“God of Grace”
1 Timothy 5:23
No longer drink only water, but use a little wine for your stomach’s sake and your frequent infirmities.
Alcohol, as a Christian this topic has come up many times over the years. And it’s a tough one to answer. But I do have a couple of experiences to share.
I used to smoke cigarettes and truthfully enjoyed smoking, didn’t really want to quit but knew I needed to. I would quit for a year or two and then pick them back up, quit again no problem.
One day the Holy Spirit led me to quit smoking, I didn’t want too but I try to please God. Then a few weeks later, the Holy Spirit told me, “There’s that whiskey settlement.” I thought, “Whiskey settlement? Am I going to get hit by a liquor truck crossing the street or something?” I couldn’t figure out what He was talking about? He’s so patient with us, a couple of weeks later, I remembered someone had given me a bottle of whiskey for a Christmas present, that I had never opened. When I took it out of the closet, I had a vision of me pouring the whiskey down the drain. That’s what He meant about the whiskey settlement.
It was expensive but I knew what the Lord meant so I obeyed.
1 Corinthians 10:23
All things are lawful for me, but not all things are expedient. All things are lawful for me, but not all things do not edify.
All things are lawful, you can have a drink and not feel condemned about it unless the Lord has told you differently. In my case, if I were to drink in public it could cause someone to have doubts about the Lord, or make them think that it’s ok to drink as much as you want. This would not edify someone else or that is to say; ‘Build them up, into a better person.’
A nice lady told me this story a few days ago, and I felt it answers allot of questions. She said her mother, a Christian lady went to a restaurant and ordered a glass of wine. Before the waiter came back she prayed this prayer, “Lord if it’s not okay for me to have this glass of wine, I want you to cause the waiter to spill the glass on my lap.” When the waiter returned he placed the wine in front of her, cleared some items off of her table, even reached around her wine glass. As he left her table to serve the table next to her, she remained focused on the waiter, when the waiter reached for something on the other table, he knocked over a glass of wine into the man’s lap!
She said the Lord spoke to her very clear, “What’s allowable for some. Is not allowable for others.”
I couldn’t agree more, some people have a low tolerance for alcohol, or gambling, or numerous other things. You can make anything into an idol.
Ask the Holy Spirit if it is allowable for you to have a drink, He may say, “Please skip it this time.” You may be surprised who walks into the room, it could be the person you’ve been talking to the Lord about for years.
He is: “Yahweh-Channun”
“God of Grace”