ABSTINENCE FROM ALCOHOL

ABSTINENCE FROM ALCOHOL – Assemblies of God (USA)

I have been approached with this question by people and close friends, to say the least, many won’t like me posting this; it’s the truth!

ABSTINENCE FROM ALCOHOL
(ADOPTED BY THE GENERAL PRESBYTERY IN SESSION AUGUST 2-3, 2016) 

Moderation: An Elusive Standard

“Moderation is often recommended as an appropriate and desirable contemporary response to the biblical portrayal of wine consumption. However, the New Testament [does not] advocate moderate drinking. Nor does it explain how one is to know when moderation is being practiced. There is no universal definition of moderation and thus the term is [highly subjective]. What one person considers moderate, another may view as heavy drinking.”

AG’s Position:

“Abstinence is a [moral choice]. [It glorifies God], protects the individual, honors fellow believers, preserves families, unifies the church, and blesses society. Abstinence reflects both the direct and indirect moral principles of the Word of God. Abstinence is [not moral legalism] but Christian discipleship, which inherently involves self-denial in following Christ. “The underlying sensibility is taking care of your neighbor, taking care of your family, trying to be a good role model, and not being a stumbling block.”36 Abstinence is not grounded in legalism, but in the highest moral attribute of love.”

Therefore the Assemblies of God [reaffirms its position of abstinence from alcoholic beverages]. This position should be proclaimed boldly and clearly throughout our Fellowship, yet humbly and lovingly in faithful ministry to all.”

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#ABSTINENCEFROMALCOHOL #ALCOHOLMODERATION

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Attitude of gratitude

As we’re living in the season of “God’s Grace” on us and His Church; we should be personally and deeply aware of our attitude of gratitude toward God, then everyone and everything we face and touch every single second of everyday.

Just because, if we are willing, our hearts are open and living this attitude of gratitude; God, then these people and these things will continually reshape us to be a better version of us much closer to what God has created us to be.

“But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ — by grace you have been saved.” Ephesians (2:4–5)

#AgeofGodsGrace #Attitudeofgratitude

Community 

Friendly community, Brotherly love, Humble fellowship and Communal life..

Through obedient God will do the writing of our true destiny only for His glory. He called us to live not alone but much more so within a community, where we can pour life and love into each other and enoucarge each other daily going through this life’s rollercoasters and keep each other focused on God’s face so we don’t miss the mark instead stay grounded in word of God our true shepherd..

We can drift and ride it out alone on our own, but remember we are all gifted in many different ways and we are to use these gifts collectively to be even more fruitful, we are all made to use our natural and spiritual gifts. To love God and each other as He loves us for His glory.
The book of Acts chapter 2 is an awesome testimony

He is much more than you know, still?

1 The beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God. 2 As it is written in Isaiah the prophet, “Behold, I send my messenger before your face, who will prepare your way, 3 the voice of one crying in the wilderness: ‘Prepare the way of the Lord, make his paths straight,’” 4 John appeared, baptizing in the wilderness and proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. 5 And all the country of Judea and all Jerusalem were going out to him and were being baptized by him in the river Jordan, confessing their sins. Mark (1: 1-5)
 
The minute we are only focused on Jesus’ second part of His incarnation as the son of man; we humiliate Him and insult Him and belittle Him, it is easy to do when we get stuck and caught up in the routine of our Faith and the demands of our ministry.. It is easy to just focus on Jesus as a person and the main character of the New Testament.
 
John the Baptist was called to prepare the way to the King of Kings, Jesus is a lot more than just Jesus Christ of Nazareth! He is Emmanuel and Lord of Lords who took the hit square on and full blow in our behalf He is our intercessor who filled the gap between us and our God.
Every time I visit the river Jordan it hits me how badly we fail in recognizing who Jesus truly is, and vividly we worship His one character not His full attribute as a God and Man, we forget His Holiness, I remember His gentle and humble heart and His mightiest as a God the creator of this universe, I remember to gather myself and worship Jesus much more than just a Human..But more as a merciful and redeemer God.
 
Who does your heart hard pursues, the son of God or the son of man or both?
He is much more than you know, still?

God’s Terms Of Peace

We must reach to terms of peace with God outside the walls of His courtroom.. and there is one DOOR we need to OPEN before it is no longer allowed..

“Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with him, and he with me.” Revelation 3:20

“For there is one God, and there is one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus.”1 Timothy 2:5

#Termsofpeace #Jesusatthedoor #Hisgrace

More than ever before..

I need the Fear of the Father in my daily walk..
 
A real strong reminder to me, “Raw and Radical” some might say, but it tugs at my heart to the core to activate this Fear of the Father and His Holy Fruits during every second that the Father will grant me to live. Now more than ever before
 
The Fruits of the Spirit, the truth of the Word of God is this – The Fruits of Holy Spirit are for ALL believers to grab, yet they get ignored, replaced and misplaced daily; because instead of depending on the impact they are designed to make into our hard pursuit after God’s heart; we count on our own natural strength, ego and mighty pride to lead our ways and we badly fail, get disappointed and discouraged and the enemy wins, steeling our identity and steering our path away from the fear of God to the spirit of fear of man..
 
Then we live to glorify ourselves and discount the glory of God that we are called to declare and share with ALL, every tribe and every nation regardless.. and free of judgement and free of prejudice.. We fail badly when we judge what we do not know and reject it because it is simply just different, different from our perceived and accepted image, culture and character..
 
The Lord left us to bring us another advocate to restore our identity and steer our path toward the fear of God -specially when no one is watching- and retreat from the spirit of fear of man..
 
Not until and unless we esteem Him and give Him reverence and Worship Him in Spirit and Truth, then He will seek us and impart His blessings into our pursuit to His Glory for His glory and coming Kingdom..for He promised us that He is coming quickly.
 
Galatians (5:22-23)
22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.
 
John (16:7-8)
7 Nevertheless, I tell you the truth: it is to your advantage that I go away, for if I do not go away, the Helper [Holy Spirit] will not come to you. But if I go, I will send him to you. 8 And when he comes, he will convict the world concerning sin and righteousness and judgment.

Joshua

Are you now living a life similar to Joshua’s first hours of his calling to lead his people into the holy land?

Joshua a young man just watched his Rabbi and prophet Moses saying goodbye, then even more Moses just left him with thousands of Israelite who traveled hundreds of miles and lived for 40 years in the wilderness preparing to enter the promised land, and become holy people and God’s army, before entering the Holy land ready for God’s war.

Just imagine that you are literally there right now on the east bank of the Jordan river watching this chaos, do a 360 panoramic view, what you see is what the inexperience Joshua saw, he was filled with fear, doubts and not knowing what to do, still had to protect, lead, supply and obey the commands of God to move forward, be courageous and strong enough to go to war and fight..Then the Lord used this scripture to remind him and make him laser focused on (who God is, the mission ahead and who he is in the order of the relationship).

Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. (Isaiah 41:10, ESV).

How often we become surrounded with the same chaos, with too many unknowns and filled with fears. But yet, God keeps reminding us to be like Joshua not Jonah..