There are many ways that God speaks to you, and my vampire story in the previous post shows each of these ways. Number one, through his written word, the Bible, through the Spirit, and through others. In the vampire example, God spoke to me through the Bible and the verse in Philippians. I knew that some of the movies that I watched with vampires as the lead characters were not true, worthy, pure, noble, right, or honorable. But one of my favorites, Underworld, did have noble qualities. Sometimes Satan will confuse us by mixing in some virtuous qualities so that he can turn around and deceive us into thinking it is acceptable. It took the spirit tugging away at me, my mother’s prayers, and a friend from church to open my eyes to the wrongness of vampires coated in the cloak of deception.
Take smoking marijuana as another example. I have a friend that is a Christian that believes that smoking weed is not opposing to his Christian beliefs. He even has a bible verse to back up his thinking (Genesis 1:29). Maybe he has forgotten the many verses on being obedient to laws. A couple verses that teach us to follow laws of the land are listed below:
Romans 13:1-5 — Be subject to the governing authorities because they are ordained by God (v1). To resist them is to resist the ordinance of God (v2). Government punishes evildoers; do good and you need not worry (v3,4). We must obey, not just because of the wrath of the ruler, but also for conscience’ sake (v5) — i.e., because God commanded us to obey.
1 Peter 2:13,14 — Submit to civil rulers “for the Lord’s sake” — not just to avoid being caught and punished by the ruler, but to please God. This applies to all laws — from criminal laws to traffic laws — and even when we think the laws are unreasonable. We must obey or stand condemned before God.
Acts 5:29 — We disobey only when obedience to civil law would involve us in disobeying Divine law.
Now, trust me, there will come a time when Christians must disobey laws in this land that would force us to go against the word of God. But this is not the case with getting high. Also, other than the simple fact that you are to obey the laws of the land, there is also the fact that you are to have the mind of Christ. We are to be formed into the likeness of Christ, our thoughts are to be his thoughts, as we are to be one with Christ.
God’s word is not the only guide to living a holy life. He also speaks through his Spirit, and that thing called intelligence. Can you really picture Jesus Christ preaching to 5000 high as a kite, “Blessed are those who are….wait what was I saying… how bout those fish and loaves?” No. Jesus had to stay alert and with a clear mind so that he could preach the gospel with accuracy and potency. You, as a follower of Christ, are called to do the same. We must stay sober minded as is instructed in God’s word:
Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.
1 Peter 5:8 ESV
The cloud of THC-high does not bring us closer to God. It may feel like it for a moment, but this is a deception. Yet another case of Satan mixing in some diluted virtue to confuse the minds of Christ’s followers. James Maynard (tool lead singer) was quoted in an interview as saying that drugs are a shortcut to spirituality, but even he admitted that there was a price, and that you become a slave to whatever drug you do. Eventually, you will have to escape with God’s help from that slavery of addiction. I watched my brother escape marijuana addiction, and it was one of the hardest things he has ever had to do.
But whoever did want him, who believed he was who he claimed and would do what he said, He made to be their TRUE SELVES, their child-of-God selves. John 1:12 (The Message)
God created us in His image. We were created to be selfless, loving, wise, good, kind, compassionate, and powerful. When my brother smoked pot everyday, he was lazy, selfish, and without motivation. God is none of these things. It wasn’t until I saw my brother turn into his true self, his child of god-self that I realized the effects of marijuana. The drug had made him partially numb, and the numbness was the root of many of his negative qualities.
I have smoked weed many times in my life, and although I can look back at some of the times and laugh, a large portion of me wants to cry. Why did I hold back from God and numb myself? If I had drawn nearer to God during that time, how much more ground could I have gained for His kingdom? How much more of Himself would I have had revelation of now? Many times while I was high, I would study God’s word, talk to people about God, or even sing praise songs. I know that may seem silly to some of you reading this, but nonetheless it is true. I was completely disrespecting God, and showing him through my disobedience that I did not love him. And yet, I sang praises to him in my disobedient clouded state. We are so deceived.
Something happened a few years later. I ministered to a man for 4 hours one night while high/rolling on ecstacy. I spent the next few days mourning what I had done. I had corrupted something so beautiful. God had been interceding so that I would tell this man about Christ. And one night, I fell victim to one of my past addictions, and polluted the message of God. What if I had done it God’s way? I still mourn that night and that decision. The girl that had a common pattern of speaking about God while high or drunk suddenly was penetrated to the core with conviction for the severity and wrongness of polluting something so pure.
We must seek truth as buried treasure. If we are seeking truth, then we will find it. And although we may be in sin, if we are seeking for light on that area of sin, then we are reaching for holiness, and God is able to look upon us in love. If you are in the snares of addiction to drugs, alcohol, cigarettes, sex, or homosexuality and you are unsure of God’s truth on the matter, seek truth. Call upon God to reveal to you not only the wrongness of sin, but the root of this sin in you. You see, God knows you better than anyone else. He knows every hair on your head, every cell in your body, every gene in your pool, every generational curse that has been passed down to you. If you seek Him, if you seek truth, you will find freedom.