~ By Julia Bonner-Eckel from our Care Ministry Team
DON’T BE FILLED WITH WINE, BUT BE FILLED WITH THE NEW WINE – THE HOLY SPIRIT
I am grateful to share this testimony of how the Lord worked in my life in a particular area. Ten years ago, that still small voice (the Holy Spirit) told me to stop drinking. Not cut back, not have a little, not have a glass of wine every now and then. In no uncertain terms, it was loud and clear, and in that instant, I made the decision to stop drinking. From that day, I have not had a drop of alcohol.
This testimony is not to condemn anyone. My hope is if you also heard that still small voice or thought about making this change in your life – DO IT! You will never regret giving up alcohol.
Let me share my experience with you.
I heard that voice in the past and would go a few months but always get pulled back into the social aspect and glamorization of wine in a tall, beautiful glass.
The transformation has been incredible since I obeyed the Lord. I believe the enemy uses alcohol to keep many of us in bondage. Especially, perhaps, young mothers. It becomes a badge of honor to have that bottle of wine after a long day of work or with the kids. Remember, the little ones are watching our every move. Alcohol is a depressant that keeps us sad, discouraged and dependent. It can keep us separated from God. For me, it blocked my relationship with God.
When I removed that veil, God’s voice was much louder and clearer in my life, and the Holy Spirit was able to lead me more easily.
The transformation for me has been remarkable. God only knows where my marriage would be without this change. I have a loving and supportive husband, and it is a gift to be present with him in this life.
My baby, Jack, is now eight years old. He has never seen, nor will he ever know a drunk mommy. I have the privilege waking up most days refreshed and energized. Imagine never having a hangover!
Removing alcohol has transformed my health and nutrition. Alcohol disrupts our blood sugar, spikes cravings, and keeps us dehydrated. It is amazing how much healthier we feel without it!
My finances have changed; I have saved a lot of money! Honestly, it made me realize what a waste of spending it was for me, and now I can invest in other things that will pay off in the future.
Most of all, this has been a catalyst for bringing me much closer to the Lord. As Pastor Dave recently said, “The Lord wants us to remove those bad spirits and be filled with the Holy Spirit! Ephesians 5:18 says, “Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit.”
The Scriptures say in 1 Peter 5:8 to “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, walks about as a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.”
Just like the Nazarites took a vow to abstain from alcohol, abstaining from all alcohol can set us apart from the world. Let’s take the lead!
When you drink and let your guard down or get drunk, you allow a foothold for the enemy to enter. We need to put on the whole armor of God!
In my spiritual battle, removing alcohol has been life changing and transformative. The Lord has rewarded me and continues to fill my spirit with my loving family, rewarding work, exercise, godly relationships and mentors, a wonderful church and so much more. I fill my spirit with those things, and eventually I have become repulsed by the idea of a drink!
I’ve learned to fill my spirit with time with my family, godly relationships, small groups, bible studies, serving in the Care Ministry, Women’s Ministry, healthy and God-honoring nutrition and so much more. I have become a more productive and happier person. Praise God!
You will see how wonderful and amazing life is and the beauty of being present in every day. You don’t need the drink, wine or beer to get through the ups and downs. Ask God to help you and He will quench your thirst and restore your soul!
Jesus said, “Let anyone who is thirsty come to Me and drink. For the Scriptures declare, ‘Rivers of living water will flow from the heart of anyone who believes in Me.’” (John 7:38)
Romans 12:2, “And be not conformed to this world; but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good, and acceptable and perfect, will of God.”
If you would like to pray about this or learn more about the Addiction Ministry in Grace Point’s Care Ministry, contact Eileen Hemming firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.