Spiritual Sobriety like regular sobriety deals with effective and healthy ways of handling yourself in the world. That being said spiritual sobriety differs in that it goes way deeper than your bones and way beyond your skin!

Pastor David Martin says; “When we think of someone who is not sober we often think of a drunkard or a drug addict. Such a person is said to be physically under the influence or control of alcohol or drugs and therefore not in their right state of mind. Because an intoxicated person’s mind is impaired his/her five physical senses become impaired. Consequently, such a person becomes vulnerable to a multitude of hazards that can result in injury even death and in some instances injury or death to others.”

Pastor Martin defines spiritual sobriety in this way; “Spiritual insobriety exists among those whose minds are under the influence of other things besides the Word of God. . . . anything influencing our minds over and above the Word of God can become a factor which results in our being intoxicated in a spiritual sense. In such a condition a believer’s ability to spiritually discern self and/or surroundings in the light of the Word of God becomes impaired.”

The Bible tells us; “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour” (1 Peter 5:8) The world is full of distractions that entice people away from sobriety.   There are lots of ways to enlightenment, empowerment and success offered up in the guise of spiritual awakenings, many of them have a bit of truth in them to provide a little legitimacy.

Step programs all claim that giving your life over to ‘a higher power’ is crucial to becoming sober physically and spiritually. Wikipedia says; “In current twelve-step program usage a higher power can be anything at all that the member believes is adequate. Reported examples include their twelve-step group, Nature, consciousness, existential freedom, God, science, Buddha. It is frequently stipulated that as long as a higher power is “greater” than the individual, then the only condition is that it should also be loving and caring”

The problem is that there are many higher powers. This is ok when things are going great but what happens when a person inevitably hits a rough spot? Will your higher power help you understand or give you hope? And which higher power is better – yours even though you’re in trouble or the next guy’s who is doing great? Mayby you hitched your cart to the wrong higher power. You start chasing bigger better higher powers.

The Bible tells us what spiritual sobriety really looks like; “we all come to such unity in our faith and knowledge of God’s Son that we will be mature in the Lord, measuring up to the full and complete standard of Christ.  Then we will no longer be immature like children. We won’t be tossed and blown about by every wind of new teaching. We will not be influenced when people try to trick us with lies so clever they sound like the truth.” (Ephesians 4:13,14)

For a person in recovery ‘being tossed about by every wind’ is deadly. It creates doubt and threatens your stability Scripture calls this condition ‘double mindedness’; “the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. That person should not expect to receive anything from the Lord. Such a person is double-minded and unstable in all they do.” (James 1:6-8) If you’re full of self-doubt, double minded and searching for a better god you become inattentive. And you do live in a world where spiritual forces are seeking your destruction.

Pastor Martin leaves us with a very sobering caution; “Insobriety impairs the believer, while inattentiveness exposes the believer to the enemy. These two elements work together to provide the enemy an unguarded opportunity to tempt one to sin. Such spiritual carelessness in a believer’s life is costly.”

Stick with God’s Word; “All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right.” (2 Timothy 3:16)

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