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Daily Reading: Judges 1:1-2:9 ESV, Luke 21:29-22:13 ESV, Psalm 90:1-91:16 ESV, Proverbs 13:24-25 ESV

Daily Verse: “But watch yourselves lest your hearts be weighed down with dissipation and drunkenness and cares of this life, and that day come upon you suddenly like a trap.” (Luke 21:34 ESV)

KRAIPALE (2897): “This word signifies the giddiness and headache resulting from excessive wine-bibbing, a drunken nausea; the disgust and loathing that arise from drinking too much wine. Used only once in the Bible.”[i]

Overindulgent headache.

Anyone who has drunk too much understands the headache which comes from overindulging.  Jesus warns us not to drink in excess because we’ll lose focus.  Instead of watching for Jesus’ return, we’ll miss the moment.

No one knows when Jesus will come again.  God tells us to keep an eye out for Jesus’ return.  At any moment, life on earth can change forever.  Staying alert means living life in moderation, aware God moves in the span of a heartbeat.

Don’t add trouble.

In the world, we will have trouble; drunkenness only causes more problems.  Losing our inhibitions after a few drinks never helps.  Recovering from the effect of alcohol can waste the day; take it from someone who knows. The extra drink seems like the right idea, but the following day brings nothing but regret.

“All things are lawful for me,” but not all things are helpful. “All things are lawful for me,” but I will not be dominated by anything.” (1 Corinthians 6:12 ESV)

Learn what moderation means for you.  Seek God in prayer, asking Him for guidance.  Don’t miss out on Jesus because of momentary pleasure.  Keep your eyes on the Savior, don’t miss a thing He has for you.

Building a healthy lifestyle happens one decision at a time.  Following Jesus happens in steps, not miles.  Choose wisely, apply Jesus’ teachings to your life one decision at a time.

[i] [i] Strong, J., & Strong, J. (2010). The New Strong’s expanded exhaustive concordance of the Bible. Greek Dictionary of the New Testament (p.144) Thomas Nelson

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