Woe unto them that rise up early in the morning,
that they may follow strong drink;
that continue until night, till wine inflame them!
Isaiah 5:11 KJV
Beware that cup of wine, that mug of beer;
It may well be the drink of no return.
Imbibing alcohol can bring you cheer,
But too much booze is cause for great concern.
You think you can control it, and you may,
Yet there will come a time it turns on you.
Addiction causes spiritual decay;
Your passion’s not of God, but of the brew.
It’s good to know your weaknesses today,
For that is where the devil burrows through.
Avoid them like the plague; just run away.
Temptation can’t compete if your faith’s true.
If it’s too late and you just cannot quit,
Turn quick to Christ and counselors submit.
sonnet # 415
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Proverbs 31:4 (MSG)
“Leaders can’t afford to make fools of themselves, gulping wine and swilling beer, Lest, hung over, they don’t know right from wrong, and the people who depend on them are hurt. Use wine and beer only as sedatives, to kill the pain and dull the ache Of the terminally ill, for whom life is a living death.
Revelation 1:4 (MSG)
I, John, am writing this to the seven churches in Asia province: All the best to you from The God Who Is, The God Who Was, and The God About to Arrive, and from the Seven Spirits assembled before his throne, and from Jesus Christ—Loyal Witness, Firstborn from the dead, Ruler of all earthly kings. Glory and strength to Christ, who loves us, who blood-washed our sins from our lives, Who made us a Kingdom, Priests for his Father, forever—and yes, he’s on his way! Riding the clouds, he’ll be seen by every eye, those who mocked and killed him will see him, People from all nations and all times will tear their clothes in lament. Oh, Yes.