Whom the Son Sets free is Free Indeed!
Freedom from Addictions
Thurs, 5-14, 2009 -- WhomtheSonsetsFree is free indeed.-Freedom from addiction
"And you shall know the truth and the Truth shall set you FREE!" John 8:32
I'd like to share this with you if you will allow me.This is a small part of my story. What in fact has become....... My "Testimony" of the love and Power of God through His only begotten Son, Jesus Christ that set me free when all other things failed. For I will never forget what He has done for the likes of me!
I began using cocaine as a "recreational user" -( what nice words we humans find to label our sins before G-d )- Actually I began using drugs at about 13 years of age. ------
For many years it was party time at the "OK Coral," If you get my meaning. For approximately....what? 20 of those years my addiction to drugs left me with such an increased higher tolerance level for them, in that I had to use larger amounts of that drug- to get "high" or at best achieve "relief"
I thought I was having fun, I at least had an "out" of my reality. But that "fun" was a state of mind and body that didn't last long at all in retrospect. As hard and as long as I truly tried on my own, and in MY own "power" for over app 20 years, I could NOT stop. I went to so many Rehabs- then to some -AA and NA meetings? Nothing worked with any lasting effect at all. I, through the choice of free will, at least in the beginning years, (with a lot of help from the delusions sent from the"god of this world") , dug the pit of my earthly hell deeper and deeper as time wore on. ---
Those years had indeed grown more agonizing under the weight of the bondage to those drugs my flesh had at first delighted in. Then over time I eventually turned around and hated them almost as much as I then hated my own flesh that had begun to betray me despite what "I" willed it to do. In this dilemma, I found myself with only one plausible answer it seemed; death by suicide. This, I thought, is the ONLY way I would ever be able to find my way outside of the "cocaine covered door". I tried this way several times in different ways, Some were pretty horrible. Yet it was not "I" who was in control of me but the spirit of addiction through the drugs I began on a fluke because the person I saw doing them seemed to be having such "fun!"
As you can plainly see? Here I still am. I, who with everything that was was in me, didn't want to live then? Am so overjoyed that I did now. For had I died in my lost/unsaved condition before God? I would be in a far worse place for all eternity than I'd ever walked, or crawled through, here on this earth wearing this temporary garment of flesh. It's a miracle I did survive a few of them. You see, it was God who saved me all those times--- from the death Satan wanted me to die so that I would be his, lock, stock, and barrel. An eternally tormented soul. He wants us to reject Jesus Christ and die lost so that we'll go to the real eternal hell from which there is NO escape. Believe me, I do not exaggerate.- There have been "things" i have seen that make me compelled to tell you demons are REAL-- and the hell Jesus warns us about so much in His Word is too.
Do I believe in miracles? Every time I look in a mirror! Every time the realization washes over me of what He has done! The Lord God through the Power of His Holy Spirit set the prisoner in me totally and completely Free. --"For whom the Son sets free is FREE indeed.".--" For you shall know the truth and the Truth shall set you free." John 8:32 )
I remember that last of the most desperate of all nights as I had come in off a nightmare 3 day crack-cocaine/ cocaine binge--Maybe 4 or more--dunno? --What I DO remember is that I KNOW that's the night He came into my life- my HEART. That's the night that I will never, ever, forget for the sheer joy that fills my soul knowing what a work He began in me that very night. It was as I cried out with a loud and anguished voice to Him upon my knees, then upon my face. Lying in my bedroom floor filled with an overwhelming sorrow for my sins that I committed against Him.. Filled with the desire of wanting so badly to change, yet knowing "I" was power-LESS to do that. Sobbing uncontrollably I sensed Him reaching down His hand towards mine as I was reaching uplifted ones towards Heaven crying out from the depths of my despair-- "Dear Lord God, Oh, Jesus! Please help me! I CAN'T!!--I can NOT do this!!
And He? What do you suppose this Savior did? He reached down to me with the love and compassion of God displayed through the Cross of the only begotten Son of God, Jesus the Christ, and He simply spoke into my spirit: " I can and I WILL"
And He has--and continues to do so every single day.. I am the most undeserving of creatures, of sinners? The Apostle Paul was wrong- For it was not he that was the most wretched of all, but I! But guess what? He came for people just like me, just like you. Just like all of "us'. The castaways--the drunks-the drug addicts. The derelicts that nobody else in the 'world" deems "viable" or "valuable". I'm here to tell you that there are many more addictions in the world today than drugs and alcohol. Many more prisons without bars. Prisons of the "flesh" Just because you cannot see the chains of someones bondage? Doesn't mean it's grasp doesn't grow deadlier and stronger with each passing day. We all wear masks. Which one do have on right now? There is only One that sees you right where you are. He's there for you, He loves you. He proved it. How much does He love you you may ask? He said "This much, as He stretched out His arms and died."
YES! Amazing Grace how SWEET the sound that saved a Wretch like ME!--He wants to save you too--doesn't promise it will be EASY? But He does Promise He will be here to walk with us EVERY step of the way Home.--God Bless you is my prayer-- and remember...."Ye shall know the Truth and the Truth shall make you Free." John 8:32
"For GOD so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son that whosoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life." (John 3:16)
"Jesus saith unto him, I AM the Way, the Truth and the life: no man comes unto the Father but by Me." (John 14:6) (New Testament verses)
I am a gratefully redeemed, washed clean in the blood of the Lamb, made new Christian. I've never been happier. Even on my worst of days. Thanks for letting me share and you too please share this, I will not mind at all. For after all it will Glorify the Lord and that's what it's ALL about! It is my fervent prayer that they, or you, will be helped. God Bless you is my prayer.
This would never have happened, my being freed from those chains that had me so tightly bound up in drug and alcohol addiction had it not been for the supernatural help of Jesus Christ. And I thank GOD, the Only One YHVH, every single day that I am no longer that wretched suffering soul any longer. Again, without Him, there would have never been freedom for me. Thank you. :). ❤ ✝ ❤
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