Summary: How to break free form that which controls you.

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Prov 23, Jer 2:13, Prov 14:27, 1 Cor 6:9-20, Eph 5:15-18, John 7:37

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This chapter is about discipline – children mentioned in there but we can only discipline our kids to the extent that we are disciplined ourselves.

We see here that far from the modern advice to let it all hang out and pursue our rights for pleasure the writer is telling us to be careful of our appetites – and to tame them – to discipline them. He uses drink as an illustration of this –

The Evils of drink

The writer of proverbs asks us to consider what one must pay for excessive drinking -

Woes, pain, confusion, bruises, desperation – “give me one more drink”!

22% of UK men and 9% of women drink over the recommended amounts and are at risk of alcoholism and alcohol related sickness

Deaths due to Alcohol in the UK doubled in the last few years –

4,144 in 1991 to 8,380 in 2004 plus road deaths

What are you drinking?

Its not just drink….

-88,800 deaths due to smoking in 2004

In Great Britain in 2005, 72 per cent of current smokers aged 16 and over reported that they wanted to give up smoking, with health reasons being the most common reason given for wanting to stop.

Almost 1 in 5 teens have taken drugs in the last year – significantly more than smoke, and just a little less than drink



Spending money

BUT ALSO seeking after anything other than God for ultimate fulfilment and pleasure:-

“for my people have committed two evils: they have forsaken me, the fountain of living waters, and hewed out cisterns for themselves, broken cisterns that can hold no water. (Je 2:13).

What is it that I believe I cannot be happy without?

What is it that I crave?

What is it that I believe I must have?

What is it that I spend most of my spare time thinking about?

What is it that I most worry about losing?

What is it that I seek my happiness in the most? (or to use older language delight in?)

What do I love more than God?

(Taken from John Piper) I added one more

What is the one thing I am thinking of right now that he cant possibly mean

What keeps us drinking?

-Sense of need – the wine/cigarette/whatever is my friend- HAS A CONVERSATION WITH US – some friend! Give it a chance and it will steal all your money, take all your time, break up your marriage, cause others to look at you with contempt, make you stink, give you diseases, kill you and condemn your soul to hell!

"Be killing sin or it will be killing you." John Owen




How to STOP drinking

-recognise the extent of the problem

-Turn to Jesus - AA "higher power … helpless..."

Prov 14:27 “The fear of the Lord is a fountain of life, that one may turn away from the snares of death”

1 Cor 6:9-20

Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality, nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God. And such were some of you. 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.

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