Drinking Problem

Tue, Aug 25, 2015

Q&A

Q & A

Q. Hello! I’m going to ask for your help with something, which I have not told anyone. I have an addiction: wine. I only drink at night and it is the only thing I have found that kills the pain of my illness. I am not a “drunk”, meaning, I do not drink in the daytime. My drinking does not negatively impact others. I refuse to drive after drinking and I don’t get angry, violent, or confrontational when I drink.

Now I’ve found out that my liver is in serious trouble. Here is my huge problem; I do not want to quit drinking! I don’t know how to find the desire to quit. My husband told me that he is worried that I am going to die from my bad liver. That hurt me to my very core.  Yet, I still cannot find any motivation to quit drinking.  Furthermore, I am terrified of “rehab”. I don’t know what to do. So, that is why I am desperately seeking your help. I completely trust you and I just need someone to help me so bad! Thanks for all your kindness, patience, and support!

A. I am so sorry to hear about your illness, as well as your drinking problem and serious liver condition! But the drinking problem you mentioned is only a symptom of your root problem. Your problem is living “after the flesh” (fleshly dependency, which is living in dependency on your human strength, talents, and abilities). See Romans 8:5-8. The flesh is the devil’s playground, and as long as we live after the flesh, we will always be subject to his dominance (Ephesians 5:16-26). The reason you cannot and/or don’t want to stop is because you have “given place to the devil” (Ephesians 4:27) by yielding your members to unrighteousness (Romans 6:16). What you once were able to control is now out of your control! Please read Ephesians 6:12 (our conflict is with spiritual forces of darkness) and 2 Corinthians 10:4 (the devil can have a stronghold in our life). My book, INTRODUCING THE NEW YOU, addresses the root problem at length in numerous ways. Most importantly, it provides you with God’s solution.

This drinking problem and the liver condition, both underscore your need for spiritual counseling by someone who understands the ways of God and the power of God.  You need someone who can minister the grace of God to you without guilt or condemnation.  It is imperative that you get a counselor who not only knows about deliverance and inner healing, but also understands the full work of the cross.  You need someone who can help you tap into the real Source of strength and find your true identity in Christ. It is often helpful to talk to others who have successfully overcome similar problems. Therefore a support group that has a good reputation might be beneficial. And be sure you keep in contact with your medical doctor and follow his instructions. Also, please read my article on Dealing With The Demonic for a further explanation of demonic influence.

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