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Christians and non-Christian alike battle with addictions and other behaviors that they find themselves struggling to leave behind. Through faith in Jesus Christ and placing emotional and spiritual health as attainable goals, we can all be overcomers.

This blog, produced by Certified Recovery Specialist Beth Livingston, is for people to exchange struggles and victories of breaking free from addictions and other hurtful behaviors.

The Bible: On Alcohol and Substance Abuse


By J. Stephen Lang

In recent years people have become more conscious of alcohol and other substance abuse. In spite of our growing awareness of the personal and social harm that is done, we seem to be losing the drug war, and alcoholism is on the rise.

What does the Bible say about such practices? Well, you will search in vain for a verse that says, "Don't drink alcohol, period." And the Bible says nothing whatsoever about illegal drugs, since they weren't available in Bible times. But the Bible does have much to say about any substance that harms us mentally and spiritually. Happily, it also has much to say about the alternatives to a chemical high.

Wine produces mockers; liquor leads to brawls. Whoever is led astray by drink cannot be wise. Proverbs 20:1

Those who love pleasure become poor; wine and luxury are not the way to riches. Proverbs 21:17

Do not carouse with drunkards and gluttons, for they are on their way to poverty. Too much sleep clothes a person with rags. Who has anguish? Who has sorrow? Who is always fighting? Who is always complaining? Who has unnecessary bruises? Who has bloodshot eyes? It is the one who spends long hours in the taverns, trying out new drinks. Don't let the sparkle and smooth taste of wine deceive you. For in the end it bites like a poisonous serpent; it stings like a viper. You will see hallucinations, and you will say crazy things. You will stagger like a sailor tossed at sea, clinging to a swaying mast. And you will say, "They hit me, but I didn't feel it. I didn't even know it when they beat me up. When will I wake up so I can have another drink?" Proverbs 23:20-21, 29-35

Destruction is certain for you who get up early to begin long drinking bouts that last late into the night. Destruction is certain for those who are heroes when it comes to drinking, who boast about all the liquor they can hold. They take bribes to pervert justice. They let the wicked go free while punishing the innocent. Therefore, they will all disappear like burning straw. Their roots will rot and their flowers wither, for they have rejected the law of the LORD Almighty. They have despised the word of the Holy One of Israel. Isaiah 5:11, 22-24

Watch out! Don't let me find you living in careless ease and drunkenness, and filled with the worries of this life. Don't let that day catch you unaware, as in a trap. For that day will come upon everyone living on the earth. Luke 21:34

Those who belong to the Kingdom of God should lead a life that reflects what God desires for his people. Paul makes it clear that this does not include altering our mind and behavior with chemical substances instead of finding our fulfillment in God.

We should be decent and true in everything we do, so that everyone can approve of our behavior. Don't participate in wild parties and getting drunk, or in adultery and immoral living, or in fighting and jealousy. Romans 13:13

Don't be drunk with wine, because that will ruin your life. Instead, let the Holy Spirit fill and control you. Ephesians 5:18

The Book of God's Promises -- Copyright, 1999 by J. Stephen Lang. All rights reserved, used with permission.

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# RE: The Bible: On Alcohol and Substance Abuse

Thank You, and Praise God for this devotional.
One of our adult children has many struggles that have led him as well as our family to so much heartache.
He is a Christian, but he stumbles with addiction. He is currently in jail for violating his probation, meaning he had a urinalysis that showed prescription drug use in his system (this medication was not prescribed to our 30 year old son).
We ask for prayer for our son "Alex". We pray in Christ Jesus name that there will be a way he finds the power to prevail over this awful grip on him..
May God Speed..
Love in Christ,
Dan & Tami
Left by Dan & Tamara B on Oct 01, 2012 8:56 AM