On December 31, 2007, while praying about our nation and the church for the year to come, the Lord spoke this word to my heart/spirit: “Be sober; don’t be intoxicated with self indulgence”. Meditating on this Word resulted in the following message.
To be intoxicated, as generally applied to use of alcohol or drugs, means to have the senses dulled; to have less discernment and awareness to your environment; to have a reduced reaction time; to have a loss of inhabitations to fleshly lusts which makes one vulnerable to sinful behavior. To be intoxicated by self indulgence does exactly the same thing spiritually; it opens the door to the “lusts” of the flesh; the “I want, I will
and I am” as listed in 1 John 2:15-16 .
1 John 2:15-16 - Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—is not of the Father but is of the world.
Too many believers today are so caught up in self indulgence that they have become
intoxicated by the cares of this life and the pursuit material things or riches; thus they have lost their sense of spiritual awareness and discernment, etc. Jesus gave a warning about such preoccupation when he gave the parable of the sowing of the seed:
Matthew 13:22 - He also that received seed among the thorns is he that heareth the word; and the care of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, choke the word, and he becometh unfruitful.
Jesus indicated that, at the time of His return, people will be preoccupied with self indulgence. He does not want His people in that condition, thus the warning, “Be sober; don’t be intoxicated with self indulgence”.
Matthew 24:37-39 – But as the days of Noe were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark, And knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.
I believe this warning to be primarily directed to the church. The reason is because “self indulgence” dulls our ability to discern errors, false doctrines and the many perils that currently exist in the church. Such conditions we are told will only increase as we draw closer to the return of Our Lord Jesus Christ as forewarned in the Bible.
Luke 21:34-36 – And take heed to yourselves, lest at any time your hearts be overcharged with surfeiting, and drunkenness, and cares of this life, and so that day
come upon you unawares. For as a snare shall it come on all them that dwell on the face of the whole earth. Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man.
The apostle Paul gave a similar warning:
Romans 13:11-14 - And that, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep: for now is our salvation nearer than when we believed. The night is far spent, the day is at hand: let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armour of light. Let us walk honestly, as in the day; not in rioting and drunkenness, not in chambering and wantonness, not in strife and envying. But
put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not provision for the flesh, to fulfill the lusts thereof.
1 Timothy 4:1 - Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils;
The proliferation of flesh appealing doctrines as taught in many churches today have brought about the very condition that the apostle warned about in his letter to Timothy.
2 Timothy 3:6-7 – For of this sort are they which creep into houses, and lead captive silly women laden with sins, led away with divers lusts, Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.
1 Timothy 6:3-6 - If any man teach otherwise, and consent not to wholesome words, even the words of our Lord Jesus Christ, and to the doctrine which is according to godliness; He is proud, knowing nothing, but doting about questions and strifes of
words, whereof cometh envy, strife, railings, evil surmisings, Perverse disputings of men of corrupt minds, and destitute of the truth, supposing that gain is godliness: from such withdraw thyself. But godliness with contentment is
Doctrines that build the “self”, that proclaim the success and prosperity of the believer, that God will not allow affliction, that He only wants you blessed, are very unbalanced teachings that go contrary to what Jesus and the apostles taught.
1 Timothy 6:9 - But they that will be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and hurtful lusts, which drown men in destruction and perdition.
Such self indulgent, self gratifying, self satisfying teachings, (the deceitfulness
of riches), are producing behavior in Christians that are exactly what Paul described:
2 Timothy 3:1-4 - This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For
men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, Traitors, heady, high-minded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God;
Paul even tells us what we should do regarding those who teach such misleading
2 Timothy 3:5 - Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.
Note: “the power thereof” refers to the failure to teach on repentance from sin and the cleansing power of the blood of Jesus.)
Clearly the apostle Paul is describing the state of the church in the last days
because where do you find a “form of godliness”, certainly not in the world – it is however found in the church. We are told to reject such teachings and those who teach them – “from such turn away”.
1 Timothy 6:11 - But thou, O man of God, flee these things; and follow after righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, meekness. (Notice that what we are to follow after lines up with the “Fruit of The Spirit” as listed in Galatians 5:22-23.)
This is a similar warning given to Israel of the Old Testament when they were told
not to mix with the ungodly heathen or adopt their beliefs and practices. Israel failed to obey and suffered the consequences. We are being warned about the same conditions today. Paul even told us what would be the result of those who did not obey – the “falling away” from sound doctrine:
2 Thessalonians 2:3 - Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition;
Saints, we have arrived at the prophesied time and we are experiencing exactly
what Jesus and the apostles warned us about. The Word of the Lord to the church requires us to REPENT, BE SOBER (alert, attentive, watching and praying) to be able to escape and endure such times. We are to conform to His image, not the image of the world which is what much of these self centered current doctrines produce.
“Be sober; don’t be intoxicated with self indulgence” – Word received from the Lord on December 31, 2007.