Teenager Healed from Alcohol, Cigarettes and Drugs
I would like to share what I experienced in my youth, and how God got me out of it.
My parents were converted to Christianity many years ago, before I was born. So I grew up in a Christian Assembly and my parents taught me to believe in God. As I got older, I didn’t take time to read or pray any more. I spent more time around friends who were not Christians. When I was 15 years old, I started drinking and smoking. I started drinking heavily every weekend, mostly vodka. Sometimes I drank so much that I vomited blood. I was 16 years old the first time I tried marijuana with a friend, and it didn’t take long till we smoked it every day. After school, or work, I would go to my friend's to smoke weed. At first it was fun, but after a few months it was normal to have it daily and it wasn’t special anymore. Not long after that I started taking speed (amphetamine). You take it through your nose. I took this mostly on weekends. I also tried cocaine.
Often I would take alcohol, marijuana and speed all in one evening. And I was smoking at least one pack of cigarettes each day. To finance it all I would sell some drugs. After a while I felt really empty, as if I didn’t have a heart anymore; it was terrible. I couldn’t stand being alone because of this feeling so I would meet up with my friends every day till late.
One day my parents and I watched a documentary called "To Hell and Back", where people tell their stories of how they died or went into a coma and saw hell. Their descriptions of hell were terrible, just like the Bible tells us (MATTHEW 24:51
"there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth." ) This documentary made me think about how I would definitely go to hell because I had sinned a lot against God (see REVELATION 21:8). I couldn’t see any way out of my dependency on drugs and alcohol so I asked God for help. That night whilst sleeping I had a dream in which it was very dark and I was outside on the street, and I saw a black spirit that killed me. The dream looked real. As I woke up, I was extremely awake like never before after a dream. I felt a demon in my room and started praying immediately; after a few minutes I felt that it was gone.
The next day I told my dad and sister what happened and they said they had also woken up in the night and known that something was in the house. I knew it was a warning from God that I should change my life, but I still didn’t change.
When I was 18 we had a big Assembly meeting in Holland, and I went there, too. I took some packs of cigarettes with me; what was strange was that I had no desire to smoke whilst I was together with Christians. Normally, I would get stomach pain if I didn’t smoke for a while, which wasn’t the case during my time with the Assembly.
At that time I knew that I would go to hell, but I couldn’t see a way out my situation. One day I talked to Pastor Lars and told him everything that I had done. He looked at me and said that the best thing would be if I would move away, because of my friends and the drugs. So I made the decision to go to Australia. For a long time I couldn’t understand how I even made this decision, or why I said I’d go to Australia; but now I understand that it was through God’s great mercy (ROMANS 1:5).
From one day to the next I was healed from drug, alcohol and cigarette addictions. I left everything behind me, even my apprenticeship, and went to Australia for one year. I didn’t have any physical withdrawal! The Assembly people looked after me very well, and I’m very thankful for that. Now I live in Frankfurt and can finish my apprenticeship. Praise The LORD that he got me out of there and took away this emptiness. God blesses me often and looks after me, I would just like to give God the glory for the new life HE has given me.
In His Love,