Proverbs 20:1 Wine is a mocker, strong drink is raging: and whosoever is deceived thereby is not wise.
I have heard people describe others who were just cutting up and having fun, “those people are acting like they are drunk!” Why would they use such a term to explain their carefree actions? It is because that is exactly what alcohol will do to you. You do and say things you normally would not do or say. Only with alcohol, you have very little control of your behavior.
In our verse today it says, “Wine is a mocker.” A mocker is something or someone that teases and makes fun of others. They make promises that cannot be kept. Wine and all alcohol do just that. It will promise a good time and deliver dulled senses. It promises happiness and delivers headaches of every kind. People say you can drink, just not get drunk. That is the tease of sin. Alcohol says come on try me. Then when you have drunk too much, Opps too late. Then people ask, “How did that happen? I never intended to get drunk!” It happened because they fell for the lie. The mocker of life.
Strong drink referred to is fermented grain which was stronger than wine. It tells of what it does. It causes an uncontrolled will. Feelings that range from extremely happy to extremely sad in just minutes. It causes emotions to be way out of ordinary and not in control. In addition, if alcohol is drunk regularly, over time it can become addicting. There is not one alcoholic who ever lived that started out by saying “I think I will drink so much that I will someday feel I have no choice.” They all began with, “It is only one drink, what can that hurt?” There is not one drug ever, which has done more harm than the drug of Alcohol. NONE!
The good news is this. God said He is greater than all things. The Bible says I can do ALL things through Christ. This includes turning over any habits with which Satan has ensnared us. Do not be fooled by the lies and lures of the world and Satan. Alcohol is a snare. Do not get caught in it.
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Ecclesiastes 8, 9 / Psalm 18:37-50 / Proverbs 20 / Matthew 25
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Neh. 13 / Acts 16:1-24
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