Wine? (Leviticus 10)

            “You are to distinguish between the holy and the common…”

The children of the Lord would do well, by distancing themselves as far as possible from wine.  When we say “wine,” we are referring to any substance, situation or person that can affect our judgment in a negative way.

In the Bible we find the pre-requisites to become a minister of God.  Among them, there is the prohibition to indulge ourselves in wine, to the point of becoming drunkards or alcoholics.  Drugs and alcoholic beverages can dominate our minds so much, that we will not be able to discern between good and evil.

God commands the Christians to be “filled with the Spirit” (Ephesians 5:18).  The Holy Spirit is capable to help, comfort, strengthen and empower the believer.  Wine destroys, brings despair and suctions all of our physical and emotional strength.

The Holy Spirit reminds us of Jesus’ words in our times of desperate need.  Wine only reminds us of how miserable and foolish we are!  For these reasons, Christians, and specially ministers, must abstain from any kind of “wine” that can lead to debauchery.

Which “wine” is attempting today to impair your Christian walk? To some it is pornography or drinking alcohol; to others the love of money, or perhaps the sins of the tongue.

God is telling us to forsake anything that dampens or obstructs our precious relationship with him.  Nadab and Abihu died for allowing their pride and rebellion to come between them and the Lord.  Do not allow the “wine” of the world to seduce you and separate you from Christ…Ever!

A. G.

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