“Don’t act thoughtlessly, but understand what the Lord wants you to do. Don’t be drunk with wine, because that will ruin your life. Instead, be filled with the Holy Spirit, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs among yourselves, and making music to the Lord in your hearts. And give thanks for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.” Ephesians 5:17-20 NLT
Every decision we make has a consequence. We must take the time to think about what we are doing and what is the right thing to do in the eyes of the Lord. Do you live under the guidance of the Holy Spirit? Before you do anything, do you ponder what Jesus would do in the situation? Most of us are guilty of following a pattern of routine or we randomly act, or react, as situations arise. God wants us to be consciously aware of His watchful eye, and abiding presence, in everything we say and do. When we live under the umbrella of this principle we will live a life that is purposeful and productive. We cannot go wrong doing what is right! Prayerful, thoughtful decision making will always lead to the right result.
Substances like wine, beer, and other drugs can, and will, distort our thinking and corrupt our lives. Countless lives have been ravaged by substance abuse. Perhaps you, or someone you know, is caught up in that web today. It is horrible to watch how these addictions are destroying their lives. Jesus never intended us to live like that. He created us for so much more. I have worked with numerous people over the years who were in bondage to these things. Not only were they hurting their bodies and their lives, they were affecting their families and community. It all started with a decision. The good news is: God has given us the opportunity today to make more decisions. What decisions will you make and how will you make them? One day at a time, make decisions that glorify the Lord and bring blessing to others. Ask the Holy Spirit to fill you and guide you. He will, IF you will let Him. Begin right now with the decision to pray and ask God to forgive you and help you today to make the right choices. He's waiting for your invitation.
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Rev. Curtis Norris