At War with the Destroyer #2 – Drug and Alcohol Abuse:
“The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.” (John 10:10).
We’re in a war against the DESTROYER. He wants to keep you from knowing God, and obeying Christ. Over the next couple of days, we’re going to expose some of the lies and tricks of the enemy, “so that Satan will not outsmart us. For we are very familiar with his evil schemes.” (2 Corinthians 2:11). SIN IS NOT JUST A BAD HABIT – IT WILL KILL YOU! That’s why the Bible says, “Be careful. Watch out for attacks from the Devil, your great enemy. He prowls around like a roaring lion, looking for some victim to devour.” (1 Peter 5:8). He wants to damn your soul to hell, if you will let him. But you don’t have to. Today we’re going to look at the devil’s trap of DRUNKENNESS AND DRUG USE.
Getting Drunk. Doing drugs. Why do people do it? For some, it’s giving in to negative peer pressure, doing whatever it takes to fit in, to be cool or popular. For others, it’s a temporary escape for reality. Whatever the reason, what‘s wrong with doing drugs and getting drunk? For one thing, these things can affect your ability to perform well in your job, school, sports or other activities. It’s not smart. But there’s more, much more… The World Health Organisation (WHO) estimated recently that across the globe 1.8 million people’s deaths every single year are wholly attributable to excessive consumption of alcohol.
Finally, let’s consider what the Bible has to say about this topic: “Wine produces mockers; liquor leads to brawls. Whoever is led astray by drink cannot be wise.” (Proverbs 20:1). “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 23:29-35). “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 Bible makes it pretty clear that getting drunk or doing drugs is very dangerous. They lead to mocking, fighting, foolishness, anguish, sorrow, complaining, unnecessary bruises, and ultimately it will ruin your life. It is not God’s will for you to get drunk or do drugs! Why? Not only will these things ruin your life; ultimately, THEY CAN KILL YOU.
According to the drug project and Journal of American Medical Association, 900,000 Americans die a year from drug abuse, alcohol and tobacco. Alcohol kills 80,000 Americans a year. 440,000 Americans die from tobacco use every year. (Source: How Many People Die from Drug Abuse, eHow.com).
Remember, we’re at war with Satan, the destroyer, who wants to steal, kill and destroy. Smoking can kill you. (I know that from personal experience – smoking killed my mom’s parents and my step-dad). One out of every four teens ages 15-19 smoke cigarettes. More than half of these smokers will die of heart disease, strokes, cancer and lung disease. Getting drunk can kill you. From alcohol poisoning to drinking and driving related accidents, there are too many different ways to name them all. And finally, doing drugs can kill you. These are not just bad habits. These are three destructive weapons that the devil wants to use to DESTROY YOU.
Please, I beg of you – if you’ve never started smoking, drinking or doing drugs – DON’T. It’s just not worth it. Your life is too precious and valuable. Remember, the Bible says that Jesus loves you, and He came to give you ABUNDANT LIFE. There’s no drug on Earth that can give you a joy and a peace like the Lord Jesus can, so trust HIM with your problems, not the bottle. The best part about the peace of God is that the next morning – there’s no hangover.
Pastor Chris Jordan