Oh that devil !!

I worked with a man that I admired once. When we first met he was a drug addict and alcoholic actually but he was really smart. He taught me how to be a roofing repair man at first, then landed himself in jail a year after we met. He did a year in jail and a year in a drug and alcohol recovery center. During this process he rekindled his relationship with God and started helping other addicts. It can be difficult at times to find work after you’ve been released from jail and you had to have one to be in this recovery facility. They did have a grace period however for you to find gainful employment but it was only a month or so. This man offered to hire them as they came in to work for him as a roofer. Before you knew it he had a rather large crew and the work was abundant. It was nice to be working with other addicts because I too was one. We would exchange experience strength and hope with one another and had a pretty solid bond in that regard. Some people wouldn’t make it very long, usually after their first or second pay check they would run to the dealers house or the liquor store because it wasn’t their time to quit. This did not divert my friend from doing his good deeds and eventually opened a sober living home for men. Before I knew it he had accumulated over 15 years of sobriety and was doing quite well for himself and others. He suffered from COPD and around that time California past a law that you can smoke medical marijuana if you had a medical card. For some reason or another he felt as though he needed one to get through the day. Eventually he was addicted to pot and started drinking alcohol heavier than before. He lost his sober living home and couldn’t physically work anymore. The devil will present himself in many different ways to try to win us over from God. You may not know this but we are constantly under attack by Satan. We need always remember that sin is fun. I’m not saying this so that you will go out and find yourself some sin to try. I’m saying this so that you can be aware and stand your ground through God from these temptations. If sin wasn’t fun or inviting then I’m sure the devil would have picked something else to ruin our lives with. I won’t lie, in my addiction I had many good times but there was also a very heavy price that went along with that. I lost my marriage and children. Totalled my car and lost so much respect from almost everyone I came in contact with. Landed myself in jail multiple times for fighting and being belligerent. I also quit so many jobs after I reached a certain level because the devil told me that I wasn’t good enough to excel any further. That’s what he does, gets you hooked and tears you down. God is our only protector that can withstand the devil’s tricks. If you want to get past these hurdles and temptations today then pray with me now. Heavenly father thank you so much for yet another beautiful day thank you for our physical ability to be able to go out and do the things you have set out for us to do. “Lord you are the only one to guide us on the right path and to divert us from the devil’s fiery arrows. Please help to give us a strength today and guidance today to get past all these hurdles. Be our Rock and our foundation Like Only You Can Be. In Jesus precious name amen. “

Published by Matthew, Karen, and God

Karen Guthrie, a retired Bank Manager, Vice President, and Matthew Moore, who works in construction, are members of the same church. In March 2014, they both joined the Oakdale Rescue Mission Board of Directors. They started sharing their stories with one another on how God has greatly impacted their lives.

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