Have you ever been stopped by the police and then asked to take a sobriety test? The purpose of the sobriety test is to determine if there is any altering substance in your system that is causing your driving to be impaired. If you are found to be over the authorized limit, you are then arrested so that you will not remain on the road to possibly endanger the lives of others or even yourself.

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Perhaps you’ve never been pulled over and asked to take a sobriety test, but you’ve just had one of those days where you just couldn’t seem to stay focused. Mostly likely, your lack of focus is due to the fact that you've allowed the cares of the world to consume you.  As believers, we can’t afford to allow anything to get us off course. We have to remember that the enemy comes like a thief to kill, steal and destroy us (John 10:10), and when we are not sober we open the door for him to creep in and cause us to get off course. Just think about how different you feel after you’ve had just one or two glasses of wine. There has been a change in your behavior, even if it’s just a slight change. Although many people become more friendly or loosen up after having a drink, many also become angry, depressed or sad. Because alcohol is a depressant, generally the happiness wears off and the anger or depression may linger. I’m not trying to make a point against drinking, but I do want you to understand the importance of what you allow in your system. Just like when you are sick, if you take your prescription properly, the toxins that caused the sickness will be flushed from your body. The same works spiritually. If you take your daily dose of the word (spiritual medicine), your mind will remain sober and you will be better able to flush out the impurities (negative thoughts, ungodly behavior, wrong decisions, anger, bitterness, jealousy, etc.) and to live a life that exemplifies the fruit of the spirit (Galatians 5:22-23)

11 For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men, 12 teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly in the present age, 13 looking for the blessed hope and glorious appearing of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ, 14 who gave Himself for us, that He might redeem us from every lawless deed and purify for Himself His own special people, zealous for good works.
— Titus 2:11-14 NKJV

I challenge you today to take the sobriety test. What are you allowing to altar your senses? Perhaps it is just that one or two glasses of wine. Maybe it’s dwelling on all the times people have said you wouldn’t amount to anything. Perhaps you and your spouse just aren’t getting along right now, or maybe you’re dealing with health issues. Whatever it is, choose today to remain sober. Choose today to take your daily dose of the word and in 30 days expect to see a change.

Be blessed, but first comes obedience!

Rev. Robin

 

 

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