Be Sober & Viligant

Medical science says that alcoholism is a disease but the Bible says that it's a result of sin. You don't buy disease by the bottle and serve it. Sickness won't keep a person from heaven but alcohol will. Alcohol is a drug. The word pharmaceutical comes from the Greek word pharmekia which means sorcery. (Galatians 5:19-21- But when you follow your own wrong inclinations, your lives will produce these evil results: impure thoughts, eagerness for lustful pleasure,  idolatry, spiritism (that is, encouraging the activity of demons), hatred and fighting, jealousy and anger, constant effort to get the best for yourself, complaints and criticisms, the feeling that everyone else is wrong except those in your own little group—and there will be wrong doctrine, envy, murder, drunkenness, wild parties, and all that sort of thing. Let me tell you again, as I have before, that anyone living that sort of life will not inherit the Kingdom of God.) (Revelation 9:21- Neither did they change their mind and attitude about all their murders and witchcraft, their immorality and theft.) If it alters your mind it will alter your mood. Why would God want His children doing that to themselves when He tells us to be sober? (1 Peter 5:8- Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:) You are not sober when you're drinking alcohol. It was never God's desire for us to be under anyone or anything's control. Many people have made bad decisions under the influence, some just wanted a scapegoat, but liquor courage or not you'll pay the same price. (Proverbs 23:29-35- Whose heart is filled with anguish and sorrow? Who is always fighting and quarreling? Who is the man with bloodshot eyes and many wounds? It is the one who spends long hours in the taverns, trying out new mixtures. Don’t let the sparkle and the smooth taste of strong wine deceive you.  For in the end it bites like a poisonous serpent; it stings like an adder.  You will see hallucinations and have delirium tremens, and you will say foolish, silly things that would embarrass you no end when sober.  You will stagger like a sailor tossed at sea, clinging to a swaying mast.  And afterwards you will say, “I didn’t even know it when they beat me up. . . . Let’s go and have another drink!”) Have you ever thought about why most liquor stores are called Wine & Spirits? When someone begins to be intoxicated they are imbibing (consuming) a demon spirit that produces a sensation. The more that the person yields to the demonic influence (which is through drinking the alcoholic substance), the more it unleashes its unclean and unholy effect on the individual. (Ephesians 5:18- Don’t drink too much wine, for many evils lie along that path; be filled instead with the Holy Spirit and controlled by Him.) So instead of being under the influence of alcohol, you need to be brought under the influence of the Holy Spirit. People need to decide what type of influence they want to be under. 

So how does God want us to live? (Titus 2:11-12- For the free gift of eternal salvation is now being offered to everyone; and along with this gift comes the realization that God wants us to turn from godless living and sinful pleasures and to live good, God-fearing lives day after day,) (No drunkard shall inherit the kingdom of God 1 Corinthians 6:10) Both the Old and New Testament talk about not being drunk, there is no discrepancy in the Word. God has not changed His mind about drunkenness. He has always had a standard by which His children must live. There are many excuses as to why people drink: relaxation, escape from reality, stimulant, worry-depression, to socialize etc. but God's Word sets a standard.

J.M. shared this story with me: People do have demons that follow them around. I used to be an alcoholic and the demons would follow me home. One day I was really drunk and I could heard something walking up the steps. It was so loud like boom boom but I was the only one home...it was a demon. My wife, who was a born-again believer, experienced the same thing on a different occasion. She said something large in stature walked up the stairs (boom, boom) and came in the bedroom. She opened the window and commanded it to leave in Jesus' name. The evil presence left. I'm sharing this so that you'll be aware of what you do because you don't know what evil spirits it may bring. Scary movies are really a glimpse of what real people experience (random noises, doors slamming, physical confrontations, etc.) when evil spirits are harassing them. I encourage you to be sober so you can be aware of what is happening around you and your mind can be focused on God.