Is It Sinful For A Christian To Drink Beer?

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There’s nothing wrong with drinking wine/beer but anything done in excess leads to sin because we must be alert in our minds to do God’s will. If we are drunk, we won’t have sound judgment (to know right from wrong) and be easily influenced by demons to sin against the Lord. Jesus turned water into wine so people can enjoy it, but one can take a blessing from the Lord and turn it into sin like drinking too much and getting drunk.

Another example of a blessing from God would be providing food for you and you take that blessing and start to live your life for food and become a glutton. The Lord gives us blessings which we must avoid turning it into something that becomes a sinful device because God gave us the right to decide right from wrong (free will).

1 Peter 5:8
Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.

The Greek word for sober-minded is néphó (nay’-fo) which means:

3525 nḗphō – properly, to be sober (not drunk), not intoxicated; (figuratively) free from illusion, i.e. from the intoxicating influences of sin (like the impact of selfish passion, greed, etc.).

3525 /nḗphō (“be sober, unintoxicated”) refers to having presence of mind (clear judgment), enabling someone to be temperate (self-controlled). 3525 /nḗphō (“uninfluenced by intoxicants”) means to have “one’s wits (faculties) about them,” which is the opposite of being irrational.

Satan is looking for Christians who are drunk with wine/beer so they can be an easy target to make them fall into sin and devour them. Our minds must be free from anything that would affect our judgment like alcohol and drugs so that by the Full Armor of God being sober minded, we can stand against Satan and his demonic forces with Jesus’ strength.

Proverbs 23:19-21
19 Listen, my son, and be wise; keep your mind on the right course. 20 Don’t associate with those who drink too much wine or with those who gorge themselves on meat. 21 For the drunkard and the glutton will become poor, and grogginess will clothe them in rags.

Ephesians 5:18
Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit,

Romans 13:13
Let us behave decently, as in the daytime, not in carousing and drunkenness, not in sexual immorality and debauchery, not in dissension and jealousy.

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What Are You Filling Your Heart With?

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Luke 6:45

A good man produces good out of the good storeroom of his heart. An evil man produces evil out of the evil storeroom, for his mouth speaks from the overflow of the heart.

When you give a cup to someone, you fill it with what’s in your fridge like milk, juice, water or soda and that cup contains whatever it is filled with. In the same way, we become whatever we fill our mind with. Are you filling your mind with the things of this world? You will become like the world and your heart will speak and act like the world which is contrary to the Word of God (Colossians 3:1-10). Your eyes are the windows to your soul and when you watch things that are sinful, it will feed your flesh to do those things and fill your mind and heart with it, becoming less like Christ and more like the enemy of your soul. How do you get strengthened? By filling your heart with God’s Word and through prayer you will start to be molded into the image of Christ and His desires which are found in Holy Scripture will become your desires so that His will, will be accomplished in you for His glory and praises.

God Wants You To Repent

 

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A Heart that has been transformed will repent of sin

 

1 John 1:9

If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

Jesus is a merciful and gracious God who desires a relationship with you (John 14:23). It can only happen when you put your faith and trust in Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior (John 3:16). The byproduct of a saving faith is living a life that’s according to His will through His Word for His glory (James 2:17). The moment we sin against the Lord, we break that pure relationship (not salvation wise) because we are doing something that displeases Him, and we have to repent of that sin to be in good standing once again with Him. Whenever we do sin, He waits expectantly for us to repent because He takes great joy and pleasure in using His creation to participate in His will. Especially, when believers are walking according to His righteousness, by obeying what the Scripture teaches.

Here is an illustration of how forgiveness would look like. You are in a classroom and you happen to have a handful of candy sprinkles. You decide to throw all of them at once into your mouth and when you do, only a few make it in and the rest fall to the floor making such a mess. Out of embarrassment, you look away from the teacher and your classmates. Someone comes in and cleans it all up for you that when you take a magnifying glass for curiosity’s sake to see how many sprinkles might have still been left, to your amazement, not even an iota (an extremely small amount) of sprinkle can be found.

The sprinkles represent your sins and when you repent, all of them are picked up and thrown away so that your area around you (your life) is clean once more. This is how easy it is for the believer to be forgiven by the Father whose very desire is to forgive because He loves us so much in such a capacity we can never truly understand. Remember, that when you have some grievance or animosity towards someone, resolve to fix it immediately or else God won’t use you or forgive your sins. Doing so serves as a testimony to that person because when you forgive (even though it might be entirely his fault), he might see Christ in you.

Why Did It Take Jesus Two Tries To Heal The Blind Man?

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Mark 8:22-25

22 They came to Bethsaida, and some people brought a blind man and begged Jesus to touch him. 23 He took the blind man by the hand and led him outside the village. When he had spit on the man’s eyes and put his hands on him, Jesus asked, “Do you see anything?”
24 He looked up and said, “I see people; they look like trees walking around.”
25 Once more Jesus put his hands on the man’s eyes. Then his eyes were opened, his sight was restored, and he saw everything clearly.

Why couldn’t Jesus heal the blind man on the first try? Context, especially in this incident, plays a pivotal role. Let’s take a look and see the verses before the healing of the blind man took place.


Mark 8:14-21

14 The disciples had forgotten to bring bread, except for one loaf they had with them in the boat. 15 “Be careful,” Jesus warned them. “Watch out for the yeast of the Pharisees and that of Herod.”
16 They discussed this with one another and said, “It is because we have no bread.”
17 Aware of their discussion, Jesus asked them: “Why are you talking about having no bread? Do you still not see or understand? Are your hearts hardened? 18 Do you have eyes but fail to see, and ears but fail to hear? And don’t you remember? 19 When I broke the five loaves for the five thousand, how many basketfuls of pieces did you pick up?”
“Twelve,” they replied.
20 “And when I broke the seven loaves for the four thousand, how many basketfuls of pieces did you pick up?”
They answered, “Seven.”
21 He said to them, “Do you still not understand?”

Jesus was trying to teach His disciples what was happening to them in their understanding of God’s Word. Jesus’ healing of the blind man was purposely made in two stages to show His disciples that they were on the first stage like the blind man. In the first stage, the blind man only saw partially but not clear. Jesus’ disciples at the moment only understood partly what Jesus was teaching them. The second stage of the blind’s man healing was to show the disciples that ultimately on the day of Pentecost (Acts 2) after they would receive the Holy Spirit they will understand everything that Jesus had taught them as seen in John 14:26 which says, But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you. The process of the blind man’s healing was to show them where they were at but He was assuring them through the end result of the man’s healing that they wouldn’t stay with limited understanding for a long time.

“An evil spirit from the Lord”: What Does This Phrase Mean?

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King Saul trying to pin David to the wall with his spear

1 Samuel 19:9-10

9 But an evil spirit from the Lord came on Saul as he was sitting in his house with his spear in his hand. While David was playing the lyre, 10 Saul tried to pin him to the wall with his spear, but David eluded him as Saul drove the spear into the wall. That night David made good his escape.


If God is good and righteous without any sin (Psalms 92:15) why would He send an evil spirit, demon to attack Saul which in turn tried to kill the one God anointed as king and the line of which Jesus was going to come from?
Let’s take a look at some passages in the Book of Job that will give some light to this question.

Job 1:6-12

6 One day the angels came to present themselves before the Lord, and Satan also came with them. 7 The Lord said to Satan, “Where have you come from?”
Satan answered the Lord, “From roaming throughout the earth, going back and forth on it.”
8 Then the Lord said to Satan, “Have you considered my servant Job? There is no one on earth like him; he is blameless and upright, a man who fears God and shuns evil.”
9 “Does Job fear God for nothing?” Satan replied. 10 “Have you not put a hedge around him and his household and everything he has? You have blessed the work of his hands, so that his flocks and herds are spread throughout the land. 11 But now stretch out your hand and strike everything he has, and he will surely curse you to your face.”
12 The Lord said to Satan, “Very well, then, everything he has is in your power, but on the man himself do not lay a finger.”

As you can see from the verses above Satan asked God permission to attack Job and see if he can make Job curse God. Satan thought that Job’s love for God was based on God’s blessing towards him. God wanted to show Satan that true love doesn’t hinge on material blessings from Him but from the individual sincerely recognizing that He is good, loving and no one else can save but Him alone. Only God deserves worship, honor, glory and thanksgiving.

The phrase “an evil spirit from the Lord” simply means that God allows the enemy to attack the person for the purpose of testing and refinement of their faith.

The evil spirit wasn’t concerned in tormenting Saul but used Saul’s torment to have David come in into Saul’s presence and play the musical instrument to get an opportunity to kill the one the Lord anointed. That was the evil spirit’s true intent. God allowed this attack on David so that he would learn to depend on Him. The Psalms that David wrote was the fruit of king Saul’s pursuit in trying to take his life.

Another example of why God allows the enemy to attack a believer is found in Luke 22:31 which says, 31 “Simon, Simon, Satan has asked to sift all of you as wheat. 32 But I have prayed for you, Simon, that your faith may not fail. And when you have turned back, strengthen your brothers.”

Satan asked permission to sift Peter which occurred when Peter denied knowing Jesus 3 times but through that experience, after Peter repented his faith was strengthened which in turn helped his brothers through their weaknesses for the task of taking the gospel to all nations.

God is not the One who sends an evil spirit for the purpose of causing harm to a person but the evil spirit comes to God and asks permission to attack Christians. The enemy thinks that he will hurt us but God turns the enemy’s attack around to strengthen us.