***FOR THOSE ADDICTED***
Years ago I was addicted to alcohol severely. Growing up, drugs and alcohol was as easy to get as candy even at a very young age. For me and my friends, heavy drinking and drug use was our form of bonding. We were taking all this substance, yet, there was no substance to it.
Everyday, get back from school, steal a 40oz of Micky's or a couple 32oz bottles of Miller High Life, go to our friend's house to smoke some joints while we were at it and tell the same stories we told the day before. How we scored with this girl or that girl, that fight we got into months ago, how we evaded the police at this time and that time... It was all just one big circle. We all felt invincible and that nothing could stop us especially since we had an abundance of street knowledge, which let me tell you is the most ignorant type of knowledge to have. Here's the best part though, we all came from families with a strong church background, yet, we were doing all of this nonsense.
Years later in my 20's, I made great money and partied like it was 1999. Alcohol, drugs and women were much more easier to get and I felt on top of the world. All my buddies from back in the neighborhood were still around me and we were still talking about the same exact stuff we talked about since we were kids. Nothing with substance, just doing everything the devil wants you to do which is not think of God and have him in your hearts.
The devil wants you to be an addict of that life. He wants you to be an addict of temptation, an addict of self, an addict of everything and anything to keep your relationship with God that much further away, a life with no substance, just like the conversations I've been having with my buddies throughout the years.
Then, in my 30's, I finally found Christ. Events and miracles happened in my life that I could not explain. Supernatural events that could not be answered. I had no choice but to let Jesus into my heart and the change in my life was literally night to day... Once I saw the light, my vision was clear, my heart grew, the joy in my life because of Jesus far exceeded any rush I had in my life. And for the first time, I felt like I had substance.
Since my 30's and going into my 40's, I couldn't help to share the good news to my buddies from back in the old neighborhood. One of them actually quit his old ways and came to Christ as well. Later on he told me that the way we were living was like the ways of Egypt. You gotta let go of that former slave life we had, slave life meaning all the substance abuse and slaves to it, and take our journey to the new land of hope that God has promised us. We just have to want it, want that relationship with God. That's all he wants! He wants to have a relationship with us, to be able to talk to us and really get into our lives just as any true father would.
But one of our other friends was still stubborn to submit. The addiction took control and he listened to the devil more than God. His skin and eyes started turning yellow, he got extremely skinny, hands were always clammy, and before you knew it, his stomach became more and more bloated. Next thing you know, the alcohol that took over his life then took his life and he died of liver failure. Plenty of people ignored the fact that he was sick and that the addiction was strong... they just kept passing him another drink. The beer turned into hard liquor and he was consuming bottles upon bottles of vodka daily. Only a few of us tried to help him but we couldn't keep our eyes on him every minute of the day. The only thing we could do is pray for him and try to get him to seek the truth. But now it's too late and the only thing we could do is pray for his spirit.
James 4:7 says, "Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you."
Submit yourself to God... That's all you have to do and once you do, the devil who once tempted you with any temptation you suffer from will no longer have authority. The bottles he passes to you will get slapped out of his hands by Jesus Christ and the substance that you consumed in the past will change to God's Holy spirit filling your life, your heart and your mind with the Joy he's been wanting to give you since the moment you were born. Praise be to God that one of the other friends we grew up with saw everything that happened, took a step back from his life to look at himself, looked at us and the joy we had, look at what happened to our other friend and where he's at now to only realize that he was following his exact footsteps and finally realized that was not the path he wanted to go. He submitted himself to God and today, his faith is stronger than most I've seen. And only God could do that! The devil realized that he had no more authority in his life, packed his bags and left. And to that, I say Amen! God is Good and I love the miracle he allowed us to witness with all of this.
If you believe that Jesus is our Lord and Savior, please share this with your friends and family.