Labeled Perspective

Hey Angels!

Happy Thursday! It's a great day to be alive, and an even better day to live out your purpose. I have a question for you all. By a show of virtual hands, how many of you have heard the phrase, "Once an alcoholic, always an alcoholic?" By a show of virtual hands, how many of you believe that statement? Well, through my virtual fingers, I will tell you what I believe.

God is the creator of this world. There is nothing that He can't do. There is no one that can't be saved and changed through his words and their faith. When we obey the gospel, get baptized, and have the holy spirit within us, we are new. New creatures with the same purpose from birth. Altered, new, elevated, different. Living in God's grace and leaving a life of sin that once encompassed. Some of us stray away after we have become Christians, but at any time we want to align ourselves back in His will, God is there with the tools we need to reach our potential in Him. So, how can one say based off what the bible says, that you can label someone because of their past when their lives have been straightened. I dare not agree with anyone that wants to detain what God has let free. Whatever your sin, when you allow God to be Lord, He relabels you. Heir of God, co-heir with Jesus. That's my identity, and nobody knows the full deliverance and the epiphanies that have enlightened my soul. One miracle comes to mind when I think on this subject.

A few years back my parents and I went to the movies in downtown Raleigh. We had gotten there early to make sure we secured our tickets. Consequently, we started to walk around and check out what was going on about half a mile from the theater. We came upon a small group of 50 people or so that were walking around vendor tables, for what event I don't know, but most of them were drinking. As we got closer I started to smell the alcohol and was immediately disgusted. It was weird because I've always heard it's hard to stay away or ever overcome the love of alcohol. Whether it be the feeling it gives or the taste. I was thinking, wow this is different, but ba da ba ba bah, I'm loving it. In that moment, I kept going and didn't think much after that, since we had to start heading back to the movies. Once we got back home it hit me. Hallelujah, hallelujah! God had delivered me once again. There's levels to this vindication. Not only had God helped me stop drinking alcohol, but He answered my prayers to take the desire away. I asked God to remove my love for the taste of alcohol, how it made me feel, and the dependency I had for it. I didn't want that attachment anymore in my life. God did it. I cried and thanked Him for His goodness. I thanked Him for not allowing me to fall into the trap of this world of just perseverance, but deliverance. I had the faith that God can do exactly what He did 2,000 years ago, because His love endures forever. His grace endures forever. His advocacy endures forever. His life endures forever. Therefore, my life endures forever. And I’ve never heard Jesus say, once an alcohol, always and alcoholic. Isn't it amazing to know that no man has a say over your life.

What has God done for you? What is He doing right now to level up your life to the Heavens? I don’t know what you have gone through or what you will go through but stand tall and tell yourself God reigns. If He has delivered you, continue to walk in the light. Don’t down play what God has done and always have faith that God can move mountains for you, so you can move closer to Him. He can get rid of anything you ask of Him that is of His will. 

So, as you go about this life living for God, don't you ever let anyone tell you who you are, but God. Don't you dare let anyone classify you based off worldly standards. Don't you dare allow someone to challenge the work of God's hand. And don't you dare label someone else, because we are all in this fist less fight together. We are Christians! Thank you, God for your work in our lives, and as always...

Be blessed and stay sunny on the inside!

5 comments

So thankful to read your testimony!

Kendra, thankful to read your testimony! My youngest sister went through similar struggles from drugs & alcohol. But with God’s help she became free! The sad part, her husband was not able to free himself from the addiction, and his life ended too short! So sharing your message is such a gift to others who needs to hear your story! Thanks again for sharing!!

Courtney Duggins

Such a great message and very encouraging! I too am working to kick a bad habit, several actually; and just this morning I was thinking how insurmountable an obstacle it was going to be to overcome the challenges that lay ahead. You’re absolutely right, with God, anything is possible. Thank you for the much needed reminder!

Veronica Foster

Thank you so much for sharing, you are truly a testimony for the young and old,May God continue too bless you! And remember,God loves you and so do I!

Patricia Baker

Hi my beloved Ken Ken. I always does my heart and soul good to read your enlightening testimonies. Having been in your life and you in mine since you were born makes them even more personal and meaningful for me. I am so proud of how you have allowed God to reshape you and who you are still becoming in Him. I can relate to how our God delivers. When I became a christian 34 years ago I begged God constantly to deliver me from smoking cigarettes. It wasnt an instant thing. I struggled with it, back and forth until one day I just said enough. I finally realized that being in the company of my husband and others who smoked only made me feel like I could barely breathe to the point that I no longer could tolerate the smell of smoke. God is truly a deliverer and there is nothing too hard for God. I love you my sister. Keep walking in the light and thanks for sharing.

Pamela Y Porterfield

Wow powerful testimony my sister! Made me realize that there are things i need to have that God can change in me. Appreciation for the share

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