SOBRIETY BY THE SPIRIT

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CONFOUNDING

Sylvia and Louie

When I tell my testimony addiction is a huge part of the story. Sometimes I think I don’t want to talk about that part anymore. Then I remember telling the bad stuff is what makes the changes in my life even that much more miraculous. While I don’t think dwelling on all of the sin and debauchery is the point; it is necessary in order to display the wonderful work God has done and is doing in me.

Every now and then someone that didn’t know me in those days will say something that blows my mind. One day a girl said to me “you smile all of the time, why are you always smiling?” I couldn’t believe it at first. There was a time in my life when my wife would ask me “can you tell me just one positive thing?” I would think for a minute and reply…. “No!”

There is a guy I work with and he thinks I’m such a straitlaced guy. I mean he seems shocked to think I have ever been involved in chasing women, drinking, and drugs and so on. I have shared my testimony with him in the past, but it’s as if it doesn’t sink in with him. He still looks shocked when he hears me say something about my past that doesn’t fit within his framework of who I am. I actually think it is the most amazing thing in the world that God can actually do so much changing in someone’s life that it brings that type of response.

I am reminded of the conversion of Saul in Acts chapter 9. Saul, or Paul as we normally know him, was changed radically on the road to Damascus. He was on his way to arrest and persecute Christians; or followers of the Way as they were called. Along the way he met a risen Jesus Christ and his world was turned upside down from that day forward.

After Paul’s radical transformation the Bible tells us, “Now for several days he was with the disciples who were at Damascus, and immediately he began to proclaim Jesus in the synagogues, saying, “He is the Son of God.” All those hearing him continued to be amazed, and were saying, “Is this not he who in Jerusalem destroyed those who called on this name, and who had come here for the purpose of bringing them bound before the chief priests?” But Saul kept increasing in strength and confounding the Jews who lived at Damascus by proving that this Jesus is the Christ.”

While I am not comparing myself to the Apostle Paul I am saying that I have had an encounter with the risen Jesus Christ. When anyone comes into contact with Christ they will be changed. No one ever stays the same once they meet him. Throughout the scriptures everyone that ever came across him went away changed. Some of them went away rejoicing and others went away angry or maybe even sorrowful, but they never were the same again.

Written by Louie