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Topic: Soul (07/13/06)
TITLE: Let your Soul shine
By Andrew Curtis
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The dark apartment was suffocated by trash and dirty dishes. The darkness came not from the lack of sun, but due to the electricity being turned off. I hadn't paid the bill in over three months. It, as well as many other bills, got in the way of my drinking and drug use. So there I sat, in the dark apartment with nothing. I was unable to see a way out of my self inflicted torture.
My car was repossessed and I was in sever danger of losing my job. I didn't care, I just wanted another drink. Nothing else mattered to me. I would cry, but no tears would develop. My emotions had long since been drained. I was in pain. I was afraid to close my eyes because I didn't know what would happen when I opened them. I was scared to answer the phone or the door. I shook from lack of love for myself.
As I poured more alcohol into my body, I dropped to the floor sobbing. I couldn't take anymore. The cold prison I had put myself in was about to terminate me. Not even I wanted myself there anymore. I felt like a waste of space and time. I knew I was destined to become a statistic and die from this. Besides, it would be better than dragging along like I had been.
My soul ached. My mind screamed. My body was shutting down. I didn't know what to do. No one could help me. I couldn't stop drinking and no one could make me stop. I knew this but I needed help. I had nowhere to turn. Then I remembered, God can.
I got on my knees at the side of my bed and spoke an honest prayer, “God, please help me.” That was all I could say. I knelt there weeping. I could feel God wrap His mighty arms around me and comfort me. He knew what I needed, and what I needed was a soul makeover. I had been a prisoner of alcohol for so long, I had given it my soul; but God was not about to let it go. Not without a fight.
He came into my heart when I asked and He rescued me from the pit of earthly hell. It takes work, but today my soul belongs to my Lord Jesus Christ. Never do I want to go back to that dank and oppressive behavior I once chose. I have a way out and that way is God. He will let my soul shine, as long as I make sure he has it.
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