Ephesians 5:12 It’s a scandal when people waste their lives on things they must do in the darkness where no one will see.
When a person is under the influence of alcohol or drugs they can be insensitive to what they are doing, unaware of their stupidity or aggression. Their behaviour can be quite out of character. Their feelings can be over sensitive or numbed. It is a false world; reality is ambushed, decency squandered and others disregarded. Ephesians 4:19 says “They can’t think straight anymore. Feeling no pain, they let themselves go.” We can be drugged by intoxication to the worlds poisonous ways.
A sought-after virtue of sobriety can be to feel nice about it. However, be warned it is unlikely any of us will escape days when we don’t feel good about it. Recovery does not save us from those days and those feelings. We have to learn to place our faith above our feelings. Seek God in dealing with all our needs. Prayer can help drive away doubts and gloom, the Bible assist us in obtaining uplifting reassurance that ‘God is still on the throne.’
If you listen obediently to the Voice of God and heartily obey all his commandments God will place you on high, high above all the nations of the world. Blessings will come down on you and spread out beyond you because you have responded to the Voice of God. God’s blessing makes life rich; nothing we do can improve on God. Committed and persistent work pays off. Christ redeemed us from that self-defeating, cursed life by absorbing it completely into himself. Do you remember the Scripture that says, “Cursed is everyone who hangs on a tree”? That is what happened when Jesus was nailed to the Cross: He became a curse, and at the same time dissolved the curse. And now, because of that, the air is cleared and we can see that Abraham’s blessing is present and available for non-Jews, too. We are all able to receive God’s life, his Spirit, in and with us by believing–just the way Abraham received it.
Deuteronomy 28:1-2 ~ Proverbs 10:22 ~ Proverbs 28:20 ~ Galatians 3:13-14
Psalms 116:7 I said to myself, “Relax and rest. God has showered you with blessings.”
Psalms 116:12 What can I give back to God for the blessings he’s poured out on me?
Proverbs 10:6 Blessings accrue on a good and honest life, but the mouth of the wicked is a dark cave of abuse.
Proverbs 11:26 Curses on those who drive a hard bargain! Blessings on all who play fair and square!
John 20:29 Jesus said, “So, you believe because you’ve seen with your own eyes. Even better blessings are in store for those who believe without seeing.”
2 Corinthians 9:8 God can pour on the blessings in astonishing ways so that you’re ready for anything and everything, more than just ready to do what needs to be done.
Romans 6:20 In the past you were slaves to sin, and you did not even think about doing right.
Romans 6:17 In the past you were slaves to sin–sin controlled you. But thank God, you fully obeyed what you were taught.
Romans 7:5 In the past we were ruled by our sinful selves. The law made us want to do sinful things. And those sinful desires controlled our bodies, so that what we did only brought us spiritual death.
1 Corinthians 6:11 In the past some of you were like that. But you were washed clean, you were made holy, and you were made right with God in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.
Ephesians 2:3 In the past all of us lived like that, trying to please our sinful selves. We did all the things our bodies and minds wanted. Like everyone else in the world, we deserved to suffer God’s anger just because of the way we were.
Philippians 3:13 Brothers and sisters, I know that I still have a long way to go. But there is one thing I do: I forget what is in the past and try as hard as I can to reach the goal before me.
2 Corinthians 5:17 When anyone is in Christ, it is a whole new world. The old things are gone; suddenly, everything is new!
From Skinhead to Salvationist. Archie Boyle found out the truth of this year’s Alcohol Awareness Week slogan – “Some drinking cost more than money” (the War Cry 1991)