Main Text: Ephesians 5:18 – Be not drunk with wine wherein in excess, but be filled with the Spirit.

Leviticus 10:9-10 – Do not drink wine nor strong drink, thou, nor thy sons with thee, when ye go into the tabernacle of the congregation, lest ye die: it shall be a statute for ever throughout your generations: And that ye may put difference between holy and unholy, and between unclean and clean.

God’s word has clearly warned us to stay clear from any strong drink. People endulge in such practices with several excuses that it helps them ease off problems, pain or stress and gives them a clear state of mind. This is only but an illusion that should be discarded.

This is so because strong drinks do not drive stress or problems away rather it gives a temporary effect that eases off after a few hours while the problems still remain unattended. Alcoholics can’t control their drinking. If you are an alcoholic, you have a compulsive desire to drink. When you drink, your negative personality traits, such as anger, may be intensified and your problems may seem magnified.

Alcoholism is an addiction and it leads to drunkenness. When you are an alcoholic, chances are, you need a drink at certain times of the day in order to get going, to face your problems, or to relax. And you may even drink on the job. Of course this means that your work and efficiency is slacking off. And your home life is probably suffering as well.

You are enslaved by the sin of alcoholism. Yet there is hope. God is able to deliver you completely by cleansing, sanctifying, and justifying you (I Corinthians 6:9-11). Though alcohol abuse is a failing of the flesh (Galatians 5:19-21), the Holy Spirit can, and will, produce the self-control you need to overcome it. It is not something you change by your own power, you need the Holy Spirit’s help to overcome it.


Prayer Point: Lord, help me to stay away from every appearance of sin or whatever that may cause me to sin against you.

BY BISHOP NGOZI DURUEKE (HE REIGNS CHAPEL INTERNATIONAL) To send your testimony, write us: mylivingwaterdevotional@gmail.com.