Only Hope

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I’ve often wondered why there are people all over the world who would want to “sell” death and destruction. I’m talking about the people who produce and sell “shabu” (the Philippines’ term for methamphetamine) and other illegal drugs that are commercially-produced outside of medicinal and government-sanctioned purposes. In the Philippines alone, the authorities nab a shabu laboratory every now and then, but these are never completely eradicated. I didn’t understand why the people who process this stuff would want to do it knowing that it will destroy the life and steal the future of a person who gets hooked into it, especially the youth.

The people involved in this trade know exactly that every particle of this prohibited stuff would destroy a human being slowly and not without mental and physical suffering. They know what happens to their victims. There are lives destroyed everyday, and future gone.

Why is this trade not completely wiped out? Why would they want to destroy lives? The questions played in my mind.

While I pondered on these things, this verse came into mind:

But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost: in whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them. (2 Cor. 4: 3-4)

There is a god – one that is not the God who created the universe and whose love is incomparable – who is in the world and who rules in the lives of them who do not believe God or who are disobedient to Him. There is another power, the power of darkness, who struggles to reign supreme in this world. (Please see 2 Thess. 2: 4).

But we know and believe that God is sovereign. Why, then, does He allow the god of this world to wreak havoc in the lives of his helpless victims? We may find the answer in the following:

For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who now letteth will let, until he be taken out of the way. (2 Thes. 2: 7)

This is the work of the “prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now works in the children of disobedience” (Eph. 2: 2). As the Apostle Paul says in Ephesians 6: 12, “we don’t wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.”

Yes, with this kind of problem, we don’t wrestle with flesh and blood. That’s why our own attempts at saving a person that is hooked on drugs are often futile. If this is a work of the powers of darkness, then I believe, the only hope and solution that would triumph would be to fight it with the power of God. The Lord Jesus said,

I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life. (John 8: 12 )

God continues to call them that are in darkness through the preaching of the gospel. And through the fervent, unceasing prayers of the righteous that are continually offered for the salvation of souls, God continues to speak to the lost.

I have lost count of the number of converts in our Church who have testified that they were formerly either drug addicts or drug pushers or both. In the pulpit, they relate in detail how they had lived in utter helplessness and hopelessness – the kind of life that is imprisoned by Satan through drugs. I cannot recount now the horrid details I’ve continuously heard, of the life of a person addicted to drugs, but I’m going to present to you some of the amazing testimonies I’ve been blessed to write.

There are so many of them who came to the Lord and found deliverance, and are now living godly lives and serve as shining lights to others who are in the same situation as they were.

Bro. Romulo Barrozo, after a week of wallowing in drugs and alcohol, went home “high” and drunk and found his whole family sleeping. His kids and pregnant wife were emaciated due to hunger. The demons in his head urged him to kill his wife. And so, he took a knife and poised to kill his sleeping, pregnant wife… Read more

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Sis. Anna Marie de Luna only dreamed of having a peaceful and happy family, but her husband was hooked on drugs and women, while she worked for their family. Then, her gangrened leg caused by diabetes needed to be amputated. Is there hope? Read more

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Bro. Roldan Jimenez (no picture available) became a vagrant because of drugs. Cast out by own family, he was alone, hungry and hopeless… Read more (testimony is at the bottom portion of post).

These are just a few of the testimonies of triumph over drug addiction in our Church. I hope and pray to be able to continue writing about them.

Yes, there is hope. And that hope is found only in the Lord Jesus Christ.

And there is one thing more:

In 1995, I was stabbed by drug addicts while eating out. I sustained stab wounds in the neck, shoulder, and back that reached my lung. In a small hospital’s emergency room where I was rushed to, the doctor who attended to me declared that I didn’t stand a chance, that I was going to die, then tried to cover me with the blanket, but then I spoke, though weakly. And so they did their best to save me and was later transferred to Lung Center of the Philippines by an ambulance…

And I lived to see God’s salvation. Halleluiah!

This post is linked to Titus 2sdayDomestically Divine, Raising Homemakers, Women in the Word Wednesday, Women Living Well, A Wise Woman Builds Her Home, Walk With Him Wednesday at A Holy Experience, Brag on God Friday, Spiritual Sundays

3 comments on “Only Hope

  1. Andrea says:

    I love your blog! Thanks for sharing your love for Jesus! You are inspiring and encouraging! Blessings to you!

  2. Rina, What a powerful post. Thank you for sharing these testimonies with us, especially your own! To God be the glory!

  3. Charlotte says:

    No doubt about it. Satan is behind all this destructive behavior. I think the love of money is a big factor. People selling the drugs want the money and they don’t care who it hurts or kills. Many of them are also addicts and will do anything to continue their addiction.
    Much prayer is needed for our sin sick world.
    Blessings to you,
    Charlotte

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