I had the honor and privilege to interview my dad. To think where our relationship was the majority of my life to where it is now is incredible. It is only by the grace of God and His transforming power that my father and I can sit here today and talk about the good He’s done in our lives.

I am forever grateful for God’s unfailing love and hope He brought and continues to bring to my family. God is faithful and I’ll never stop proclaiming His goodness to everyone around me. He’s a merciful God who can use anybody. Don’t ever let your upbringing, failures, or wrongdoings disqualify all that God has planned for your life. You are chosen and called! Step into the life you were created to live!

My dad’s story is one that continues to inspire me. If our interview wasn’t enough, check out his testimony below:

Someone once said perseverance is failing 19 times and succeeding the 20th time. But what if you have failed 25 years at something? Would that cause you to want to give up?

In my personal journey, I battled a drug addiction for 25 years. I started using drugs when I was just 19 years old. Years later, I came to a place in my life where I knew I needed help. On October 1, 1994, I gave my heart to Jesus and was born-again. I did not have an ordinary experience, but supernatural. For the first time in my life, the realization of a loving God came to live inside of my heart. Everything was brand new.

I would love to say that Jesus found me and I lived happily ever after, but it didn’t turn out that way. Two months later, I was back at the drug dealers house fixing again. What happened? How could something so powerful happen to me and in two months I was back at it again? This mess up would put me on a 18 year roller-coaster in my search for freedom and deliverance. I would find myself being clean for a month and then I would fall off again into a six month binge.  

I knew that I didn’t have the power within myself to stop. Each one of those times that I would get clean it was because I would begin to cry out to God for help. There was a drive in me to never give up in my search for total freedom and deliverance from drugs. Something in me would not allow me to stop searching, stop crying, stop praying, or stop fighting to be liberated.

Seven years ago, I was sitting at my kitchen table. I had just come in from outside where I smoked a joint. I remember sitting at the table, opening up my Bible, and I read the scriptures, “I know all the things you do. I have seen your hard work and your patient endurance. I know you don’t tolerate people. You have examined the claims who say they are apostles but are not. You discovered they are liars. You have patiently suffered without quitting. But I have this complaint against you. You don’t love me or reach others like you did at first! Look how far you have fallen! Turn back to me and do the works you did at first! If you don’t repent, I will come and remove it’s lampstand from its place among the churches.” (Revelations 2:2-5)

It was at this very moment that the Holy Spirit walked in through my front door and then placed His hand on my head and removed every craving and desire to use drugs. Literally, in seven years, I have never had a craving or desire to use another drug to the day. My freedom and deliverance had come. I believe that it was perseverance, I believe it was the “never give up” attitude. Like Jacob said, I will not let you go until you bless me.

Note from Bri: I pray this interview encouraged you to step out in faith and push pass whatever is holding you back or has kept you stagnant. Please share this with anyone you know that is struggling with any form of addiction. No bondage, circumstance, or hurt is too big for God.