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Rev. & Mrs. Dennis L. Morgan
Church Behind The Wire
The following is a testimony of an inmate whose life has
been changed by the power of God.
As he puts it “Transformed“.
I was basically a good kid growing up, doing well in school.
But when I hit my teenage years, the rebellion came. I never stopped. I
never looked back. At 13 years of
age, I fell to peer pressure and began smoking cigarettes.
At 15, I was smoking marijuana and had been introduced to inhalants.
My choice of inhalants was spray paint that I sprayed into a paper bag
onto a rag. We called it
“huffing.” Things only got worse and worse from there, as sin is always a
downward spiral like cancer, it only gets worse and never better.
It eats away at you. It
always takes you farther than you want to go, keeps you longer than you want to
stay, and costs you much more than you want to pay.
Next came the pills; all kinds, types, shapes, sizes.
Then I went onto powders, meth-amphetamine, and cocaine, which I
graduated to injecting into my veins with needles.
And, of course, all the trouble that goes along with this, - in and out
of jail numerous times.
I was able to graduate high school in 1976.
I married my high school girlfriend, who was pregnant at the time. She
gave birth to a son on August 31. The
marriage lasted only 5 years and she finally divorced me on grounds of habitual
drunkenness, as alcohol had now come into my life.
I had also started seeing the mental health people, the psychologists,
the psychiatrists, telling me how I had this mental problem, or that mental
problem, take this pill, or this, or that pill for that, which only added
another addiction to my long list of chemical dependencies.
But I never had any mental problems, as I would later discover.
What I had was a sin problem, and there is no pill that you can take for
that. There is only one cure for
that and it is the Lord Jesus Christ, which I would later discover.
But after that came my prison trips.
I have now been in prison seven times because of alcohol and drugs and my
sinful lifestyle. I had also become
addicted to pornography, as my list of addictions only grew longer, which sin
always does. Throughout my life,
there had been times when I would try to do better, and might for a while.
But I would always revert back to old habits and ways, because I was
always trying to do good in my own strength.
My own strength no match for any addiction, not the ones I had.
My strength was certainly no match for Satan.
A human being on his own can never defeat Satan; it cannot be done.
He will beat you every time. Apart
from Jesus Christ and His divine help, there is no hope.
No man can change himself or his heart.
Only Christ can do that in man. He
does not change our heart; He gives us a new heart. He makes us new creatures in
Christ. Old things pass away, all
things become new. He sets us free
from the bondage of sin and delivers from all addictions.
But my problem was, I would not fully trust him, totally commit to him,
and totally surrender to him. I was
holding onto the world with one hand and trying to hold onto Jesus with the
other, yet still depending on my mental health pills, my alcohol, and still
smoking cigarettes. I could never
gain complete victory over these things in my life.
And I know now it was just a lack of complete and total trust in Christ
to set me free from all these things.
I was still trusting in man, the psychologists, the psychiatrists, also
two trips to state hospitals, but they never offered help, because they did not
have any help to offer. Man himself
is the problem. A problem cannot
solve a problem. Only the true
problem solver can offer the solution to the problem.
The problem is sin, and the true problem solver is Jesus Christ.
He forgives us of our sin, lifts its burden from off us, and sends and
empowers us with His Holy Spirit that dwells within us.
He gives us the power that we need, then and only then, to be set free
and delivered from addictions and the power of sin in our lives.
He gives us power over the devil. We
then can live victorious lives because greater is He that is in us than he that
is in the world. And praise God,
after living many years in sin, living for the devil, destroying my life, and
hurting all others around me, all the time I spent in prisons, treatment
centers, mental institutions, running from the law to avoid capture on two
occasions, which becoming a homeless person running all the way from the east
coast to the west coast, ending up riding freight trains, living in the streets,
down into the absolute gutter, after all this and so much more, I just thank God
I finally let go of the world, completely and totally put my faith and
trust in Jesus Christ to save me, and help me, to deliver me, and praise God; He
did just that. At that point I was
saved, born again, made a new creature in Christ Jesus, and praise God instantly
delivered from cigarettes. I had
been addicted to cigarettes for 35 years, but instantly set free from them.
I was also set free from all the mental health pills I was taking for my
dirty, nasty, foul mouth, and dirty mind. Instantly
on March 15, I was also delivered from a caffeine addiction to coffee.
What man could never help me with my whole life; Jesus Christ took from
me, and delivered me in an instant of time.
He also gave me a burning desire and a hunger and thirst for His Word,
and a boldness and courage and desire to be His witness, testifying of all that
He had delivered me from. Some refer
to it as “quitting“, but I never say, “I quit“, I was never able to say,
“I quit.” I tried and stopped
for a while without feeding my addictions, especially cigarettes, but I always
wanted one so bad that I could not stand it.
But I say I was delivered because Jesus Christ took away also the desire
for those things. I never even
thought about smoking another one, or taking another pill, either legal or
illegal, or taking another drink of alcohol or coffee.
The desire was totally gone for good.
That is the difference between quitting and being delivered by the power
of Christ Jesus.
I want everyone to know that what Christ has done in my life, He can do
in anyone’s life if they will only trust Him and put all of their faith in
Him, and Him alone, turn loose of the world, and turn totally to Jesus Christ.
He will save you, forgive you, no matter what you have done.
He can and will deliver you from any addictions that you have in your
life. Only Christ and Christ alone
can save, forgive sins, and deliver and give victory in our lives.
Jesus Christ is the answer. He
is the answer to any problem. He is
our only help and our only hope. Only
Christ and He alone can give true peace, joy, contentment, and happiness.
Only He can satisfy that yearning in our hearts.
Without Christ, we face a hopeless end.
But with Christ, we have an endless hope.
Psalms 34:8, “Oh taste and see that the Lord is good.” And He is so