The LORD himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.
29 Who has woe? Who has sorrow?
Who has strife? Who has complaints?
Who has needless bruises? Who has bloodshot eyes?
30 Those who linger over wine,
who go to sample bowls of mixed wine.
31 Do not gaze at wine when it is red,
when it sparkles in the cup,
when it goes down smoothly!
32 In the end it bites like a snake
and poisons like a viper.
33 Your eyes will see strange sights,
and your mind will imagine confusing things.
34 You will be like one sleeping on the high seas,
lying on top of the rigging.
35 “They hit me,” you will say, “but I’m not hurt!
They beat me, but I don’t feel it!
When will I wake up
so I can find another drink?”
I can’t sleep tonight.
I have seen my daughter’s dad the past couple nights, He has been gone on and off many times over the past 15 years. Why?
I have never been able to be furious with him, I have always had compassion for him and worry about him.
I have known him since I was 18 years old and I have seen the way alcohol has taken a man full of so much potential and slowly tried to destroy every aspect of his life.
Alcohol has created bitterness in his relationship with his daughter, it has ruined jobs, cars, keeping any material items including a home, and his physical body.
Alcohol tried to destroy my own family for years, my Aunt, cousin, and uncle died from AIDS due to my Aunt’s heroine addiction. I myself can’t remember so many things in my life due to killing off my brain (memory) cells from the use of alcohol and drugs.
I have been uneasy seeing him the past couple nights, he kept asking what is wrong, but I didn’t know.
Tonight I kept having dreams of being controlled and being scared, feeling like I was held in bondage and couldn’t get out, I asked God every hour I woke up to stop the dreams. I understand them now though.
Matt died in Tennessee for 10 minutes he died, they brought him back, and I believe it is because God isn’t done with him yet.
That is scary, that is the reality of the control these addictions can have in someone’s life. Enough control to end it.
The reason I have been uneasy is because of the power of the addiction, the toll I have seen it taken, the fear I see in his eyes, the fear I have of it, the control it has. He is not the only one, so many people I know have an issue with drinking.
I was telling a friend the other night “they say weed is the gateway drug, but it isn’t alcohol is”.
God warns us over and over about how getting drunk is a sin, sin harms us, therefore God tells us what is sin to protect us, not to take away our fun.
Doesn’t the verse from Proverbs sound like a wine tasting? It’s crazy to me how right God is. How can you read these things that were written 1000’s of years ago and not believe in Him and the Wisdom that drips from His very name?
He says drunkenness is sin, it says it will bite you in the ass, it will sneak up like a snake (Satan) and destroy you.
You know what though?
OUR GOD, OUR FATHER IS STRONGER THAN THE ENEMY, HE IS STRONGER THAN A BOTTLE OF LIQUID SITTING ON A SHELF.
With God all things are possible, we need Him to beat these addictions.
I officially HATE liquor, drugs, and smoking etc.
It says not to hate the person, HATE the sin.
I want Heaven, who is so angry with her dad, to understand to HATE the sin, the control of the addiction and the enemy, not her dad.
I want us to join forces in this battle, we need each other to join forces and fight. A war can’t be fought and won alone.
I want to help all the people I know who struggle with this to understand that it can be won, that GOD is the answer.
We are to put on our Full Armour of God and fight this battle with God on the front lines. God tells us not to fear, there is nothing to fear with him in our lives.
Our God moves mountains, He overcame all this already, we just need to hold on to Him tightly and don’t shift our eyes from Him.
This is what Christmas is all about, a God who was born a man to save us from ourselves and the enemy.
Jesus died and rose again to not only get us to Heaven but to help us walk safely on this earth.
I pray you all find your Christmas every single day, through every battle you face. I pray the meaning of Christmas is what you open up in your hearts today and every day forward.
Remember the battle has been won. He was there before you, He is there before you now.
It doesn’t matter what your alcohol is, it can be in many forms, food, anxiety, drugs, smoking, sex, shopping. Anything that is destroying any aspect of your life is your drug, and God can help you overcome any one of them, He was already there.