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I had a drinking problem before I was saved but I still struggle with it. I see people who stopped when they were saved and I wonder why I still fail. I cannot enjoy it like when I was lost. I know being a Christian is a struggle but it grieves me to still have this problem. Is this a common thing?

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 ---andy on 8/25/05
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Hello,brother no matter what the sin, drinking or like with me years was fornication, yes, I felt terrible.No man loved me.I began to write things down and I began to be really honest in my talks with the Lord, you know you start trusting in your heavenly father talk to him, for real
l open up! You will see He will help you, start reading your bible.. don't give up! Friends will shrugg..laugh forget them.Seek God all you can..stay determined try a day at a time..
You will reach VICTORY!!
Love of Jesus!
Don't give up!!!
---Elena_9555 on 7/23/14

My friend's daughter was a Christian first and later became addicted to alcohol. Years later, with God's help, she turned her life around again and is doing well. My friend was in a state of despair during those drinking years. Take one day at a time and walk through that day knowing that God is beside you. Allow Him to direct your every step. Don't lose heart.
---andreea on 7/23/14

Please, continue to discuss whichever challenge you may have sincerely with the Lord, HE helps His children to overcome their problems. Believe & do not doubt or think you can easily solve it yourself. Accept your limitations Jer.29:13, Deut.4:29.
---Adetunji on 7/22/14

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Love of Jesus!
---Elena_9555 on 7/22/14

Elder, maybe it's just that Math was not your best subject when in school. It WAS my best subject although I make some awful 'howlers' these days but my excuse is AGE.
---Rita_H on 6/11/14

Elder are you dumb or something? You said this blog is 14 years old. What year are you living in?

This blog is only 9 years old. Are you off your meds or on some?

I don't think your brain works on Mondays.
---Elder on 6/11/14

This blog is 14 years old but the advice is still valid.

There is no Christian that has a "drinking" problem. They have a heart problem.

They are doing just what they want to. If we have a reason to not be involved in something then we will not be.

God does forgive our actions but there is always a cost/reaction for what we do.

Do what you want if you can pay the cost. Remember it may cost you your family, children, mate or your very life.

Enjoy?? or !!
---Elder on 6/11/14

Tell everyone you know that you want to stop drinking, and you will find you can!
---love.jesus on 6/10/14

I feel the same struggle. When I was lost , drinking was easy now all I feel is shame I hate myself.Which adds to the depression of why I started drinking. Struggle... I laugh at the word. This hurts! I hate myself for drinking but to ashamed to say I have a problem so I drink more. I feel so alone. I feel like god does not speak to me a anymore. What is wrong with me?
---Amanda_matheney on 6/8/14

Andy::The key word is "I am determined" in any addiction.You madethe choice By startingNow utilise that same determined choice to QUIT.I am smoke free now 28years after smoking for 38years.How old am I old enough to know betterI started at18.Blessings YOU CAN do it.
---Emcee on 2/19/08

Andy: I smoked for months after I gave my life back to Jesus. But I was determined to give up the cigarettes.I did with God's help. Are you really serious about giving up your alcohol?Are you getting some pleasure from using it? Are you really saved?If this is grieving you as you say, you really need to fast and pray and work with the Lord on giving up this habit. You need a plan. Jesus will help you but you must be sincere and ready to give up this habit. God bless.
---Robyn on 2/19/08

it is very common especially in thre church.i also was addicted to alcohol and crack while attending church.i knew the word but still struggled because i didnt have the strength to stop own my own.i went to narcotics anonymous and it helped me stay clean for a while,but i still wanted to use.the desire never left me i was bound in my wasnt until i had enough of my self that i totally gave myself over to the lord and allowed him to move in my life that i was truly set free..
---jesuschild379 on 2/17/08

I am a Christian and I'm 20 plus years sober. I do it with God and the help of the other sober people in Alcoholics Anonymous.
---Gwen on 2/17/08

Andy - What you are going through with the Alcohol is the same thing that I'm going through with Valium addiction as a Christian. All I know is the Lord Jesus Christ set me totally & completely free from the addictions of Alcohol & Cigarettes, so I know that He can set you free too. I think we must stop trying ourselves, and simply believe that Jesus took the addiction on the Cross and keep believing that, until He finally frees us. Don't give up & keep knocking until the door is opened. Bless you.
---Helen_5378 on 9/4/06

All self-help groups are started and run by people with the problem or need (not by professionals). If there is no Christian 12 steps programme in your area ask your pastor if he could advise and help YOU start one. It won't be easy to begin with because addicts often won't admit they have a problem UNTIL someone else does. This goes for those affected by another person's addiction also, we don't wish to tell others UNTIL we realise there are others and we could all be helping each other.
---Mac on 9/4/06

---r.w. on 9/3/06

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cry out to God--in your pillow in bed , scream into your pillow for help, driving down the road, yell out loud for His deliverence from the booze. that's what i did and , Praise God, dont want it anymore.
---r.w. on 9/3/06

Some people are released from their drinking at salvation, others must daily crucify their drinking and give it to the Lord everyday. I am the latter.

Because there were no Christian 12 step programs in my area, I have been going to Alcoholics Anonymous. Find one or the other and attend.

In addition, get into an accountability relationship with an older Christian and get into the Word of God.
---Madison on 10/28/05

I advise seeking a Christ-centered 12 step program; many churches offer this. You need to seriously ask for help and prayer from other prayer warriors. Avoid all associations that remind you of your old habit. Get baptized if you haven't as that is when the 'old' nature is put to death and you arise in Christ. And purpose in your heart to stay true to Christ. n.s.5684
---Nancy on 10/27/05

I was a drunk and a junkie for many years, even after I was saved I relapsed. One night looking into the mirror I asked myself why I was pleasing satan with my behavior and not God. That's all it took. God delivered me from this addiction demon. Rebuke the feeling for drinking and know God is there to lean on.
---Nellah on 10/15/05

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Sometimes it take practical steps as well as spiritual to deal with any problem.
1, Realize the Lord is not going to give you more than you can bear.
2. Read you Bible DAILY.
3. Develope a group of friends in that will pray for you on a DAILY bases.
4. Find a good support group, such as AA.
(The folks in there have EXPERIENCED what you are experiencing.)
5. Avoid anything that will tempt you; places where drinks are served, advertisments, old friends, etc.
---WIVV on 9/21/05

I had a problem with drugs,and when I got saved it was taken away. I still would get an urge,and when I would try it,like you said,it just didn't feel the same like when I was lost. Look at it like a blessing when you have the feeling of not enjoying it.Only the devil will tell you that you are a failure,You will get over this and God is helping you one day at a time.
---missy on 8/27/05

I struggled much the same way for many years. I found help in attending Alcoholics Anonymous and have been free from alcohol, or the desire to drink for 4 years now.

Study who you are in Christ. Learn how much He loves you. See yourself the way God sees you.

God bless.
---Madison on 8/26/05

Drinking is both a psychological and physical problem. First, you need to want to stop drinking. Second, pray about it, Third, focus your mind on spiritual matters. Fourth, join AA or some support group. Fifth, stay away from any place that serves drinks, and people that drink. Sixth, get active in church and Christian organizations. Use your experience to help others - and there are lots of others who are in the same position as you.
---WIVV on 8/26/05

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Give it up to the Lord in prayer, and don't pick alcohol up again. When you get thirsty drink water, juice, milk, or decaffeinated soda like Ginger Ale or Squirt. Pray: Papa, please save me completely from drinking alcohol. Take it completely away from me, and keep me completely sober all the time, for your glory my Lord and my Savior. Take away my cravings, my desires, my appetites, and my will; and instead give to me your cravings, your desires, your appetites, and your will. in Jesus i pray. Amen.
---Eloy on 8/26/05

You need other people with a common faith, and maybe common problems to talk with on a regular basis. Make yourself accountable.

1Peter 5:5 Likewise, ye younger, submit yourselves unto the elder. Yea, all of you be subject one to another, and be clothed with humility: for God resisteth the proud, and giveth grace to the humble.

James 5:16 Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.
---Pharisee on 8/26/05

Andy, start to see yourself, in your heart, as God sees you, as "the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus". (2Cor 5:21) You are righteous because you in Jesus, not because of you efforts. Fruit of your identity will always be your actions. It is by grace through faith you are saved, NOT OF YOURSELF. Being who God says you are is by being, not by doing. Grace is, unmerited favor yes, but it is also the supernatural power and ability, from God, working in us and through us to live this life.
---sam7944 on 8/26/05

Andy, brother, this is a misconception I think we all have had when we came into the kingdom. We want God to just flip the mind renewal switch. If anyone is in Christ, (saved) he is a new cration, old things HAVE past away, behold, ALL things HAVE been made new. 2Cor 5:17 This truth, as well as His grace to avoid the old behaviors is available to you, Andy, if you believe what He says.
---sam7944 on 8/26/05

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Don't give up! Keep praying, it might be something that you need to deal with one day at a time. Don't be discouraged. The Lord will give you strength and guide you every day. When you have the urge to take a drink, call a friend(who doesn't drink), take a walk, just something to occupy yourself with so you won't drink.
---Melissa on 8/25/05

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