Learning how to live without drugs is learning to walk in the Spirit. I remember sitting on my couch complaining about how sore I was from work and my mother said, “That’s how working people feel. You’ve just been numb for so long you can’t handle it yet.” I don’t think she knows how profound that was to me.

Living in the flesh means we get to act out when we are hurting or agitated. Walking in the Spirit means we get to feel the same pain and temptation but we don’t act up. This is only possible when Christ is living within. Left to myself I would surely run for the cover of some substance but thank God he has the ability to bring comfort, patience and even joy in the midst of the trial.

In Galatians 5 we read a long ugly list of things that are called “works” or “deeds” of the flesh. Included in the list are drunkenness and revelings which were two of my favorites. If I could get drunk or high on drugs it seemed I could get through the day but if not things never ended well. The one thing that always eluded me though was real joy and if you keep reading you’ll discover why.

Paul goes from the “deeds” of the flesh to the “fruit” of the Spirit. He says the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, long-suffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance.” This of course is the list I was looking for but had been tricked for so long thinking that doing what I wanted to do would bring them. The truth of the matter is that we only get to enjoy them if the Spirit of God is in charge. The drugs and alcohol are merely a cheap counterfeit.

When tempted to partake in fleshly solutions now I back up in my spirit and remember those things work for a moment but they bring with them all sorts of bad results. The Holy Spirit on the other hand has only pure and Godly results. Remember: There is no high like the Most High!

Written by Louie



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