16 Don’t you realize that you become the slave of
￼whatever you choose to obey? You can be a slave to
￼sin, which leads to death, or you can choose to obey
￼God, which leads to righteous living.
Can you envision FREEDOM?
16 So I say, let the Holy Spirit guide your lives.
Then you won’t be doing what your sinful nature
craves. 17 The sinful nature wants to do evil,
which is just the opposite of what the Spirit
wants. And the Spirit gives us desires that are the
opposite of what the sinful nature desires. These
two forces are constantly fighting each other, so
you are not free to carry out your good intentions.
18 But when you are directed by the Spirit, you
are not under obligation to the law of Moses.
19 When you follow the desires of your sinful
nature, the results are very clear: sexual
immorality, impurity, lustful pleasures, 20 idolatry,
sorcery, hostility, quarreling, jealousy, outbursts
of anger, selfish ambition, dissension, division,21
envy, drunkenness, wild parties, and other sins
like these. Let me tell you again, as I have before,
that anyone living that sort of life will not inherit
the Kingdom of God.
22 But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit
in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness,
goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, and self-
control. There is no law against these things!
24 Those who belong to Christ Jesus have
nailed the passions and desires of their sinful
nature to his cross and crucified them there. 25
Since we are living by the Spirit, let us follow the
Spirit’s leading in every part of our lives.
13 You send rain on the mountains from your
heavenly home, and you fill the earth with the fruit of
14 You cause grass to grow for the livestock
and plants for people to use.
You allow them to produce food from the earth
15 wine to make them glad,
olive oil to soothe their skin,
and bread to give them strength.
24 “Now when the Lord your God blesses you with a
good harvest, the place of worship he chooses for his
name to be honored might be too far for you to bring
the tithe. 25 If so, you may sell the tithe portion of
your crops and herds, put the money in a pouch, and
go to the place the Lord your God has chosen. 26
When you arrive, you may use the money to buy any
kind of food you want—cattle, sheep, goats, wine, or
other alcoholic drink. Then feast there in the presence
of the Lord your God and celebrate with your
7 You have put more joy in my heart than they have
￼when their grain and wine abound. -esv
7 So go ahead. Eat your food with joy, and drink
￼your wine with a happy heart, for God approves
￼9 When the master of ceremonies tasted the water that was now
￼wine, not knowing where it had come from (though, of course, the
￼servants knew), he called the bridegroom over. 10 “A host always
￼serves the best wine first,” he said. “Then, when everyone has
￼had a lot to drink, he brings out the less expensive wine. But you
￼have kept the best until now!”
18 For John didn’t spend his time eating and
drinking, and you say, ‘He’s possessed by a
demon.’ 19 The Son of Man, on the other hand,
feasts and drinks, and you say, ‘He’s a glutton
and a drunkard, and a friend of tax collectors and
other sinners!’ But wisdom is shown to be right
by its results.”
“Do you suppose that abuses are eliminated by
￼destroying the object which is abused? Men can
￼go wrong with wine and women. Shall we then
￼prohibit and abolish women?”
17 Happy is the land whose king is a noble leader
￼and whose leaders feast at the proper time to gain
￼18 Don’t be drunk with with wine, because that will
ruin your life. Instead, be filled with the Holy Spirit
13 Because we belong to the day, we must live
decent lives for all to see. Don’t participate in the
darkness of wild parties and drunkenness… 14
Instead, clothe yourself with the presence of the Lord
Jesus Christ. And don’t let yourself think about ways
to indulge your evil desires.
14 I know and am convinced on the authority of
￼the Lord Jesus that no food, in and of itself, is
wrong to eat. But if someone believes it is wrong,
￼￼￼then for that person it is wrong.
￼Do the gifts YOU HAVE actually HAVE ￼YOU?
￼￼Don’t BIND OTHERS with your ￼CONSCIENCE
1 Timothy 4
3 They will say it is wrong to be married and
wrong to eat certain foods. But God created
those foods to be eaten with thanks by faithful
people who know the truth. 4 Since everything
God created is good, we should not reject any of
it but receive it with thanks. 5 For we know it is
made acceptable by the word of God and prayer.
￼1 Corinthians 10
￼31 So whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do,
￼do it all for the glory of God.
￼How can I achieve FREEDOM and SELF ￼CONTROL?
1 Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a
huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us
strip off every weight that slows us down, especially
the sin that so easily trips us up. And let us run with
endurance the race God has set before us. 2 We do
this by keeping our eyes on Jesus, the champion
who initiates and perfects our faith.
33 Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and
￼live righteously, and he will give you everything