Before I became a Christian, I worked in night-clubs and bars in a part-time job. After work I would have a Whiskey/Scotch in a short glass. That meant you could only have scotch and it would be at room temperature, which meant it had some kick (Power).
I noticed some people would have the Scotch in a long glass so they could add ice to give the Scotch a chill, as a Scot that is not the way we drink it. Then some would also add soda to water it down, making it weaker and as a Scot that is not the way we drink it. Then in all my amazement some would also add a twist of lemon to take the sharpness off the drink, and again as a Scot that is not the way we drink it. The scotch had almost been overpowered and weakened by the additives and as a Scot that is not the way we drink it. I tasted what they drank and rejected it asking for another clean, short glass of Scotch with nothing in it.
Some in the church don’t feel accepted by faith and they want to work their way into God’s favour. When they feel they are not accepted they add a twist of lemon becoming bitter towards others, as the twist of lemon is the works they have done and then they think they are better. They say some terrible things because they have added to the Word of God and the Gospel of Salvation some regulations of works. I see people in the church, who were baptized in water believing that is what saved them. By adding words and regulation which do not appear in the Word of God it only weighs people down and turns them into bitter people.
God’s faith in us to ask by our faith is the key.
We should ask with repentance for a short glass washed in the blood of Jesus, filled with His Spirit (Power) because, as a Christian that’s the way we drink Him in. No water needed! No works needed! Saved by the blood and ONLY by the blood!
It’s great, “We were saved by the grace of God through the faith of Jesus dying on the Cross, paying for our sins with His blood and then after ALL HE did: we repented, and then and only then do we walked on in life by our faith in Jesus.”
We only bring to our salvation our putrid sins and brokenness.
P.S. I don’t drink any alcohol these days, not since the Holy Spirit came into me.