Monday, September 23, 2019

Daily Devotion: OUCH!!

Bible Reading: Proverbs 23

Key Verse: Verse 32 - “At the last it biteth like a serpent, and stingeth like an adder.

Key Words: it biteth like a serpent

According to Russell Ash in his book, The Top Ten of Everything, the number one reason for arrests in the United States, is driving under the influence. Each year more Americans are arrested for that reason than any other, larceny and theft being the second highest volume of arrests while drug abuse violence comes in third.

Did you know that alcoholic beverages are a product of amazing versatility? It will remove stains from clothes, but it will also remove clothes off your back. If by chance it is used in sufficient quantity, alcohol will remove furniture from the home, rugs from the floor, food from the table, lining from the stomach, vision from the eyes, and judgment from the mind. Alcohol will also remove good reputations, good jobs, good friends, happiness from children’s hearts, sanity, freedom, spouses, relationships, man’s ability to adjust and live with his fellow man, and even life itself. A a remover of things, alcohol has no equal.

Also a recent survey found that the average college student drinks thirty-four gallons of alcoholic beverages a year. Freshmen drink the most, followed by sophomores, then juniors, and seniors drink the least.

Grade point averages show the same hierarchy of ranking. Those who drink the most have grade point averages of less than 2.0. Those who have 3.0 rank second in their alcohol consumption, and those who make A’s drink none at all on an average.

Now , the moral of all this appears to be: the smarter you are, the less you drink.

As believers, we should abstain from drinking. This can be accomplished by being filled with the Spirit (Ephesians 5:18).

What to do:
✞ If you drink alcoholic beverages, stop.
✞ If you are addicted, seek help.
✞ As believers, be filled with the Spirit. (See Ephesians 5)

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