And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit. (Ephesians 5:18)
Being intoxicated by a substance changes ones entire behavior. Scripture tells us that believers should be intoxicated, spiritual alcoholics, addicted to the Holy Spirit, which changes our behavior.
(Which reminds me of one of my favorite descriptions of a person in the Bible, 1 Corinthians 16:15, “ye know the house of Stephanas. . . and that they have addicted themselves to the ministry of the saints.” That’s cool.)
We are to be Spiritaholics. I thought it would be interesting to look up a list of symptoms of alcoholism and compare that to some of the believers in Scripture as well as instruction given to believers now. Thought it was interesting, probably not fascinating or even biblically consistent, but interesting nonetheless.
Of course, instead of drinking the concept would be doing spiritual things.
Drinking alone or in secret
But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret
he departed again into a mountain himself alone.
Not remembering conversations or commitments
forgetting those things which are behind,
Losing interest in activities and hobbies that used to bring pleasure
Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ
Feeling a need to drink
1 Peter 2:2
desire the sincere milk of the word,
Keeping alcohol in unlikely places at home, at work or in the car
1 Timothy 2:8
I desire therefore that men pray everywhere
Having legal problems or problems with relationships, employment or finances
Suppose ye that I am come to give peace on earth? I tell you, Nay; but rather division: 52For from henceforth there shall be five in one house divided, three against two, and two against three.
So likewise, whoever of you does not forsake all that he has cannot be My disciple.
Unexplained mood swings
let your laughter be turned to mourning, and your joy to heaviness.
[He saw them] mending their nets; and he called them. 22And they immediately left the ship and their father, and followed him.
Losing interest in social activities
2 Timothy 2:16
But shun profane and idle babblings, for they will increase to more ungodliness.
Neglect of physical appearance
John had his raiment of camel’s hair, and a leathern girdle about his loins; and his meat was locusts and wild honey.
he hath no form nor comeliness; and when we shall see him, there is no beauty that we should desire him.