God's plan

Everyone has something that makes them unhappy. Following Jesus does not guarantee that everything will go our way. So, whatever you are going through, you might want to smile and hold your head up because it just might be that God planned it that way.

The story of Samson is one of the most remarkable and memorable stories in the Bible. Samson was known for his superhuman strength and his love affair with Delilah, the woman who betrayed him. Samson was a very defiant man. Because he had extraordinary strength, he wanted everything to go his way. When things didn’t go according to his plans, Samson was not afraid to let everyone know.

Samson went down to Timnah, where he saw a Philistine woman that he just had to have. It was love at first sight. Samson told his parents to get this woman for him because he wanted to marry her. God forbade an Israelite to marry a foreigner, and Samson’s parents did not approve of him marrying a Philistine woman. But he insisted that his parents get this Philistine woman to be his bride. As I read the story of Samson, this verse got my attention:

“But his father and mother did not know that it was of the Lord — that He was seeking an occasion to move against the Philistines. For the Philistines had dominion over Israel.” (Judges 14:4)

Samson was driven by his eyes and his hormones. He fell in love with something that God did not want him to have. Like Samson, we fall in love with things that God does not want us to have, like drugs and alcohol. But could it be that God is at the center of the very things that we try to resist?

Samson wanted everything to go his way. But he did not know that God planned it that way. At the end of his life, all of the rebellious and foolish things that Samson did, worked out for his good. Why? Because God planned it that way. God was seeking an opportunity to move against the Philistine god, Dagon. Samson was the vessel that God used to destroy Dagon.

Friends, God does not want us to become drug addicts and alcoholics. However, if we choose to do drugs or alcohol He can use our addictions to make the way of escape for us (1 Corinthians 10:13). And when God delivers us, He uses our testimonies of deliverance to tear down strongholds in the lives of others (2 Corinthians 1:3-5).

So it happened that when the temple in which the Philistines worshiped their god Dagon was full of men and women worshipers and the leaders of the Philistines, they called for Samson to perform for them. They planned to humiliate Samson.

“Then Samson called to the Lord, saying, ‘O Lord God, remember me, I pray! Strengthen me, I pray just this once, O God, that I may with one blow take vengeance on the Philistines for my two eyes!’” (Judges 16:28)

When Samson prayed, God honored his request and returned his strength. Samson pushed on the main support columns of the temple and it fell on all the Philistines who were in it. So the dead that Samson killed at his death were more than he had killed in his life.

Although Samson was strong, he was weak for the things of this world. He allowed his weakness for a woman to lead him down a path that would have destroyed him. Except that God chose him from birth to destroy the Philistines and their god Dagon. Though Samson was weak, God made him strong so that he would complete his purpose.

The Bible says, “Let no one say when he is tempted, ‘I am tempted by God; for God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does He tempt anyone. But each one is tempted when he is drawn away by his own desires and enticed” (James 1:13-14). God is in control even when we think we are. So, whatever you are going through, I encourage you, to know that if you love God, it doesn’t matter trust God, and it will work out for your good (Romans 8:28).

If there is something in your life that you are unhappy with, don’t be too anxious to do away with it, because it just might be that God planned it that way. After all, we exist to serve God’s purpose (Romans 9:20-21) and not our own. You see God uses the weak things of the world to put to shame the strong (1 Corinthians 1:27).

Perhaps God has chosen you to do great things for Him but you have allowed your love for something other than God to lead you down the wrong path. Even though your life looks dim, don’t give up. Pray that God would strengthen you, and watch Him work a miracle in your life.

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Recovery from Heroin
Heroin is an opioid drug made from Morphine. It belongs to the category of opium related painkillers. It looks like a white or brown powder, or a sticky black tar. Many people smoke or snort heroin, while some inject it into their veins. The number of people who use heroin has steadily risen over the years.
Why do people use heroin?
Some people take it as a means of reducing pain.
Some people take it in order to deal with anxiety, worries and other stressors.
Those who become dependent on or misuse these drugs may start looking for a stronger, cheaper, higher one.
Heroin is dangerous. Research showed that overdose death rate rose and some of these deaths happen because heroin is laced with other drugs such as this painkiller: “Fentanyl” No matter how you take it, whether by injection, snorting or smoking, heroin gets to your brain quickly and it’s also easy ever addicted. After using heroin just one or two times, it can be hard to stop yourself from using again.
Note this ✍
You see, the moment you take heroin, you get this ecstasy; this rush of happiness or good feelings just in a rush. Then after that rush of good feelings, you thinking and walking rate becomes slow; at times you feel like you are in a dream.
How does Heroin affect you?
It blocks your body from getting pain messages and slows your heart rate and breathing.
Overdosing leads to death.
What are the effects of taking Heroin?
Taking Heroin results in:
Dryness of the mouth.
Flushed skin
Drowsiness
Heavy arms and legs
Insomnia
Collapsed veins
Upset stomach
Vomiting
Itchy brain
Heart valves infection
Liver disease
Skin infection
Kidney disease
Mental disorders
Lung diseases
Menstruation problems
Miscarriages
A higher chance of getting HIV/ AIDS, Hepatitis B, and Hepatitis C
Have you ever tried withdrawing from Heroin on your own by personal struggles to stay sober?
If you try to stay sober from Heroin, you are likely to see these signs:
Severe muscle and bone pain
Diarrhea and vomiting
Restlessness
Cold flashes
Uncontrollable leg movements
Health problems
Disabilities
Trouble at home, work or school
Loss of white mater in the brain which affects decision making and control.
“Can I ever be free from Heroin? I want to be free”
Is this your heart’s cry? Does it really break your heart that you found yourself trapped by Heroin and you just can’t find freedom? I announce to you that you can be free! Sounds quite amazing? Yes, you can be free! Jesus paid the price for your complete dominion over Heroin. He has the power to break the chains of this addiction.
Think about the effects of being addicted to heroin. For how long will you struggle on your own, depending on yourself? Your life is so beautiful and your future is so bright, you must not allow Heroin destroy you. Your destiny is so promising and should not be truncated by Heroin. Your soul is so precious and should not be wasted by addiction to Heroin.
Dear reader, you’ve been fighting on your own to set yourself free, but the more you struggle, the more it threatens your life, future, family, health, present and eternal destiny; it even threatens the reality of living a beautiful life. Think about this!
Now, I know a Deliverer who has the power to liberate you and make you escape the snare of addiction. His name is Jesus! The Bible says, “Surely, he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.” (Isaiah 53:4,5)
He did that just for you!
Do you know that He is the Mediator between you and God. Despite the fact that sin, and this addiction has separated you from the One who loves you, Jesus is the Mediator. God sent Him to pay the price of Mankind’s redemption; and yes, to redeem you from sinful nature of humans and Heroin which seem stronger than you are.
You need to repent and get reconciled with God. He is a holy God; and He loves you. But you can’t access Him based on religion, depraved merits and others. That is why He sent His Sib, Jesus who is The Way. Jesus says: “I am the Way, the Truth and the Life, no man cometh to the Father but by me.” (John 14:6)
So, you need to believe in Jesus and repent of your sins in order to make right with God. Surrender to Jesus and welcome Him into your heart as Your Personal Lord and Saviour. He will liberate you from the chains of sin and Heroin.
Do this now!
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By Eric Dunbar

Once addicted to crack cocaine, my story is not unique but inspiring. I have been a professor of faith for most of my life. Before you inquire about my credentials, let me explain. I don’t mean professor as in “teacher” but professor as in “squatter.” For most of my life, I have been trying to occupy what I had never fully possessed, namely, faith. You see, my trust was in God long before I used drugs. To this day, I cannot tell you what happened to cause me to be addicted; it just happened. After a lifetime of serving God, somehow, I became a crack cocaine addict. I grew up in the church. I was born with talent. I started playing the organ for local churches at the age of eight years. I cultivated strong confidence in God early in life. From the time I was five until I was eighteen years old, I can’t remember ever missing a church service. I started playing keyboards in a popular R&B band at the age of nineteen years old. Midlife When you’re young, life is all about having fun, and I was indeed having a lot of fun. Playing in an R&B band exposed me to the rigors of nightlife, leading me to deviate from the church. I started experimenting with all kinds of drugs. At first, it was marijuana, then pills, and soon, I was using cocaine. All the while, I still attended church, although not as often. When I was married, my infrequent music revenue was inadequate to raise a family. So I left the band and found a job. I have always had confidence in God, but I didn’t know how to implement my faith. When my first child was born, I renewed my faith and got heavily involved in the church. A few years later, my pastor inspired me to begin a cell ministry in my home, where I faithfully worshipped God and held Bible studies every Tuesday. About seven years into my marriage, I slipped back into drug use. This time cocaine was my choice drug. Soon after, I learned to cook cocaine, converting it into a rocky substance called crack. That was the beginning of a life of trouble. I had become a slave to the drug; crack cocaine was now my master. Confident Expectation My wife threatened to leave if I didn’t control my addiction. Nevertheless, I remained confident that God would deliver me. But my wife insisted that I seek help. I wanted to save my marriage, so I enrolled in the Narcotics Anonymous Twelve Step Program. I completed the required thirty-day classes, and I went home drug-free. Fifteen days later, I was once again smoking crack. My crack smoking eventually led to my wife divorcing me. I lost my family, possessions, and everything dear to me. Life had become challenging, and I was near depression. My parents taught me that faith believes, so I understood the principle of faith. I had faith that God would liberate me, so I continued to pray that God would soon rescue me from this evil that had come upon me. One day I opened my Bible, and my eyes fell on this scripture: “So then faith comes by hearing and hearing by the word of God” (Romans 10:17). “I don’t go to church anymore,” I said to myself, so how can I hear the word of God? Then I thought to read the word aloud to myself. The Bible was now my best friend. I read the word to myself. The word of God came out of my mouth and went back into my ears. Alas, I was hearing the word of God. I still craved crack cocaine and got high whenever the opportunity presented itself. But for the next two years, I mostly stayed to myself, reading the Bible aloud, quoting scriptures, and praying. Believing Faith Speaks After two years of practically being alone with God, my craving for crack cocaine was gone. My confidence in God rewarded me with freedom. I learned that believing faith speaks. No longer did I profess faith, but I now possessed it. Faith is having confidence in the things we hope for. Although they are not visible to our physical eyes, we believe that God is working our hope into physical existence. It is the bridge linking us to the spiritual realm and makes God a touchable reality. When we trust God, it guarantees that God’s promises and Biblical revelations are true. We cannot detect these revelations and promises of the word of God with our physical senses. However, by trusting God, we have the confidence that our expectation will come to pass. Faith is the quintessence that the things we hope for become so concrete that even belief itself becomes a definitive reality of those things that are not yet visible. Your faith becomes so tangible that you believe you possess those things in the spiritual realm.

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