By Marcus Chandler
I know some of you are asking me why I’m always talking about drugs and alcohol. Even though you may not drink, there are many out there that have this addiction and they need to know that there is a way out.
For years, I struggled with drugs and alcohol. I know you’ve heard me say that before, but I think it needs to be said again and again. It was hard for me to let go of that addiction. Alcohol tasted so good to me and it made me feel real good when I was doing it but I didn’t know back then when I was doing drugs and alcohol that it was killing me slowly but surely.
I was dying spiritually. It had taken control of my body mentally, and I didn’t understand what was going on. You see, the devil has a way of entering into our lives without us even knowing it. He came into my life through drugs and alcohol and once he set up camp in my life it was very hard to get rid of him by myself. Every time we do something wrong the spirit of God, which is the Holy Spirit, will let you know that it’s not right. For years, the Holy Spirit was telling me to stop drinking and using drugs, but I wouldn’t listen to Him. You see, drugs make you feel good for a few hours and then when your high comes down you need more to get you back to feeling good. Then all of a sudden you’re hooked!
Addictive, you might say. The devil has a way of getting your attention and he got my attention through drugs and alcohol. Then after drugs and alcohol many other things followed behind them that I am not proud of and don’t want to talk about. I said all that to say this, what if God had given up on me?
To be honest with you, I believe that I would be dead sleeping in my grave if God had given up on me. Most of the people in jail today are there because of drugs and alcohol. But that doesn’t mean that God gave up on them, some people may be sick in their bodies because of that addiction. God still hasn’t given up on them.
Some of you today have loved ones in jail because of their drug or alcohol problems. Some of you have loved ones living with you, around you, or in another state with the same problem. Please don’t ever give up on them. Pray for them constantly. If you love them or not. There is an old saying that people used to say, you can pray till you are blue in the face and they still aren’t going to stop drinking till they get ready.
That’s true but don’t forget that life and death are in the power of the tongue. So pray for them and speak life and say positive things in their life. After all, it’s God that will deliver them and not you. I know what you are going through with your loved ones who are addictet to drugs and alcohol and I also know what they are going through being on drugs and alcohol.
It was a bad feeling when I knew I was doing wrong but I couldn’t stop drinking and doing drugs. I was not just hurting myself, I was hurting my family and friends that loved me. I remember my grandmother saying to me one Sunday, “Mark (she called me Mark instead of Marcus) son, you have to try to stop drinking.”
You see, the problem with me and why I couldn’t stop doing drugs and drinking was that I didn’t try. And I didn’t ask God to help me. When I did ask Him I didn’t really mean it. In other words, I wanted to have my cake and eat it too! You might say, I did it my way and not God’s way. That doesn’t fly with God! Either you want out of that addiction or you don’t. God is not someone you can play with. What she told me still rings in my spirit today.
As though she had just said it. I know my grandmother prayed for me every day and we have to do the same thing for our loved ones and friends. So lets stop putting them down and thinking that we are better than they are. I will never forget who I was and how got where I am today.
You must understand that the devil has a stronghold on them and only God can break that stronghold. So it’s up to us to pray that God will intervene in their lives. Some of us might not have a drug problem but there is something in our closet that needs to be dealt with so don’t sit and point your finger at someone with a drug problem and look down on them. Just pray for them, ask God to soften their heart so that they can receive Him.
I’m not saying it is OK to do drugs and alcohol because it is not. Sometimes we look for answers in all the wrong places when we should be looking to God. Believe it or not, the more you do drugs and alcohol the harder it is to get off of them. But because of Jesus, I am free from drugs and alcohol.
The Bible says in John 8:36: “Therefore if the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed.” The Bible also says that I am a new creature in Christ Jesus. 2 Corinthians 5:17 reads: “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.” Some people say that once you are an alcoholic that you are always an alcoholic but that’s not true in God’s eyes.
Drugs had me blind but now I see and I found out the safest place to be is in the will of God. In closing I just want to say that I am a living witness that God can and will deliver you from any addicition that you may have.
He did it for me and He will do it for you. So when you ask Him to help you, don’t be playing with Him. Just trust and believe He will do it for you. Ask Him right now to come into your heart and to forgive you of your sins and that you will make Him your Lord and Savior. In Jesus name, AMEN. Remember God loves you and He cares so much for you. God is not going to give up on you. God is the same yesterday, today and forever. It is Jesus that takes away the sins of the whole world so have faith and trust in Him.
Contact Marcus at 501-908-9507 or firstname.lastname@example.org