And-what about having a
few beer, a glass of wine, champagne or a shot or two of the hard stuff?
-Ephesians 5:18. Remember, balance
in all things is the key. Listen to your best friend, next to God, your
heart, through which
can provide guidance.
One of my-favorite
times is having a few beer on a hot afternoon while barbecuing fish or
steak or chicken (the beef and chicken I eat very occasionally,
and then the organic beef and free
range chickens are way more nutritious and flavorful).
Some believe that when the Bible talks about wine (Mark
14:25) it was only grape juice. Ungers Bible Dictionary
says that Old Testament
wine was fermented grape juice, an intoxicant, like as used with
this couple -Song of Solomon
2:4. Unger's explanation fits with Psalms
to sit tight than to drive tight?
is no good. It can lead to alcoholism
if one consistently chooses to get drunk -Isaiah
5:11 "Woe unto them that rise up early in the morning, that they may
follow strong drink; that continue until night, till wine inflame them!"
Those who drown themselves in drink, usually don't (socially) have far
to sink! But, they can change!
Those who drink to escape whatever
and those who drink to gain courage, have a problem. The
drink will begin to control them and not vice
versa -Titus 1:7. Don't be 'given'
to drink, where you "just got to have it" -1Corinthians
6:12 "All things are lawful unto me, but all things are not expedient.
All things are lawful for me, but I will not be brought under the power
of any." Romans
6:12,13 "Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that ye should
obey it in the lusts thereof...Neither yield ye your
members as instruments of unrighteousness-(keeping
parts of the Old Testament Mosaic Law as verse 14 partially shows)-unto
sin, but yield yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from the dead
and your members as instruments of righteousness unto God."
and habits keep us bound to that which may be hurting
us. But how do we
break horrible habits that in effect, cause us to reject God?
Derek Sanderson, NHL legend, once
named by Cosmopolitan Magazine as one
of the sexiest men in America lost $4 million plus pursuing a lifestyle
he was convinced would give him happiness; a lifestyle that took him from
stardom down the ABC road (alcohol, broads, and cocaine) of wild parties
to a bum on a park bench trying to steal a bottle from a fellow drunk.
Derek sowed the wild lifestyle – for
awhile, and reaped a compounding of hardship, anguish and poverty for it.
Without the hard times, could he have turned around? He had to come to
the point where it was just sickening to him, before he could lift his
head up and consider a different direction. Trials
and sufferings are always for a purpose. God could take them away,
but even wisdom
coming late, gets you outta dah gate!
Until we struggle to learn how to
our lives, troubles seem to just hang around.
Derek tried detox 13 times. Finally
he made the decision "I said, God help me, I can't live this way anymore."
A counselor told him "You don't know how to live. That's what you're afraid
of." Since that day he's been clean! Now he's 50 (1999), married and has
a 7 year old son and is part of a Boston group managing the affairs of
Derek says "The
pursuit of happiness is not the pursuit of pleasure."
Never drink to get drunk-(),
but those who drink to get 'feeling good' usually have a good time -Ecclesiastes
29:22. Jesus first miracle was to turn water into wine at a wedding
which was short of booze -John 2:2,3,7-11.
And what did Solomon,
probably the wisest man who ever lived say? -Ecclesiastes
10:19; 9:7; Proverbs
31:6,7; 23:20,21,29-35. Also
14:1-22-(especially verses 21,22).-...continues
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