Should Christians Drink Alcohol?

Born-again Christians should not drink alcohol. Nine years ago, the Lord delivered me from near death addiction. My situation was extreme. Am I saying that yours will be the same if you have a beer? No, but for some, especially when times get tough, it could go there.

1) It’s a slippery slope.

“There is a way that seems right to a man, But its end is the way of death.” Proverbs 14:12

If you and I are saved, why are we here?

Our primary duty is to evangelize.

2) For the sake of testimony- so that others can know Christ.

“Go into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.” Mark 16:15

“You are the light of the world…” Matthew 5:14

Christ living within us, we are light of the world. When a hopeless unbeliever walks into a restaurant, he should immediately notice a stark contrast between the other tables and ours.

The difference should be like black and white. Our joy and peace should be evident through countenance, conversation and actions. Others are watching. We all have influence over people. Take your influence seriously. It’s responsibility. We are called to a higher standard.

“Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us” Hebrews 12:1

3) But we are free!

Well-intentioned: “I want to show everyone how fun it is to follow Christ!”

– We are not selling worldly fun; we are selling peace through forgiveness and freedom from sin.

Jesus turned water to wine to prove His deity.

“For you were called to freedom, brothers. Only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another. For the whole law is fulfilled in one word: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.'” Galatians 5:13‭-‬14

“All things are lawful, but not all things are helpful. All things are lawful, but not all things build up. Let no one seek his own good, but the good of his neighbor.” 1 Corinthians 10:23‭-‬24

“We who are strong have an obligation to bear with the failings of the weak, and not to please ourselves.” Romans 15:1

“The faith that you have, keep between yourself and God. Blessed is the one who has no reason to pass judgment on himself for what he approves. But whoever has doubts is condemned if he eats, because the eating is not from faith. For whatever does not proceed from faith is sin.” Romans 14:22‭-‬23

4) Alcohol impairs judgment.

“Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.” 2 Peter 5:8

It’s difficult enough to follow Christ, all the more with impaired judgment.

We make ourselves sitting ducks for the enemy.

“Wine is a mocker, Strong drink is a brawler, And whoever is led astray by it is not wise.” Proverbs 20:1

“Therefore let anyone who thinks that he stands take heed lest he fall.” 1 Corinthians 10:12

What is the reason you drink?

“Whoever therefore wants to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God.” James 4:4

Do you long to be “part of”? Are we adults caving to peer pressure like a high school student?

Are you terrified to walk alone?

Are you not finding comfort in the Great Comforter?

Does He live inside you?

Do you start every day with Him?

When trials of life come, we should find comfort in the Father, not the bottle. Christ is enough.

“Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.” Hebrews 4:16

5) Christ is enough. Praise the Lord!

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Why Keep Busy?

As your parents always said, “Idle hands are the devil’s workshop.”

“Now we command you, brothers, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that you keep away from any brother who is walking in idleness…” 2 Thessalonians 3:6

“Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.” 1 Peter 5:8

A dog can be a good idea for those coming out of addiction. The Lord used him to show me unconditional love and to teach responsibility. Snoopy was with me through a lot. 🙂

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How to Follow Christ into Purification (Deliverance)

Please note: Below tips seek to help a person walk away from homosexual sin but do not claim to remove temptation.

We trust and obey the Lord. He performs the miracles (Jeremiah 29:11).

The following are tips, the Word of God applied to practical experience:

  1. Repent of Your Sins, and Give Your Life to the Lord Jesus Christ.
  2. Read the Word of God daily. Arm yourself (Ephesians 6:10-18).
    • Even if you feel you do not understand, still read. It renews the mind (Romans 12:2).
    • Prior to reading:  Find a safe, quiet space. Turn off your cell phone.
    • Decide the amount you are going to read, and stick to it.
    • Look for verses that can be applied practically to your life.
  3. Pray according to the will of God (1 John 5:14). Always be in a spirit of prayer (1 Thessalonians 5:17).
    • When you sin, pray for forgiveness (1 John 1:9). Then continue fighting. Come boldly to God by the blood of Jesus (Hebrews 4:16).
    • Pray for forgiveness of your sins daily (1 John 1:9).
    • Praise and thank Him for all things (Philippians 4:4, 6-9).
    • Pray for others.
    • Pray for yourself:
      • Guidance and direction. (Jeremiah 33:3; John 16:13).
      • Focus and clarity.
      • Wisdom (James 1:5).
      • Discernment (I Peter 5:8).
      • That the Lord will speak to you through His Word (John 16:13).
      • Pray for the Lord’s will for your life and in all things.
      • Pray for wisdom and discernment.
      • Pray as you feel moved by the Spirit (intercessory prayer; Romans 8:26-27).
  4. Worship the Lord in song (John 4:23).
  5. Find a Bible-believing church. Attend weekly (Hebrews 10:25). You will learn a lot about Christ by spending time in His house.
  6. Tithe (2 Corinthians 9:7Malachi 3:10). God promises to meet our needs (Philippians 4:19; Psalm 37:25). Tithing is an exercise in trust.
  7. Fast.
    • Choose a meal or meals you will skip each week, and stick to them. (Ex. Tuesday breakfast & lunch).
    • Set specific times you will intentionally read a bit of Scripture & pray during the fast. (for ex. 9am, 12pm, 3pm, 5pm)
    • Pray that His will be done for each of the needs the Lord has placed on your heart (1 John 5:14-15).
    • Pray when you feel hungry and as the Lord leads throughout the day.
    • When possible, praise the Lord in song.
    • Do not appear as though or indicate to anyone that you are fasting (Matthew 6:16-18). You are a special agent (2 Timothy 2:4).
  8. Have Faith (Hebrews 11:1, 6). Be confident that the Lord will finish the work He began in you (Philippians 1:6).
  9. Trust the Lord. Transfer your trust from yourself to Him. He is in charge now. Let go. Do not be anxious (Philippians 4:61 Peter 5:7).
  10. Do not be afraid (1 John 4:4). He who is in you (Jesus who lives in the heart of the believer) is greater than he who is in this world (Satan).
  11. Forgive those who have hurt you (Matthew 6:14-15; Mark 11:25-26).
  12. Make Habit Changes (Luke 12:48) to eliminate idols (1 John 2:16-17).
    • Live for Jesus. Follow Him (Matthew 10:39).
    • Replace secular music listening with Christian music.
    • Listen to praise and worship music often, especially when feeling anxious.
    • Stop having sexual contact of every kind (James 1:12; 1 Corinthians 6:18)- men, women & self.
    • Avoid philosophical discussions related to sex and sexuality (1 Timothy 6:3-5).
    • Take control of your thoughts (2 Corinthians 10:5; Philippians 4:7-8).
    • Change habits that draw you closer to temptation (James 4:7). Ex: If walking by the gym is a trigger, take another route.
    • Take a break from social media. Do not actively announce the break. Assess how media impacts your life.
    • Take a break from the secular TV/music/media (Ephesians 4:22-23). Assess how media impacts your life.
    • Respond to cravings for food and other substances by reading the Bible, prayer or praise.
    • During these very difficult changes, you should find yourself falling in love with Christ (Matthew 11:28-30).
  13. Find your identity in Christ.
    • The Lord has a purpose for your life.
    • He has given you gift to carry out His purpose for your life.
    • Identify your gifts (1 Corinthians 12, Ephesians 4, Romans 12).
    • Serving the Lord is the best way to identify your gifts.
  14. Serve the Lord. Pray about what the Lord wants you to do, and seek opportunities. Something humble is a good start (1 Peter 5:6).
  15. Develop your gift (Ex. teaching, music).
  16. Maintain a journal. Document what the Lord is doing in your life.
  17. Enjoy your relationship with Jesus Christ.
    • It’s a war. Do not allow distractions or temptations to diminish your relationship with Christ.
    • Crave fellowship with Him. Be inspired by His Word.
    • Be confident that Jesus loves you (Romans 8:1; Romans 8:37-39).
    • Find comfort, rest and solace in Him (Matthew 11:28-30).
    • Talk to Him frequently.
    • Set aside quality time just for you and Him.
  18. Prepare a testimony.
    • We overcome evil by the blood of Jesus and the word of our testimony (Revelation 12:11).
    • Prepare a written account of the great work the Lord has done in your life.
    • Through the process, be prepared to give a verbal account of the great work the Lord has done and is doing in your life.

The depth of your personal relationship with Christ will make or break your deliverance. Do not expect immediate results. Expect great trials. This is a journey, a process and a war. Praise the Lord for each step along this narrow, difficult path that leads to everlasting life.

“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” (Philippians 4:13)

“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.” (2 Corinthians 5:17)