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.

At the Door (poem by me)

Gaze not at wine while it is red,
You will only want more and more,
Have sparkling water in its stead,
Your sin is waiting at the door.

Avoid her; do not walk her way,
Your lust has chained you before,
Her batting lashes will betray,
Your sin is waiting at the door.

Harsh judgment lifts you up briefly,
Makes you forget your inner war,
Wash your hands of it completely,
Your sin is crouching at the door.

If you fail to heed my advice,
Don’t let guilt knock you to the floor,
God paid for your sin with a price,
Jesus is waiting at the door.

“Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me.”—Revelation 3:20

Rise Up (poem by me)

The one who dips in the bowl will betray,
Why did he come home stumbling drunk again?
Don’t be afraid; rise up and pray.

He fumbles his words with nonsense to say,
He smells of vomit mixed with coke and gin,
The one who dipped in the bowl will betray.

My impulse is to yell and run away,
My thoughts are venom and hope grows dim,
Don’t be afraid; rise up and pray.

It had felt like just another dull weekday,
He makes up a story about where he’s been,
The one who dipped in the bowl will betray.

His eyes reflect his moral decay,
His mouth curls into a wicked grin,
Don’t be afraid; rise up and pray.

He does not know the hurt he caused me today,
He laughs and says he’s committed no sin,
The one who dipped in the bowl will betray,
Don’t be afraid; rise up and pray.

“Evening and morning and at noon I utter my complaint and moan, and he hears my voice.” —Psalm 55:17

Prayer: Lord, We lift up those spouses, parents, children, friends, and others who are dealing with the ongoing consequences of alcoholism. We ask these people would be brought to repentance of their sin, hatred of their habits, and would call on You to deliver them. We pray You would hear their prayer and bring them out of that lifestyle for the amazing future You have in store for them. In Christ’s Name, Amen.

(BTW, I am alright. This is not my situation. It’s an expression of empathy towards those who are currently experiencing it. Thanks for caring though!)

NOTE:  If you or a loved one is living in an unsafe home situation, please remove yourself from this circumstance until it is made safe again. If no one believes you and will help you, keep telling your story and asking for help until someone does.

 

Down the Rabbit Hole (poem by me)

I wish I had just said no
the first time I tasted sin
It's like going down a rabbit hole.

I thought it would help me reach my goal
like a genie from Aladdin
I wish I had just said no.

Sins to make life less dull
Sins to make a friend
I wish I had just said no.

Can't stop, can only go
I'm worse than I've ever been
It's like going down a rabbit hole.

God, please take control
Make me a saint again
I wish I had just said no
It's like going down a rabbit hole.

"For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is 
eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord." —Romans 6:23

Just One More (poem by me)

Let’s have a drink or maybe two,
I notice this habit sticks to me
But not to you
I shake it off
Now it’s stuck like glue.

What will my family say?
I’ve disappointed them again,
How can I face God and pray?
I used to speak with Him so open.

Savior, save me from this spinning circle,
Relief, regret, repent, repeat,
Help, I’m merely mortal,
Today I’ll rise up, overcome, and defeat.

Our God is a God who saves; from the Sovereign LORD comes escape from death. —Psalm 68:20

*This poem is not actually about my own struggle. Yet, it is easy for us (as Christians) to relate to this vicious cycle since we all must wrestle with our flesh against sin.  May we all press onward to the goal of Jesus Christ together. I pray the Lord helps you to overcome whatever you are battling today! (If you were interested in my own testimony of deliverance, you read it in a blog HERE.)

© 2016 Kim Bond

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