Alcohol

(Proverbs 20)

“Wine produces mockers; alcohol leads to brawls. Those led astray by drink cannot be wise.” -Proverbs 20:1

This entire book of Proverbs as I have stated before is about learning, applying, and walking in the wisdom of God. We can’t skip over scriptures because what they say is unpopular. With that in mind Solomon plainly states in the above verse that those who consume alcohol, only to be led astray by it – doing things they only regret later – CANNOT BE WISE!

I can say this is true because of my experience with it. I remember one night in particular when I had 5 or 6 different liquors and beers in front of me and I consumed as much as I could before passing out. (Ever had that desire to just give up or want that numbing effect to block out everything in life.?) That was me. I was woken up by the urge to vomit and then remember someone taking my clothes off of me, putting me in the shower, and putting me to bed. How dangerous was that.?!  I woke up with no desire to move because I felt like death and yes, alcohol does lead to other things and most of those like I said, you will regret. Believe me, I regretted it. It’s not cool.

It’s hard to find scriptures that flatly outlaw us from drinking even a sip of alcohol but, there are many scriptures that articulate the dangers, and foolishness, associated with “getting drunk”. We must all be led of the Spirit (Galatians 5:16) and refrain from those things that He convicts us NOT to do.

If we as believers can drink alcohol, and somehow NOT be negatively affected by it at all, and somehow NOT become a stumbling block to others, and NOT get convicted by the Holy Spirit, then that is between you and God.

In Leviticus 10 God said: “Then the LORD said to Aaron, “You and your descendants must never drink wine or any other alcoholic drink before going into the Tabernacle. If you do, you will die. This is a permanent law for you, and it must be observed from generation to generation.”

Peter said, “But you are the ones chosen by God, chosen for the high calling of priestly work, chosen to be a holy people, God’s instruments to do his work and speak out for him, to tell others of the night-and-day difference he made for you—from nothing to something, from rejected to accepted” -1 Peter 2:9,10

This applies to all of us!

“You realize, don’t you, that you are the temple of God, and God himself is present in you?” and “Don’t you realize that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, who lives in you and was given to you by God? You do not belong to yourself, for God bought you with a high price. So you must honor God with your body” - Corinthians 3:16

“So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God” -1 Corinthians 10:31

Take your position in Christ and your role as a “temple of God” seriously. If the Holy Spirit Himself lives in your body, then shouldn’t you seriously consider everything that goes in it?

If He is looking to work with you to make a daily impact in the lives of others, then shouldn’t you want a clear mind in order to clearly hear what He wants to say and do through you?

It has been said that alcohol, consumed in small quantities, is neither harmful nor addictive. Some doctors even advocate drinking small amounts of red wine for its health benefits, especially for the heart. Consumption of small quantities of alcohol is a matter of Christian freedom. However, drunkenness and addiction are sin.

DUE to the biblical concerns regarding alcohol and its effects, DUE to the easy temptation to consume alcohol in excess, and DUE to the possibility of causing offense and/or being a stumbling of others, don’t you think it is best for us as Christians to abstain from drinking alcohol..?

"Don’t be drunk with wine, because that will ruin your life. Instead, be filled with the Holy Spirit," -Ephesians 5:18

 

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