Question: why do you use it?Soulbrothernumber7 wrote:After the Fall of Adam and Eve, God cursed the ground because of it. (Genesis 3:17)
I've been smoking pot just about everday for the past 2 years.... with a total of maybe 4 months within those 2 years without it. That was a great run. I regret ever starting it up again and hope to quit soon. I believe when God cursed the ground, the curse involved everything that grows out of the ground. This includes cannabis, along with many other harmful plants. However, for medicinal purposes marijuana can help a lot of people (along with many other potentially harmful drugs), and I support that.
The reason I ask, is that I was teaching at a church two weeks ago and a man came forward to confess sins and openly asked, if taking a couple drinks once in awhile was okay. He wasn't a drunk. He went on and on to justify having a beer once in a while.
The bible does not forbid drinking but it does warn of abusing it as it can drag a person away and make a mockery of them. I saw in this person that he was only making excuses to drink and would continue to do so. All I could do was warn him that a few beers may someday take him away to do something he never would ever think of doing. That choice was up to him. If someone thinks they can handle drinking then I worry about them.
Christians that I do know that actually have a beer or a glass of wine once in a while have a healthy respect for alcohol and would never say they can handle it. Once a person says they can handle it — well — pride comes before the fall. I personally no longer drink and choose not too. Others choose to do so. I do not mind not do I judge them.
What I care about is this: “Wine is a mocker, strong drink a brawler, and whoever is led astray by it is not wise.” Proverbs 20:1 — ESV
The same would go for pot as well. When a person begins justifying either, then I suggest one to examine themselves to see if they are being led astray. That answer is between them and the Lord.
One last thing:
1 Co 6:19 tells us we, as Christians, are the temple of God. Verse 11 tells us that those that practice unrighteousness will not inherit the Kingdom of God. So many Christian's are not experiencing the blessings of the Lord nor his promises. Why?
Think of it like this so you can understand why: If you own your home — it is your house. Jesus purchased your house for you. God made us His Temple to dwell in. Yet, what do so many Christians do? After becoming born again, they have illegal occupants living in their house. In fact, many Christians pay these occupants to live their homes!
Some of the occupants are easy to identify such as alcoholism, addictions, love of power, wrath, pornography, etc. Others are not so recognizable such as fear of failure, condemnation, anger, bitterness, lust, religious superiority, rejection, etc and etc. With such occupants - how can we inherit the Kingdom of God and the blessings?
These occupants whisper to us in alluring self justify ways. They are slave drivers. What is being robbed from you? What is really deep down driving you? What is occupying all your energy of thought and time? These are stealing the Kingdom of God from you. Jesus said that who he sets free is free indeed. Have you found that freedom? Have you obeyed the Lord what he spoke in John 8:11?
(1 Co 6:11, 19-20) We are to be living a life of cleansing being set apart for the Lord's work. In other words — we are to get rid of these illegal occupants dwelling within us. Each of us are the temple of God purchased by a price.
He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world. Has anyone told you - you can be free from these occupants? That you no-longer have to put up with them? Jesus said whom he sets free will be free indeed? Why do we put up having these dirty occupants live in God's house robbing us of the promises of God and the freedom Christ granted?
Reader, you do not have to be subjected to these occupants any longer. Realize who is in you. Ask your self, “why am I not experiencing all that God's word promises.” Recognize what is occupying you and confess it to the Lord and others. Then repent — turn away from it. You can do it.
This is the life of repentance we all must walk. If not, then we will miss the power of the Kingdom of God that is to be within us because we continue to listen to a bunch of nitpicking illegal occupants who lost their right to control us all who call on the name of the Lord. You can tell what occupies to leave.
I pray that members of the church would come into understand of what it means to uphold and strengthen the weak (Gal 61-3, Romans 12:1-21). Members are to pray for one another and help each other cleanse our house of what occupies us and robs us from experiencing the Kingdom of God in its fullness. Ponder this a bit more.
Remember - He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world and never forget that your body is the Temple of the Lord indwelt by the Holy Spirit. So - What are you doing with occupants who only give an illusion of power over you when in fact they have none!
Realize that we need each other to help each other overcome and grow strong in the Lord. There are some things like illness and depression that have biological conditions/causes. God did provide doctors and medicines for these kind of issues. Amen.
But those things that drive a person to live a life of lust, life of abuse, life of addictions, life of bitterness, anger, fear of loss, etc and etc these do rob a Christian from the life God promises in his word. These occupants of the temple must be cleansed by the cords of grace (1 John 1:9) till their residue no longer afflicts ones soul.
Gal 6:1-2, "Brothers (sisters), if anyone is caught in any transgression, you who are spiritual should restore him in a spirit of gentleness. Keep watch on yourself, lest you too be tempted. 2 Bear one another's burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ. -" ESV
Sorry for the mini sermon — can't help myself sometimes…