ADDICTIONS AND SINFUL HABITS- PART 2

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  Let me start by addressing the other two groups: The alcoholic drinkers and the undecided folks.

                                                   WHY DO YOU DRINK ALCOHOL?
  1)There is a vacuum in your life that only God can fill but you are filling it with alcohol:
  Every man is created to have a true fulfilment in God,but when you use other things to replace God,you end up empty and you turn to lust as a defense mechanism.

a)The first problem an alcoholic has is pride of life!
You think you own your body and know what is best for it.
You think you dont need God!
You have issues with ego! Everything is and must be about ‘I’.
You derive your sense of fulfilment/satisfaction from ‘I’.
You get annoyed when people contradict your view on drinking(remember CAGE questionnaire)
This person has superiority complex as the primary problem.
There is nothing anybody can tell you about alcohol that you don’t know.
In fact you dont think you have problems with alcohol not to talk of looking for solutions.
Alcoholism is just one of the many other manifestations of pride.
  So,when you totally shut your heart against God and people who advise you to stop drinking,you move from occasional drinker to addicted drinker because of pride.

b)Your satisfaction/fulfilment/security is derived from THINGS AND FEELINGS(Lust of the eyes)
Whatever you see and desire,you lust after it-‘Do not look on the wine when it is red, When it sparkles in the cup, when it goes down smoothly’- Pro 23:31!
You think alcohol can satisfy your spiritual need inside,but you ‘ll soon realise it does the opposite.
Your feelings are your gods.You do whatever you feel afterall it is a free world:If you feel like taking beer,you go and get it.
Hi sir! Alcohol is not a food! It is a drug! Not just an ordinary drug, it is an addictive drug!
Your mind has been fooling you that alcohol is like rice that you eat when you feel like.
You even think excessive consumption of things is what is bad.
Alcohol is not rice.Excessive consumption of both won’t produce similar effects.
So you see that your feelings need to be curtailed before it leads you to where you won’t like.

c)You drink because of social pressure- Lust of the flesh
You derive satisfaction/fulfilment from what other people think of you.Especially if it is an approval of what you are doing.
Therefore,you find it difficult to say ‘NO’ to others because you dont want to hurt their feelings?
This person has inferiority complex as the pimary problem.Therefore,if he goes to a party and liqour bottles are being served he collects and starts drinking  so that he wont be the odd one out of many.
Peer pressure pushes you to drink.

Read the following scriptures prayerfully that address the three points above before I continue:
1 Cor 6:12 “I have the right to do anything,” you say–but not everything is beneficial. “I have the right to do anything”–but I will not be mastered by anything.

Romans 13:14 “But put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not provision for the flesh, to fulfil the lusts thereof. “

James 4:7 “Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you”

1 Corinthians 15:33 Do not be misled: “Bad company corrupts good character.”

Titus 2:12 “It(Grace) teaches us to say “No” to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age.”

1 Corinthians 6:9-11 “Or do you not know that wrongdoers will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor men who have sex with men nor thieves nor the greedy nor DRUNKARDS nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God. “

2)You drink because you are impulsive:
Not all those who are impulsive drink but very rarely will you see someone who drinks who is not impulsive.
Impulsive people act before they think.
Impulsiveness can make you do many dangerous and risky things without thinking about the consequences.
They are people who are specialists in risk taking.Their motto is :Life itself is a risk.
That might be true but there are some risks that you take and you might not live to share the experience!
Impulsive people generally lack self control in everything.Alcohol being an addictive substance is not a ‘good’ temptation for them.In fact you will notice their bodies will be ‘shaking’ as if they are having seizures until they taste the liquor.

3)You drink to forget your problems and to avoid responsibilities:
You are depressed so you drink to get a momentary state of euphoria.
You are failing in your responsibilities as a husband/father so your defense mechanism is to go straight to a club house after work and drink yourself to stupor before going home drunk.
The truth is this: When alcohol clears from your eyes,the problems you left unattended to would have even become more complicated.

4)Some drink alcohol because they are demonised!
Hope you have not forgotten the 2nd part of root and fruit sin? I talked about : Congenital,acquired and induced sins there.Do you still remember? If not check it out again.
Demons can be induced through drinking of alcohol.
There is a spirit of alcoholism.Be guided.
I dont know why liquor is otherwise called ‘spirit’! But one thing I know the Bible contrasts the Holy Spirit with wine(spirit):

Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit-Eph 5:18(NIV)
Don’t be drunk with wine, because that will ruin your life. Instead, be filled with the Holy Spirit.(NLT)
“For he shall be great in the sight of the Lord, and shall drink neither wine nor strong drink; and he shall be filled with the Holy Ghost, even from his mother’s womb.”-Luke 1:15(KJV)
“For he will be great in the sight of the Lord; and he will drink no wine or liquor, and he will be filled with the Holy Spirit while yet in his mother’s womb.”(NASB)

In other words you are either filled with wine(unholy spirit) or Holy Spirit!
This is the basis of many cases of addiction to alcohol today.You discover that some people can just decide in their mind to quit drinking.But those that have demons afflicting them using alcohol cannot just quit like that.They need deliverance and simultaneous in filling of the Holy Spirit.

5)Some drink alcohol because it runs in the family!
There are now studies showing that alcoholism runs in families.Children of alcohol-dependent parents run a higher risk of developing an alcohol problem than other children.The risk is said to be higher in sons than daughters.
Instead of disputing this study,if you have parents that are addicted to alcohol,it is better you dont even say you want to be taking alcohol occasionally.Dont touch it henceforth or else you are at risk of getting addicted to alcohol like your parents.
Look around and observe many children that are addicted to alcohol,you will notice many of their parents drink or somebody they look up to in the family drinks.
In next blog post I will be teaching on how to overcome alcohol addiction.
Feel free to share this post with people God lays in your mind.
Till next time,
Remain blessed and rapturable.