RCCG Open Heavens Devotional Sunday 17 March 2013
WINE, NOT FOR KINGS
By Pastor E. A. Adeboye
Memorise: “It is not for kings, O Lemuel, it is not for kings to drink wine nor for princes strong drink” Proverbs 31:4
Read: Proverbs 31:3-4
Bible in one year: Micah 4-7
Action point: Thank God for making you one of His kings. Ask for grace to sustain this position now and in eternity.
Nonalcoholic wines are okay but should be taken in moderation (Ephesians 5:1 8). Anything you take in, no matter how good1 if taken in excess will definitely cause some kind of trouble, even water. But alcoholic beverage must be avoided like a plague! Proverbs 23:35 says it is most addictive. Addiction does not start with a bottle but from a little sip. Also, the spirit of alcohol is a sister to the spirit of lust and immorality. Those who went to eat out but also took alcohol may end up where they never planned. Single sisters must be watchful! Any so called brother who takes you out and offers you beer or any other alcoholic beverage may have some sinister motive. Run far from that individual!
“Give not thy strength unto women, nor thy ways to that which destroyeth kings.” Proverbs 31:3
There are certain weapons that Satan uses to attack kings and those who are of great use ¡n the Kingdom of God. This includes power, sex and money. The above scripture further adds women and wine. Contrary to what many users of alcohol think, indulging ¡n it robs one of strength. Many take it to get some kind of boldness, but at the end just like immorality they end up losing the little strength that they had. The scripture clearly states that taking alcohol is the path to destruction for kings. Revelation 1 :6 says if you have
been washed by the blood of Jesus Christ, you are a king unto God. It is a taboo for a king under the leadership of the King of kings to indulge ¡n alcohol. Similarly, verse 4 says if there is something that is not meant for kings, ¡t ¡s alcohol. In other words, any time a Christian indulges ¡n alcohol, the fellow is dethroning himself or herself. Alcohol may be for others but obviously not for kings. Anytime you take what kings are forbidden to take, you become less of the king you were meant to be. In this regard, such violators will find ¡t difficult to operate as kings. That means, they may make a decree and such decrees will be ignored. You cannot be covered with divine royalty of the Kingdom while you are frolicking with the spirit of alcohol. Are you still a king of the Most High God? Cut off completely from anything that negatively influences you ¡f you want to remain under the leadership of the Holy Spirit.