Today’s Scripture: And they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts. If we live in the spirit, let us also walk in the spirit. Galatians 5:24-25

I am so thankful that even as an unsaved kid, I didn’t drink or smoke. If I opened the door to drinking and smoking, I would have opened the door for those that look up to me to do a lot more. What we do as parents, our children will do in excess. Honestly, my children never once came home drunk because they have never had a drink in their entire lives. My dad drilled into me that drinking and smoking were wrong, and I had enough respect for him to listen. I did the same with my kids, and God worked out the rest.

If you never take your first drink, you will never be an alcoholic. The media and socially elite may make wine look pretty, but those same people end up with DUI’s, divorces, and so many other massive issues. The tabloids are full of them, but you never see that on a beer commercial. Instead, you see happiness and acceptance. We are so ingrained to place importance on what people think about us. 1/3 of Americans don’t drink. Who cares what the other 2/3 of people think! You have nothing to lose by quitting and everything to gain. Don’t you worry about trying to fit in or being looked at as strange because you don’t drink.

Why are we living like the world? Our old nature feels the desire for popularity and power, so, we tend to want to do everything possible to make this world view us as desirable. The ugly truth is that this world is ruled by the darkness of sin. The things that make us appealing to the world are actually the greatest form of destruction we can inflict upon ourselves. God’s Word tells us that once we have trusted Christ, we are considered kings and priests, which means that we need to abstain and take stands. We have a great responsibility and cannot behave like the unsaved. (Revelation 1:6)

Maybe you have already opened that door. Whether it was out of a desire to forget pain you’ve endured in your past, or it was an attempt to feel accepted by this world, drinking no longer needs to rule you. You can make a difference with your kids or grandkids by showing them drinking and other worldly habits are not necessary for having a good time or a good life. Make it clear to them that if they never open the door, they will never have to suffer the pain and grief that follows the world’s lifestyle. Save them, and save yourself. With the Lord’s strength, it is never too late to close the door.

Devotional by Dr. James A. Scudder