Is Drinking Affecting your Walk with God?

drinking blogThe words hit her full in the face.
“You’re not fun anymore.”
She was always the life of the party.
If there was a dare, she’d do it. Kesha was her spirit animal. Crazy Beautiful Life was her life compressed into a song.
So having one of her best friends tell her she was no longer fun because she chose God instead of partying made an impact.

It hurt.
I am not going to tell you drinking is wrong. It isn’t wrong when it’s done in moderation. But when you abuse it, it takes you away from the Lord. You do things when you drink that you would never do sober. It can destroy friendships. Most importantly in Galatians 5:21, drunkenness is described as a “work of the flesh.” As followers of Christ we are called to reflect Him and to run to Him with all our strength. If alcohol is doing the following things in your life, it might be time to put it away for good.

1. It takes you away from the Lord

Everything we do should spur us closer to Christ.

Everything.

Our God wants us to surrender everything to Him. Proverbs 3:6 says, “In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.”
In all your ways.
Remember our purpose here on earth is to bring glory to Him, so we need to allow Him to permeate every aspect of our lives. If going out is making you grow farther away from the Lord, it is time to stop.

2. It is hurting your friendships

You don’t act like yourself when you drink too much, you can make bad decisions. If you have chosen to surround yourself with godly friends who love you and your drinking is hurting those friendships, you should probably revaluate. Ask your friends if you act like yourself when you drink or if you do or say hurtful things that you normally wouldn’t. See what their input is. Tell them to be completely honest with you and then be prepared for an honest answer.

3. Your friends and family tell you it is an issue

If your family and friends have told you it’s issue, you need to stop. Confronting a family member or friend about a drinking problem is scary, so if they have taken the initiative to tell you about the problem, you should consider what they have to say.

4. You are being convicted

If you wake up after a night of going out and you have this feeling in the pit of your stomach that you have sinned, pay attention. That is the Holy Spirit doing His job. He is convicting you. He is calling you to repent. Remember that repent means to turn away. That means RUN. Ephesians 5:18 says, “And do not get drunk with wine […] but be filled with the Spirit.” Getting drunk is a sin, even if you do it alone. God calls us to be filled with His spirit and if we are drunk we are not giving a good reflection of our Savior. Remember you might be the only Christian someone ever meets.

Making the decision to not drink might make you unpopular. You might lose friends. But consider this, if they will drop you because you are trying to walk closer to the Lord-were they ever really friends to begin with? Also, you can be fun and not drink. It is possible and it’s liberating. Once you free yourself up from alcohol, you have real, genuine conversations with people. You will see your friendships are based on more than just standing around at bars. You will be more active and see more beauty in God’s creation. God does not call everyone to give up drinking. But if you see evidence in your life that drinking is taking you away from having a more intimate relationship with the Lord- it is worth giving up.

-Rach

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