“Do not give your strength to women, Nor your ways to that which destroys kings. It is not for kings, O Lemuel, It is not for kings to drink wine, Nor for princes intoxicating drink; Lest they drink and forget the law, And pervert the justice of all the afflicted. Give strong drink to him who is perishing, And wine to those who are bitter of heart.”
-Belligerence of the mind & body caused by much wine may bring forth unnatural cravings, inordinate lusts for women, disorientate kings decisions who forget the law & justice of the afflicted thus unfit for office. Strong drinks are most often consumed by those with a bitter heart to enable them forget their misery & poverty. Prophet Hosea pronounces the same caution by writing that harlotry, wine, & new wine enslave the heart (Hos 4:11). Apostle Paul also advices that one should not be drunk with wine in which is dissipation (squandering of money, strength & sexual lusts) but be filled with the Spirit (Eph 5:18). Much wine & strong drinks therefore, enslave the mind; & captures the hearts strongly given time & constant indulgence; as one ceases to operate at his/her optimal capacity, acquires unnatural cravings, wastes money, time, energy & often falls short of the glory of God.
Preserve us O God our Father, for in You we put all our trust. Deliver us from inordinate lusts that we face everyday, forgive us from all unrighteousness, renew our minds & fill us with Your gifts & fruit; Holy Spirit. Help us in our decision making so that the paths we take may be a blessing to us, our families, friends, nation & the whole world, & draw us closer to You Father. Uphold those who are given to strong drinks so that they may find Your path of truth. May the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ & the love of God & the fellowship of the Holy Spirit, be with us now & forever more. Amen
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