darkest hour

When Jesus learned of the death of his cousin, John the Baptist, it was no doubt one of the darkest hours of His life. Saddened by the bad news, Jesus departed from the crowd to a deserted place by Himself to pray. But the people from the cities had needs, so they followed Him on foot. Jesus performed many miracles that day, but now, He sought to be alone that He might mourn for His cousin, John. But when He looked into the eyes of the poverty-stricken people, He felt compassion for them. Seeing their need, Jesus sat on the side of the mountain and taught the people about the kingdom of heaven and God’s love. And when He had taught them, He healed them.

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As evening approached, the people grew hungry. Jesus’ disciples asked Him to send them away before nightfall that they might go into the surrounding villages to buy food. But Jesus urged His disciples not to send them away, but instead, they should feed them. But His disciples told Him that the only food they had was a young boy’s lunch, which consisted of five barley loaves and two fish. Jesus told them to bring the fish and the bread to Him and make the people sit down on the grass. Then He took the loaves and the fish, and when He had given thanks, He broke the loaves and the fish and distributed them among His disciples, and they likewise, to the people.

After Jesus fed the people, He sent them home. Feeding five thousand people was miraculous. But Jesus did something even more amazing. He placed the people’s needs above His own. Even in His darkest hour, Jesus had compassion for the people. He recognized that they were in a dark hour, so He fed them.

God's love shines through your darkness

Even in gross darkness, the light of God’s love shines through. I am not a stranger to trouble, having experienced a few dark days of my own. Having been addicted to the hideous drug, crack cocaine, I lived in darkness for twelve years. I have experienced hunger, but God sent someone to feed me. I have been homeless, but I never slept on the street. God’s love always delivered me.

The Lord Sees You

Upon meeting all the people’s needs, Jesus sent His disciples to Bethsaida, which is on the other side of the lake. Then He went up the mountain alone to pray. Jesus was as much God as He was a man. Nevertheless, He submitted Himself wholly to His Father. Jesus understood the power of prayer, and He relied on His Father for everything.

It was already dark when His disciples got into the boat to make the ten-mile trip to the other side of the lake. Jesus looked down from the mountain from where He prayed and saw His disciples struggling to row against the wind. Mark’s gospel says, “…about the fourth watch of the night He came to them, walking on the sea…” (Mark 6:48). The fourth watch of the night is between the hours of 3 a.m. and 6 a.m.; it is the darkest time of a day’s cycle; it is just before the sun breaks the horizon. The disciples had been rowing their boat since dark, but they had only traveled about three or four miles (John 6:19).

When they saw Jesus walking on the sea, all of the disciples were afraid. But Peter, wanting to be sure that it was the Lord, said, “Lord, if it is You, command me to come to You on the water.” So He said, ‘Come.’ And when Peter had come down out of the boat, he walked on the water to go to Jesus” (Matthew 14:28-29).

If you have been in a desperate situation, and it seemed you were making two steps forward and one step backward, you know that’s the time to look for God. He will always show up to deliver you in your darkest hour.

Keep Your Eyes on Jesus

The Scriptures say, if you trust God, He will keep you in perfect peace when your mind stays on Him (Isaiah 26:3). For a moment, Peter’s faith in Jesus sustained him on the water. For that moment, he was in perfect peace because he trusted in the Lord. His mind was on Jesus and not on the waves. However, Peter allowed the wind to rob him of his peace. When he took his eyes off Jesus, he began to sink. But the Lord is faithful, even when we are not. Notice that when Peter began to sink, Jesus immediately stretched out His hand and caught him.

The disciples were in their darkest hour. They had been rowing for hours, and their hope was failing. In their darkest hour, the Scriptures said, Jesus came to them, and He would have passed them by. When I read this, I thought it strange that “the Lord would have passed them by” (Mark 6:48). But the Holy Spirit reminded me of how the Lord came to me in the darkest hour of my addiction. Then I realized that He would have passed me by too, but like Peter, I called out to Him, and just when I was about to sink, the Lord grabbed me and pulled me to safety. Then He entered my small world—my boat—and immediately, we were at the other side of my addiction.

The Lord Knows You Are Struggling

You might be struggling to overcome drug addiction. Don’t be afraid or embarrassed to call on the Lord. Trouble won’t last always. He knows that you are struggling. He sees the storms of life bearing down on you. Without God’s help, you are destined to fail. How long will you look for your freedom in other places? “The Scriptures say, “Salvation belongs to the Lord.” (Psalm 3:8). Salvation is much more than being saved from the eternal flames of hell. Only God can give the wholeness and completeness of Salvation.

To a drug-addicted person, trying to turn away from addiction is the equivalent of Peter stepping out of the safety of his boat to walk on water. Peter knew it was impossible to walk on water.

People who are addicted know it is impossible to live addiction-free without help. With no knowledge of God or the fundamentals of faith, most drug addicts will seek other sources of help. While it may be impossible to walk on water, it is possible to temporarily stay afloat with the help of a flotation device such as a life jacket. Likewise, without divine help, it is impossible to be completely free of drug addiction.

God is Always Near

God’s love is beyond comprehension. God does not force His love on anyone. God is always near, but He comes even nearer when we invite Him into our troubles. The Scriptures say, “Draw near to God, and He will draw near to you.” (James 4:8). God is a loving Father who knows when you have reached the end of your capabilities. In your darkest hour, call out to God, and remember, “…God is faithful. He will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you can bear, but with the temptation, He will make the way of escape.” (1 Corinthians 10:13).

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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.
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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
Heavy arms and legs
Collapsed veins
Upset stomach
Itchy brain
Heart valves infection
Liver disease
Skin infection
Kidney disease
Mental disorders
Lung diseases
Menstruation problems
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
Cold flashes
Uncontrollable leg movements
Health problems
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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