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Alcohol inhibits thinking.
In short, alcohol blocks communication between brain cells (called neurons). The result of neurons not communicating is impulsive behavior, slurred speech, poor memory, and slowed reflexes. No one is immune to the effects of alcohol. Bodyweight and height will affect how quickly alcohol works in your system. Everyone is susceptible to its lure.
Jesus’s first miracle was turning water into wine (John 2:1-11 NIV). As a lifelong Christ-follower, I’ve met people who believe we’re not allowed to drink at all and others who think differently. Deciding how alcohol fits into your life is a personal decision.
“All things are lawful for me,” but not all things are helpful. “All things are lawful for me,” but I will not be enslaved by anything.” (1 Corinthians 6:12 ESV)
Studies have shown drinking a glass of wine has health benefits. But alcohol is a slippery slope; too much of a good thing is no longer good. And drinking is hard to moderate because the more you drink, the less your brain cells talk to each other. The results of over-indulgence are never pretty.
Don’t let alcohol enslave you.
If alcohol is causing you problems, don’t drink. Find support groups through Alcoholics Anonymous or Celebrate Recovery to help you cope with the disease. Besides affecting brain communication, our bodies become physically dependent on alcohol if we abuse it. If you feel enslaved to drink, it’s time to get help.
Depend on Jesus, not alcohol.
Faith in Jesus helps you overcome any addiction. Give control of your life to Jesus. Talk to Him about your relationship with alcohol. Pray about what He wants you to do. Seek His wisdom, find His answers. Surround yourself with people who will help you accomplish your goals.
Don’t let alcohol steal your joy. Become wise by seeking Jesus. Let Him lead you.
Lord, thank You for Your wisdom and direction. Forgive us for not depending on You more. Today, let us have an honest conversation with You about the role of alcohol in our lives. Help us live a life of moderation, enslaved only to You. If anything is taking Your place in our lives, remove it from us. Lead us today on the path You want us to take. IJNIP. Amen
Question for reflection
What type of relationship do you have with alcohol?