Today’s Scripture: All things are lawful unto me, but all things are not expedient: all things are lawful for me, but I will not be brought under the power of any. 1 Corinthians 6:12

“All things are lawful to me! This is the age of grace!” This is the battle cry of many believers today when approached on moral issues, especially the issue of drinking. Some use I Corinthians 6:12 to validate their behavior. However, they neglect to finish the verse: “All things are lawful unto me, but all things are not expedient: all things are lawful for me, but I will not be brought under the power of any.”

We cannot do whatever we want and maintain a right relationship with our Savior. Sinful behavior will drive a wedge between us and the Lord. Paul did not mean anything goes, and he did not live lawlessly. In fact, he did everything he could to avoid stumbling or causing others to stumble.

Alcohol is a great deceiver, a demonic concoction formulated in the devil’s mind and served up to the world as an antidote to the cross of Christ. Satan promised Adam and Eve the hope of being like God with simple fruit from the garden, and we know how that story ended. There is better fruit to seek after—the fruit of the spirit.

The fruit of the Spirit:                                   The fruit of Alcohol:

Love                                                                Self satisfaction

Joy                                                                   Emptiness

Peace                                                       Selfishness

Long Suffering                                          Anger

Gentleness                                               Lack of self-control

Goodness                                                 Harm to others and ourselves

Faith                                                         The burden of sin

Meekness                                                 Dulled sense

Temperance                                             Addiction

What are you looking for in life? If you desire what is listed beneath the fruit of the Spirit, then break free from Satan’s lies about what will make your life better and follow God’s truth. His love, restored fellowship with Him, and the daily blessings He will bestow on you are far better than any beverage could ever be.

Devotional by Jim Scudder, Jr.