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Drugs, Alcohol, and The Bible The Facts God says much about Pharmakeia, Wine, and Beer
We will be discussing three points – 1.What God says about Drugs 2. What God says about Alcohol 3.Why God informs us.
Two Facts I- God Never Lies. (Num 23:19) The wise in heart accept commands, but a chattering fool comes to ruin. Proverbs 3:35, Proverbs 10:8 II- Gods Word is Truth. (John 17:17)
The Bible Says the Use of Drugs is Sorcery. Immorality, … Idolatry and SORCERY, Outbursts of Anger, Drunkenness,… Those Who Practice Such Things Will NOT Inherit the Kingdom of God. (Gal 5:19-21 NKJV)
Where is the word Drugs? SORCERY = Pharmakeia = Pharmacy = Drugs The Use or the Administering of Drugs Poisoning Sorcery, Magical arts found in connection with Idolatry and Fostered by it Enabling the Deceptions and Seductions of Idolatry Thayer's Greek Definitions – pharmakeia φαρμακεία (Strong's #G5331)
Sorcery IS : Using Drugs to Manipulate your Emotions, Thoughts, or Perceptions. Sorcery and Idolatry are related.
Disobedience is as bad as the sin of Sorcery. Pride is as bad as the Sin of worshiping idols. You have Rejected the Lord's Command. Now He rejects you as king. 1 Samuel 15:23 NCV (CAPITALS ADDED) Sorcery is Used in Idolatry. God hates both. What is Idolatry?
Idolatry IS Depending on Any Person, Any Image Any Habit Any Thing More Than The Lord God Almighty To Bring You Pleasure and Identity Confirmation
"I am the LORD your God, Who brought you out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery. You shall have no other gods before Me. Exodus 20:2-3 So If The Son Sets You Free, You Will Be Free Indeed. John 8:36 Idols may be: Music, Magazines, TV, Movies, Gossip, Video Games, Cigarettes, your own pride and arrogance, etc….
God Says A Lot About Alcohol.
Do not gaze at wine when it is red… …It Bites like a Snake and …Poisons like a Viper. …See Strange Sights …Imagine Confusing Things. "They hit me," you will say, "but I'm not hurt! When will I wake up so I can find another drink?" Proverbs 23:31-35 Sounds like a hangover??? Or Alcoholism?
Wine is a Mocker and Beer a Brawler; Whoever is Led Astray by Them Is Not Wise. (Proverbs 20:1)
What about our Culture? What about living in a Christian Bubble? What about Hypocrisy? What about My Own Life and Living It the Way I Want To??
Christian Culture … … Is Just Behavior and Patterns Lived on the Outside. It does not necessarily reflect the Internal Heart that only God sees. (1 Samuel 16:7, Ps 51)
What about living in a Christian Bubble? The True Bubble is Formed by True Christians wherever they are. For we are to God the aroma of Christ among those who are being saved and those who are perishing. To the one we are the smell of death; to the other, the fragrance of life. Corinthians 2:14-16
The True Bubble is only as Strong as Those Who Live IN Relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ by His Word and Holy Spirit. John 15:5
What about hypocrisy? Every body hates it. Even the Hypocrite! Hypocrisy is Lying With Your Life. Not Being Aware of Your Sin may mean you are Not Aware of Your Hypocrisy. IT STINKS!! NO body likes it. Self Delusion is a Killer.
How long, O men, will you turn My Glory into shame ? How long will you love delusions and seek false gods ? Psalm 4:2, Romans 1:18-32
What about My Own Life and Living It the Way I Want To?? Whose life is it? Choices – Consequences: A.You belong to your father, the devil, and you want to carry out your father's desire. … Not holding to the truth, … For he is a liar and the father of lies. John 8:44 B. The Spirit Himself testifies with our spirit that we are God's children. For you have been born again, not of perishable seed, but of imperishable, through the Living and Enduring Word of God. R omans 8:16, 1 Peter 1:23
IF you were bought with a price, then your life is not your own. You were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your body. 1 Corinthians 6:20
If God Did NOT change your heart, and you Do NOT honor Him with your life, then Choose With your heart and life today! Psalm 51:10, Ezekiel 11:19-20, Ezekiel 36:25-27, John 3:3
Regarding True Christians Christians are not perfect people. They Never Will Be While Here. Heb 12:2, Phil 1:6, Jn 16:33 What makes Christians different? Christians are forgiven for personal sin by the Blood of the Atoning Lamb, Jesus the Christ. Christians are saved from eternal Hell damnation, from the Wrath of God. Romans 5:9-11 Christians trust Jesus and choose to live with and for Him in Gratitude. 1 John 4:10
Christians are set free from the law of sin and death. Romans 8:2 Christians have a Power Source of Joy, Hope, Wisdom, and Strength that Never diminishes. Gal 5 Christians have a Protector, Teacher, Intercessor, Intimate Friend, and Living God Who continually loves, laughs, & cries with us. He delights in us as we trust Him and His Word ever more. Christians have problems, trials, & troubles and they are never abandoned. Deut 31:8 Christians lives are directionally growing to Christ-likeness. Romans 12
Weve learned a lot about why God hates drugs. Drugs is Sorcery and Connects the user with Idolatry. It enables you to be deceived. God says Alcohol has you Imagine Confusing Things and leads you Astray From God. Now for the Question -?- Why does God inform us?
Why does God inform us? For Four Good Reasons – Lets state the first obvious one: Shout Out Loud!! 1– Because Jesus Loves Me!!
Here are Three Obscure Ones: #1 God wants a Relationship with you based upon Who He is and Not on your Works or Escapes. Rom 3:22; Rom 8, 1 Corinthians 1:30 "Come to Me, ALL you who are weary and burdened, and I WILL give you rest. … Learn from Me … and you will find REST for your Souls. Matt 11:28-30 (Capitals added)
#2 God does Not want you to go to Hell. (2 Peter 3:9, Matthew 25:41) The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise … He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance. Repent!> … throw them into the fiery furnace, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. … they will be thrust into utter darkness. Matthew 13:42, Isaiah 8:22
#3- God wants an Intimate Friendship of Love with you AND to be Your LORD. "As the Father has loved Me, so have I loved you. Now remain in My Love. If you obey My commands, you will remain in My Love… John 15:9,10 This is love for God: to obey His commands. And His commands are NOT burdensome, 1 John 5:3 (capitals added)
How do we do this? By this pattern of Relationship – A. If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. 1 John 1:9 B. Jesus replied, "If anyone loves me, he will obey My teaching. My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make our home with him. John 14: 23
C. Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit. Ephesians 5:18 He who believes in Me [who cleaves to and trusts in and relies on Me] … From his innermost being shall flow [continuously] springs and rivers of living water. J ohn 7:38 AMP
Take Gods Word to YOUR heart and you will be blessed. (Deuteronomy 28) We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ. 2 Corinthians 10:5
The Wise in Heart accept commands, but a chattering fool comes to ruin. Proverbs 3:35, Proverbs 10:8 The way of a Fool seems right to him but a Wise man listens to advice. Proverbs 12:15 A Wise man fears the LORD and shuns evil, but a Fool is hotheaded and reckless. Proverbs 14:16