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I so appreciated today's meditation, especially the proverb about alcohol. I have been a member of AA for over 20 years, and it was actually my pathway to deeper Christianity. I was definitely a Christian, even in the throes of my alcoholism--- one of my favorite things to do at night was curl up with the Bible, a bottle of wine and my cigarettes. ( I look back on that picture now and laugh! ) But of course, Christ's call is different upon everyone, and I am so thankful that even in the midst of my sin [drinking not a sin for everyone, but He definitely showed it was for me] Christ was there, reaching out to me, loving me, letting me learn more of Him and His ways. I am so thankful that this was my path, otherwise I might be such a Pharisee today! He has provided for me a beautiful life, complete with dear husband, precious children, and abiding faith; and without my besetting sins, I really think I may have fallen into a life of deeper unrepentant sin (pride) and not ever gotten to know the real Jesus. At any rate, though I don't comment often, I love the daily Bible blog and thank you for your continual ministry to us!

Mike, Great testimony today. I too have had problems with alcohol and for me, drugs as well. With the Help of the Bible and faith, I am free from those traps. Praise the Lord !!

Before I was born again in Jesus Christ my Lord and Savior I used to drink, happy hour with my friends, house parties, with dinner at a restaurant. I used alcohol to make me feel good. If I had a bad day at work, an argument with my husband, just to forget about the challenges of life. Many times, alcohol was the reason of arguments with my spouse. Many times I made a fool out of my self in public and in private. When I came to the feet of Jesus, one of the first things I gave to God was the need of alcohol to make me feel good. Thanks to God, I experienced radical and overnight change in that area of my life. I know many Christian believe that if Jesus and the disciples drank then there is nothing wrong with it and may be there is nothing wrong but there is a verse that always come to me when I am about to do something that it seems harmless if done in balance (or so it seems): "in whatever you eat,in whatever you drink, in whatever you do, do it for the glory of God" This takes me to the motivation of our hearts in whatever we do, why are you drinking? to make you feel good of yourself? to feel some courage? to distress from an stressful day? to be cool with your friends? to be accepted with your peers? Bottom line, what is the motivation of your heart? Our motivation should and must be our Lord Jesus..If Jesus our Lord Christ is the motivation to serve a glass of wine, then so be it. Will having a party with alcohol being served bring glory to the Name of God, then so be it. I am speaking based on my life and my journey with God through my relationship with my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ and I wanted to share it tonight. Praise be to God forevermore. May God continue to increase you in this ministry and beyond. Amen!

Mike,

This is something I wrestle with everyday as a believer. I do drink socially, generally on the weekends. And I ask myself . . . . why? Even if it is only one glass of wine, what purpose does this serve? How is it glorifying God? One drink pretty much clouds the mind and pushes out Godly desires. I can't tell you how many days I made a vow to put drinking in the rear view mirror, only to fail. What good has drinking ever done in my life? Absolutely nada! Please brothers and sisters in Christ, pray for me, that God would take this desire away from me and also my wife.

Amen

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