, shouting, pumping their fists in the air, rolling on the floor, high fives galore, climbing up on the rim and cutting the net off, dousing each other with ice cold water and champagne, hoisting each other on their shoulders and dancing around basking in the glory, falling back exhausted and ribbing each other saying, did you SEE THAT?!! It was absolute pandemonium! When I saw that crazy scene, one victory celebration after another, my first thought was…that looks EXACTLY like our conferences! Ha! I was stunned. I had never seen anything on secular TV that LOOKED LIKED the church when we are filled with the presence and power of God (Acts 2).
DRUNK WITH VICTORY
Suddenly the Holy Spirit spoke to me very clearly in that moment…
He said…“It’s time for the Church to become DRUNK WITH VICTORY!”
These basketball players and fans were wildly and spontaneously celebrating the victory they had just won. They were absolutely DRUNK WITH VICTORY! There was no question about it, and ANYONE watching would instinctively KNOW that they had just won a tremendous contest.
WHAT DOES THIS MEAN?
As the Lord is unfolding what it means for the Church to become DRUNK WITH VICTORY, here are a few insights.
1. VICTORY IS JOY. And joy looks like something. Joy is not a religious concept, it is an acted out reality…a physical expression of happiness and delight…it’s a “get up offa-yo-chair and DANCE” party!!!
2. BECOMING DRUNK WITH VICTORY MEANS BECOMING DRUNK ON THE HOLY SPIRIT (Acts 2, Ephesians 5:18-19).
3. JESUS HAS ALREADY WON THE VICTORY AND WE SHOULD BE CELEBRATING and PROPHESYING our own victory NOW!
When the Lord first gave me the revelation about becoming drunk with victory, I began to ask Him, “What does this mean?” He immediately said “PRACTICE WINNING!” And then he gave me a picture of my son, John Samuel’s little league team. You probably know that 7-8 year old boys are very emotional about their baseball. If things are going well in the game, they are excited and energetic, if they get behind much at all or even make one bad play, they drag their feet and their long faces around the field and can hardly muster the energy to swing the bat, much less win the game (they are so much like us ). The picture God gave me was this….what if I could get those young boys together BEFORE the game and tell them “I’ve got good news for you boys, I already know what the score will be at the end of the game. WE WIN 10-9 in the 5th inning! So just go out there and HAVE FUN! Play the game!” What do you think it would do for their attitude and performance in the game?
Suddenly it dawned on me that this is the exact literal situation we are in. Jesus has ALREADY WON the victory for our entire lives and our job is to let the intoxicating wine of this fact permeate our minds and our bodies until we are saturated with faith and MOTIVATED to get out there and PLAY THE GAME, KNOWING that we have already won! Our present circumstances have NOTHING to do with the outcome. We are winners, and we have a CHOICE to live like champions, or to drudge through daily life as if we are battle fodder for the devil! NO! We are SUPER OVERCOMERS according to the Word of God! MORE THAN CONQUERORS, we are KINGS and PRIESTS, CO-HEIRS with Christ! C’mon people! IT IS TIME FOR THE CHURCH TO BECOME DRUNK WITH VICTORY! Hallelujah! I’ll say it’s TIME!
Let’s begin to celebrate wildly, what Jesus has already won, and become drunker and drunker with the victory that WE HAVE in Him. Let joy and celebration and drunkenness in the Holy Spirit (Acts 2) be what attracts the world to us, and gives us the immediate fruitful harvest of thousands of onlookers being swept into this DRUNKEN VICTORY CELEBRATION. Everybody loves a party!
Start now asking the Holy Spirit to invade your space and make you DRUNK WITH VICTORY. Practice winning every day. Live as if you KNEW you were going to win! Your whole life will change and everyone around you will notice and want to play! They will want to DRINK what you are drinking! He heeee!
Check out this amazing “drunk with victory” passage from Zechariah 9.
The Coming of Zion’s King
9 Rejoice greatly, O Daughter of Zion!
Shout, Daughter of Jerusalem!
See, your king comes to you,
righteous and having salvation,
gentle and riding on a donkey,
on a colt, the foal of a donkey.
10 He will proclaim peace to the nations.
His rule will extend from sea to sea
and from the River to the ends of the earth.
11 As for you, because of the blood of my covenant with you,
I will free your prisoners from the waterless pit.
12 Return to your fortress, O prisoners of hope;
even now I announce that I will restore twice as much to you.
13 I will bend Judah as I bend my bow
and fill it with Ephraim.
I will rouse your sons, O Zion,
against your sons, O Greece,
and make you like a warrior’s sword.
The LORD Will Appear
14 Then the LORD will appear over them;
his arrow will flash like lightning.
The Sovereign LORD will sound the trumpet;
he will march in the storms of the south,
15 and the LORD Almighty will shield them.
They will destroy
and overcome with slingstones.
They will drink and roar as with wine;
they will be full like a bowl
used for sprinkling the corners of the altar.
16 The LORD their God will save them on that day
as the flock of his people.
They will sparkle in his land
like jewels in a crown.
17 How attractive and beautiful they will be!
Grain will make the young men thrive,
and new wine the young women.
Rock on champions!