Adultery
Affliction (Discipline, Chastisement, Trials)
Alcohol (Drug Abuse)
Anger
Assurance (of Salvation)
Bitterness (Resentment, Hate)
Blame Shifting
Changing
Children
Church Discipline
Comfort
Communication (Gossip, Lying)
Conscience
Contentment
Death
Depression
Divorce
Example (Being A Good Example)
Forgiveness of sins (God's Forgiveness)
Forgiving Others
Friendships
Homosexuality
Hope
Imitating Jesus
Loving and Serving Others
Lust (Evil Desires)
Marriage (Husband and Wife Relationships)
Mixed Marriages
Obedience
Overcoming Evil (How to Handle It When Others Wrong You)
Peace (Rest)
Persecution
Prayer
Self-Centeredness
Self-Control
Self-Pity
Sex Life
Sexual Immorality
Temptation
Worry (Anxiety)
Youth

 


Our bodies are the temple of the Holy Spirit

"Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your body" (1 Corinthians 6:19-20).

Jesus warns against the abuse of alcohol

"Be careful, or your hearts will be weighed down with dissipation, drunkenness and the anxieties of life, and that day will close on you unexpectedly like a trap" (Luke 21:34).

God's wrath was upon Israel for its sin of drunkenness

"Woe to that wreath, the pride of Ephraim’s drunkards, to the fading flower, his glorious beauty, set on the head of a fertile valley—to that city, the pride of those laid low by wine! See, the Lord has one who is powerful and strong. Like a hailstorm and a destructive wind, like a driving rain and a flooding downpour, he will throw it forcefully to the ground. That wreath, the pride of Ephraim’s drunkards, will be trampled underfoot. That fading flower, his glorious beauty, set on the head of a fertile valley, will be like a fig ripe before harvest--as soon as someone sees it and takes it in his hand, he swallows it" (Isaiah 28:1-4).

People who are led astray by alcohol are unwise

"Wine is a mocker and beer a brawler; whoever is led astray by them is not wise" (Proverbs 20:1).

Drinking alcohol leads to sorrow

"Who has woe? Who has sorrow? Who has strife? Who has complaints? Who has needless bruises? Who has bloodshot eyes? Those who linger over wine, who go to sample bowls of mixed wine" (Proverbs 23:29-30).

No drunkard shall enter heaven

"Do you not know that the wicked will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor male prostitutes nor homosexual offenders nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God" (1 Corinthians 6:9-10).

Don't associate with drunkards

"But now I am writing you that you must not associate with anyone who calls himself a brother but is sexually immoral or greedy, an idolater or a slanderer, a drunkard or a swindler. With such a man do not even eat" (1 Corinthians 5:11).

Be wise! Don't join those who abuse alcohol

"Listen, my son, and be wise, and keep your heart on the right path. Do not join those who drink too much wine or gorge themselves on meat" (Proverbs 23:19-20).

One can be saved from drunkenness and set free

"And that is what some of you were (drunkards, etc). But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God" (1 Corinthians 6:11).

Here are the 12 steps of AA (with Bible Scripture):

1. We admitted we were powerless over (our addiction) that our lives had become unmanageable (Lk. 15:11-32; Rom. 7:15-25)

2. Came to believe that a power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity (Mt. 11:27-30; 2 Cor. 1:9, 10; Eph. 2:1-10)

3. Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God (Go over steps to salvation).

4. Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves (Ps. 4:4; 1 Jn. 1:8-9; Eph. 4:31; Jam. 3:14-16; 2 Pet. 1:5-7).

5. Admitted to God, to ourselves, and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs (Ps. 32:1-7; 1 Jn. 1:10; Jam. 5:16).

6. Were entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character (Ps. 139:23-24; Mt. 7:7f; Jn. 15:7; Rom. 6:11-14).

7. Humbly asked Him to remove our shortcomings (Ps. 32:5; Acts 3:19; 1 Jn. 1:9).

8. Made a list of all persons we had harmed, and became willing to make amends to them all (Mt. 5:23-24; 1 Jn. 2:9-11; 4:20; Mk. 11:25; Eph. 4:32).

9. Made direct amends to such people wherever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others (Eze. 33:14-16; Mt. 5:23-24; Rom. 12:14-21; Col. 3:12-13).

10. Continued to take personal inventory and when we were wrong promptly admitted it (Jn. 1:7; Eph. 5:15-16; Jam. 5:16).

11. Sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God, praying only for knowledge of his will for us and the power to carry that out (Mt. 6:9-13; Mk. 14:36; Col. 1:9-10; Phil. 4:6ff; Lk. 11:9-10).

12. Having had a spiritual awakening as the result of these steps, we tried to carry this message to those with other addictions, and to practice these principles in all our affairs (Gal. 6:1-2; 2 Tim. 4:2; Heb. 13:15-16; 1 Pet. 4:8-11).