My wife and I are coming up on our four year anniversary. This anniversary is special and much different than any other; Some would even call it a birthday. October 26th will be four years since we made the choice to turn and follow Jesus. It will also mark four years of sobriety.
Alcohol in and of itself is not a sin, Jesus turned water into wine and there are a few times that it’s mentioned that wine is good for you. The key is in moderation. While alcohol isn’t sin, the act of getting drunk is.(Ephesians 5:18; 1 Peter 4:3; Proverbs 20:1; Galatians 5:20-21; Romans 13:13). Galatians and Romans actually put it in the same category as orgies, sexual immorality and debauchery.
I don’t drink alcohol anymore and thankfully God has taken the love of it away from me. You see I used to be an alcoholic. I used to drink all the time. It eventually got to the point to where I was drinking every day. Most of those days to the point of becoming drunk. I loved drink, especially beer. I had myself convinced that that’s why I did it, because I loved to drink beer. The real reason was because it became one of my “gods”. It was controlling me and through deception I was allowing it to.
I grew up believing that drinking and even getting drunk was ok, as long as it was done responsibly. People I looked up to drank, some of them all the time. These very same people went to church and considered themselves right with God.
Today I am thankful for my sobriety. I have learned, with God’s help, how to deal with my problems and issues instead of drinking them away.
We live in a society where drinking is normal and getting drunk is a “right of passage”. The grips of alcohol are strong and destructive. Why some reading this either don’t drink or only drink casually, we all have at least one in our circle of influence that struggles with alcohol. I couldn’t stop without Jesus. I couldn’t stop because the people around me were doing it. While some stayed sober, I could not. While some drank in moderation, I wanted to drink everything in sight or until I passed out – which ever came first.
Revelation 12:11 “And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, and they did not love their lives to the death”. Our testimony is so powerful! We defeat the devil by the blood of Jesus AND the power of our testimony. I would not want to do anything to tarnish the power of my testimony.
Even if I could control my drinking today, I still wouldn’t do it. Even if I could sit down for a meal and drink only one or two, I still wouldn’t. Not because of me but because of the circle of influence around me. While I might just have one, someone else might be like I used to be. For them one will lead to many; one will lead to sin. I am responsible for the ones I lead astray. Matthew 18:6 says “Whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in Me to sin, it would be better for him if a millstone were hung around his neck, and he were drowned in the depth of the sea”. To us, its not worth the risk.
If you need help conquering the demon of addiction, do not hesitate to ask for help. We are here to guide you through God’s word and show you how He can break all the chains.