16 Oct

Sterling Principle # 18

Proverbs 23:29-35

Who are the people who are always crying the blues? Who do you know who reeks of self-pity? Who keeps getting beat updrinking for no reason at all? Whose eyes are bleary and bloodshot?  It’s those who spend the night with the bottle, for whom drinking is serious business.  Don’t judge wine by its label, or its bouquet, or its full-bodied flavor.  Judge it rather by the hangover it leaves you with—the splitting headache, the queasy stomach.  Do you really prefer seeing double, with your speech all slurred, reeling and seasick, drunk as a sailor?  “They hit me,” you’ll say, “but it didn’t hurt: they beat on me, but I didn’t feel a thing. When I’m sober enough to manage it, bring me another drink.

Flirting with alcohol is a dangerous game to play.  No one ever set out to be an alcoholic and destroy their lives.  Yet, it begins innocently enough when alcohol is flirted with.  Just a little drink here and there is no problem—or so we think.  Every alcoholic thought the same at one time.  To flirt with alcohol effects generations of our descendants.

We may get by with innocent flirting but our children or grandchildren may not.  Our example is our stamp of approval, an invitation to have that first drink. Those who look to us for guidance may be led into the life of an alcoholic because of our invitation.  Do we want to live with that responsibility?  I sure don’t!

Alcohol is a result of the change in the world when Adam and eve chose to sin.  Decay set it in all areas of life—including the human body and all creation.  And now mankind has bottled this decay and is making a mint by suckering in the flirts and making it cool to have a glass of wine. It isn’t cool; it is dangerous, very dangerous.  God’s Word says to not get drunk therefore I refuse to even flirt with wine.

God’s Question: What example are you setting with alcohol?

God’s Promise: I honor those who honor me by their choices.

My Prayer to God:

I praise You for my parent’s choice to avoid alcohol.

I am sorry so many lives have been destroyed by alcohol.

Thank You for giving me the wisdom to see its danger.

Help me set an example that draws people to Your “Spirit.”



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