Joel 1:5 Awake, you drunkards, and weep; wail, all you drinkers of wine, because of the [fresh] sweet juice [of the grape], for it is cut off and removed from your mouth.
The alcoholic has problems with spiritual insight, much less caring about spiritual matters. God is telling them in this verse that they need to wake up! You want to shake them and say, “Wake up and look at your life! Look at what you are doing to your family and loved ones! Consider your ways!”
Every day as you are fighting to get out of these patterns, command your mind to wake up. Fight against the anaesthetic mind. This feels like a veil over the mind. It’s like you’re awake, but drugged. Break off all of the steel caps on the mind that blocks your thinking.
We know that every time you drink, you are killing brain cells. You may say, “Well, I wasn’t using them anyway,” My response to that would be that you don’t have that many to lose. You need all that you can get. Tell your mind to wake up every morning, until your mind begins to function.
If God could raise a dead body back to life, He could bring back all of the dead brain cells that you killed.
Pray thus: Lord every brain cell that I killed by my use of alcohol, I command back to life, in the Name of the Lord Jesus Christ!
You can restore your mind by reclaiming and casting these spirits out and asking God to heal all damage you have done to your body.
The biggest battle will be with the strong man of Denial. You need to learn to recognize them. You must apply scripture to the ungodly patterns of the mind, disagree with them, take back any ground given and then get prayer on that area. This process can be very lengthy because you need to learn to identify the enemy.
Be very wary of those who proclaim, “speak and it’s done deliverance.” We have never found this to be the case in order to get to the stronger deeper entrenched emotions. The enemy will simply not give up without a fight even though we have superior weapons in the Name and Blood of Jesus. Consider instead, God’s mercy of not setting someone free from an enemy in which they haven’t learn to recognize it yet.
If God allowed, “speak and it’s done prayer,” how would you stand against them when they try and return, if you couldn’t recognize and discern the lies of the enemy while inside of you. Your last state would be worst than the first.
God in His mercy will delay your freedom until you learn to battle, recognize and defeat the enemy while on the inside. This takes time but ultimately gives lasting deliverance. This is also in keeping with Biblical pictures of warfare where God had the children of Israel defeat the “internal enemy” in the Promised Land.
Credits: Amanda Buys