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In the rural ministry God has given, I see the negative effects of alcohol on a regular basis. Most of the time people deny they have a drinking problem while it’s clear to everyone else, or they admit they have a problem, but are not willing to get help.
The millions who drink are part of a long and storied history dating back over 3,000 years to a man named Noah. History records him as being the first person to plant a vineyard, make his own wine and booze it up until he became humanity’s first drunk.
The biblical story recounts Noah as drinking alone in his tent, where the alcohol overtook him, then he disrobed and passed out on the floor without a stitch of clothes on. The incident caused embarrassment and division within the family.
Let me point out, this was Noah, the one whom God chose to be His voice to the world during the 40-day global flood. He was the one about which the Bible says, “Noah was a righteous man, blameless . . . Noah walked with God.” (Genesis 6:9)
It does not matter if you are a well-respected clergyman, are in constant trouble with the law or somewhere in between, anyone can fall prey to the temptation of the bottle.
I firmly believe no one takes the first drink with the intention to do something embarrassing or harmful. Instead their reasoning may be, “It goes good with my meal,” “I like the taste,” “I just want to have some fun with a few friends,” or “It’s been a stressful day and I just want to relax.” Then one drink, turns into two, three and soon they are feeling tipsy, buzzed, and then drunk.
God says about alcohol, “Wine is a mocker, strong drink a brawler, and whoever is led astray by it is not wise.” (Proverbs 20:1)
Have you ever been a little woozy or totally drunk more than once or many times? Are you able to go a day, week or month without a drink and have no physical symptoms? After drinking have you ever quietly passed out like Noah, or became loud, obnoxious and abusive around others?
I urge you to please stop. The practice of drunkenness is condemned by God. According to Him, drunkenness is when alcohol hits the blood stream and it begins to intoxicate you, affecting your mind and body. God’s view of drunkenness is much different than ours.
You do not have to be a slave to the bottle. You can be free, and freedom begins with Jesus. He died and rose again that through Him you might overcome. If you need help, contact me and I can point you to some resources, but the place to start is with Jesus.
A prayer for you to pray– Lord God, I confess that I have let alcohol affect me. I have allowed myself to become drunk and disobeyed your Word. Forgive me. I also confess I am a slave to alcohol. Thank you for opening my eyes to this. I cannot end it on my own. I need your help. Come and rescue me from this sin that is controlling my life. In Jesus’ name. Amen.”