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  • Writer's picture DaRhon Conner, D.R.E.

Under the Influence

Updated: Nov 7, 2021

“18 And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit;” (Ephesians 5:18 King James Version).

Many of us have heard the phrase, under the influence on television or in real life when a police officer has pulled someone over for driving erratically. In the case of alcohol, a person is usually administered a breathalyzer test which tells officers how much alcohol is in their system. When the test confirms that a person has too much alcohol in their blood to drive safely, they are said to be under the influence. And this applies to any type of substance that has the ability to impair our judgment and/or motor functions.

In a previous article entitled, Submit to Resist, we talked about the Greek meaning of the word submit from the book of James 4:7 (submit to GOD and the devil will flee from us), which means to be subordinate or subject to another like a soldier reporting to their commanding officer for instructions.

When we speak or think while under the influence of alcohol, we're speaking and thinking what our commanding officer is telling us, not GOD, not Jesus, not the Holy Spirit, but it’s the liquor we’re listening to.

The Ephesians passage tells us not to be drunk because in that drunk place there is excess. We are told instead to be filled with the Holy Spirit. The Greek word for drunk means intoxicated, affected by alcohol or drugs where physical and mental control are clearly diminished (we lose control over our mind and body, wow)! And this is what leads to excess. Excess, in the Greek language, means unsavedness (sic), past saving, no restraint, excess. My goodness!

Alcohol takes the restraints off the flesh while the Holy Spirit keeps our flesh in check, but not when we’re high. If we’re full of alcohol then alcohol controls us. We literally act unsaved as if we never knew Christ. If anyone reading this has ever been drunk, high, or under the influence of any substance, you know the truth of that statement.

Some Effects of Being Full of Alcohol

“Wine is a mocker, strong drink is raging: and whosoever is deceived thereby is not wise.” (Proverbs 20:1 KJV) This means alcohol causes us to act and talk foolishly, to be argumentative, rude, insulting, loud, upset, prone to violence, and/or conflict, subject to deception because reality has been distorted, so we don’t really see what we think we do and we misinterpret information causing us to respond inappropriately. As the verse says, it is not wise to be under alcohol’s influence.

29 Who hath woe? who hath sorrow? who hath contentions? who hath babbling? who hath wounds without cause? who hath redness of eyes? 30 They that tarry long at the wine; they that go to seek mixed wine. 31 Look not thou upon the wine when it is red, when it giveth his colour in the cup, when it moveth itself aright. 32 At the last it biteth like a serpent, and stingeth like an adder. 33 Thine eyes shall behold strange women, and thine heart shall utter perverse things. 34 Yea, thou shalt be as he that lieth down in the midst of the sea, or as he that lieth upon the top of a mast. 35 They have stricken me, shalt thou say, and I was not sick; they have beaten me, and I felt it not: when shall I awake? I will seek it yet again. (Proverbs 23:29-35 KJV).

These verses tell us, in addition to what Proverbs 20 discussed, that alcohol also causes us not to remember the damage we caused or that was inflicted upon us, so much so that after a night of drinking to the point of blacking out, we wake up and want to do it all over again. Alcohol is a mocker indeed, stripping us of all wisdom and control, killing us while smiling in our faces and looking good doing it.

“21 For the drunkard and the glutton shall come to poverty: and drowsiness shall clothe a man with rags.” (Proverbs 23:21 KJV).

Alcohol is a depressant and a poison. It slows the body’s metabolic processes and puts us to sleep while the body works to flush and cleanse our system. Drunks are unable to get anything accomplished. After drinking, they’re somewhere sleeping it off. Productivity is diminished, and as a result the bank account, health, relationships, etc. suffer.

Some Effects of Being Full of the Holy Spirit

Yet, if we’re full of the Holy Spirit then He controls us.

“26 But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.” (John 14:26 KJV).

“16 Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?” (1 Corinthians 3:16 KJV).

“11 But when they shall lead you, and deliver you up, take no thought beforehand what ye shall speak, neither do ye premeditate: but whatsoever shall be given you in that hour, that speak ye: for it is not ye that speak, but the Holy Ghost.” (Mark 13:11 KJV).

“2 As they ministered to the Lord, and fasted, the Holy Ghost said, Separate me Barnabas and Saul for the work whereunto I have called them.” (Acts 13:2 KJV).

“27 And I will put my spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes, and ye shall keep my judgments, and do them.” (Ezekiel 36:27 KJV).


So, what does all this mean? It means don’t talk, don’t call anybody, don’t act on thoughts, just sleep it off after a bout of drinking. Acting on alcohol influenced thoughts = alcohol influenced actions = negative results.

And this applies for any mind-altering substances, from marijuana to cocaine, whippets, abuse of prescription medicine, and everything in between. If our mind is altered then we are no longer in control. We have a mind-altered view of the world. Our thoughts and behaviors are in the hands of the substance. That’s frightening, and not a good place to be.

We’re also selling ourselves cheap by turning over control of our fearfully and wonderfully made bodies and minds to something that does not have our best interest in mind, to something that seeks to steal, kill, and destroy. And what do we get in return? A few moments of being high, destroyed brain cells, impaired health, a hijacked mind and body, all in the name of a good time? That right there sounds mind-altered.

As the book of Romans so eloquently and accurately says, “21 What fruit had ye then in those things whereof ye are now ashamed? for the end of those things is death.” (Romans 6:21 KJV). What good came from indulging in those things that makes us feel bad when we look back on how we used to be caught up? In the end, our health and mind truly suffered, as well as those we hurt along the way.

What better way for satan to distract us than to keep us out of our right mind so that we are unable to yield to the Holy Spirit Who has all power and authority over the enemy, and Who lives in us. What better way for satan to escape being cast out of our lives and defeated than to keep us away from the power of GOD living inside us.

The Holy Spirit is the only One Who has our best interests in mind, being part of the GODHEAD. That’s why we’re told to be filled with Him instead of anything else that would do us harm. Miracles, signs, wonders, abilities, gifts, etc., all come through the Holy Spirit. He makes it all possible.

As the verses above point out, the Holy Spirit gives us the words to say, brings us comfort, reminds us of Christ’s teachings, tells us exactly what to do for the LORD, cleanses and empowers our bodies, and makes sure we are aligned with the words and character of GOD. He is GOD dwelling within that sinks in (GOD dwelling within us), why would we ever want anyone or anything other than the LORD guiding our steps, speaking to our minds, or having any amount of control over us?

“10 The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.” (John 10:10 KJV).

Let’s choose life today, family. And everything we need will be given to us as we obey the Holy Spirit. It's way easier said than done, but through persevering prayer and utter dependence on GOD, the LORD will work in us to will and do all HIS good pleasure (Philippians 2:13). Be blessed.

“28 The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you. Amen.” (1 Thessalonians 5:28 KJV).

How to be Saved

Romans 10: 9-13

That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. 10 For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. 11 For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed. 12 For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him. 13 For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved (KJV).

9 If you openly declare that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For it is by believing in your heart that you are made right with God, and it is by openly declaring your faith that you are saved. 11 As the Scriptures tell us, “Anyone who trusts in him will never be disgraced.” 12 Jew and Gentile are the same in this respect. They have the same Lord, who gives generously to all who call on him. 13 For “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved” (NLT).

Say the welcoming word to God—“Jesus is my Master”—embracing, body and soul, God’s work of doing in us what he did in raising Jesus from the dead. That’s it. You’re not “doing” anything; you’re simply calling out to God, trusting him to do it for you. That’s salvation. With your whole being you embrace God setting things right, and then you say it, right out loud: “God has set everything right between him and me!” 11-13 Scripture reassures us, “No one who trusts God like this—heart and soul—will ever regret it.” It’s exactly the same no matter what a person’s religious background may be: the same God for all of us, acting the same incredibly generous way to everyone who calls out for help. “Everyone who calls, ‘Help, God!’ gets help. (MSG).

Romans 5:8

8 But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. (KJV)

8 But God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners. (NLT)

It is your belief that saves you, family. If you believe, you will speak what you believe and not be ashamed or embarrassed to do so, whether you are alone or among others. Simply talk to GOD. Say aloud to God:

“I confess all my sin known and unknown, and ask You, GOD, to forgive me. I believe Jesus was born of a virgin, crucified, died for my sins, and rose from the dead. Jesus, come into my heart and make me new in You. Save me, Lord! Jesus, you are Lord. Be Lord over my life. Thank You, GOD for Your forgiveness. Thank You, Jesus, for making me Your own. Amen.”

You are now saved. You may not feel different or you may. Just know that the internal change is taking place once you uttered that prayer in faith. Day by day, you will begin to be transformed into whom GOD wants and created you to be. You will care more about the things of GOD than your own personal desires, and you will want to share the word of GOD when you have the opportunity. Begin to read your bible daily, and learn about GOD's will for your life. If you are not already a member of a local church, I encourage you to pray and allow GOD to guide you to the right fellowship for you. The pastor will help you grow in your gifts and talents so that you can begin to use them for GOD’s glory, and you and the other members will encourage and help each other along this journey with GOD.

The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen.

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