FRIEND OF A MOCKER?

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OPEN HEAVENS DAILY DEVOTIONAL

DATE:   MONDAY 20TH DECEMBER 2021.

THEME:  FRIEND OF A MOCKER?

MEMORISE:
Wine is a mocker, strong drink is raging: and whosoever is deceived thereby is not wise.   Proverbs 20:1

READ:  Proverbs 31:1-5.
1The words of king Lemuel, the prophecy that his mother taught him.

2 What, my son? and what, the son of my womb? and what, the son of my vows?

3 Give not thy strength unto women, nor thy ways to that which destroyeth kings.

4 It is not for kings, O Lemuel, it is not for kings to drink wine; nor for princes strong drink:

5 Lest they drink, and forget the law, and pervert the judgment of any of the afflicted.

MESSAGE:
In spite of the evil of strong drinks, it is unfortunate that many self-acclaimed children of God are now introducing ‘moderation’ to its consumption. This is one of the signs of the end time, which they themselves teach but fail to acknowledge that they are victims of.

Our memory verse today describes wine as a mocker and strong drink as raging. A classic example of a victim of wine was Noah. The Bible says:
“And Noah began to be an husbandman, and he planted a vineyard: And he drank of the wine, and was drunken; and he was uncovered within his tent.”  Genesis 9:20-21

Ordinarily, Noah the just man who found grace in the sight of God would not have gone naked but for the influence of the wine on him. Little wonder Apostle Paul wrote in 1 Corinthians 6:12:
“… all things are lawful for me, but I will not be brought under the power of any.”

Noah was indeed mocked by the wine and likewise many others like him. Why would anyone want to keep indulging in a habit that is sure to ultimately destroy him or her?

Proverbs 31:4 also clearly states that alcohol is not meant to be consumed by kings and princes.

This Bible verse shows that Christians as kings under the King of kings must not consume alcoholic drinks, in order to be in our right minds at all times.
“Give strong drink unto him that is ready to perish, and wine unto those that be of heavy hearts.”

You cannot afford to be a friend of alcohol unless you are ready to perish.

May the Lord remove every deadly appetite for alcoholic drinks from any reader of this devotional still indulging in the habit, today, in the mighty name of Jesus.

ACTION POINT:
Anytime a drink is handed to you for consumption, ensure it contains no alcohol so you do not befriend a mocker that can destroy you.

BIBLE IN ONE YEAR: Jeremiah 22-26.

AUTHOR: PASTOR E. A. ADEBOYE 

 HYMN 29:  WHAT CAN WASH AWAY MY STAIN?

1. What can wash away my sin?
Nothing but the blood of Jesus;
What can make me whole again?
Nothing but the blood of Jesus.

o    Refrain:
Oh! precious is the flow
That makes me white as snow;
No other fount I know,
Nothing but the blood of Jesus.

2. For my pardon, this I see,
Nothing but the blood of Jesus;
For my cleansing this my plea,
Nothing but the blood of Jesus.

3. Nothing can for sin atone,
Nothing but the blood of Jesus;
Naught of good that I have done,
Nothing but the blood of Jesus.

4. This is all my hope and peace,
Nothing but the blood of Jesus;
This is all my righteousness,
Nothing but the blood of Jesus.

5. Now by this I’ll overcome—
Nothing but the blood of Jesus;
Now by this I’ll reach my home—
Nothing but the blood of Jesus.

6. Glory! Glory! This I sing—
Nothing but the blood of Jesus,
All my praise for this I bring—
Nothing but the blood of Jesus.

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