Drunkenness (blog by me)

Christians who enjoy drinking alcohol are quick to say Jesus drank wine. It is true that drinking wine is not a sin, but becoming drunk with alcohol is a sin (see Ephesians 5:18). All Christians should avoid drunkenness, but people with a family history or personal history of alcohol abuse should avoid drinking alcohol altogether. Alcohol can become a serious problem.

When people get drunk, they care less about behaviors that they would normally control. Studies have now shown that not only does alcohol make you practice less self-control while you are drunk, but alcohol abuse actually damages the part of the brain that is responsible for self-control so you become less self-controlled even when you are sober and are less likely to say no to alcohol when you are tempted again. Some people even theorize this drunken state opens up a person’s soul and brain to the influence of evil spirits.

Do you have problem of with alcohol abuse? There is still hope! We know the Great Physician, who is Jesus Christ Himself. He can heal your body of any damage caused by alcohol, deliver you from this spiritual trap, and give you a new life free from alcohol. Are you ready to be set free? Let’s pray! Lord, I confess I have become drunk and that is a sin. Forgive me for my drunkenness. I commit my life to You and promise not to drink alcohol again as long as I shall live if You deliver me from this spiritual trap I am in. You are a good God who cares about me and has great plans for my life. I trust You for my healing and deliverance. In Christ’s Name, Amen.

When I was a non-Christian, I used to drink alcohol every weekend. My goal was always to become drunk. To me, it was fun although waking up hungover was excruciating. Most of the time, I drank with my friends. Sometimes I drove drunk, said stupid things, or vomited in front of people, all of which was completely embarrassing. After I became a Christian, I vowed not to drink again because I knew my relationship with alcohol was not healthy. Consistent with my family history and personal history of alcohol abuse, I could not limit myself to just one drink. I fell back into this sin after a couple of years of abstinence from it. However, it was different. I almost couldn’t even become drunk no matter how much I drank. Most notable, it wasn’t fun anymore at all. So I recommitted myself to the Lord with my vow and am now completely (and happily) free from alcohol. God is good.

My Deliverer (poem by me)

I hated the smell and despised the cost,
Abhorred each drag and the years it stole,
It announced to the world that I was lost
Every toke took a little piece of my soul.

One stupid choice I made years ago,
Made me a slave to my foolishness,
As a teen, how little did I know,
About addiction’s pure ruthlessness.

Then one day, the Lord set me free
My habit was no match for His power
He broke the chains that bound me
He is my fortress, and my strong tower.

If you are chained by some certain sin,
Make today the day you call out to Him.

“Then they cried to the Lord in their trouble,
    and he saved them from their distress.” —Psalm 107:13

The Everlasting Father (poem by me)

Lord, You are my Mighty Deliverer,
False notions and bad habits fall away,
Lord God, You are my only Hope-Giver,
Without You, my life seems all black and gray.

God, You are my Everlasting Father,
You gave me faith to see, hear, and believe,
No one else thinks I am worth the bother,
They offer little love and always leave.

Lord, You light my path and show me refuge,
Otherwise, I would be hopelessly lost,
How could I ever argue or refuse
When my true Savior paid such a great cost?

I pant for You as the deer pants for water,
I am the clay, and You are the Potter.

“The LORD is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.” —Psalm 18:2

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