It Is Not For Rulers… To Crave Beer

From the first time we saw Noah starting to experiment with alcohol; all the way to the time of a certain King Lemuel (believe me, he is in your bible)… and until today; alcohol has affected many innocent lives.
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Rachel Lohmann puts it this way: “Alcohol isn’t an individual problemand the one it hurts the most is the one who doesn’t even drink.” 
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Now, let’s visit this King Lemuel who God has blessed with a wise mother. We meet the young king just when his mother was giving him wise advise…
Proverbs 31: 4- 5(NIV)
Verse 4- It is not for kings, O Lemuel- not for kings to drink wine, not for rulers to crave beer
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The Kingly anointing is the anointing of RULERSHIP!
The anointing of being the head and not the tail! …you shall be above, and not beneath- Deuteronomy 28:13(NKJV)
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Kings represent Leadership and influence. So, if you are called to Infiltrate and Influence- like King Lemuel- this advise is for you too!
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Craving beer, and drinking wine is not for those with the Kingly anointing!

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And a Queen Mother gives the reason why she says that…
Verse 5- lest they drink and forget what the law decrees, and deprive all the oppressed of their rights.
Key words in this verse are- ‘Forget’ and ‘Deprive.’ You see; most of the time when an Influencer forgets/neglects (and many who have “Alcohol Indulgence Tendencies” tend to go this route a lot) what’s expected of them- That which the law commands– they deprive their influencees of their rights.
I went through the Oath Of Office sworn by President Nelson Mandela during his inauguration, and I picked up some important points he asked God to help him achieve. And I realized that, actually, those points separate Leaders from Leaders leaders.
Among others, the first democratically elected Leader of South Africa said:
“I hereby swear”
  • To be faithful…

– Faithful implies unswerving adherence to whatever you owe allegiance to; and anyone given to drunkenness does not owe commitment to anyone/anything but… alcohol. Therefore; you cant depend on such a leader- they are not faithful.
  • To promote that which will advance…

– Advance implies making progress in a purposeful way- i.e to develop and improve; and a leader given to drunkenness will not be able to promote the development and improvement of the people he leads.
  • To oppose all that may harm…

– The word harm can mean causing pain, intense sorrow, distress, hardships; and to abuse and mistreat someone; and a leader given to drunkenness will always be the cause of harm, instead of opposing that which may put his followers in harm’s way.
  • To devote myself to the well-being of the people…

– Well-being is the state of being comfortable, secure, safe, and protected- things a leader given to drunkenness can not devote himself to providing for people God has given him.
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I have seen alcohol drinking parents neglecting their parental responsibilities; and before you know it, their kids suffer deprivation- They are deprived of the most important thing- Their childhood!
  • To do justice to all…

– The word justice can mean fair treatment, and genuine respect for others; and we all know how impossible that can be for a leader given to drunkenness, because alcohol tempers with his brain. Read: Wine Has Robbed My People Of Their Understanding

 

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