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How do drinking, partying and drugs affect my walk with Christ?

One day, we must all give an account of how we have used our lives, our time and our money.

“For we have spent enough of our past lifetime in doing the will of the Gentiles – when we walked in lewdness, lustsThe desires that we experience that go against God’s will. In other words, a desire for anything sinful. See James 1:14. Also called “sin in the flesh.” Although the expression “youthful lusts” is  often thought of in connection with sinful sexual desires, lusts include anything that go against what is good and right in God’s eyes. (2 Timothy 2:22.; Galatians... More, drunkenness, revelries, drinking parties, and abominable idolatries. In regard to these, they think it strange that you do not run with them in the same flood of dissipation, speaking evil of you. They will give an account to Him who is ready to judge the living and the dead.” 1 Peter 4:3-5.

These things are regarded as sinSin is anything that goes against God’s will and His laws. To commit sin is to transgress or disobey these laws. The lust to sin dwells in human nature. In other words, it is contaminated and motivated by the sinful tendencies that dwell in all people as a result of the fall into sin and disobedience in the garden of Eden. This... More in the Old Testament. The 10th Commandment is “You shall not lust”, committing sexual immorality carried the death sentence, and there were many warnings about drunkenness. These things were practiced by the Canaanite tribes and God commanded His people to have nothing to do with them, otherwise they would be corrupted, which is just what happened.

Our body has been entrusted to us

It is even more important to stay away from these things in the New Covenant today, so that your spirit is free to serve Christ, to whom we must all give an account of how we have used our lives, our time and our money. A discipleA disciple is another word for a follower of Christ, one who is learning to be like his Master. As a disciple you follow Jesus Christ, who is the Master and by living like Him you become more like Him. (Matthew 16:24; 1 Peter 2:21-22)... More of Christ is a steward over all that he has been entrusted with by his Master. A disciple gives up everything to follow Jesus and presents his body as an instrument of righteousness to do God’s good, acceptable and perfect will. (Romans 12: 1-2)

Our body is no longer to be an instrument of unrighteousness, serving sin and the lusts of the fleshThe desires that we experience that go against God’s will. In other words, a desire for anything sinful. See James 1:14. Also called “sin in the flesh.” Although the expression “youthful lusts” is  often thought of in connection with sinful sexual desires, lusts include anything that go against what is good and right in God’s eyes. (2 Timothy 2:22.; Galatians... More. At the very least spending money to indulge in alcohol, drugs and tobacco is wasting what the Master has entrusted you with on pleasing yourself when it could have been used to much greater benefit. It is gross selfishness to indulge in wine to excess! Excessive alcohol, along with drugs and tobacco, causes harm to the body we have been given by God!

“You are not your own”

Paul wrote to the Christians in Corinth, “Do you not know that you are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you? If anyone defiles the temple of God, God will destroy him. For the temple of God is holy, which temple you are.” 1 Corinthians 3:16-17. He needed to repeat it in 1 Corinthians 6:19, “Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own?”

God gives grace to the humble so that they can overcome sin in all temptations but to deliberately indulge in alcohol, drugs or tobacco, and to go to drinking parties with unbelievers is the opposite of humility! To put oneself in peril and to reject God’s warnings is pride and He does not give grace to those who are proud and willful! They have to learn the hard way. Some have even damaged their bodies for the rest of their lives.

So take care of the body God has given you, and do not allow it to be damaged by misuse. It is more valuable than your most prized possession.

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This booklet is based on Paul’s words in Galatians 2:20: “I have been crucified with ChristJesus was physically crucified on the cross at Calvary. Though blameless, He took upon Himself the punishment for sin, which was death, so He could pay our debts and forgive us our sin if we are willing to believe in Him and follow Him the Apostle Paul wrote: “I have been crucified with Christ…” (Galatians 2:20) This is a metaphorical... More; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me …” Here Elias Aslaksen explains what this means and how the reader can have the same testimony as Paul in their own life.

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