Has the craving of excessive drinking taken you over?
Alcohol has created some debate with believers as well as non-believers if it is good for ones life with a little use, or if it is bad in all uses. It has swept through America and leaving a path of destruction, and this truth cannot be hidden any longer. This is more proof we need our Savior to give us His nature that gives us complete healing, and stop relying on our own that cannot complete us or save us!
Let us see what God says about wine, and beer. He does not mention liquor in his word of instruction as we know it today as in whiskeys, and vodka. He does mention beer, wine and some forms of cocktails. The Hebrew word for wine is yayin. The word is used over 130 times in the Hebrew Bible to mean fermented wine, not grape juice.
Let us see how God intended wine to be used. The first mention of wine in the Old Testament that is used properly is when the Priest Melchizedek “brought forth bread and wine” for Abram, (his name God had not yet changed it to Abraham), and his companions.
Genesis 14:18 Then Melchizedek king of Salem (Jerusalem) brought out bread and wine. He was priest of the God Most High, and he blessed Abram, saying “Blessed be Abram by God Most High, Creator of heaven and earth. And blessed be God Most High, who delivered your enemies into your hand.”
This clearly shows they were drinking fermented wine but in moderation, as a celebration of their reunion and being blessed by God. They were celebrating their thankfulness for The Most High God, the Creator of heaven and earth, and for Him delivering Abram’s enemies into his hands. They were not drinking in excess or debauchery.
The same beverage, wine (yayin), was used incorrectly by Noah and he became drunk. Noah was the first to grow a vineyard so he never experienced the effect of drinking too much would have on his body, and mind. He had no idea drinking too much would make him incapable of doing, and thinking right, so he laid naked uncovered in his tent which was something he did not commonly do.
Genesis 9:20 Noah, a man of the soil, was the first to plant a vineyard. When he drank some of its wine, he became drunk and lay uncovered in side his tent.
This clearly shows us the two differences of how use alcohol, and the effect of both choices. This also shows us there are some that should not drink it at all. Alcoholics, or anyone who reacts adversely to alcohol for any reason due to a lack of self-control should not drink alcohol privately or socially at all.
God spoke to King Lemuel through his mother’s wisdom in
Proverbs 31:4 It is not for kings, O Lemuel-not for kings to drink wine, not for rulers to crave beer, least they drink and forget what the law decrees, and deprive all the oppressed of their rights.
Also God spoke through Solomon when he wrote in
Wine is a mocker, and beer a brawler; whoever is lead astray by them is not wise.
It is up to each person if they want to be a person who leads or not, and those that want to lead others the way of God will not want to hinder their judgment or forget God’s Spirit of truth that leads them in the right direction in order to help others go theirs. A king, ruler, folly, fool or an unwise human being is within each of us. Which person would we want and be willing to be, is the question each of us need to face, and answer truthfully. Would we rather be a follower and faithful child of God craving what pleases the Spirit of God or a person that craves what their sinful nature craves. A leader that does want to learn, and is willing to follow God or a follower or leader of fools and unwise humans? If one wants to be a child of God, and help others on their path to following Him then “craving” beer, wine, or alcohol is not an option.
Paul clearly tells Timothy that a little wine is good for the stomach when someone may have a nervous stomach. The Greek word for wine is oinos. Again this is used to help relax a nervous stomach, and a little is advised by God through Paul in this circumstance.
1 Timothy 5:23 Stop drinking only water, and use a little wine because of your stomach and your frequent illnesses.
Jesus also used wine (oinos) in one of his parables as an antiseptic when he gave the parable of the Good Samaritan.
Luke 10:34 He went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. Then he put the man on his own donkey, took him to an inn and took care of him.
Jesus also turned water into wine, and he did drink wine. (oinos) John the Baptist did not drink wine because it was prophesied that he wouldn’t. It is clear to all of us that Jesus drank wine in moderation, and in a ceremonial communion that he instructed his followers and children of God to do in remembrance in Him.
Luke 1:15 For he (John) will be a joy and delight to you, (his parents) and many will be rejoice because of his birth, for he will be great in the sight of the Lord. He is never to take wine or other fermented drink, and he will be fill with the Holy Spirit even from birth.
Mathew 11:18-19 For John came neither eating nor drinking, and they say, ‘He has a demon,’ the son of Man came eating and drinking, and they say, ‘Here is a glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and “sinners.” But wisdom is proved right by her actions.
We also know through God’s given wisdom she proves John the Baptist was far from being a demon. Truly God’s wisdom also proves that Jesus was not a drunkard, but he did drink wine, and was only friends to those that repented, did his Father’s will, and lived by faith in Him fulfilling God's commandments through His Spirit.
John 15:14 You are my friends if you do what I command. I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his mater’s business. Instead, I have called you friends, fore everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you.
We can see through the Old and the New Testaments that God in no way wants us to indulge at any time in excessive use of alcohol and drunkenness. He wants us to crave the Spirit and what He wants to give us of Himself more than any alcoholic beverage. Drunkenness is listed as one of the works of the flesh, a desire of the evil nature, and he says they are obvious, and someone that continues to live this way he tells us will not inherit the Kingdom of God. This is not the natural human spirit we get filled up with when we give our cravings of our sinful natures to God at the Cross, it is the Spirit of God that fills us up and takes us way beyond our natural human spirit. He wants us to remain filled with His Spirit not the spirit of excessive drinking.
The acts of the flesh are obvious: sexual immorality; impurity and debauchery; idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions, envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the Kingdom of God.
Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead be filled with the Spirit.
The KJV uses the word excess in the place of debauchery. The Greek word is asotia. It means dissolute life; abandoned.
The word debauchery means deprave, pervert, corrupt and degrade. Which does lead one to a dissolute abandoned life. This clearly tells us if anyone one of us experience excessive drinking to the point it enslaves us we need to immediately repent, give all of ourselves to Him in faith if we are wanting to please Him above pleasing ourselves, and live as His true children we are willing and wanting to be.
This is a long list of our sinful flesh and it’s desires, and I was at one time entangled in quite a few of them before my Lord washed me clean of them through his forgiveness, and I have remained holding on to Him with all my mind, heart and soul. I suppose I love Him so very much because he has forgiven me for so much. Through Him I know I have the power and grace to stay away from the flesh eating nature that wants to keep me and all his children away from God, and Satan will use our sinful nature to tempt us.
Keep your mind on Him and He will reveal to you His greatness always. He who is in us, the Spirit of God, through the Cross is greater than the one who is in the world. God sent Jesus to deliver us from the evil one, we are in Him, and belong to God. Jesus was tempted and had the power not sin within Him because He was God’s First and Holy Son, God as One, and through Him and His mercy of forgiveness we do too if we are willing to give all of ourselves to Him!
1 John 4:4-6 You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them, because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world. They are from the world and therefore speak from the view point of the world, and the world listens to them. We are from God, and whoever knows God listens to us; but whoever is not from God does not listen to us. This is how we recognize the Spirit of truth and the spirit of falsehood.
Today if you look into the mirror and see you are falling into excessive drinking and want to please God above yourself and the world, go to the Cross and repent. Tell your Father you want to attain or receive what He Himself wants to give you because you cannot do it on your own, then give your addiction to God today, every hour, every minute it tempts you! Read his word, ask him if you truly are willing to lead you to someone that can help, and fight off that temptation every day with you, and with all He gives you.
One day, he promises you will wake up and it will not have any power over you any longer because of the power He has given you through His Son! Hallelujah! Another miracle of his love and grace! Give Him all the praise and glory from delivering you from this sinful desire, and share what He has done with the world you live in! He then will begin working in and through you to change the world we live in!!