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Be Alert and of Sober Mind

Posted on 8/2/2018 by Stacy Mal

The single greatest thing we can do to fight the evil of addiction....

When I first heard this song, I cried. And I mean, I cried HARD. Demi released this song one month before she over-dosed. As I listened to it I saw soooo many faces of loved ones. I heard their voices in the lyrics. Voices of those who are gone now, who I can’t hear in person anymore. And I saw the faces of those still spiraling, still fighting, still singing this heart-wrenching and haunting ballad of addiction…

Addiction…. It is pure evil. Those of you who’ve looked it in the face, you know exactly what I mean. It’s like an atomic bomb in Satan’s arsenal… a tool the devil uses to steal hearts, ruin lives, and destroy whole families and towns in catastrophic numbers. “Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.” (1 Peter 5:8)

In some circles addiction is protected by numbers, though. It’s condoned, overlooked, excused (even by those in authority)—because misery loves company. So, souls hide in their circles and are devoured at ever-increasing rates. Those of us watching it happen, who were dragged into the battle by our hearts, are wondering what now can be done to combat it, because it seems to be a hopeless epidemic.

But… Jesus did not leave us empty handed on the battlefield. We are not powerless. He told us the weapon to use to combat this evil. "This kind can be cast out only with prayer and FASTING," He said. (Mark 9:29) I believe in my heart that addiction is one of those "kinds" of evils. So, that’s what I’m doing tomorrow (Friday). I’m fasting for all those being held captive in the devil’s camp by the chains of addiction. I’m praying for the sober intoxification of the spirit that they may be released, and the Lord may renew the face of the earth.

If you have read this post or listened to this song and you feel led in your heart, I’m begging you to join me tomorrow. Get a group together in your own circle, in your own town. I feel very strongly this is the only way we can fight this.