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A drunk came out of a bar at two in the morning and immediately walked into the nearest light post.  Too drunk to see well, he felt the post carefully and proceeded to walk around it three or four times, examining all sides of the post with his hands. Finally, he slumped down on the curb and  buried his head in his hands. "It's no use," he sobbed. "I'm walled in." This article is not about drinking, per se. It is about choices we make and, actions we take that wind up walling us in. The devil does not want you to be sober. He wants to intoxicate you, if not with wine or whiskey or bourbon or beer, then with any number of spiritual intoxicants and influences that can take you out of your right mind.  The devil is the world's slickest advertiser.

He can take what is poison and make it look powerful and appealing. He can take what is deadly and damning and make it look delightful and desirable. He can take God's forbidden fruit and make it look fun and "gotta-have-able." What he wants you to forget is that sin will wall you in, or more accurately, in the end, wall you out of God's favor and fellowship (see Genesis 3; Romans 6:23a).

All the more reason to be a sober saint. Titus 2:11-12 reminds us, "For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men, teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly in the present age." According to Strong's Concordance, the Greek word translated "soberly" in this passage means "with sound mind .... to be of sane mind-to be in right mind." The same root Greek word is found in Titus 2:6 which commands young men to be *sober -minded"; in Titus 2:5 where young women are taught to be 'discreet"; in Titus 2:2 where older men are instructed to be "temperate." The New International Version translates this term "self-controlled" throughout Titus 2, and the New American Standard Bible renders it "sensible." Put it all together and you learn that God wants sober saints who live self-controlled, sane and sensible lives! Luke 15:17 (NIV) tells us that it was only when the prodigal son "came to his senses" that he took steps to get out of the pig-pen his sin had put him in. Have you done something spiritually insane and insensible? Are you in a pig-pen of sin? The devil wants to intoxicate and cloud your spiritual mind and judgement to the point you Will stay there, but you don't have to. In a world drunk on sin, you can sober up and come to your senses and come back to our Heavenly Father. Let the mind of the Master master your mind and you will be a sober, sensible saint.

Dan Gulley
Smithville, TN