Thirty Nuggets of Wisdom for 2013
Proverbs 23:20-21, Proverbs 23:29-35 NIV
Do not join those who drink too much wine or gorge themselves on meat, for drunkards and gluttons become poor, and drowsiness clothes them in rags. Who has woe? Who has sorrow? Who has strife? Who has complaints? Who has needless bruises? Who has bloodshot eyes? Those who linger over wine, who go to sample bowls of mixed wine. Do not gaze at wine when it is red, when it sparkles in the cup, when it goes down smoothly! In the end it bites like a snake and poisons like a viper. Your eyes will see strange sights, and your mind will imagine confusing things. You will be like one sleeping on the high seas, lying on top of the rigging. "They hit me," you will say, "but I'm not hurt! They beat me, but I don't feel it! When will I wake up so I can find another drink?"
(A) Number one drug problem in America ...HALF of all traffic deaths ...HALF of all emergency room visits ...100,000 deaths each year ...30% of American homes have abused alcohol ...Major factor in MARRIAGE failures and CHILD abuse (B) Alcohol is a taker not a giver -Proverbs 20:1
Christians need to rethink their involvement with alcohol even in moderation
WARNINGS About Drinking Alcohol
Proverbs 23:20-21 NIV
Do not join those who drink too much wine or gorge themselves on meat, for drunkards and gluttons become poor, and drowsiness clothes them in rags.
Most drinkers get involved because of BAD company
It can lead to JOB loss and financial failure
He also includes GLUTTONS
This is SELF inflicted pain
Proverbs 23:29-31 NIV
Who has woe? Who has sorrow? Who has strife? Who has complaints? Who has needless bruises? Who has bloodshot eyes? Those who linger over wine, who go to sample bowls of mixed wine. Do not gaze at wine when it is red, when it sparkles in the cup, when it goes down smoothly!
If you look at the end RESULTS, you'd never start
Proverbs 23:32 NIV
In the end it bites like a snake and poisons like a viper.
...Never know if you will be an ALCOHOLIC
...In a day of trouble, you can forget MODERATION
1 Corinthians 10:12 NIV
So, if you think you are standing firm, be careful that you don't fall!
It affects clear THINKING
Proverbs 23:33 NIV
Your eyes will see strange sights, and your mind will imagine confusing things.
...It can cause you to drop moral BOUNDARIES
...You SAY things you wouldn't normally say
You do things that are CRAZY
Proverbs 23:34 NIV
You will be like one sleeping on the high seas, lying on top of the rigging.
It leads to ADDICTION
Proverbs 23:35, 1 Corinthians 6:9-11, Galatians 5:19-21 NIV
"They hit me," you will say, "but I'm not hurt! They beat me, but I don't feel it! When will I wake up so I can find another drink?" Or do you not know that wrongdoers will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor men who have sex with men nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God. And that is what some of you were. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God. The acts of the flesh are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God.
For those who find themselves in any addiction we offer CELEBRATE RECOVERY
Choosing the Path of Moral PURITY
Romans 13:11-14 NIV
And do this, understanding the present time: The hour has already come for you to wake up from your slumber, because our salvation is nearer now than when we first believed. The night is nearly over; the day is almost here. So let us put aside the deeds of darkness and put on the armor of light. Let us behave decently, as in the daytime, not in carousing and drunkenness, not in sexual immorality and debauchery, not in dissension and jealousy. Rather, clothe yourselves with the Lord Jesus Christ, and do not think about how to gratify the desires of the flesh.
Lay aside anything that connects us with WORLDLINESS
Carousing is SOCIAL drinking
Put on Christ LIKENESS
Galatians 5:22 NIV
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,
It will be a STUMBLING BLOCK to others
Romans 14:15-21, 1 Peter 2:11-12 NIV
If your brother or sister is distressed because of what you eat, you are no longer acting in love. Do not by your eating destroy someone for whom Christ died. Therefore do not let what you know is good be spoken of as evil. For the kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking, but of righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit, because anyone who serves Christ in this way is pleasing to God and receives human approval. Let us therefore make every effort to do what leads to peace and to mutual edification. Do not destroy the work of God for the sake of food. All food is clean, but it is wrong for a person to eat anything that causes someone else to stumble. It is better not to eat meat or drink wine or to do anything else that will cause your brother or sister to fall. Dear friends, I urge you, as foreigners and exiles, to abstain from sinful desires, which wage war against your soul. Live such good lives among the pagans that, though they accuse you of doing wrong, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day he visits us.
You will never make spiritual progress as long as you are a social drinker!
Study for Sexual Purity
Proverbs 2:16-19; 5:3-23; 6:24-29; 7:1-27; 9:13-18; 22:14; 23:26-28; 27:8; 29:3; 30:20; Job 31:1; I Corinthians 6:9-10; Matthew 5:27; Hebrews 13:4; Colossians 3:5-6; I Thessalonians 4:3-5; I Corinthians 10:13; Galatians 5:16
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