Proverbs 20:1 Dangers Of Alcohol

Drunk man

Wine is a mocker and beer a brawler; whoever is led astray by them is not wise. Proverbs 20:1 

Alcoholic beverages are one of the most common drinks around the world. People love to have some wine or beer on a regular basis.

While there is nothing wrong with having a drink, it is often very difficult to stop right there. Many people will have multiple drinks. Usually enough drinks in order to get them drunk.

It is exactly at this point that a person is being led by the drink. The drink is now in control, and not himself.

In his wisdom, Solomon realized that wine and beer are dangerous if a person is led by them. One being led by alcohol is not being wise.

Being drunk is a common site to see among many people. It is also very common to hear of the results of one being drunk. Drunk driving, fights, harassments, and wrong words being said all come when one is drunk. They are being led by the alcohol, rather than by God.

Every believer is to be led by God. They are also to maintain self-control of everything that they think, say or do. Under the influence of wine or beer, one is not in self-control, nor are they allowing God to be in control, but are under the control of the wine or beer.

This is not wise for any person. It is giving up what is best for some short time pleasure that causes disaster. It will change the character of a person, causing him to say and do things that he would not normally do.

Families, friendships, and jobs are often destroyed by the influence of wine and beer in the life of a person. While the world may enjoy traveling down this road, the believer must seek to avoid it and be led by God’s Holy Spirit, not wine and beer.

You may be one who enjoys a little wine or beer once in a while. Be careful that you do not allow yourself to be overcome by the alcohol. Do not allow it to control you.

It is better to abstain from all alcohol, than to be controlled by it, even one time. It can quickly cause you to do irreparable damage in your life.

Allow God to fill you with His Holy Spirit to bring you His peace and rest after a hard day. Allow God to control your life, not some man-made thing.

I pray today that God will give you wisdom in all of your decisions; that you will choose to be led by God in all areas of your life; that God will give you strength to not be led by alcohol; and that God will keep you from the sin of being drunk. 

Harriet (movie review)

Harriet movie poster

Movie: Harriet
Opening: November 2019
Rating: PG

The movie ‘Harriet‘ is a movie about the life and work of Harriet Tubman. She was a black lady who was raised as a slave in the early to mid-1800’s. She was injured by an accident and was unable to be reliable help on the plantation where she was a slave. As a result, the slave owner chose to sell and remove her from her husband. Instead of being allowed to be sold, she chose to run away to freedom.

After successfully escaping by traveling on foot for about 90 miles, she chose to go back and rescue her family. No one would support her, but she put her trust in God to give her strength and favor. Over time she had been credited for going back multiple times and rescuing about 100 people from slavery.

The movie does show some of the violence against slavery. It makes it very clear the dangers of a slave running away. There is some violence in the movie, but not extreme and no extreme graphics are shown. One thing that I caution on is that there is some foul language in this film and a lot of language used against the black people, showing the prejudices of the people.

One thing that I found great in the movie was showing how Harriet had trusted in God. She would be traveling with some escaped slaves in the wild, planning to head a certain direction. Suddenly she would get dizzy and have a vision from God as to what to do. She often felt God turn her to a new direction. She would go that way, though often it did not make sense at the moment. In the process of doing that she had avoided getting caught many times.

For me this was a challenge in my belief and trust in God. As a believer, we are to fully trust God’s leading at all times. He said that He would never leave us and that His Holy Spirit would always be there to guide us on our path in this life.

Every believer needs to keep his heart open to hearing from God and obeying His every command. It may not always make sense as to why God has us move the direction He has us move, but we can know that it is for our best interests. This movie has challenged me to learn to step out in faith and trust God’s leading more in my life.

I do recommend this movie, but with caution. There is the language and his movie is not suitable for younger children. It is a great movie for middle school and up children and can lead to great discussions about slavery and following God.

May your trust in God increase as you walk with Him.

Ezekiel 1:20 Going With God’s Spirit

Wherever the spirit would go, they would  go, and the wheels would rise along with them, because the spirit of the living creatures was in the wheels. Ezekiel 1:20

Ezekiel had a vision of some creatures with multiple faces and some wheels. He noticed that they would move without ever turning. The wheels would follow the creatures because the spirit of the living creatures was in them. Any time the creatures would move, the wheels would move.

Following someone closely is something that can be difficult to do at times. People change over time and continuing to follow may create conflict. Most people separate after a time because of different interests.

During high school, many students have friends that they hang around with. They always seem to be traveling in a group together. Once high school comes to an end, however, they tend to go different ways. Each one works a different job, or goes to a different school. They will get married and move away. Separation occurs.

The reason the wheels followed so closely was that they had the same spirit in them as the creatures had. Believers are supposed to be following God as those wheels followed the creatures. No matter where God goes, the believer must go. Just like a group of high schoolers are always seen together, the believer must always be seen with God.

God does not turn as He travels. He is always going forward, building His kingdom. He is always building His people to be just like Jesus, perfect and holy.

As you are going through life, you will most likely have to follow someone else. Your primary focus of travel should be following on the path God has for you. God has placed His Holy Spirit in you to lead and guide you through this life. He will guide you into paths of righteousness and holiness.

There will come times when you do not want to go down the path God has for you, but it is what is best for your life. Do not allow yourself to be led astray by something else. Stay focused on what God has for you. When God moves, you move. When God stands still, you stand still. Let God’s Spirit live in you.

I pray today that you will know God’s path for your life; that you will follow God each day; that you will not move unless God moves you; and that you will know God’s Spirit in your life.

1 Samuel 8:7 Rejection

And the LORD told him: “Listen to all that the people are saying to you; it is not you they have rejected, but they have rejected me as their king. 1 Samuel 8:7

Samuel had been leading Israel for many years. His sons were not serving God in the correct way and so the people asked for a king to lead them when Samuel dies. He was upset that the people were asking for a king, but God tells him to listen to the people. God says that it was not Samuel they were rejecting but Himself.

Rejection is something that no one really likes to get. Everyone likes to be accepted, this is especially true when they are striving to help someone. When you are trying to help someone and are looking out for their best interests, it is painful when they reject your help.

Jesus told every believer to be a witness to the rest of the world. As a believer you are supposed to go out and tell everyone the good news that they can have hope, peace and  eternal life. There is nothing better than that. It is the best help you can give any person, in any situation in their life.

As you are bringing that good news to the people, there will be some who will reject it. They will push you away and will not want anything to do with you. It will feel as if they are rejecting you. Yet, it is not you they are rejecting, but Jesus who is in you.

The majority of this world will reject Jesus. Their eyes have been blinded by the deceitfulness of the devil.

That does not mean you stop sharing God’s love and message with them. You do allow them to live as they desire, you do continue to present Jesus to them. It is not you they are rejecting, but God.

When someone starts rejecting you, when you are doing God’s will, turn it over to God. Allow God to deal with them in His way. Do not take the rejection personally, it is God’s problem, not yours.

I pray today that you will hear God’s direction for your life; that you will not reject God in any area of your life; that you will see that people are not rejecting you as much as they are rejecting God; and that you will be a witness of Jesus for all the world to see.