As I sit in my cell preparing to go back to prison for the second time since being saved and born again in Oklahoma County jail 10 years ago—I read my Bible and receive the gift of peace that only Jesus Christ can give.
My story is common among many of us as I struggled with alcoholism and addiction for most of my life. With the help of Jesus I have been delivered from the desire to use drugs or alcohol.
Although I did not completely sever all old ties I had among the people I knew who used. I was riding in a car with a person who was in possession of drugs and I was charged with them. God rescued me from taking another downward spiral by my associations. “Be not deceived: evil communications corrupt good manners. Awake to righteousness, and sin not; for some have not the knowledge of God: I speak this to your shame” (1 Corinthians 15:33-34 King James Version).
In 2 Corinthians 12:8-10 God tells Paul where Paul is weak and He is strong. I can absolutely relate to this because I think I might have been getting a little puffed up about my victories.
James 4:8 reminds me to keep my focus on God and to Take this blessing of incarceration to draw close to God and He will draw close to me.
Romans 8:28 and Philippians 1:6 give me courage because I know my future is bright by the grace of God. I will use this time to let God refine me like silver and burn off the chaff so that my life and testimony will be all for His glory.