QUESTION: Does It Add Sorrow?
Here are two verses from the Bible I want to show you first.
John 10:10 NLT - "The thief's (Satan’s) purpose is to steal and kill and destroy. My (Jesus’) purpose is to give them a rich and satisfying life."
Proverbs 10:22-23 NLT - "22 The blessing of the LORD makes a person rich, and he adds no sorrow with it. 23 Doing wrong is fun for a fool, but living wisely brings pleasure to the sensible."
Satan’s Trojan Horse: Alcohol
The Trojan horse was what the Greeks used to sneak troops into Troy, the city they wanted to, but were unable to, destroy through a very long siege of the city. The walls the Trojans had built kept them out.
It’s said that the Greeks, after a very long siege, left the horse on the beach and loaded up their ships and sailed away.
The unsuspecting residents of Troy took the horse inside the walls of their city as a trophy of having survived the Grecian siege. THEY brought it inside their walls of protection not recognizing the danger within. What the Greeks were unable to accomplish after so much time, the Trojans did to themselves, by letting the enemy inside of their walls.
The Trojans did not realize they were opening themselves up to destruction by bringing the Horse inside their walls. Inside the horse were a number select Greek special forces who waited until just the right moment to exit the horse and wreak destruction on Troy.
Whose Behind The Push to Use Alcohol Among Believers When We Look At These Two Scriptures
FIRST: Here are some statistics regarding alcohol consumption and its effects on people.
· “CDC: 93K Americans die from alcohol-related causes each year.” Brian P. Dunleavy; July 30, 2020; United Press International
o ~50,000 of these deaths are from chronic conditions from excessive alcohol use.
· "Alcohol Use and Cancer" - American Cancer Society
o “Overall, the amount of alcohol someone drinks over time, not the type of alcoholic
beverage, seems to be the most important factor in raising cancer risk. Most
evidence suggests that it is the ethanol that increases the risk, not other things in
o Types of Cancer Linked to Alcohol Use
Mouth, Throat, Voice Box (Larynx), Esophogus, Liver, Colon and Rectum, Breast.
"The Blessing of the Lord “Adds No Sorrow” (Prov. 10:22)
Jesus says “My purpose is to give them a rich and satisfying life.” (John 10:10)
Alcohol Use Brings Death, Disease. It doesn’t seem that Alcohol is a gift from God, or anything He would encourage us to use, when we know that over 93,000 people per year in the U.S. die from alcohol-related causes.
Death and Disease, at least in my estimation, bring great sorrow in my life. God’s blessings, the things that God encourages us to do, Gives us Life, and Life more Abundantly.
It’s Simple To See Whose Behind the Push to Use Alcohol.
God encourages us to do things that lead to health, and Healing, and true joy. There is no true good that comes from the use of alcohol, but the risk of death and disease does come with its use. So why do it?
Our sinful nature is an ally to Satan. Its desires the Death, Theft, and Destruction that Satan wants to impose on God’s people.
Romans 8:13-14 KJV - "13 For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die: but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live. 14 For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God."
The choice is ours, bring the Trojan horse inside the walls of protection God has built in our lives, or leave it on the beach knowing that our enemy isn’t going to leave anything in our lives except those things that Steal, Kill, and Destroy, and adds healthy measures of Sorrow.
It was just a little force that initiated the attack that led to the ultimate destruction of the people of Troy. Quick death, or death over years, is still death, and death is not from God.
I'm not trying to be "Pastor Buzzkill". I know that to a great many Christians my opinion on alcohol is "Old-fashioned" and out of date. But the overwhelming instruction in the Bible regarding alcohol is to discourage its use. It is my love for people, especially the people of God, that drives me to stand against things that bring destruction to us.
Satan provides substitutes, counterfeits, to the Good things that God provides for our Peace, Prosperity, and Joy.
Romans 14:17 KJV - "For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but Righteousness, and Peace, and Joy in the Holy Ghost."
When it comes to alcohol Satan doesn't even conceal the fact that it is his substitute for the Holy Spirit in our lives. Alcohol is called "Spirits". If it's from Satan, I don't want it, I don't care what it is. If Satan offers me a million dollars, I don't want, because whatever he gives, unlike what God gives, adds sorrow.
Unhappy, troubled souls turn to alcohol for temporary relief, but it is a relief that adds sorrow, discomfort and pain, only deepening the troubling of their souls.
We, as Christ followers, are to turn to the Holy Spirit when our souls are troubled, when anxiety is attacking our peace, and troubles our joy.
God has provided His Spirit to restore peace and joy that doesn't add sorrow as well. Satan provides spirits, that open the door to death, disease, distance between ourselves and the Holy Spirit within us.
It's a "No-Brainer", if it doesn't come from God, our Father, who loved us enough to send His only begotten Son to die for us, I don't want it.
Proverbs 10:23 NLT - "Doing wrong is fun for a fool, but living wisely brings pleasure to the sensible."
Blessings, and Happy New Year!