My addiction to substance abuse started as a teenager. Rebellion was the root of my love for this idol. I was always looking to fill up on a false feeling. If my parents said, "Don’t go this way, Michelle!" That's where I went. I was totally anti-authority. I couldn’t figure out why I only felt a temporary "happy" when I ran to this. My mom who was a Christian during this time in my life would always tell me, "Michelle, I just know it's God you're missing in your life." I thought, "Well what does that mean?"
It wasn’t until I heard this through Weigh Down Ministries and Remnant Fellowship Church that I understood that it really was God I was missing and a relationship with Him that I wanted and needed! I learned how to replace the desire for the things of this world with a deep, meaningful, love relationship with God the Creator! Not the created! Every time I had the desire to indulge myself in that temporary, empty high, I ran to God! I prayed and I started talking to Him. I felt like He talked to me too. I started getting answered prayers. Everything improved! My marriage was saved. My husband was ready to divorce me. We had been married for 10 years and he was ready to end it. He was so tired of the up and down roller coaster ride I was on. I had always blamed him for all of my problems. I was learning it was personal responsibility on my part--I had to change, not him! It was me! Wow! What a foreign teaching for me. I always thought that it was my husband's job to make me happy. We had children, and they didn’t make me happy either. See, only God, the Creator can give you the peace in this crazy world you're looking for. It only exists in a relationship fully devoted to this amazing, perfect Creator. He is real! He is personal and He is waiting to have a relationship with you; you just have to Love Him and serve Him and obey Him and His commandments. They are so simple too! I also learned how to fall out of love with the food. I was almost 100 pounds heavier as well. I gained it with my pregnancies. I learned how to go to God with everything. Pray hard, eat less, get off yourself more! Wow! This is what works with permanently laying down those strongholds, addictions, and overeating. All of it goes together. Staying in the boundaries with everything brings peace, and joy and fulfillment in all areas of your life! I lost 95 lbs through Weigh Down. It has been 9 years since I've laid down these idols and I cannot Praise God and thank Remnant Fellowship Church and Weigh Down Ministries for teaching me how to live pure! I never want to go back to my old life! It was so empty!! Thank you God for all your mercy!!
Learn more about how you can be set free permanently! Watch the You Can Overcome show on How to Overcome Alcohol Addictions and check out the Strongholds from Home Series to learn more!