"The Word Of God Addresses Alcohol"
All you do, do to the glory of God, Can you drink, smoke, shoot, or snort to the glory of God. If we cannot we are not to do it........ 1 Corinthians 10: 31....Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God.
Alcohol is an addictive drug.. It has destroyed more lives than Crack or Meth. We are not to become slaves to any, whether nicotine, alcohol, gambling, porn and so on. Many take food from their family to support these addictions. Matthew 6:24....No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other.. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.
Most that do get involved with these addictions, do so believing it will not harm them.. Some can become addicted and enslaved very easily.. With alcohol, usually the ones that drink the others under the table, are the ones most prone to become addicted.. Once an addiction level is in your body, you are enslaved.. You do have hope.. You can pray and dry out.. You will with God's help, be able to handle that level, as long as you do not go back.. When you do, you set the level of your addiction out of balance again.. People do many things they would not do other wise.. Ephesians 5:18...And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit;.. Wherein is excess is all imaginable and unimaginable sin.. People do things they would never do, if they were not captured by this poison..
We are to do all in moderation and a little wine for the stomach is talking about both new and fermented wine. A teaspoon of turpentine was given to me as a child and I sure only wanted it in moderation.. 1Timothy 5: 23....Drink no longer water, but use a little wine for thy stomach's sake and thine often infirmities.... We have many medicines today we can quickly become addicted to, that though when used in moderation, (Not Social Drinking or using), that can help us.
The day of pentecost, many thought it silly that those were drunk on new wine (grape juice).... Mark 14: 25.... Verily I say unto you, I will drink no more of the fruit of the vine, until that day that I drink it new in the kingdom of God.... I want to drink the wine Christ drank.. Christ also spoke of putting new wine in old wine skins.. This new wine was fruit of the vine, grape juice.. One man told me I should use real wine for the Lord's Supper Service.. I informed him that would be silly as baptizing in real blood.. An alcoholic could not or should not take the Lord's Supper if real alcohol is used.
Jesus turned water into wine. Christ's mother was in on this event, and it was not a drunken affair. Many that rewrite the bible translations to fit their lifestyle, say that this was alcohol, but I am not alone in that we believe it to be the fruit of the vine as God made it and this was the best ever.... John 2: 1-11
If you are a believer in Jesus Christ, with all that you are or ever will be; you are a Christian, with the Holy Spirit living in you.. You should take as much care as you know how of this temple, that it can be used to the Glory of God.... 1 Corinthians 3: 16.... Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?
Have you ever heard of an addiction helping a family stay close together?
What does your church covenant say about alcohol?
Having been led, as we believe by the Spirit of God, to receive the Lord Jesus Christ as our Saviour and, on the profession of our faith, having been baptized in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, we do now, in the presence of God, and this assembly, most solemnly and joyfully enter into covenant with one another as one body in Christ.
We engage, therefore, by the aid of the Holy Spirit to walk together in Christian love; to strive for the advancement of this church, in knowledge, holiness, and comfort: to promote its prosperity and spirituality; to sustain its worship, ordinances, discipline, and doctrines; to contribute cheerfully and regularly to the support of the ministry, the expenses of the church, the relief of the poor, and the spread of the gospel through all nations.
We also engage to maintain family and secret devotions; to religiously educate our children; to seek the salvation of our kindred and aquaintances; to walk circumspectly in the world; to be just in our dealings, faithful in our engagements, and exemplary in our deportment; to avoid all tattling, backbiting, and excessive anger; to abstain from the sale of, and use of, intoxicating drinks as a beverage; to be zealous in our efforts to advance the kingdom of our Saviour.
We further engage to watch over one another in brotherly love; to remember one another in prayer; to aid one another in sickness and distress; to cultivate Christian sympathy in feeling and Christian courtesy in speech; to be slow to take offense, but always ready for reconciliation and mindful of the rules of our Savior to secure it without delay.
We moreover engage that when we remove from this place we will, as soon as possible, unite with some other church where we can carry out the spirit of this covenant and the principles of God's word.
Some seem to think it is OK to drink wine or even beer.. They must have a problem themselves with alcohol.. No one with a Christian heart would press using any drug as a beverage, that has destroyed so many lives; that could cause even one more person to become addicted, whether it is wine, beer, vodka, crack, nicotine, and so many more.. A real Christian knows it is not what I can do and Christ still allow me to be His, but they now want to walk as close to Christ as possible and shun the very appearance of evil.. There is still hope, but you must reach to Christ for the answer.. He will not force you to be dry, clean and sober.. He is already reaching to you, but you must reach to Him in prayer.. You cannot substitute with Nyquil or smokeless tobacco.. You must admit you have a problem, and you must give it to God.. If you or your family has a church; talk to the pastor. You may also need to talk with your medical doctor. Ask all involved to pray with you. They may suggest other means as well, such as support groups and counseling but always remember Jesus Christ is the healer. You can do it and we would love to put you on our prayer list..
The Bible does not view alcohol or other addictions as refreshment or entertainment....Yes wine is in the bible but not as a beverage.. It is more mentioned as medicine.
I have not written this for debate or chat.. The world chats too much about our addictions.. It is time we go to our knees and fight.. Pray for yourself and many others.. I have written this in the hopes that you might find hope in thus saith the Lord.. I want you to know you can be a winner..
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Written by Bob Wood
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