ADDICTED TO DRUGS OR ALCHOHOL?

 

 

First, let me thank you for stopping by and checking out this site.  I hope it will be a blessing to you.  My desire is that this lesson will be relevant to your situation and actually help or put you in the right direction.  If you are addicted to drugs or know someone who is, please don’t be in despair; there is help and hope. 

 

The use of legal and illegal drugs is widespread in our society.  We hear stories on a daily basis of the aftermath and devastating effects that they have on people.  The problem with drugs is the tremendous hurt that it brings into the lives of otherwise happy and productive people.  Much precious time and energy is wasted forever because of the bondage and physical destruction that this way of living brings.  The question needs to be asked, “Why are so many people attracted to drugs, legal or illegal?”  For the answer to this question we will go to the source of truth, the Bible, Gods’ Word.

 

A Story of Addiction

 

“Jesus saith unto her, Go, call thy husband, and come hither. [17] The woman answered and said, I have no husband. Jesus said unto her, Thou hast well said, I have no husband: [18] For thou hast had five husbands; and he whom thou now hast is not thy husband: in that saidst thou truly.” John 4:16-18 (KJV) 

 

This story in John chapter four tells of a woman that Jesus met at a well.  Although she was probably not addicted to drugs there was something about her that mirrored a person who is addicted to drugs.  She was in bondage.  Her bondage was a life of multiple relationships.  Going from man to man in hopes that she would find happiness.  Unfortunately with her, as with others who look for happiness this way, the pot of gold always found itself somewhere just beyond her reach. 

 

She tried living her life by following the right way (she was married five times) and each time she was met with disappointment and heartache until she decided that the legal system was not for her, she would just move in without being married.  Sound familiar?  Her live was led by the lust of the flesh, which led to full blown bondage.  On an average day as she went to the city well to get water for the days needs she met a man who asked her for a drink of water.  She engaged Jesus in a conversation that focused on the water in the well.

 

“Jesus answered and said unto her, If thou knewest the gift of God, and who it is that saith to thee, Give me to drink; thou wouldest have asked of him, and he would have given thee living water.” John 4:10 (KJV) 

 

Now, Jesus knew the hunger of her heart and the bondage to things that was in her life.  He went straight to the heart of the issue, the need for true satisfaction.  Isn’t that what people are seeking for when they go into a life of drugs?  The master was plain in saying that one thing alone could satisfy her as well as all mankind.  God’s indwelling presence!

 

“Jesus answered and said unto her, Whosoever drinketh of this water shall thirst again: [14] But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life.” John 4:13-14 (KJV) 

 

Drinking at the well of addictive substances whatever they may be, will always leave you spiritually hungry, thirsty and dissatisfied.  The reason is simple, it cannot satisfy.  Things and substances cannot satisfy because they simply don’t have the power to do this.  In other words, drugs are without substance or foundation.  They give a moment of high and disconnect with realty but the downside is bondage and destruction.  Drugs captivate the spirit and soul of people who give themselves over to them.  While demanding total submission and allegiance they give nothing of lasting value in return.  Not to mention the demands of money to support the habit which could be used for much more productive things.

 

Question #1  Do you find yourself being dissatisfied with life?

 

Satisfaction From Within

 

The good news is God has a well that is not physical or chemical.  His well is spiritual and it totally satisfies.  Jesus said it would be a well of water, which would be in him, springing up into everlasting life!  The difference with this spiritual water is that it does have substance and foundation.  It is so powerful and solid that nothing can shake a person who has it. In fact, it is so important that Jesus spoke of it in other places.

 

“He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water. [39] (But this spake he of the Spirit, which they that believe on him should receive: for the Holy Ghost was not yet given; because that Jesus was not yet glorified.)” John 7:38-39 (KJV) 

 

The rivers of Gods’ Spirit will cleanse, satisfy and empower anyone to be happy and fulfilled in life.  The water he talked about is the Spirit of God, the Holy Ghost.  He also promised it would be available for all who would come to him in faith.  This means you and me!  The good news is, anyone can be free from drugs and an addictive lifestyle.  This freedom is endless and powerful.  Drugs give a false sense of power and freedom that only lasts for a few hours.

 

“If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed.” John 8:36 (KJV) 

 

Sound good?  It is!  Living your life for drugs leads to an endless, hopeless and miserable cycle of bondage and hurt.  God has a better plan for your life.  Through the power of his Spirit you can overcome and be free to live an abundant life.

 

“The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.” John 10:10 (KJV) 

 

This abundance comes from real, not imagined, power.  Gods’ Spirit is real; drugs are an empty imitation.  God gives power through his Spirit; drugs make you weak and powerless.  Drugs steal and kill; Jesus gives life and happiness.  Why not try HIM and see the difference. 

 

“But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.” Acts 1:8 (KJV) 

 

Jesus promised his disciples freedom through the indwelling Spirit of God.  They received it the same we receive it today.

 

“And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. [2] And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting. [3] And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them. [4] And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.” Acts 2:1-4 (KJV) 

 

Would you like to feel the wind of God blow through your heart and spirit to cleanse and make you new again?  If you would, it is totally available.  All you need is a hungry heart and desire to receive it.

Tired of living your life for drugs?  Are you sick of chemical highs that leave you empty and unsatisfied?  If you are, Jesus has the answer for your life.  It is the same answer that applied to the woman at the well.  Jesus Christ!  He is the answer for the world today.  He is the answer for you. 

 

To receive this powerful experience you must repent of your sins.  This simply means asking God for forgiveness and turning your life to him.  Ask him to fill you and he will!  When you sincerely call on him you will receive the same powerful experience they received in the above scriptures.

 

Question #2  Would you like to receive the Spirit of God and enjoy true freedom?

 

Conclusion

 

In addition, living free from drugs will require getting with people who are Spirit-filled that can pray with and encourage you.  You were never meant to go it alone.  With this in mind, we can put you in touch with people who can help you, your comments are important.  Freedom is just a prayer away so don’t put it off. 

 

Let me know if I can help you and if this lesson helped you. If you have any prayer requests or questions please include them too!  Feel free to check out any other study.  One in particular that you might be interested in is the four-part study titled “Bible Wines”.  This study goes into the truth of whether or not the Bible condemns drinking alcohol.  It settles the issue of whether Jesus drank alcohol or not.  I believe it would be a benefit you or anyone you know that struggles with the use of alcohol.  If you have a friend who may benefit from this site feel free to let them know about it.

 

Thanks for going through this study.  My prayer is that God will bless and help you to freedom.

 

Sincerely,

 

Greg Wirths

 

Focus on Freedom

 

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2 Responses to ADDICTED TO DRUGS OR ALCHOHOL?

  1. […] a lesson on this very subject and the underlying reason that many go this way.  It’s called “Addicted to Alcohol and Drugs?” […]

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