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"YOU KNOW HOW THE LONELY ACT OFF THE COGNAC:" The importance of Christian wisdom and sobriety

"Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:

Resist him, steadfast in the faith, knowing that the same sufferings are experienced by your brotherhood in the world.

But the God of all grace, who hath called us unto his eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after that ye have suffered a while, make you perfect, stablish, strengthen, settle you" (1 Peter 5:8-10, NKJV).

Why is it so important for Christians to be wise and sober?

Because in these end times of the government of man, the latter years and days before Christ’s triumphant return to establish the Kingdom of Heaven, He instructed us to watch and pray (Mark 13:33).

And you cannot do that if you are passed out drunk, or doing what lonely drunks do: "You know how the lonely act off the cognac," according to Ice Cube.

The triumphant return of the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ will act on some people like a thief in the night. If we’re drunkards and not vigilant, then we’ll be all shook up with a shocking surprise (2 Peter 3:10, Matthew 25:13).

Not surprisingly, gluttony and drunkenness often go hand in hand. The Holy Bible warns that the unholy combination of the two can lead to poverty and rags (Proverbs 20:21).

Many bad things often happen when the mind is gone off the devil's soup or his witches brew.

People commit murder when they are not sober. People neglect children, commit domestic violence and suicide when they are not sober. People lose control and let go of the rope when intoxicated.

Ask any homicide detective. Or at least watch real life crime investigation shows.

Read up on as many criminal trials as you can if you like. You will find, I’m sure, that most criminal acts occur when the perpetrator’s mind was not right - including mental illness and illusions induced by alcohol or drugs like PCP and LSD.

Don’t get overcome with wine, strong drink, hard drugs or weed to the point of losing focus, forgetting who you are while going astray to the point of no return. Don’t get overconfident in your salvation to the point of losing control and not being able to regain it.

I know. I know. You say, "The Holy Bible says that wine makes the heart glad" (Ecclesiastes 10:19; Proverbs 31:6; Psalms 104:15).

The Bible does say that. But it also says "He that loves wine and oil shall not be rich" (Palms 21:7).

Alcohol leads to sleep, slumber, slothfulness and all out laziness, which the Bible frowns upon. Men are destined to work by the sweat of our brows and to keep the faith.

In the region called Cana of Galilee, at a wedding banquet that had run out of wine, Jesus turned water into wine as a miracle to show His disciples His Almighty power, and help cement their belief and faith in Him (John 2:1-11).

So you might say, "There is no legal ramification for indulging in an occasional intoxicating drink."

But one drink leads to another, and another and another. And unless you are of the highest discipline, then it is not hard to fall into a state of being a bona fide wino - which the Lord has warned us not to be.

“Wine is a mocker; strong drink is raging: and, whoever is deceived thereby is not wise” (Proverbs 20:1).

Be wise and sober like the Bible implores us in the book of Proverbs.

Committing your life, love and longevity to Jesus is one of life's most daunting tasks for many people, but we shall overcome the world and gain a crown of life when He returns.

The struggle to stay on the road to Jesus becomes even more of a struggle if you are constantly dumbed down with your mind gone off the cognac.

Keep a wise and sober vigil for the Lord's return.



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