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??/??/2017 ~ Drinking


Darkness is numb to light.
Drinking alcohol is the main reason for
selfishness and destroyed relationships.


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


Verbal looseness and cruel outbursts are inflamed by drunken
arrogant stupors. Strong drink does not add to oneís peace of mind.
Depression follows intoxication. To be wise is to pay attention to how
God teaches us concerning drinking and its uses and or consequences.


Do not mix with winebibbers, Or with gluttonous eaters of meat; For
the drunkard and the glutton will come to poverty, ... ~ Proverbs 23:20-21


Blurred vision shuts down the sensible nature one must have to
be responsible. What a bleak outcome to only remain in a dizzy.


... Who has redness of eyes? Those who linger long at the wine,
Those who go in search of mixed wine. ~ Proverbs 23:29-30


Desire for alcohol as a pain numbing agent is the most common reason
for drinking. People want to escape from the toils of living. Drinking
actually perpetuates the cycle of afflictions in supporting continuing woes.


... wine when it is red, When it sparkles in the cup, When it swirls around
smoothly; At the last it bites like a serpent, ... ~ Proverbs 23:31-33


The imagination of covering suffering with the magical powers
of swirling wine deceptively lures one to the curse it delivers.


"... They have beaten me, but I did not feel it. When shall I awake,
that I may seek another drink?" ~ Proverbs 23:34-35


Drinkers seek to not feel the life they dread as deathfulness is
the wish that leads to that next drink. I just want to disappear or go away;
many suicides have high intoxication levels and it is common among
the famous; lonely overdose.


... It is not for kings to drink wine, Nor for princes intoxicating drink; Lest
they drink and forget the law, And pervert the justice of all the afflicted. ...
~ Proverbs 31:4-7


The Word of God is clear that wine is to be used for medicinal purposes
and as a sympathetic anesthetic for the terminally impoverished as the
end knocks. Itsí excessive intake is not meant for those healthy filled with
life, and certainly not for one in leadership positions. Why or how could a
poison killing substance be condoned by any rational sentient creatures?
To escape the pains of living? Better anesthetics have been developed
in our times so alcohol has become superfluous from its original
ancient intent. We are controlled by what we desire.


No longer drink only water, but use a little wine for your stomach's
sake and your frequent infirmities. ~ 1st Timothy 5:23


Fruit of the vine comes in various forsms. The fruit of olive trees
pressed in winepresses have long been known for healing powers.
Everything created by God is evidence for the benefit of man and not
intended to advance his demise. One does not jump into a fire to get
warm. The Bible does not advocate casual and habitual social drinking as
a form of spiritual and or physical healing for the healthy. What has been
created for moderate use as medicine has too often transferred to that of
vices for those escapists from reality. Today, psychotic drugs abound.
Godís call is not one to escape from living, but to endure through itsí
becoming, while acknowledging His glory for the greater good of all.


... And your princes feast at the proper time - For strength
and not for drunkenness! ~ Ecclesiastes 10:17


Blessings come through strength of sobriety and the lack of drunkenness.

Woe to those who rise early in the morning, That they may follow intoxicating
drink; Who continue until night, till wine inflames them! ... ~ Isaiah 5:11-13


Drinking alcohol is a dead thirst. To break the cycle of woe, love for the
Lord must be found and maintained. Love for family and others helps
remove one from the isolation drinking produces. Steadfast saints are
among those thirsting His living water where it rises from the heart.


Woe to men mighty at drinking wine, Woe to men valiant
for mixing intoxicating drink, ... ~ Isaiah 5:22


There is nothing to be proud of in ďout drinkingĒ fools in the pool.

... to err in all her work, As a drunken man staggers in his vomit.
~ Isaiah 19:14


As a drunken man staggers where is the glory, for God or self?
All can testify that vomit is a wrenching experience best left as a memory.
For the boozer, it is a recycling event.


... Eating meat and drinking wine: "Let us eat and drink, for tomorrow we die!"
~ Isaiah 22:12-13


God has always instructed mankind to repent of, or turn from, wrong
doings. More often man, head over heels, jumps into the very thing
he should be repenting of. Revelry without regard is carelessness.
Seeing only the temporary is a limited experience.


Woe to the crown of pride, ... To those who are overcome with wine!...
~ Isaiah 28:1


With all the symptoms of drunkenness, and being overcome by it,
it reduces to a vegetative state of despicable sloths.


The crown of pride, the drunkards of Ephraim, Will be trampled underfoot;
~ Isaiah 28:3


There is no saving grace for the dazed.

... But they also have erred through wine, And through
intoxicating drink are out of the way; ... ~ Isaiah 28:7


No good results come from the effects of one in a drunken stupor.

... they are greedy dogs Which never have enough. ... ~ Isaiah 56:11-12

Many drinkers see no end to the pleasures they indulge in condemning
those that would prefer to remain sober. Unbeknownst is what the Bible
makes clear, in that drinkers are inherently self centered and selfish,
along with being purposely oblivious; denial. There are those that
while the day is the day, they desire to drink with no end.
Often drinks are used to loose passions of lust.


"Harlotry, wine, and new wine enslave the heart." ~ Hosea 4:11

We are prisoners to the desires of our heart. To unlock the window to true
love one must soar past those afflictions that keep that window closed.
External desires cannot surpass the upwelling inspirations love delivers to
those who possess it. Inward peace cannot be obtained by outward vices.
Those enslaved are not free but weighted down with woes. The Bible
makes a clear distinction between wine and new wine as separate.


... says the LORD: "As the new wine is found in the cluster, And one says,
'Do not destroy it, For a blessing is in it,' ... ~ Isaiah 65:8


Clearly new wine is the sweetness found in freshly squeezed fruit
of the vine. Both unfermented and fermented wine was available in the
first century, as it is also today. Todays production methods and alcohol
content is certainly higher than in previous times. There is an avalanche
of sinful mind bending juice. Even water can kill you if taken in
excessive amounts. Moderation in all things is the
balance God calls out for in the wise.


"... But new wine must be put into new wineskins." ~ Mark 2:22

Again, unfermented new wine has yet to be fermented into fully
intoxicating wine. Jesus came to save sinners, not to extricate those vices
of sin where man had errored from understanding the will, and or intent, of
God. Indulgence often dismisses wisdom. Knowledge, or lost knowledge
is what destroys a people. There is a way that seems right to man but its
end is in death. Excuses for irresponsibility have never revealed truth.


"Woe to him who gives drink to his neighbor, Pressing him to
your bottle, Even to make him drunk, ... ~ Habakkuk 2:15-16


As they say, misery loves company. If one does not drink when offered,
rejection and scorn is part of the offering arrogant souls defense. Sober
people are, I believe, envied, and therefore attacked and or just ignored.
Alcoholics find it easy to throw people away.


... beat the male and female servants, and to eat and drink and be drunk, ...
~ Luke 12:45-46


To ignore the warnings and consequences of drinking given to us
through His Word, angry souls mired in their own grief
will have no excuse as God casts them off.


Do not be overly wicked, Nor be foolish: Why should
you die before your time? ~ Ecclesiastes 7:17


One has to gain the courage to overcome weaknesses to enjoy the
powers God offers to those who embrace His ways, over that of mans.
One must rise to desire life over death to overcome that deadly disease,
called by any vice, a fools escape.


"But take heed to yourselves, lest your hearts be weighed down
with carousing, drunkenness, and cares of this life, ..." ~ Luke 21:34


Many have become self absorbed couch game playing drinking
fools stumbling from one stupor to the next. Potato chips help grease
the channel changer to the station of no where. His warning stands in
the face of mans foibles. Dangerous are the times in they attempt to
deceive with false pleasures. In God is the highest one can obtain.


Excessive drinking invites lawlessness
Alcohol is a mocker, brawler, & not wise
Donít mix with alcoholics led to poverty/drowsiness
Bingers wallow in woes, contentions, false injuries
Drunks will see strange things & utter perversities
Alcoholics donít feel physical pain waking for more
Give strong drink to those perishing abating misery
Use a little wine for frequent infirmities
Blessed are you when the leaders are not drunkards
Drinkers do not regard the work of the LORD
Alcohol swallows one in err both vision & judgment
Harlotry, wine, and new wine enslave the heart
Giving alcohol to a neighbor is to oneís shame
Beware and avoid revelries causing harsh judgment

Only the sober can fully realize His truths.
Darkness's anthem is silence.


Drinking is glamorized by venture capitalists
as guaranteed to lighten hearts in the unity of joy.
A lie always remains a lie no matter how many believe it.


... those who sleep, sleep at night, and those who get drunk are drunk at
night. But let us who are of the day be sober, ... ~ 1st Thessalonians 5:5-8


To remain in darkness can only define those spiritually blind. Elements of
Godís word instruct us how to live soberly in the hope of His eventual
coming. How can one be watchful if darkness commands?


Let us walk properly, as in the day, not in revelry and drunkenness, ...
~ Romans 13:12-14


We are told to remain in the light of spiritual adeptness, not in
the quagmire of passionís desperation where sin flourishes. Lust is
the curse of a heart and the thief of peace. To live life to ones fullest
potential, one must be a master over lust, and the evils it inspires.


... no longer should live the rest of his time in the flesh for
the lusts of men, but for the will of God. ~ 1st Peter 4:1-2


God commands us to put on those qualities He reflects in the
goodness that He is. What fills a heart declares the character one sings.
He wants us to shed desires and lusts to honestly and humbly
love one another without expectations.


... when we walked in lewdness, lusts, drunkenness, revelries,
drinking parties, and abominable idolatries. ... ~ 1st Peter 4:3-4


Is your lust in the bottle of despair?
If you have been a drinker, now emancipated from itsí control,
those who remain ensnarled in itsí domination will belittle you.
The pattern most lustful souls have is to change those that they Ďpossessí
- unaware Godís will is for us to just accept one another, for who we are,
and wish for the greatest we can be. In evaluating self, over condemning
others, this allows love to rise. We were created to encourage one
another. To beat the demons from within one must find a way to
shine the light of love on that deepest darkness, which holds
one under, in the shackles of hopelessness. The greatest light
comes not from ourselves, but from He who gave life life.
The greatest blessings from within come from Him.


... For all that is in the world - the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and
the pride of life - is not of the Father but of the world. ... ~ 1st John 2:15-17


How high can one get before realizing God is above all?
His will is for us to be as we are, humbly, without portentousness.
To artificially induce a high will never achieve the heights He intended
for those that love Him where simplicity rides upon the clouds.
The stars shine below heavens glory.


Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body,
that you should obey it in its lusts. ~ Romans 6:12


If one has no control over the vice that stimulates them, who would be
the master? Fleshly weakness is not where the spiritually strong reside.
A life with purpose has an agenda to climb over that of descending. To
overcome death, one must learn to live, and in Him is the life of all men.


Beloved, I beg you as sojourners and pilgrims, abstain from
fleshly lusts which war against the soul, ... ~ 1st Peter 2:11


Sin is the wickedness that lies underneath all that is decent.
It invades where it can craving to stumble those who hope for more.
Sin is a tortuous ladder rising out of the bowels of despair.


Now the works of the flesh are evident, which are: adultery, fornication, ...
envy, murders, drunkenness, revelries, and the like; ... those who practice
such things will not inherit the kingdom of God. ~ Galatians 5:19-21


For all hearts in His light, no sinful flame is to cold
that it will not burn the coals of regret.


Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God?
Do not be deceived. Neither fornicators, ... nor thieves, nor covetous, nor
drunkards, ... will inherit the kingdom of God. ~ 1st Corinthians 6:9-10


To be condemned under sin will tear one in half. Enough said.

... And do not be drunk with wine, in which is dissipation;
but be filled with the Spirit, ... ~ Ephesians 5:17-21


The Bible tells us not to be drunk.
I agree with one drink is to much and not enough. For that matter,
any pain numbing vice detracts from certain sober appreciation.


... I have written to you not to keep company with anyone named a brother,
who is sexually immoral, ... or a drunkard, ... ~ 1st Corinthians 5:11


People that excessively drink are not regarding the will of God, who
says not to. For those that struggle in desire of quitting, fill yourself with
the Spirit and help will come; pray. I was an excessive drinker and it was
His Word and a growing desire to please Him that led to my sobriety.
His Word is the ladder that lifts one out of the hole of no return.


It is good neither to eat meat nor drink wine nor do anything by which
your brother stumbles or is offended or is made weak. ~ Romans 14:21


God wants us to consider others before ourselves. Empathy is a very high
and lofty godly quality. God looks for us to become stronger, not weaker.


... drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God. Give no offense, either
to the Jews or to the Greeks or to the church ... ~ 1st Corinthians 10:31-32


If it is oneís desire to do all to the glory of God,
this is the epitome of oneís faith.


... speak the things which are proper for sound doctrine:
that the older men be sober, ... ~ Titus 2:1-2


God expects the wealth of wisdom to shine forth from older men.
A lifetime spent from one stupor to another shortens the value, one
could bestow, upon others as a legacy. Juice can flow uphill.


A bishop then must be blameless, ... sober-minded, ... not given to wine,
not violent, not greedy for money, but gentle, ... ~ 1st Timothy 3:2-3


There is no doubt God calls for responsibility and compassion for others.
He astoundingly calls for our leaders to be sober-minded.
Recklessness is held in the bosom of fools.


Likewise deacons must be reverent, not double-tongued,
not given to much wine, not greedy for money, ... ~ 1st Timothy 3:8


Greed and the desire for more consumes a soul in darkness.

... the older women likewise, that they be reverent in behaviour, not
slanderers, not given to much wine, teachers of good things - ~ Titus 2:3


Women are included in Godís call for goodness
in sober mindedness and speech.


Therefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and rest your hope fully
upon the grace that is to be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ;
... ~ 1st Peter 1:13


If God calls us to be sober, there can be no excuse,
for using alcohol, as one drink will impair one.


Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about
like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. ~ 1st Peter 5:8


Without employing all of oneís senses, one runs the risk of falling and or
catering to the lustful desires of the flesh. Satanís desire is for our demise
into the darkness turning away from the light of Godís healing truths.


Test all things; hold fast what is good. Abstain from every form of evil.
~ 1st Thessalonians 5:21-22


A choice is at the crossroads everyday, and we must choose correctly
if we wish to honor His will. To His glory He has given us this ability of
choice. In putting alcohol to the test, it shows that it kills everything that
lives, and preserves everything that is dead. It is something that should
not be ingested unless subjected to an injurious medical condition.
Our social neurosis is to ignore the truth.


The courageous abstain from what offends God
Walk properly not in revelry and drunkenness/lusts
Do not love the world or the things in the world
Do not let sin reign in you or obey it in its lusts
Abstain from fleshly lusts which war against / soul
Drunkards will not inherit the kingdom of God
Do not be drunk but be filled with the Spirit
Do not to keep company or dine with drunkards
Curtail anything causing 1 to stumble or made weak
Whatever you do, do all to the glory of God
Speak things which are proper for sound doctrine
Leaders and all wise should not be given to wine
Be sober/vigilant resting hope fully on grace in God
Test everything holding good abstaining from all sin    

His will is for us to rise to Him.
Darkness has no promise.




 

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