Lisa Warren's testimony "Old Things Are Passed Away" on 10/11/2017, 12:21am...
I was a drunk, taking pain pills and other drugs daily. If I didn't have a beer, I wasn't happy,which I wasn't anyway. Miserable and depressed all the time, then had to have a pill for that. Started drinking and other drugs when I was about 13.
Things started to change at age 47, on March 31, 2013, when I said to myself, being ashamed, today is the last day I am going to drink. Now, realizing that it was the Lord doing the work already, he brought the shame upon me, and by putting the booze down and ridding my system of that, then i could hear him.
On May 26,2013, on a Sunday morning, I was watching Joel Osteen on t.v., can't rightly recall his words, but it was the word of God,not his,that got a hold of me. I remember thinking in my head' Lisa you have done nothing your whole life ,but mess it up what have you got to lose. (God knows our thoughts.) when the invitation was given by Joel to invite Jesus into your heart, boy, my heart was beating really really fast. I broke and started crying and asked Jesus to forgive me and come into my heart and save me, and Jesus did that very thing, and it was like something was lifted off of my chest, like a big weight, which it was, guilt and shame. Thank you Father, Lord Jesus.
The following Sunday evening, I went to Church and told the preacher what had happened and he prayed for me. The next Sunday, June 9,2013 I was baptized in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost.
On June 22, 2013 I married my boyfriend that I had lived with for about 13 years. Oh, about, a week or so later, something said you don't need those pills, I'm like, where did that come from? ( I got on the pills in 2000, when an accident shattered my ankle.) I was like, how do you know if you need them?, you have been taking them about 13 years. So, I got rid of the pills that I had. My husband said you are gonna hurt all over, from withdrawals. My Lord Jesus did not let that or any withdrawals happen to me, because I obeyed and put the pills down. Thank you Lord Jesus.
I had quit smoking also, but I started back, and I felt really bad about that. I would go to the altar and pray about it and get right back in my car after Church, and smoke, done this several times. One day at home, i cried about it and prayed and got in the word, and the Lord said that He would hasten it in His time. But, last summer, 2016 I went to Walmart and spent about $40 on nicotine patches, still smoked a little, but boy, my neck got to hurting, and I took the patch off. Going home from Dad's that day I said, "Well, what am I going to try next?" And a voice clear as day said, "when I get ready for you to quit smoking you are not going to need anything. You are gonna quit the cigarettes just like you did the alcohol and pills." I said OK.
On February 22, 2017, going to get my daughter, I had radio on 97.1, gospel station, something like, you don't want to listen to the radio, so i cut it off. A few seconds later, He said, "You don't need those cigarettes." I took a pack of cigarettes out of each 2, pockets and lighter, opened console and threw them in there.
Today is October 11, 2017, I praise and thank Lord Jesus that I am still, and always will be sober and drug free. My faith in Jesus is that once He takes it , you are not gonna pick it up again. Thank you Lord.
Oh sure the devil still comes and tempts me on all those. I just say no and pray the Lord's prayer. The Lord told me along time ago, and from time to time, through my preacher, "you need to pray daily, time with our Father, read and meditate on God's Word, and Church to worship and praise God, and fellowship with God's people, in order to draw strength from God and grow spiritually. If you don't do these things then the devil will have you snatched back up. But greater is he that is in me than he that is in the world. Have faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.
Philippians 1:6 Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ.
I will always be a work in progress until this body leaves me, either in death or meeting the Lord in the air, and gives away to glory. Praise the Lord I am Gonna get a new body and a new life.