Today this verse convicts me. It is a realization that God does not barter. We must choose if we will be slaves to Christ or slaves to the world. I have struggled with alcoholism in the past. When I dedicated my life to the Lord I went sober. I stayed sober for quite some time but after a while I started lying to myself. I would say, “One drink with dinner is ok.” Or “Just drinking on special occasions is ok.” “Jesus drank wine.” The problem with me is not that having one drink is some type of unpardonable sin, it’s that with myself I cannot just have one drink. One drink always turns into more and more turns into drunkenness. One drink is over the line for me. One drink and I start serving alcohol instead of God. I hate that our culture is so overly obsessed with social drinking. I often wish alcohol did not exist. Everywhere I go there is temptation. Every corner I turn there is an ad for alcohol. Two days ago I relapsed bad, so today I confess my sin and humbly ask for prayer and support from my brothers and sisters in Christ.
I thank God for the Holy Spirit’s conviction of this and the strength to move forward. I thank God His mercies are new every morning and I know I’m already forgiven. I thank God that Romans 8:28 is still in the Bible, and I thank God there is enough grace to cover all of my mistakes. Today I look forward to the future of walking with Christ in sobriety.
Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. -1 Peter 5:8
You cannot serve God and alcohol.
I CHOOSE GOD!
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