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I can’t stress enough how much I have been helped by committing God’s Word to memory. I can remember the first three to five weeks of not using drugs or alcohol. You see…..I had many, many “first weeks”. They were always the same and always a little worse than the last time. (I don’t like using the word “always” when describing my life experiences but in this case it really is true.) I was obviously doing something wrong, or not doing something I should have been doing in my numerous attempts to stay clean.

When I started taking a different approach to my recovery, the very first woman who influenced me was Joyce Meyer. After hearing her testimony and her knowledge and love for God, I wanted what she had and I wanted it bad! I wanted my inner life to be just like hers. I wanted the inner turmoil and torment to cease. I wanted the racing thoughts to stop. I wanted to be able to take control of my thought life and acquire inner peace. I wanted clarity and a sharp mind.  So I took her advice. I started to memorize some Scripture.  As cravings and dark thoughts started invading my mind, I would rebuke Satan and revert to the Scripture I had committed to memory.  I would say it out loud if I was able.  I would keep saying the Scripture until the bad thought went away.

During this time, I had to use public transportation to get around.  I would use the local bus system to go shopping and to the library.  It never was a dull moment on these bus trips.  I came to dread them.  My experiences on these trips to the store usually meant my inevitable encounter with someone discussing drugs.  Why that was, I don’t know, but I contribute it to Satan attacking me wherever & whenever he could.  In order to keep myself from the anxiety and fear of these bus rides, I made little business card-like note cards and wrote Scriptures on them.  I kept them in my wallet where I normally kept my pictures.  I would pull these out and place them on my lap as soon as I found my seat on the bus.  By doing this, I was able to focus my thoughts on memorizing new Scriptures as the “drug talk” was going on around me.  And it worked!  It was not easy but I believe with all my heart that,

“Greater is He that is in me, than he that is in the world.” 1 John 4:4

There are so many other benefits to memorizing scripture:

—  our prayer life benefits.  By building up a supply of Scripture in our minds it can enhance our prayer life.

—  the Holy Spirit can work through our Scripture memory to change us and guide us.

—  transformation by the renewing of our mind is made possible through committing Scripture to memory.

— it allows us to take captive our thoughts in obedience of Christ.

“We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.”     2 Cor. 10:5

As I come across a Scripture that I had used to get me through those bus rides, I reflect back to the early days of sobriety.  What was once a very scary time for me now brings me a sense of warmth and comfort—how I was able to overcome a very vulnerable time by the help and strength from my magnificent Holy Father whom I’ve grown to love so much.  And as for Joyce Meyer, well…….she still plays a big part in my new life journey with Jesus.  And I am ever grateful for that.

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A little about me........my name is Michele and I am a born-again Christian. I was saved as a teenager and graduated from a Christian high school. I am a mother of one son who is the world to me. Despite my upbringing, later in life I fell into a life of self destruction which led me down many dark paths. I am a recovering addict and alcoholic and I have a great passion for Christ and His amazing power to heal even the worst cases. I am living proof of the miracle of God's power to change your life and way of thinking. Nothing is impossible with God.

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