Proverbs 20:1 WINE IS a mocker, strong drink a riotous brawler; and whoever errs or reels because of it is not wise.
What a loaded sentence! Let’s look at everything that is in here.
Wine is a mocker.
Often during a deliverance meeting there will be people who have this uncontrollable urge to laugh and cackle and to make fun. This is where you find these mocking spirits coming from. Alcohol and drugs, especially marijuana often manifest in hysterical laughter with no apparent stimuli. The spirits of Antichrist or drug spirits will also mock those leading the deliverance prayer.
Strong drink is a riotous brawler.
This is where alcoholic rage comes from. The alcoholic can’t take any pressure at all in their life and they just blow up into fits of rage and anger for almost no reason at all. In these verses we see spirits of rage, strong drink, and mockery. A constant low level anger often has its roots in alcoholic patterns.
Whosoever is deceived thereby is not wise.
Here we see deception. This is where the strong man of denial comes in. The strong man of the Alcoholic Syndrome is Denial. “I don’t have a problem, this is your problem.” Anytime someone says this, a simple look into their background will confirm the presence of the destructive spirits of alcohol or drugs in their lives. The person living in denial will always have an excuse or reason for the destruction, claiming it as temporary. We also see the spirits of stupor, stupidity, not wise, and foolishness. This group of spirits lodge in the mind and are introduced by alcohol and protected by Denial.
Also evident is the Curse of Atheism. People who have had the Drug and Alcohol Syndrome working in their lives, have a hard time coming to the Lord or walking with Him in trust and faith until this curse is broken and deliverance received.
Psalms 14:1 THE [empty-headed] fool has said in his heart, There is no God.
Here is another verse that references foolishness under drinking. Do you see the connection with foolishness and the person thinking, “there is no God. I don’t have to serve God.”
This makes it very hard for a person to follow the Lord until these spirits are dealt with. Denial will then couple up with doubt and unbelief to deal a one-two knockout punch to the faith of the young Christian so that they run away from help The spirit of denial causes a person to be unable to take correction.
The alcoholic can’t take anyone coming to them and trying to help them with any of their problems. The alcoholic will always claim that the problems are, “out there.” “It’s that boss I have,” or “I’ve just had a bunch of bad breaks.”
The problem to them is never personal responsibility. “Why do I need to confess my sins or come before the Lord?” Instead, the alcoholic says, “Lord, it’s that wife / husband you gave me.” To them the problem is always elusive and out there somewhere.
Habakkuk 2:5 Moreover, wine and wealth are treacherous; the proud man [the Chaldean invader] is restless and cannot stay at home. His appetite is large like that of Sheol and [his greed] is like death and cannot be satisfied; he gathers to himself all nations and collects all people as if he owned them.
Here is the best description of the alcoholic and drug addict that I have ever found. Here we see spirits of Transgression, Rebellion against the Lord, and Pride.
Cannot stay at home … “
How many alcoholics have a real nice home life? Usually they are always running around with friends down to the watering hole, leaving the children behind, letting the television and the pizza be the babysitter, and dodging all responsibility of home or family.
This is the fruit of drugs and alcohol and God hates this and wants us to recognize the danger in it. It is good to remember that as was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things (1st Corinthians 13:11). The alcoholic is often told to grow up, but they find it impossible without deliverance.
Credits: Amanda Buys.