Saved from a Life of Drugs!
I am Anja from Hamburg and I would like to share my testimony with you.
I became a Christian when I was 15 years old but turned away from the Lord again six months later. This was mainly because of the persecution I faced at school. For example, many miracles happened there - one girl was blind, and when I prayed for her, she was healed and received her sight. But because of the miracles and my preaching of the gospel, the teachers and parents of the other pupils went against me and even threatened to sue me. I was forbidden to preach or hand out any gospel tracts. I could not stand this pressure back then and eventually lost my faith and left the Lord. That was definitely the wrong decision!
Shortly after that I began to mix with "the wrong crowd" (people who had decided against God in their life) and my whole life went downhill. I was in contact with satanists and all kinds of drug-addicts and the like. Between the ages of 16 and 20 I simply took every drug I could get hold of: marijuana, speed, cocaine and LSD. I often took too much and did not know what reality was anymore, or where the world of delusion and fantasy started. I often tried to get away from the drugs, but the people I mixed with and the fear of facing reality pulled me back into the drug scene. I saw no way out.
Once I went to have a séance ...
Once I went to have a séance with a few other people, although I knew that this was dangerous. It was four of us, two boys and two girls and we sat round a table and let a glass "wander" around. After a while one of the guys started to behave strangely so we stopped the session. The guy who had been leading the whole thing went in to the next room, where we later found him totally cramped up in a chair, his eyes rolling. He had clearly lost all control. The other guy slapped him to awaken him, but nothing worked, and he got even worse. Finally everybody panicked and they urged me to pray to God, as they knew I was from a Christian background. I went to the guy, laid my hands on him, and commanded the spirit in the name of Jesus Christ to leave him. Suddenly power flooded through me and the guy became calm at that same moment and was completely normal afterwards. Later he stated that the demon had commanded him to kill us all. He would have gone into action a few moments later had he not been released from the spirit!
From that day on, I lived in fear. Although I didn't stop taking drugs, I never went to bed without a Bible under my pillow for a long time.
By the time I was 20 I just couldn't stand this rotten lifestyle any longer. I realised that I was not myself any more and that alot of my friends had turned away from me. I saw no way out of the situation and wanted to commit suicide. However, I felt the urge that I had to look into the Bible before I was going to end my life. These were the scriptures I found:
“Remember therefore from whence thou art fallen, and repent, and do the first works; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will remove thy candlestick out of his place, except thou repent.
"For I the LORD thy God will hold thy right hand, saying unto thee, Fear not; I will help thee.
Right at that moment, I suddenly felt like someone had drawn a curtain from before my eyes and I could see clearly! God spoke to me through these scriptures telling me that He loved me despite all the dreadful things I had done. I knew this was my last chance – now or never! Finally I went back to the church in which I had been baptised and where I received the Holy Spirit. I asked God to rescue me from the drugs and to take away the desire to ever take them again. This miracle happened - there were no withdrawal symptoms at all and since then my addiction has gone completely. God has changed my whole life!
Praise the Lord!