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.

Purpose in Problems (blog by me)

If the book of Job taught us nothing else, it is that we should admit we (as humans) cannot determine the cause of problems. We cannot trace someone’s illness to their sins. Natural disasters are not necessarily caused by the sin of the land. It could be the Enemy attacking a perfectly innocent person. We can apply our heart to wisdom and see what we can learn from the problem. Ask yourself the following questions. What is at the heart of the tragedy?

Is it rejection? Have you rejected others? Are you in some way rejecting God? What can you do to comfort others who have experienced rejection? How should you pray for someone who is suffering from rejection?

Is it fear? How can you learn to trust God more? What can you do to comfort others who are experiencing fear? Is there a Bible verse that comforts you that can be used to comfort others? What should you pray for those suffering from fear?

Is it anger? Are you angry at God? Have you been honest with Him about your emotions? What steps can you take to forgive those who wronged you? Is your anger godly anger or worldly anger? How can you help others who suffer from anger? How can help bring about justice for others?

Is it sorrow? What is at the root of the sorrow? How can you remind others to have hope? What acts of kindness have relieved your sorrow? What things bring you joy? How can you bring joy to others? What can you pray for those who are experiencing deep sorrow?

Your problems and trials could be the beginning of a ministry. Your ministry could be geared toward others suffering from the same problems as you, but it all starts from simply being honest about your emotions and talking to God about it. We, as humans, all experience the same feelings at one time or another. It is refreshing to connect with others who feel the same way. Ask God to show you the next step in using your troubles and strong emotions to “love one another” (John 13:34).

The Morning After (poem by me)

(In memory of Bryan)

Let it be yesterday,
Let me go back in time,
And hug you,
And hold you tight,
And tell you “No,
Don’t do it!”
We will never get over you.

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”–Jeremiah 29:11

*Do not suffer in silence. Speak out and tell someone if you are struggling with suicidal thoughts. The National Suicide Hotline. You can call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273 TALK (8255) any time of the day or night.

**One of the aims of Draw Near’s upcoming anthology called Laments is to communicate our struggles instead of wrestling in silence. Please consider submitting an essay that conveys the challenges in your life and the hope you have in Christ.

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

Trouble (poem by me)

My problem is chilling,
Big as the Chrysler building,
It’s not just anxiety,
He reminds me He is Almighty.

It hangs in focus,
Everyone must notice,
They joke politely,
He reminds me He is Almighty.

My stomach feels queasy,
My thoughts are uneasy,
Rescue is unlikely,
He reminds me He is Almighty.

A stone falls from the sky,
I begin to wonder why,
A slingshot is handed to me,
He reminds me He is Almighty.

So David triumphed over the Philistine with a sling and a stone; without a sword in his hand he struck down the Philistine and killed him. —1Samuel 17:50

©2016 Kim Bond

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