THEME: ALCOHOL ABUSE
Romans 13:11-14 NKJV
“And do this, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep; for now our salvation is nearer than when we first believed. The night is far spent, the day is at hand. Therefore let us cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armor of light. Let us walk properly, as in the day, not in revelry and drunkenness, not in lewdness and lust, not in strife and envy. But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to fulfill its lusts.”
-Some among us have deliberately chosen to stop taking alcohol but the decision was short lived. They only stopped for a few months and went back gradually. Sometimes it is due to peer pressure, stress and troubles of life. Our Christian life should be guided by the Spirit and not by the flesh, for the flesh wars against the Spirit and the Spirit against the flesh, and a person ends up doing what they do not wish. We are called to walk in the Spirit and we shall not fulfill the lusts of the flesh (Galatians 5:16-17). Alcohol abuse contributes majorly to time and resource mis-management. When we avoid going to places that sell alcohol and the bad company that corrupts our good conduct, we will able to walk victoriously as we put on the armor of light in the Spirit, by the grace of God.
In the recent times, studies have revealed a growing trend of alcohol abuse among the younger generation which has serious consequences. Availability and availability of alcohol is becoming a popular trend especially in learning institutions. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, alcohol abuse happens when a person develops a pattern of drinking that causes harm to their health, to their interpersonal relationships, or to their ability to work or study. Alcohol abuse leads to addiction when moderation is not exercised. Biblical reference expressly disqualified the use of alcohol and related substances. Ephesians 5:18 says, “Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit.” When one gets drunk with alcohol they are not able to effectively pray and worship the Lord, drawing them further from God. James 4:8 tells us that, “draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded.” It is vital to seek the Lord faithfully even when we are faced by stressful life issues instead of relying on the bottle. Proverbs 31:6-7 states, “Give strong drink to him who is perishing, and wine to those who are bitter of heart. Let him drink and forget his poverty, and remember his misery no more.” Alcohol may also lead to physical and spiritual death. 1 Kings 16:8-10 narrates the tale of Elah king of Israel who got drunk and was killed by sword by his army commander Zimri, and ruled in his place. 1 Corinthians 6:10 reveals the spiritual death that comes with alcohol abuse indicating that drunkards will not inherit the kingdom of God. Let us therefore abide by the Vine who is Christ, and He will fill us with new wine as we experience the presence of the Holy Spirit in our lives.
You have called us to be holy Lord Jesus because You are Holy. May You make us holy in Your holy presence. Anoint us afresh precious Holy Spirit and renew our minds that we may realize Your good, acceptable and perfect will. May You forgive us for the times we have gotten drunk with wine together with our children, family members and friends, that You may make us new. May You deliver all those who are addicted to alcohol and drugs and give them a new and proper way of life, reliant on You alone Jesus. You are the way, the truth and the life dear Jesus, and no one come to the Father except through You. May You allow all those who have been imprisoned by the enemy to look to You in every area of their lives. May You help us to put on Your armor of light that we may walk properly in wisdom redeeming time. Amen
Further reading: Romans 12:1-2