Daily Devotional, Year 3 – July 24 (Wine Is A Mocker: “How To Quit Drinking Wine”)

By admin On January 1st, 2017

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“Complete List of Daily Devotionals”

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Daily Devotional, Year 3 – July 24

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Wine Is A Mocker: “How To Quit Drinking Wine”

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“Wine is a mocker, strong drink is raging:

and whosoever is deceived thereby is not wise.”

Proverbs 20:1

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http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Offering_a_toast_with_sparkling_wine_flutes.jpg“Just one little glass of wine with dinner! That’s all I allow myself!”

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Have you ever heard a Christian say this?

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Offering a toast with sparkling wine flutes – wWikimedia – Share-alike license

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“A ROYAL PRIESTHOOD”

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Well, perhaps wine-drinking wouldn’t be such a bad thing, for a non-Christian.

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But God has elected His chosen people to be a kingly priesthood…“But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should show forth the praises of Him who hath called you out of darkness into His marvellous light:” 1st Peter 2:9

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Yes, God has called us out of darkness into His marvelous light! And as a kingly priesthood, we are forbidden to drink wine in either of these two offices.

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ABOVE PICTURE: Most Holy Place – Signs Of Heaven

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“NOT FOR KINGS TO DRINK WINE”

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http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Jacob_Jordaens_-_The_Feast_of_the_Bean_King_-_Google_Art_Project.jpgListen to the Wise man, Solomon…“It is not for kings, O Lemuel, it is not for kings to drink wine; nor for princes strong drink:” Proverbs 31:4

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This proverb lays down the law for those who have been chosen to be kings.

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And Christians are now in Heaven’s kingly line!

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Drunk Drinkers – Jacob Jordaens – The Feast of the Bean King – Google Art Project – US Public Domain

 

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PRIESTHOOD NOT TO DRINK!

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But priests are also forbidden to drink while in the temple service. And of course, New Testament priests are to continually minister before God in the heavenly sanctuary!

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Listen to God’s condemnation of the priests in Isaiah’s day…“the priest and the prophet have erred through strong drink, they are swallowed up of wine, they are out of the way through strong drink; they err in vision, they stumble in judgment.” Isaiah 28:7 

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Family Prayer Before Meal – Wikimedia – US-Govt. – Public-Domain

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“O MY PEOPLE, IT IS THEY WHICH LEAD THEE, THAT CAUSE THEE TO ERR!”

Isaiah 3:12

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But the sad fact is, there have been many unwise Christians who have been deceived.

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In other words, they have read a few Bible passages which seem to condone alcohol consumption, and have fallen into the Devil’s snare, now unable to break free.

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Their leaders have led them to erroneously believe that wine-drinking is OK for parishioners.

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“HOW DO I GET FREE?”

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And so, just what is the remedy for such a devastating and paralyzing habit? How does a prisoner of alcohol (or any drug) get free from this spider-web of sin?

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Well, for one thing, those Christians who are caught in the Devil’s snare, are very unhappy about their situation. 

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But praise the Lord, that these souls in Satan’s prison-house of sin are prime candidates for God’s mercy and grace!

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Girl – Depression by Danielzanetti for Wikimedia – C.C. Share-alike License 3.0

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IMPORTANT STEPS MUST BE FOLLOWED

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But we need to understand exactly what are the necessary steps to follow to get back on the right pathway to victory.

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Yes, there is a pathway out of addictions!

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ABOVE PICTURE: The True Upward Pathway www.signsofheaven.org

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“YE SHALL FIND ME WHEN YE SEARCH FOR ME WITH ALL YOUR HEART!”

Jeremiah 29:13

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https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:USMC-081218-M-4507D-001.jpgThe very first step is to come before the Lord in deep humility and self-distrust, pleading for deliverance!

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Listen…“Draw nigh to God, and He will draw nigh to you.

Cleanse your hands, ye sinners;

and purify your hearts, ye double minded.

Be afflicted, and mourn, and weep:

let your laughter be turned to mourning,

and your joy to heaviness.

Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord,

and He shall lift you up.”

James 4:8-10

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Here we have the remedy for recovery and renewal. And by faithfully following this prescription found in James, the Lord will eventually bring about restoration to that imprisoned soul.

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Prayer – USMC – Wikimedia – US Govt. Public Domain

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“KEPT ME FROM THE PATHS OF THE DESTROYER”

Psalms 17:4

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Well, needless to say, the addict must also separate from every place where temptation lurks. In other words, you wouldn’t want to go into a tavern. Nor would you want to place yourself anywhere that may encourage returning back to a bad habit.

 

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For instance, some things just seem to go hand-in-hand with alcohol consumption. Cigarettes are closely interconnected with drinking.

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Spicy foods and junk foods are another way to sabotage one’s self.

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In other words, the habitual drinker should attempt to break away from every other habit which encourages alcohol consumption.

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Crab cakes, sweet potato french fries, cole slaw, tartar sauce, Cola – Wikimedia – Share-alike License

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“IN HIS WORD DOTH HE MEDITATE, DAY AND NIGHT!”

Psalm 1:2

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Another important step to recovery is to begin hiding God’s Word in his http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:USMC-06831.jpg(or her) heart. Yes, beside shunning all corrupting communications, the Believer must begin contemplating God’s Word, and how it applies to everyday situations.

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Listen…“O how I love Thy Law (God’s Word)! It is my meditation all the day long!” Psalm 119:97

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By hiding God’s Word in our heart, we imperceptibly put on the armor of God!

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USMC – Prayer before Bible study – Wikimedia – Public Domain

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https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Heinrich_Seufferheld_Betendes_Maedchen_opus_16,1_1893.png“TRIBULATION WORKETH PATIENCE”

Romans 5:3

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Well, these are a few of the primary steps necessary to achieving victory over terrible habits.

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Woman praying – Heinrich Seufferheld – 1893 – Wikimedia – Public Domain

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“IN DUE SEASON WE SHALL REAP IF WE FAINT NOT!”

Galatians 6:9

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And so, we just keep on begging and pleading, and falling down before Him (not literally but spiritually falling down before Him).

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Victory will come if we don’t give up! 

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And once we do get that victory, we can say, along with David…

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“I waited patiently for the LORD;

and He inclined unto me, and heard my cry.

He brought me up also out of an horrible pit,

out of the miry clay,

and set my feet upon a Rock, and established my goings.

And He hath put a new song in my mouth,

even praise unto our God:

many shall see it, and fear, and shall trust in the LORD.”

Psalm 40:1-3  

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ABOVE PICTURE: Prayer – Wherefore He is able to save to the uttermost…” Hebrews 7:25 

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THE READER IS HIGHLY ENCOURAGED TO LISTEN TO THIS 25 MINUTE STUDY FROM JEREMIAH CONCERNING WINE, PRESENTED BY HAROLD CAMPING…

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TODAY’S PRAYER…

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“Dear Lord, Help me to get control and complete victory over my fleshly appetites! Open my eyes to Your Holy Word, that I might understand just what it says. Give me the joy that is sure to come when I finally do get that victory…

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READ MORE…

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To explore deeper into this subject, please read…May 3 (Strong Delusion in Scripture, Part 2: Drinking Wine) or you can also read…May 4 (Strong Delusion in Scripture, Part 2, Continued: Drinking Wine)

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THE END

.Orion Constellation at Eagle Ridge

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TODAY’S FEATURED HEAVENLY SIGN

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THE SEEKER (THE SADDUCEE)

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(LOCATING THIS 3RD FACE)

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The 3rd face of the Moon is a bit more difficult to locate, because it is mostly upside down. But this photo and this sketch are how this face would appear if it was turned right side up. (In the southern hemisphere, however, this is how the Moon would appear.)

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The third face is the most difficult to see northern hemisphere, but once you do, it then becomes easy. This face is like a furry creature of the field. Maybe a rabbit. Maybe a squirrel. Perhaps a chipmunk. Probably a mouse. All “seekers”; all foragers or scavengers. And while this picture shows this little “beast of the field” right side up, this 3rd face is always pretty much in an upside down position. The other two faces appear right-side-up, and are easier to locate. This photo and this sketch are both turned around to help you see this 3rd face easily. This enhanced sketch to the above right is merely to help you to see this face more easily. (As already stated, this 3rd face is right side up in the southern hemisphere.)

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LOCATING 3rd FACE AT BEGINNING OF NIGHT

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But this sketch here to the right is how this 3rd face actually appears when the Full Moon is in the east, at the beginning of night, in the northern hemisphere. But all you can readily see is the 1st face.

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What you must do to see the 3rd face is to tilt your head to the right, 90 degrees.

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Do you see it? (You may find it easier if you just turn your screen on its left side, if you are using a laptop. But please don’t do anything to put your computer in jeopardy!)

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The easiest time of the month to actually see this face is when the Full Moon is in the east, just after dark. It then can be seen by tilting your head 90 degrees to the right. But as night progresses, the Moon rotates clockwise, until this face is completely upside down, as the Moon works its way to the west.

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READ MORE…

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To explore deeper into this subject, please read… “Moon into Blood Trilogy: 3rd Face: The Sadducee Seeker”

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TOMORROW:

 

July 25 (Revelation 16: “The Third Plague”)

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20+ MINUTE AUDIO STUDY IN JEREMIAH 

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YOU ARE ENCOURAGED TO BEGIN FOLLOWING THIS 650+ AUDIO BIBLE STUDY THROUGH THE BOOK OF JEREMIAH EACH DAY ON THIS DAILY DEVOTIONAL.

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THIS STUDY #203 IS PRESENTED BY THE LATE HAROLD CAMPING OF FAMILY RADIO…

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above picture: Prophet Jeremiah – www.christianimagesource.org – Public Domain

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