A New Creation
Most of my friends and family know what God has done for this sinner. I've had this testimony somewhat hidden on my Facebook about page. I decided to bring His story to my front page where it belongs. He is glorified, not me! Yet another story of truth that God exists!!!! This is not a "look at what I did" story, but a "Look at who HE is" story. Praise God!
Here is "one" of my mugshots in addiction and a mugshot nine months after coming to Christ. Our Father is mighty!!!
My testimony, HIS Story~*
I am a believer and follower of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. This story is HIS story! Another story that screams the truth that God exists! He certainly blessed me, but in His infinite love and wisdom, through me He has revealed Himself! My honour and obligation as a follower of Christ is to be a disciple and make disciples and to spread the Gospel!
Fifteen years ago I led a life of pure selfishness and destruction. I was an alcoholic; a cocaine addict, a liar and a thief. They said that I was beyond help. I was a daily drinker, user and abuser. I destroyed everything I touched, including my precious family. I attempted suicide more times than I can count or remember. I was in and out of jails and mental wards. I slept in crack hotels and spent time on the streets. I was a hot mess and felt that I was not even worthy of God??s love. In reality HE LOVED ME FIRST! The best thing that my family did for me was to leave me all alone in my mess. This way I could not contaminate anyone else. I love them for this because I was forced to help myself instead of using people to do it for me. Demons put up camp in my mind, and they were perfectly welcome because I felt I deserved that hell on earth.
On March 5, 2001, I intentionally set fire to my house with me inside; out of my mind on coke, pills and booze. That night in an act of PURE DEVINE INTERVENTION, my brother drove by just to check on me. He took me out of the fire just in time. I woke up in the hospital with no memory of what happened. Not rare for me. I was then taken to the mental ward at Marion General Hospital. After I sobered up and went through a pretty nasty withdrawal. I lie in my bed and remembered what my brother had so lovingly told me many times. I could call out to Jesus and He would release me from this bondage of self and forgive me. Not for what I had just done, but for everything!!
I lay there and looked around that sterile room, void of anything ??loving??. I fell to my knees and asked him,?? Lord, I am broken and beyond repair. Please take me as I am, a liar, addict and a thief. Please make me into something better. I want to glorify someone other than myself. I want you in my life, the ruler of my life. Please forgive me.?? After those last three words that I asked, genuine tears fell from my eyes; I am telling you I FELT HIM!! I actually, physically felt the warmth of His loving arms around me. I asked for healing from my addictions and it was DONE. I was HEALED! I didn??t have to go through a recovery process. I was recovered! I am whole through Christ!! I can tell you that giving your life to Jesus will change your life and give you life! I am no one, special; I am child of God and hopefully a messenger of the miracle of the greatest gift EVER. Open this gift, the gift of everlasting life and a love that is honest and pure and real!
I no longer let the label of recovered addict define me. I am a child of God who has the privilege of sharing God's miracles through the Gospel!
2 Corinthians 5:17
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!
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