Yes you read it correctly! You ever had one of those days where nothing seemed to go right? Well that was me a few days ago. My husband and I got into a little spat, my daughter was on my last nerve, I had million things to do and no time to do them. The thought quickly came to my mind, “I need a drink”.
So you are probably thinking, I thought she said she was a woman of God? Well yes I am but sometimes my mind reverts back to how I dealt with stress in the past. It was nothing for me to get off from work, run by the store and grab a quick bottle of Arbor Mist to go along with dinner, or to drink with some soft music to mellow down for the evening. Yes even back then I was heavily involved in church, born and raised, but still felt like I needed a little something extra to “deal” with my problems or to run away from them, if even just for a second. What about the sense of conviction? I’m glad you asked; that leads me into my thoughts for the day.
I often hear people (Christians specifically) say it’s nothing wrong with drinking alcohol “as long as you don’t get drunk”. Or they will say “I’m just a social drinker”. Yes even I am guilty of saying this same thing once upon a time. That was something quick and easy to say instead of just being honest and say “I’m not ready to be delivered from my mess”. I can remember years ago going out Saturday night with the girls getting tipsy, if not drunk and then getting up Sunday morning bright and early ready to sing on the praise team. I felt convicted, but would repent, do it all over again the next weekend and blame it on the fact that I was young and “experiencing life”. I was totally wrong and out of order. (Thank you Lord for Your grace and Your mercy!!)
As I’ve gotten older and grown in Christ, I have realized there is so much wrong with drinking and calling yourself a Believer. I feel so convicted even now when I think back to how I was living a double life. Proclaiming to be a Christian, but still wanting to be a part of and accepted by the world. “If you were of the world, the world would love its own. Yet because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you.” John 15:19 Why would you want to be associated with things of the world, when they hate us? Think about it.
So what’s the big deal, what’s wrong with having a little sip here or there? Let’s take a deeper look into the Word and see:
“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
“And do not be drunk with wine, in which is dissipation; but be filled with the Spirit” ~Ephesians 5:18
“envy, murders, drunkenness, revelries, and the like; of which I tell you beforehand, just as I also told you in time past, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.” ~Galatians 5:21
These are just a few scriptures from the Bible where the Lord clearly states that we are not to drink alcohol. Why would we defile the temple (body) that He created and allowed us to rent temporarily while here on earth. Is a simple drink worth your soul’s salvation? Where will you rest eternally, in Heaven with our Lord and Savior or in the Lake of Fire with your drink and your 2 step? It’s a lot to take in, I know, but I pray that it if this applies to you, it has you thinking.
“I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. 2 And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.” ~ Romans 12:1-2