BE SOBER, DM

“๐“๐“ท๐“ญ ๐“ญ๐“ธ ๐“ท๐“ธ๐“ฝ ๐“ฐ๐“ฎ๐“ฝ ๐“ญ๐“ป๐“พ๐“ท๐“ด ๐”€๐“ฒ๐“ฝ๐“ฑ ๐”€๐“ฒ๐“ท๐“ฎ, ๐“ฏ๐“ธ๐“ป ๐“ฝ๐“ฑ๐“ช๐“ฝ ๐“ฒ๐“ผ ๐“ญ๐“ฒ๐“ผ๐“ผ๐“ฒ๐“น๐“ช๐“ฝ๐“ฒ๐“ธ๐“ท, ๐“ซ๐“พ๐“ฝ ๐“ซ๐“ฎ ๐“ฏ๐“ฒ๐“ต๐“ต๐“ฎ๐“ญ ๐”€๐“ฒ๐“ฝ๐“ฑ ๐“ฝ๐“ฑ๐“ฎ ๐“ข๐“น๐“ฒ๐“ป๐“ฒ๐“ฝ,” Eph. 5:18

When my children were growing up, they did not see their parents drinking. No bottles of beer or wine in the fridge. They did not have to accommodate for parents who were checked out in party mode. Drinking alcohol is a gateway to doing stupid stuff.

This is the place where the Christian drinker will confidently insist “you can drink as long as it’s not in excess.” Solomon drank, right? True. But for some reason he said it was all chasing after the wind. Do you want to justify your bad habits on the man who after being blessed with unparalleled wisdom delves into excess and ushered in sin to the nation? Do you? The Bible says to be sober and not drunk. Do you know the point of “drunk”? At what alcohol blood content level do the lips sin? At what point is the balance and perception fail? At what point is it that selfishness kicks in? I do not think you know and there is a lot of worry about if you guess wrong. You may insist that you have total control and never get drunk when you drink, but your teen boy thinks he too can drink since you do. And he doesn’t have the experiences and control to avoid the guardrail and the cliff. When his life is in ruin, it’s on you. Yes, you Christian drinkers , it’s on you when your examples lead your children to drink to the ruin of their souls.

The Apostle says to instead be filled with the Spirit. I have never seen a drinker full of the Spirit. If you are wasting your money on alcoholic beverages, you need to think about what you are risking. This is the point where the Christian drinker says, “but you waste money on coffee and burgers.” The problem with this is there’s no sin associated with coffee and burgers unless these are done to excess. Do not rationalize your lust by comparing apples to oranges.

A man I knew years ago would rationalize that he would celebrate the killing of a deer by having a little drink. But the drink became a problem. I will not say anything specific, but the drink led him to tell a lie. He confessed his sin and also made a personal decision to not drink alcohol again. Believe it, the drinker is going to lie. A close friend who did counseling said drinkers are liars. He didn’t explain in detail what he meant, but his experience made him conclude that drinkers are liars.

I will close this little admonition with a passage from Proverbs that is pointed and convicting. “29 ๐“ฆ๐“ฑ๐“ธ ๐“ฑ๐“ช๐“ผ ๐”€๐“ธ๐“ฎ? ๐“ฆ๐“ฑ๐“ธ ๐“ฑ๐“ช๐“ผ ๐“ผ๐“ธ๐“ป๐“ป๐“ธ๐”€? ๐“ฆ๐“ฑ๐“ธ ๐“ฑ๐“ช๐“ผ ๐“ฌ๐“ธ๐“ท๐“ฝ๐“ฎ๐“ท๐“ฝ๐“ฒ๐“ธ๐“ท๐“ผ? ๐“ฆ๐“ฑ๐“ธ ๐“ฑ๐“ช๐“ผ ๐“ฌ๐“ธ๐“ถ๐“น๐“ต๐“ช๐“ฒ๐“ท๐“ฒ๐“ท๐“ฐ? ๐“ฆ๐“ฑ๐“ธ ๐“ฑ๐“ช๐“ผ ๐”€๐“ธ๐“พ๐“ท๐“ญ๐“ผ ๐”€๐“ฒ๐“ฝ๐“ฑ๐“ธ๐“พ๐“ฝ ๐“ฌ๐“ช๐“พ๐“ผ๐“ฎ? ๐“ฆ๐“ฑ๐“ธ ๐“ฑ๐“ช๐“ผ ๐“ป๐“ฎ๐“ญ๐“ท๐“ฎ๐“ผ๐“ผ ๐“ธ๐“ฏ ๐“ฎ๐”‚๐“ฎ๐“ผ? 30 ๐“ฃ๐“ฑ๐“ธ๐“ผ๐“ฎ ๐”€๐“ฑ๐“ธ ๐“ต๐“ฒ๐“ท๐“ฐ๐“ฎ๐“ป ๐“ต๐“ธ๐“ท๐“ฐ ๐“ธ๐“ฟ๐“ฎ๐“ป ๐”€๐“ฒ๐“ท๐“ฎ, ๐“ฃ๐“ฑ๐“ธ๐“ผ๐“ฎ ๐”€๐“ฑ๐“ธ ๐“ฐ๐“ธ ๐“ฝ๐“ธ ๐“ฝ๐“ช๐“ผ๐“ฝ๐“ฎ ๐“ถ๐“ฒ๐”๐“ฎ๐“ญ ๐”€๐“ฒ๐“ท๐“ฎ. 31 ๐““๐“ธ ๐“ท๐“ธ๐“ฝ ๐“ต๐“ธ๐“ธ๐“ด ๐“ธ๐“ท ๐“ฝ๐“ฑ๐“ฎ ๐”€๐“ฒ๐“ท๐“ฎ ๐”€๐“ฑ๐“ฎ๐“ท ๐“ฒ๐“ฝ ๐“ฒ๐“ผ ๐“ป๐“ฎ๐“ญ, ๐“ฆ๐“ฑ๐“ฎ๐“ท ๐“ฒ๐“ฝ ๐“ผ๐“น๐“ช๐“ป๐“ด๐“ต๐“ฎ๐“ผ ๐“ฒ๐“ท ๐“ฝ๐“ฑ๐“ฎ ๐“ฌ๐“พ๐“น, ๐“ฆ๐“ฑ๐“ฎ๐“ท ๐“ฒ๐“ฝ ๐“ฐ๐“ธ๐“ฎ๐“ผ ๐“ญ๐“ธ๐”€๐“ท ๐“ผ๐“ถ๐“ธ๐“ธ๐“ฝ๐“ฑ๐“ต๐”‚; 32 ๐“๐“ฝ ๐“ฝ๐“ฑ๐“ฎ ๐“ต๐“ช๐“ผ๐“ฝ ๐“ฒ๐“ฝ ๐“ซ๐“ฒ๐“ฝ๐“ฎ๐“ผ ๐“ต๐“ฒ๐“ด๐“ฎ ๐“ช ๐“ผ๐“ฎ๐“ป๐“น๐“ฎ๐“ท๐“ฝ ๐“๐“ท๐“ญ ๐“ผ๐“ฝ๐“ฒ๐“ท๐“ฐ๐“ผ ๐“ต๐“ฒ๐“ด๐“ฎ ๐“ช ๐“ฟ๐“ฒ๐“น๐“ฎ๐“ป. 33 ๐“จ๐“ธ๐“พ๐“ป ๐“ฎ๐”‚๐“ฎ๐“ผ ๐”€๐“ฒ๐“ต๐“ต ๐“ผ๐“ฎ๐“ฎ ๐“ผ๐“ฝ๐“ป๐“ช๐“ท๐“ฐ๐“ฎ ๐“ฝ๐“ฑ๐“ฒ๐“ท๐“ฐ๐“ผ ๐“๐“ท๐“ญ ๐”‚๐“ธ๐“พ๐“ป ๐“ถ๐“ฒ๐“ท๐“ญ ๐”€๐“ฒ๐“ต๐“ต ๐“พ๐“ฝ๐“ฝ๐“ฎ๐“ป ๐“น๐“ฎ๐“ป๐“ฟ๐“ฎ๐“ป๐“ผ๐“ฎ ๐“ฝ๐“ฑ๐“ฒ๐“ท๐“ฐ๐“ผ. 34 ๐“๐“ท๐“ญ ๐”‚๐“ธ๐“พ ๐”€๐“ฒ๐“ต๐“ต ๐“ซ๐“ฎ ๐“ต๐“ฒ๐“ด๐“ฎ ๐“ธ๐“ท๐“ฎ ๐”€๐“ฑ๐“ธ ๐“ต๐“ฒ๐“ฎ๐“ผ ๐“ญ๐“ธ๐”€๐“ท ๐“ฒ๐“ท ๐“ฝ๐“ฑ๐“ฎ ๐“ถ๐“ฒ๐“ญ๐“ญ๐“ต๐“ฎ ๐“ธ๐“ฏ ๐“ฝ๐“ฑ๐“ฎ ๐“ผ๐“ฎ๐“ช, ๐“ž๐“ป ๐“ต๐“ฒ๐“ด๐“ฎ ๐“ธ๐“ท๐“ฎ ๐”€๐“ฑ๐“ธ ๐“ต๐“ฒ๐“ฎ๐“ผ ๐“ญ๐“ธ๐”€๐“ท ๐“ธ๐“ท ๐“ฝ๐“ฑ๐“ฎ ๐“ฝ๐“ธ๐“น ๐“ธ๐“ฏ ๐“ช ๐“ถ๐“ช๐“ผ๐“ฝ. 35 “๐“ฃ๐“ฑ๐“ฎ๐”‚ ๐“ผ๐“ฝ๐“ป๐“พ๐“ฌ๐“ด ๐“ถ๐“ฎ, ๐“ซ๐“พ๐“ฝ ๐“˜ ๐“ญ๐“ฒ๐“ญ ๐“ท๐“ธ๐“ฝ ๐“ซ๐“ฎ๐“ฌ๐“ธ๐“ถ๐“ฎ ๐“ฒ๐“ต๐“ต; ๐“ฃ๐“ฑ๐“ฎ๐”‚ ๐“ซ๐“ฎ๐“ช๐“ฝ ๐“ถ๐“ฎ, ๐“ซ๐“พ๐“ฝ ๐“˜ ๐“ญ๐“ฒ๐“ญ ๐“ท๐“ธ๐“ฝ ๐“ด๐“ท๐“ธ๐”€ ๐“ฒ๐“ฝ. ๐“ฆ๐“ฑ๐“ฎ๐“ท ๐“ผ๐“ฑ๐“ช๐“ต๐“ต ๐“˜ ๐“ช๐”€๐“ช๐“ด๐“ฎ? ๐“˜ ๐”€๐“ฒ๐“ต๐“ต ๐“ผ๐“ฎ๐“ฎ๐“ด ๐“ช๐“ท๐“ธ๐“ฝ๐“ฑ๐“ฎ๐“ป ๐“ญ๐“ป๐“ฒ๐“ท๐“ด.” Pro. 23.



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