"The Promise Fulfilled" ~ Part Twelve ~

"When you say to the Mountain be thou removed"

As you and I have blindly flung open the doorways to our souls through our own fleshly desires, Satan and his demons, gleefully and with malevolent intent, seize each and every opportunity we have so foolhardily given to them. And they strike, as they plan the deceptions which they will give to their victims to feed upon as time goes on. The many detours which will be presented to us in the course of our lives will be those which will inevitably only take us further down what began as the “yellow brick road adventure” of our lives. And into a living torment of mind, body, soul and spirit.

Not everyone will become an addict, but the odds are you will, and why take that chance with your own life, your sanity, and yes, your eternal soul?

I expect to face lots of arguments about the ideas and beliefs that I have, over time, come to the realization of. These are conclusions which I have come to only after spending a lifetime locked within the bars of a cold and dark world. I figure that I have earned the right to speak out about that which I have personally lived through. And subsequently conquered solely by the mercy, grace and gift of God through Jesus Christ. To Him alone belongs all the glory, praise and honor forevermore.

If men could just come to the truthful illumination that all we really need to become overcomers of any and everything is faith in God, why just think of all the freedom and deliverance's which could be had! All Rehabilitation Centers and Detoxification programs would become Christ - centered and be able to assure all of their clients a 100% success rate in Christ Jesus. Not merely abstinence for varying periods of time according to the number of meetings we were able to attend in a 90 day span. Now I am in no wise putting them down or denigrating what they offer and do for they speak of a “Higher Power." It’s just the individuals free will choice as to whom or what that “higher power” will be. Which is as it should be, God Himself gave us free will choice. One guy I heard at one of those meetings say his was his doorknob. He was probably being sarcastic but at the same time I bet you Satan loves that!

As far as Alcoholics Anonymous' is concerned the respective Doctor’s Bill and Bob knew that without God it can not be done at all. Not permanently nor with joy in fellowship. It’s simply not possible when you are bound by a substance or a chemical compound that reaches far beyond the human will. I believe that I stated earlier that is not merely flesh and blood which we fight against:

The Armor of God:


"Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of His might. Put on the full armor of God, so that you will be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places. Therefore, take up the full armor of God, so that you will be able to resist in the evil day, and having done everything, to stand firm. Stand firm therefore, having girded your loins with truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; in addition to all, taking up the shield of faith with which you will be able to extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. With all prayer and petition pray at all times in the Spirit, and with this in view, be on the alert with all perseverance and petition for all the saints." {Ephesians 6:10-18}

One can see what a Roman coat of armor looked like here. Google one on the internet and you will see that’s probably why the Apostle Paul described it the way he did so that we could picture how their armor left them without vulnerability to their enemies.

Through Christ and with Christ ALL things are possible. So when winning against the “god” of this world and his hold upon us through substances, chemicals and liquids seems impossible to us, for even our own minds does he seem to hold captive at times? Good News, all things are possible for him and her who believes! Jesus came to set us FREE.

“The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me because He anointed Me to preach the Gospel to the poor. He has sent Me to proclaim release to the captives, and recovery of sight to the blind, to set free those who are oppressed.” Luke 4:18}

"I can do all things through Him who strengthens me." {Philippians 4:13}

But He said, “The things that are impossible with people are possible with God.” {Luke 18:27}

We surely will be set free by the Power of the One and the only Living God of all creation!

I’m not telling you that temptations will not arise, they most certainly will and they do for the remainder of our earthly lives. The thing is that we will find ourselves not at their beck and call anymore as long as we are following Christ and being obedient so that His Power will reside within our hearts uninterrupted and unimpeded by sins we may commit from time to time as we yield to the flesh instead of the Spirit.

The fact remains though, that as the fallible fleshly creatures that we are, we still do not have to yield to the flesh instead of the Spirit if we will just become partakers of the Truth. So that now inside each and every child of God, through Christ Jesus, we have residing inside of us the accessibility to the Power of God to quell those fiery darts and arrows even as they fly at us. Satan is going to try at every turn to thwart the children of God as they attempt to live for Him. Satan’s not about to let us go without a fight and in fact, he will never stop fighting to get us back. He’ll pull out all the stops in his assault to trip us up and make us start all over again or in hopes that he will discourage us so much in one of our moments of weakness that we will just stop trying.

After all, it is really Lucifer, aka Satan, that we have really been serving by the destructive lifestyles choices that became habits and then evolved into addictions which we ourselves chose to partake of in the beginning.

He will never cease to place various temptations in front of us, yet never in the same way will they come twice. For having failed to trip us up once in a particular way he will approach us by another means, or person even. He knows our personal weaknesses as he has studied each and everyone of us from birth, rather not him but his demons who work on this earth for him to report to him their success or failure at tripping us up. Like God had Messenger Angels Satan mimics God by having his demons who serve him here on this earth in governments and in peoples personal lives as well.

My point here is that never as long as this earth exists in it’s present form under earthly government will there come a time for humanity that Satan will cease to set temptations before men to commit evil and thusly sin against God.

But God has given us a promise concerning temptations, just as He has with every other situation that we will find ourselves facing in this life:

"No temptation has overtaken you but such as is common to man; and God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will provide the way of escape also, so that you will be able to endure it." {1 Corinthians 10:13}

Needless to say I used to say this one a lot and I need to begin doing so again as I am fighting the battle anew with nicotine!

The differences in the temptations which we face now is that we, if in fact we do, belong to God in Christ Jesus our Lord. He has purchased us for a price too precious to measure. When I was using all the drugs and other things it certainly wasn’t the Lord God I was serving, but Satan himself.

I can clearly see the forest now that the “trees” are out of the way. The “trees” were cut down by my total faith in the Master Lumberjack. If you will allow yourself to have that small amount of faith which Jesus speaks of in Matthew 17:20, you too will be able to speak, with no doubt in your heart, to the very mountain which stands before you in your own life which in the natural you see as an insurmountable obstacle: “be thou removed and cast into the sea.”

And He said to them, “Because of the littleness of your faith; for truly I say to you, if you have faith the size of a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move; and nothing will be impossible to you." {Matthew 17:20}

Command it, in Jesus’ name, to MOVE and it shall be done if you do not doubt in your heart and trust Jesus to do that exactly as He has said in His Word. God is not a man that He should lie nor a son of man that He should repent:

“God is not a man, that He should lie, Nor a son of man, that He should repent; Has He said, and will He not do it? Or has He spoken, and will He not make it good? {Numbers 23:19}

You too can become an overcomer if you so wish to be one. The victory has already been won on your behalf, just as it has and will continue to be in my own life as I yield my will to the perfect Will of God. I’d be lying to you if I said I have never gotten my eyes off of Jesus and onto my problems and thought that I could do it all on my own. Even knowing as I do what He can do in me, I still fail. And probably will from time to time as my life is lived out here in this earthen vessel of flesh and bone. I’m saying that I don’t have to fail, nor do you, it all depends on the status of our individual relationships with our Lord. You and I simply have to walk in faith and trust Him and take Him at His Word. I'm not saying that it is always easier either, but it is better.

The only person who will continue to fail on a regular basis will be the one who will not allow himself or herself to seek help from the One who came so that we might have life and have it to it’s fullest measure. So that you and I could have life more abundantly:

So Jesus said to them again, “Truly, truly, I say to you, I AM the door of the sheep. All who came before Me are thieves and robbers, but the sheep did not hear them. I AM the door; if anyone enters through Me, he will be saved, and will go in and out and find pasture. The thief-(Satan)- comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly.”

“I AM the good shepherd; the good shepherd lays down His life for the sheep. He who is a hired hand, and not a shepherd, who is not the owner of the sheep, sees the wolf -(Satan and his false teachers)-coming, and leaves the sheep and flees, and the wolf snatches them and scatters them. He flees because he is a hired hand and is not concerned about the sheep. I am the good shepherd, and I know My own and My own know Me.” {John 10:7-14}

As I am sure that you who may be reading this already know, drugs and alcohol are physically, mentally and emotionally addictive. Even the behavior which form into habits can be addictive in themselves.

Any form of addiction will be used to smother the spirit which makes up part of your triuneness i.e. body, soul and spirit. The addiction takes over the person whom we each were created by God to be, and will, in time, siphon out our very souls. Little by little and inch by unnoticed inch they will deaden the humanness of our humanity. I give witness to you that drugs, alcohol and the men that came along with them did this in my own life.

They do this in effect by taking over control of every aspect of the person who had only intended in the beginning to just for the sheer “fun” of it, decid to give them a try out in the first place to see what they were like. To investigate for myself like I did that fateful day to see for myself what all the hullabaloo was all about, after all I said to myself that day “what can it hurt?”

Thirty-six plus years later I am writing this to tell you that it ended up hurting a whole helluva lot. I didn’t just hurt myself either. By deciding to take a break from life as I knew it I made a totally inept and uninformed choice to experiment with drugs because, after all, everyone else was doing the same thing. It pays to be a leader and not just a follower. By that I mean it takes courage to say no when everybody else is hollering yes.

When I was young I do not recall being warned about any of the pitfalls that come from a lifestyle of using and abusing drugs and alcohol. Or the fact of how easily one’s initial use of them can reach out and grab a hold of you and before you know it some 30 odd years later you wake up and wonder what the heck happened? Where did all the years go? The people whom I remember having loved before drugs entered the scene of my life, where did they go? Many of them had died while I walked about in a drugged haze and alcoholic stupor, too late to tell them I was sorry for all of the things that I had done which hurt them. Especially the ones to whom I had been the one to introduce them to drugs.

And what about all that money that I threw away like yesterday’s garbage? All of it wasted and for what? NOTHING! All for the almighty ultimate “high” that my flesh wanted and craved. And sow to that flesh I did which winded up leaving me feeling so very lost, helpless and all alone.

I don’t know that it would really have made any difference to me had I heard during my formative years any dire warnings about booze, drugs and sexual promiscuity from a television screen…I think maybe, but there is no way for me to know. Today, thank GOD, there are warnings from every arena possible I think, I hope. Except for Hollywood who glamorizes everything while failing to tell of the tolls taken on human lives for what they so witlessly advertise on their many faceted screens.

I’m fairly sure though, that had I been educated some kind of impact upon my young psyche would have been had. I believe that education today can play a pivotal role and also inspire some type of culpability for our actions and would have a moral impact as well.

I cannot help but believe that it is an important issue and that we should do all that we can to ensure that some real education, before the fact, concerning this plague, yes I did say PLAGUE, upon mankind happens. I believe today that it is necessary for our children and our grandchildren to be educated about the very real perils of abuse of all kinds. In our Governmental leadership. In our schools and in our Churches as well. Not to mention television, movies, DVD’s and games too. I mean they have no problem brainwashing them against God in these ways, so why can they not share in the responsibility to do something RIGHT for them for a change. Forewarned is forearmed is it not? At least some type of armor is better than no armor for them at all.

As I’ve shared, at first I enjoyed the effects that drugs, alcohol and sexual misconduct had upon me. I’m sure we all did or we wouldn’t have sought them out for a repeat performance. It just seemed like the thing to do in the 60’s and being raised up in the 60’s and 70’s it seemed the most natural of things to “go with the flow” as it were. To opt to check out from our own individual harsh realities, whatever those realities may or may not have been for each of us.

I chose instead to make it through life with a cushion of sorts, an escape “valve” from some thing, situation or person only to discover that had I hung on a little while longer my situation would have changed for nothing in this life stays the same forever. Although I figured, and you may too, that simply to “escape” into what appears, for all intents and purposes at first, to be a type of fantasy land was simply the best alternative there was for me in my situation at the time. After all, I told myself, everybody's doing it. Sadly a lot of people still are today and that grieves my very soul for them all.

The thing is that some of the twenty-first century’s drugs have become harder for some people to “kick”. Because of these things I sit here before my computer hoping against hope that my story, my testimony, will eternally impact some someone out there somewhere. Could that someone be you? I pray so!

Yet…the throngs of addicts who fit every economical level by which the government uses to identify us have increased. The same people who suffer from these new and various addictions to unimaginable before drugs nonetheless endure the exact same symptoms as I myself did. And you too if you are an addict of any kind. Addiction worldwide is much more prevalent in the year 2013 as I fulfill my promise to God as I strive forward to finish writing this labor of love. It grows worse and not better. At the heart of all of it is a spiritual problem.

And so it remains even more truthful a statement that the drugs, especially the street drugs concocted from this or that ingredient in somebody’s microwave or bathtub, are even more detrimental to people’s lives, souls and psyches as the people who concoct them by their avarice and greed for money exponentially increases as well. Many have died from the first use of this or that drug, and some have taken other lives along with them.

It is my prayer to the Father that He will continue to give to me the courage, strength and tenacity I will need so that I shall see this work through to it’s completion, no matter how painful or difficult it will undoubtedly become at times as memories of regret at some of the things which I have done in my past assail my conscience. Even though I know that I have been forgiven through the Son. In God I do trust as I continue to do my best at this labor of love for Him and for you.

As our Lord aids me in this tribute and testimony of His faithfulness and love, I have no question in my heart that the success of my venture of “fulfilling the promise” to Him will indeed be done. With the accomplishment of that and placing it somewhere where it might be read by some questioning and suffering soul, the rest is up to Him. I pray for your willingness to seek Jesus out for your own self. If you do so you will never regret the choice of making Jesus your Lord and Savior I promise you! Rather He does and His Word you can always count on.

For I attest to you that through God’s one and only Son the same absolute Power He pours into the hearts and lives of His children will enable you too to endure, and much more that that, to succeed! I further attest that this same Holy Spirit indwelling Power that becomes yours at the exact moment of your decision to make Him your own Lord will enable you to overcome any type of addiction sent by Satan upon the multitudes of the creation of our Almighty God.

We must trust Jesus for our salvation and commit our ALL to Him. Then you and I can say with the Apostle Paul, “I KNOW IN WHOM I HAVE BELIEVED”…..

"For this reason I also suffer these things, but I am not ashamed; for I know whom I have believed and I am convinced that He is able to guard what I have entrusted to Him until that day." {2 Timothy 1:12}

more to come.....

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