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700 Club Interactive: Addiction Free - May 7, 2014

Is addiction taking over your life? Find out how you can break the cycle and find freedom. Read Transcript


Gordon: A DRUG DEAL

GONE WRONG.

ONE THING LED TO ANOTHER,

AND A FIGHT BROKE OUT.

AND SO I HIT HIM AND KNOCKED

HIM DOWN, AND I WAS WALKING

AWAY.

I LOOKED AT MY FRIEND, AND I

SAID, JUST CUT HIS THROAT.

Gordon: HOW HIS VICTIM

LIVED AND BECAME HIS FRIEND

ON TODAY'S "700 CLUB

INTERACTIVE."

ON "700 CLUB INTERACTIVE,"

WE USE TECHNOLOGY TO PRAY

FOR EACH OTHER AND EXPLORE

TOPICS THAT MATTER TO YOU.

YOU.

WATCH WHAT GOD IS DOING IN

THE WORLD TODAY.

WELL, WELCOME TO THE

PROGRAM.

ONE SUNDAY JOHN SKIPWORTH

SAW SOMEONE HE THOUGHT HE

RECOGNIZED.

HE HAD A SCAR ON HIS FACE

AND A LIMP IN HIS WALK, AND

THAT'S WHEN JOHN REMEMBERED

THE PERSON HE SAW WAS THE

SAME MAN THAT JOHN LEFT FOR

DEAD FIVE YEARS EARLIER.

SOME CALL THEM JOURNALS.

SOME CALL THEM DIARIES.

WHATEVER WE CHOOSE TO CALL

THEM, THEY ARE, FOR BETTER

OR WORSE, A RECORD OF OUR

LIVES.

JOHN SKIPWORTH HAS

CHRONICLED HIS LIFE WELL.

HIS SPIRITUAL JOURNEY BEGAN

AT VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL.

I UNDERSTOOD THAT GOD HAD

A SON AND THAT HE DIED FOR

ME AND I COULD BE FORGIVEN

OF MY SINS.

Reporter: JOHN TRIED TO

GROW IN HIS NEW FAITH, BUT

THAT DIDN'T LAST LONG.

I BELIEVE THAT EVERYBODY

BELIEVED IN GOD, BUT AS FAR

AS A BIBLICAL BELIEF THAT

PRODUCES AN ACTION, I DON'T

BELIEVE ANYBODY HAD THAT.

I DON'T WANT TO BLAME

ANYBODY, BUT I DIDN'T FOLLOW

THROUGH WITH WHAT I SAID AT

12 YEARS OLD.

Reporter: JOHN'S

PARENTS DIVORCED WHEN HE WAS

TWO YEARS OLD, AND WHEN HIS

MOTHER AND STEPFATHER

DIVORCED, HE DECIDED TO LIVE

WITH HIS STEPFATHER.

HE WENT DEEPER IN THE

BOTTLE, AND I DROVE HIM

EVERY NIGHT OF MY LIFE.

Reporter: JOHN HAD

FREEDOM AT HIS STEPFATHERS,

FREEDOM TO DO ANYTHING HE

WANTED.

I WENT FROM DRINKING BEER

AT 15, 16 YEARS OLD, AND AT

17 YEARS OLD, I STARTED

SMOKING MARIJUANA AND

SMOKING POT, WITH GUYS OUT

AT PARTIES, AND IMMEDIATELY

RAN INTO SOMEBODY THAT WAS

DOING COCAINE, AND 90 DAYS

LATER, I WAS AN I.V. DRUG

ADDICT, SHOOTING UP DRUGS IN

MY ARM.

I THINK IT WAS AN INTERNAL

NEED IN ME, LOOKING FOR

SOMEWHERE TO BELONG.

Reporter: JOHN THE

ADDICT BECAME JOHN THE

DEALER.

I MAY BE SELLING POT, BUT

I WAS USING AS MUCH

METHAMPHETAMINE AS I COULD

SELL IN A WEEK.

Reporter: ONE DAY

THINGS WENT BAD QUICKLY.

THE SELLERS MET THE DEALERS

IN ONE HOTEL ROOM.

WE WANTED TO GET THEM OUT

OF HERE BEFORE SOMETHING

REALLY BAD HAPPENS.

ONE THING LED TO ANOTHER,

AND A FIGHT BROKE OUT.

I RAN OVER TO A BED AND

GRABBED THE PILLOW CASE OFF

OF A BED, AND THE FIGHT --

EVERYBODY IS STILL

FIGHTING.

I HAD BEEN FIGHTING, AND

EVERYBODY IS FIGHTING.

AND THEY WERE TRYING TO GET

OUT OF THE DOOR.

AND I GRABBED A GUY, ONE

GUY.

I DIDN'T KNOW HIM AT THE

TIME.

I GRABBED HIM WHEN HE WAS

TRYING TO RUN OUT THE DOOR

WITH A PILLOW CASE.

AND I DRUG HIM BACK IN THE

ROOM.

AND MY BUDDIES IMMEDIATELY

RAN TO THE DOOR.

AND WE GOT THE GUY DOWN ON

THE FLOOR OF THE HOTEL ROOM

AND GAVE HIM A BEATING THAT

WAS PRETTY SEVERE.

Reporter: THE YOUNG

MAN, J.P., I WAS BEATEN

UNTIL HE WAS UNCONSCIOUS.

JOHN AND HIS BUDDIES

PANICKED, AND THEY WRAPPED

UP J.P. IN A SHEET AND DROVE

TO THE WOODS AND LEFT THE

BODY THERE.

J.P. GOT UP AND STARTED

FIGHTING AGAIN.

AND SO I HIT HIM AND

KNOCKED HIM DOWN.

AND I GOT MY FRIEND FREE

FROM HIM.

AND I WAS WALKING AWAY.

AND I LOOKED AT MY FRIEND,

AND I SAID, JUST CUT HIS

THROAT.

AND BEFORE EITHER OF US KNEW

WHAT HAPPENED, BOTH ON

DRUGS, BOTH OUT OF OUR

MINDS, I'M STANDING THERE

10 FEET FROM HIM, AND ALL OF

A SUDDEN BLOOD JUST STARTED,

ALL UP ONE SIDE OF ME.

ME.

WE WERE LIVING IN A

MAKE-BELIEVE, SUBCONSCIOUS

BLURRY WORLD THAT AT THAT

MOMENT BECAME VERY REAL.

Reporter: THE NEXT

MORNING A PASTOR WAS WORKING

BEHIND HIS CHURCH.

AND HE WAS SETTING UP

CHAIRS NEXT TO THAT CANAL

FOR SUNRISE SERVICE, FOR

EASTER SUNDAY MORNING.

AND HE HEARD J.P. GURGLING

AND MOANING.

AND HE FOUND J.P.

AND HE NOTIFIED THE

AUTHORITIES.

THE AUTHORITIES SHOWED UP,

AND WHEN FRIENDS WERE

TRAVELLING, THEY SAW ALL OF

THE EMERGENCY SERVICES AND

THEY WENT AND FOUND OUT THAT

WAS THEIR FRIEND.

THEY SAW THE WHITE BEDSHEET,

AND THE AUTHORITIES SAID, DO

YOU KNOW HIM?

AND THEY SAID, YEAH, WE KNOW

HIM.

AND THEY SAID, A FIGHT

HAPPENED AT A HOTEL ROOM.

AND 40 MINUTES LATER, THE

P.D. WERE AT THE HOTEL ROOM

AND THEY ARRESTED EVERYBODY

IN THE ROOM.

Reporter: JOHN WENT TO

JAIL FOR 73 DAYS.

HE WAS IN AND OUT OF JAIL

FOR FOUR YEARS.

AFTER A HIGH-SPEED CHASE IN

2002, JOHN GOT 20 YEARS IN

PRISON BECAUSE HE WAS A

THIRD-STRIKE FELON.

I LAID DOWN ON THE

FLOOR.

AND I JUST WAS CRYING.

I WAS BROKEN, AND I JUST

STARTED TELLING GOD HOW

DISAPPOINTED I WAS WITH

MYSELF, HOW DISAPPOINTED I

WAS WITH MY LIFE.

AND I WAS SORRY FOR HURTING

MY MOM.

I WAS SORRY FOR HURTING MY

DAD.

I WAS SORRY FOR ALL OF THE

SHAME.

I WAS SORRY FOR HURTING THAT

GUY IN THAT HOTEL ROOM.

I'M SORRY FOR BEING A DRUG

ADDICT AND A THIEF OF A

LIAR.

IT SEEMED LIKE JUST A FEW

MINUTES, LIKE IT WAS REAL AS

TODAY, AND I LAID THERE.

AND I HEARD THE CLICK, CLICK

IN THE ELECTRONIC DOOR, AND

THEY SAID CHURCH CALL.

AND I REMEMBER GETTING UP

OUT OF MY CELL AND I WALKED

DOWN THERE TO CHURCH.

AND THIS LITTLE PASTOR, HE

CAME SO FAITHFULLY.

HE ALWAYS OPENED HIS

SERVICE, AND HE SAID, DOES

ANYBODY WANT TO GIVE A

TESTIMONY?

AND PEOPLE WOULD GET UP AND

SAY, I'M GOING HOME.

OR, MY MAMA GOT HEALED OF

CANCER.

AND THERE WERE RAPISTS, DRUG

DEALERS, GANG-BANGERS.

AND I SAID, TODAY I WENT TO

COURT AND I FOUND I'M A

MULTIPLE HABITOR, AND I'LL

PROBABLY SPEND THE REST OF

MY LIFE HERE.

BUT GOD CHANGED ME, AND I'M

GOING TO LIVE THE REST OF MY

LIFE SERVING HIM, EVEN IF IT

IS IN PRISON.

Reporter: IN 2003, THE

GROUP WAS ALLOWED TO GO TO

CHURCH.

WHILE WAITING FOR HIS RIDE

BACK TO PRISON, JOHN

RECOGNIZED A FAMILIAR FACE.

I LOOKED DOWN THE

CORRIDOR THERE, AND I SAW A

GENTLEMAN KIND OF LIMPING,

WALKING ON A CANE.

AND HE WAS GETTING CLOSER

AND CLOSER AND CLOSER AND

CLOSER.

AND THE CLOSER HE GOT, I

STARTED BEING ABLE TO SEE A

VISIBLE SCAR ON HIS NECK.

IMMEDIATELY I REALIZED IT

WAS J.P.

AND HE WALKED UP TO ME AND

HE STUCK OUT HIS HAND.

AND THE WEIGHT OF ALL OF

THAT RESPONSIBILITY JUST

GRIPPED ME.

I WAS ON ME.

IT WASN'T A TIME TO BE A

TOUGH GUY.

AND I JUST BROKE DOWN AND

STARTED CRYING.

HE SAID, OH, MAN, I FORGIVE

YOU, JOHN.

I LOVE YOU.

I'M GLAD YOU'RE HERE.

GOD'S ABOUT TO CHANGE YOUR

LIFE.

GOD IS GOING TO USE YOU TO

DO GREAT THINGS.

AND HE GRABBED ME AND HE

HUGGED ME THAT NIGHT AND

SAID, I'M GLAD YOU'RE HERE.

IT WAS EASTER SUNDAY.

FIVE YEARS TO THE DAY THAT

THE PASTOR FOUND HIM, ON

RESURRECTION MORNING.

Reporter: JOHN LATER

FOUND OUT THAT J.P.'s

PARENTS HAD BEEN PRAYING FOR

HIM FOR YEARS.

AFTER COMPLETING HIS TIME,

THE JUDGE GAVE JOHN SEVEN

YEARS INSTEAD OF THE 20 HE

WAS EXPECTING.

JOHN HAS BEEN OUT OF PRISON

FOR THREE YEARS NOW.

HE MET BROOK AT CHURCH IN

2009 AND THEY MARRIED ONE

YEAR LATER.

I KNOW HE HAD A PAST, BUT

I'VE NEVER SEEN HIM THAT

WAY.

IT IS HARD FOR ME, EVEN

HEARING THIS STORY A MILLION

TIMES, IT IS HARD FOR ME TO

BELIEVE IT BECAUSE I JUST

KNOW WHO HE IS AFTER

CHRIST.

Reporter: TODAY JOHN IS

A PASTOR AT THE FIRST

ASSEMBLY OF GOD.

HE CONTINUES TO WRITE ABOUT

HIS JOURNEY AND HOW GOD

CONTINUES TO WORK IN HIS

LIFE.

THE LARGEST THING THAT

HAS CHANGED IN ME IS MY

IDENTITY, WHO I AM.

AND WHO I AM FLOWS OUT OF

WHO I AM IN CHRIST.

AND SLOWLY, YEAR BY YEAR,

MORE AND MORE OF THAT IS

BEGINNING TO COME OUT OF

ME.

Gordon: AND IT CAN COME

OUT OF YOU.

JESUS PROMISED -- IT'S AN

AMAZING PROMISE -- THAT

WHOEVER COMES TO ME, WHOEVER

COMES TO HIM, THAT OUT OF

HIS INNERMOST BEING WILL

FLOW RIVERS OF LIVING

WATER.

AND THAT'S AN IMAGE FOR WHAT

HAPPENS TO YOU WHEN THE HOLY

SPIRIT COMES AND DWELLS IN

YOU AND WITH YOU.

YOU GET A RIVER -- NOT JUST

ONE, BUT YOU GET MULTIPLE

RIVERS OF LIVING WATER,

FILLING UP AND LEADING YOU

INTO ETERNAL LIFE.

NOW, HOW DOES THAT HAPPEN?

WHAT'S THE SECRET TO GETTING

THAT?

WELL, NUMBER ONE, IT'S

BELIEVING IN JESUS CHRIST.

BELIEVING THAT HE IS THE SON

OF GOD.

BELIEVING THAT HE CAME AND

HE LIVED A SINLESS LIFE,

BELIEVING THAT HE DIED ON

THE CROSS FOR YOU.

AND IN THAT DEATH, ALL OF

YOUR SINS, ALL THAT YOU'VE

DONE WRONG, WAS SWALLOWED UP

IN THAT.

THE BIBLE SAYS EVEN DEATH

ITSELF WAS SWALLOWED UP IN

THE CROSS.

AND THEN BELIEVING THAT

JESUS DIDN'T STOP THERE,

THAT HE ROSE FROM THE DEAD,

AND THAT WHAT HE PROMISED,

THAT HE WOULD BAPTIZE US IN

THE HOLY SPIRIT, THAT THAT

PRESENCE, THOSE RIVERS OF

LIVING WATER WOULD COME TO

YOU AND ME, HE DID THAT,

TOO.

AND NOW WHAT IS HE DOING?

WELL, THE BIBLE SAYS HE EVER

LIVES TO GIVE INTERCESSION.

FOR WHO?

FOR YOU.

NOW, START THINKING ABOUT

THIS.

THAT JESUS IS PRAYING FOR

YOU.

START THINKING THAT NOT ONLY

IS JESUS PRAYING FOR YOU,

THE HOLY SPIRIT IS PRAYING

FOR YOU.

THE BIBLE SAYS THAT HE HELPS

OUR WEAKNESSES, THAT WE

DON'T KNOW HOW TO PRAY, BUT

HE COMES IN AND HE PRAYS

THROUGH US.

WITH GROANINGS THAT CANNOT

BE UTTERED.

AND THEN SOMETHING WONDERFUL

HAPPENS.

ALL THINGS WORK TOGETHER FOR

GOOD.

FOR WHO?

FOR THEM THAT LOVE GOD AND

ARE CALLED ACCORDING TO HIS

PURPOSE.

NOW, YOU LOOK AT JOHN'S

LIFE.

HOW DID ALL OF THAT PLAY

OUT?

HERE HE IS, HE IS RAISED IN

CHURCH.

HE MAKES A PROFESSION FOR

CHRIST.

AND THEN HE RUNS AWAY AND HE

WANTS TO DO HIS OWN THING

AND HE WANTS TO LIVE HIS OWN

LIFE.

NOT REALIZING HE WAS GETTING

READY TO TRIGGER AN

ADDICTION CYCLE THAT WOULD

COME CLOSE TO KILLING HIM.

AND THEN IN THAT ADDICTION

CYCLE, HE COMES CLOSE TO

KILLING ANOTHER MAN.

NOW, HOW IS THAT GOING TO

WORK TOGETHER FOR GOOD?

WELL, JOHN'S FAMILY WAS

PRAYING FOR HIM.

AND THEY WERE ASKING THE

HOLY SPIRIT TO PRAY.

THEY WERE ASKING JESUS TO

PRAY.

AND THOSE PRAYERS GOT

ANSWERED IN A JAIL CELL.

AND WHAT JOHN THOUGHT HE HAD

DONE -- HE THOUGHT HE HAD

THROWN AWAY HIS LIFE, TURNS

INTO RIVERS OF LIVING

WATER.

SPRINGING UP NOT JUST LIFE

FOR HIM, BUT LIFE FOR A

FAMILY, LIFE FOR A CHURCH,

LIFE FOR THOSE AROUND HIM.

NOW, THAT CAN HAPPEN TO

YOU.

IF YOU JUST FOLLOW THIS THE

SAME THINGS THAT JOHN

FOLLOWED.

HE BELIEVED IN HIS HEART,

AND THEN HE CONFESSED WITH

HIS MOUTH.

AND HE ASKED GOD TO DO WHAT

HE COULDN'T DO.

AND HE MADE AN INCREDIBLE

DECLARATION.

NO MATTER WHERE I AM, IF I'M

IN THIS JAIL CELL FOR THE

REST OF MY LIFE, I'M GOING

TO LIVE FOR HIM.

IT'S ONE THING TO SAY I

BELIEVE IN JESUS, AND IT'S

ANOTHER TO SAY I LIVE FOR

HIM.

NO MATTER WHERE I AM, WHAT'S

SURROUNDING ME, I LIVE FOR

HIM.

LET THAT BE YOUR DECLARATION

TODAY.

LET IT BE YOUR VOW, THAT YOU

WANT TO LIVE FOR HIM.

AND IF YOU WANT THE SAME

THINGS TO HAPPEN TO YOU THAT

HAPPENED TO JOHN, JUST DO

THE SAME THING.

CRY OUT TO HIM.

IF YOU'RE HAVING TROUBLE

BELIEVING THAT HE IS THERE,

HERE IS A PRAYER FOR YOU:

JESUS, IF YOU'RE THERE, IF

THIS IS REAL, IF YOU REALLY

ARE MY SAVIOR, COULD YOU

SHOW ME?

AND IF YOU SHOW ME, I WILL

WANT TO LIVE FOR YOU.

IF YOU NEED HELP WITH THAT

PRAYER, WE'RE HERE FOR YOU.

ALL YOU HAVE TO DO IS PICK

UP THE PHONE AND CALL US.

1-888-777-1999.

AND IF YOU'RE A NEW

BELIEVER, I'VE GOT SOMETHING

FOR YOU.

IT IS CALLED "A NEW DAY."

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TO YOU.

UP NEXT, ADDICTION DESTROYS

A FAMILY AND LEAVES ONE GIRL

AN ORPHAN.

SEE HOW SHE FOUND A FAITH

HOME WHEN WE RETURN.

Gordon: THE COUNTRY OF

UKRAINE HAS ONE OF THE

HIGHEST RATES OF ALCOHOLISM

IN THE WORLD.

THAT ALCOHOLISM RUINED THE

PARENTS OF A YOUNG GIRL

NAMED OXANA, AND IT NEARLY

RUINED HER.

Reporter: OXANA WAS

BORN INTO A WEALTHY FAMILY

IN UKRAINE.

BUT DRUGS AND ALCOHOL NEARLY

MADE HER AN ORPHAN.

WE OWNED THREE HOUSES,

BUT BY THEN, MY MOTHER

STARTED DRINKING AND USING

DRUGS.

MY PARENTS FOUGHT ALL OF THE

TIME AND EVENTUALLY LOST

EVERYTHING.

Reporter: WHEN OXANA

WAS SIX, NEIGHBOURS CALLED

SOCIAL SERVICE AND SHE WAS

TAKEN TO AN ORPHANAGE.

IN THE ORPHANAGE, I

LEARNED MY GRANDMOTHER

DIED.

Reporter: IT WAS

WINTER, SO THE FAMILY LEFT

HER GRANDMOTHER'S BODY

OUTSIDE FOR THREE DAYS UNTIL

SOMEONE CAME AND TOOK IT

AWAY.

EVERY TIME OXANA HEARD A

STORY ABOUT HER FAMILY IT

WAS TRAGIC.

MY FATHER DROWNED WHILE

HE WAS DRINKING AT THE

LAKE.

AND MY MOTHER WAS HOMELESS.

Reporter: OXANA

COULDN'T ADJUS ADJUST TO

LIFE IN THE ORPHANAGE.

JUST LIKE HER PARENTS, SHE

TURNED TO DRUGS AND

ALCOHOL.

I WANTED TO BE HAPPY, BUT

I HAD TOO MANY BAD

MEMORIES.

Reporter: THEN SHE WAS

INVITED TO A CAMP SPONSORED

BY CBN.

I LEARNED YOU DON'T HAVE

TO DRINK TO HAVE FUN.

I DIDN'T KNOW SUCH PEOPLE

EXISTED.

Reporter: DURING THE

CAMP, OXANA GAVE HER LIFE TO

CHRIST.

I BELIEVED IN GOD BEFORE,

BUT IN THE CAMP, I REALIZED

THAT GOD WAS MORE REAL FOR

THE PEOPLE THERE THAN HE WAS

FOR ME.

Reporter: SHE HAS BEEN

COMING TO "ORPHANS' PROMISE"

SUMMER CAMPS FOR THREE

YEARS.

IT IS SO MUCH FUN.

WE LEARN ABOUT GOD.

THEY TELL US GOD CAN CHANGE

OUR LIVES.

THAT IS ESPECIALLY IMPORTANT

FOR CHILDREN LIKE ME.

I WANT TO THANK EVERYONE WHO

HELPS MAKE THIS CAMP

POSSIBLE.

THANK YOU SO MUCH.

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STILL AHEAD, WE'RE GOING TO

BE PRAYING FOR YOU AND YOUR

LOVED ONE.

PLUS, HOW ONE MAN CONQUERED

HIS ADDICTION OVERNIGHT.

THAT'S ALL AFTER THIS.

Gordon: MICHAEL LYNCH

WAS JUST FIVE YEARS OLD WHEN

HE HAD HIS FIRST DRINK.

AND HIS LOVE FOR THE BOTTLE

ONLY INCREASED AS HE GOT

OLDER.

THEN ONE DAY MICHAEL READ A

BOOK THAT SHOWED HIM WHAT HE

WAS TRULY THIRSTING FOR.

MY LIFE WASN'T WORTH

LIVING.

AND I PUT ONE OF MY FAVORITE

SONGS ON, AND I CUT MY ARM

OPEN.

AND I WAS SO DEPRESSED THAT

I DIDN'T FEEL THE CUT.

Reporter: MICHAEL LYNCH

DISCOVERED THE ALLURE OF

ALCOHOL AT AN EARLY AGE.

OUR FAMILY USED TO HAVE

THESE ELABORATE PARTIES FOR

CHRISTMAS OR THANKSGIVING OR

EASTER EVEN.

I'M GOING AROUND AND

WATCHING EVERYBODY ELSE

DRINKING.

MY MOM IS DRINKING.

SO I GOT CURIOUS, AND I

STARTED DRINKING WHEN I WAS

ABOUT FIVE YEARS OLD.

WE WERE A FUNCTIONING

ALCOHOLIC FAMILY.

WE WENT TO WORK EVERY DAY

AND WE CAME HOME AND WE

DRANK.

I DIDN'T THINK ANYTHING

ELSE ON THE PLANET WOULD BE

ABLE TO SATISFY ME.

Reporter: A CLOSE

SECOND TO DRINKING WAS

PLAYING GUITAR.

MUSIC HELPED MIKE FEEL

BETTER ABOUT HIMSELF.

I FELT ACCEPTED WHEN I

PLAYED, AND A LOT OF PEOPLE

REALLY ENJOYED WHAT I WAS

DOING.

MY PLAN AFTER HIGH SCHOOL

WAS DEFINITELY TO BE A BIG

COUNTRY SINGER AND I WORKED

REALLY HARD.

Reporter: BUT HIS

INSECURITIES ALMOST KILLED

HIM.

I GOT TO THE POINT WHERE

I DIDN'T FEEL LIKE I WAS ANY

GOOD.

I FELT LIKE I WAS NEVER

GOING TO MAKE IT WHERE I

WAS.

I HAD EVERYBODY TELLING ME,

OH, YOU SOUND GREAT, AND YOU

SHOULD GO AND PURSUE YOUR

MUSICAL DREAMS, BUT INSIDE

MICHAEL WAS EMPTY.

SO I STARTED TO GET REALLY

SERIOUSLY SO DEPRESSED THAT

I STARTED FEELING LIKE MY

LIFE WASN'T WORTH LIVING.

AND I WENT DOWN TO THE

WATER, WHEN I WAS LIVING IN

NEW JERSEY, AND I SAT IN MY

TRUCK AND I PUT ONE OF MY

FAVORITE SONGS ON, AND I CUT

MY ARM OPEN.

I DIDN'T FEEL MYSELF GETTING

CUT.

BUT HERE MY ARM IS SPLIT

WIDE OPEN AND THE BLOOD IS

JUST COMING OUT.

I HEARD A VOICE IN THE BACK

OF MY HEAD SAYING, GET UP

AND GET OUT AND GET HELP.

I HOLLERED OUT, PLEASE HELP

ME.

AS SOON AS I SAID THAT, I

REMEMBER THAT I HIT THE

GROUND.

THERE WAS A LADY, WHO WAS AN

E.M.T., AND SHE CAME TO MY

AID.

I BELIEVE THAT THAT LITTLE

VOICE IN THE BACK OF MY HEAD

WAS THE LORD.

Reporter: AFTER SOME

COUNSELLING, MICHAEL TURNED

TO MUSIC AGAIN.

THAT'S WHEN I DECIDED TO

MOVE TO TENNESSEE.

MY MOM WAS LIVING IN

TENNESSEE, SO I STAYED WITH

HER FOR A LITTLE WHILE.

Reporter: MICHAEL SAW

THAT ALCOHOL WAS DESTROYING

HIS MOM'S LIFE, SO ONE NIGHT

HE FINALLY CONFRONTED

HERMENT.

> HER.

I WAS DRINKING QUITE

HEAVILY, AND I MIKE SAID,

MOM, I CAN'T STAND TO SEE

YOU FALLING DOWN DRUNK

ANYMORE.

I LAID ACROSS THE BED AND I

WAS ABSOLUTELY BROKEN.

I CRIED OUT TO GOD.

I SAID, LORD, EITHER CURE ME

OR JUST TAKE ME.

I CAN'T DO THIS.

AND I COMPLETELY SURRENDERED

TO GOD.

AND I FELT A HAND ON MY

SHOULDER.

AND WHEN I TURNED OVER,

THERE WAS NOBODY THERE.

IT WAS GOD.

HE PUT HIS HAND ON ME.

AND FROM THAT MOMENT ON I

HAD NO DESIRE FOR ANY

DRINK.

Reporter: MICHAEL MOVED

TO NASHVILLE AND GOT A

STEADY GIG HIS FIRST WEEK

THERE.

I THOUGHT I WAS ON TOP OF

THE WORLD.

I WAS, LIKE, WOW, I'M

STARTING TO DO THIS, AND

LIVE MY DREAMS.

MY CAREER STARTED TO REALLY

PICK UP.

A LOT OF DRINKING WENT ON

WHEN I WENT TO NASHVILLE.

Reporter: THE DRINKING

WAS TAKING A TOLL ON

MICHAEL'S CAREER.

HE DECIDED TO TAKE SOME TIME

OFF AND GO SEE HIS MOM.

I NOTICED MOM WASN'T

DRINKING NO MORE.

THE NEXT THING I KNOW, SHE

WAS READING THE BIBLE.

I HAD A HUNGER AND THIRST

FOR GOD.

IT WAS SOMETHING I'D

NEVER SEEN.

I WAS, LIKE, MIKE, YOU'VE

GOT TO HEAR THIS.

I WANT YOU TO UNDERSTAND

THAT GOD LOVES YOU.

AND HE'S ROLLING HIS

EYES, LIKE, OKAY, MOM,

OKAY.

SHE NEVER GAVE UP.

Reporter: MICHAEL'S MOM

URGED HIM TO READ THE BIBLE,

BUT HE ONLY DID IT TO PROVE

HER WRONG.

I SAID, MIKE, YOU NEED TO

START WITH THE NEW TESTAMENT

AND READ WHAT JESUS DID TO

SAVE YOUR LIFE.

I STARTED READING THAT,

AND IT JUST STARTED COMING

TO LIFE TO ME.

Reporter: THEN A FRIEND

INVITED HIM TO CHURCH.

I DON'T EVEN REMEMBER THE

MESSAGE, BUT I REMEMBER

EVERYTHING THAT HE WAS

SAYING WAS BURNING A HOLE

THROUGH ME.

RIGHT IN THE MIDDLE OF HIS

MESSAGE, I RAN UP THERE AND

I STARTED BALLING AND I

STARTED ASKING FOR

FORGIVENESS.

AND I CRIED LIKE A BABY.

I CRIED SO HARD.

WHEN I GOT UP, THERE WAS A

PUDDLE OF TEARS SITTING

THERE.

I JUST FELT SO MUCH RELIEF.

WHEN I ASKED GOD INTO MY

LIFE, ALCOHOL WAS LIKE -- I

DIDN'T EVEN THINK OF IT.

I DON'T KNOW WHAT GOD DONE

TO ME, BUT I'M GLAD HE DID

IT.

HE TOOK THAT IMMEDIATELY

FROM ME.

I WANT PEOPLE TO UNDERSTAND

THAT WITHOUT CHRIST, THEY'RE

GOING TO HAVE A HARD TIME.

WITHOUT CHRIST, THEIR LIFE

IS NOT GOING TO BE

FULFILLED.

THERE IS NO DRUGS, THERE IS

NO ALCOHOL THAT'S GOING TO

BE GOOD ENOUGH OUT THERE

THAT THEY COULD EVER AMOUNT

TO WHAT HE DID FOR US AND

WHAT HIS LOVE IS.

I WANT PEOPLE TO GET OU OUT

OF THIS TESTIMONY THAT GOD

LOVES THEM, AND THAT GOD HAS

HOPE IN THEM AND HE BELIEVES

IN THEM.

Gordon: THAT'S AN

AMAZING TRUTH.

GOD BELIEVES IN YOU.

HE BELIEVES SO MUCH THAT HE

WAS WILLING TO DIE FOR YOU,

TO TAKE AWAY ALL OF YOUR

SINS, SO THAT YOU CAN BE

WHAT HE INTENDED YOU TO BE.

HE'S GOT A DREAM ABOUT YOU.

HE'S GOT PLANS AND PURPOSES

FOR YOU.

AND TO ACCESS THEM, ALL YOU

HAVE TO DO IS ASK.

JESUS SAYS, "BEHOLD I STAND

AT THE DOOR AND KNOCK.

IF ANYONE HEAR MY VOICE AND

OPEN THE DOOR, I'LL COME

IN."

WHAT HAPPENED TO MICHAEL CAN

HAPPEN TO YOU IF YOU JUST

LET HIM IN.

IF YOU WANT TO DO THAT, IF

TODAY IS THE DAY WHERE YOU

SAY, I WANT TO OPEN THIS

DOOR.

I WANT JESUS IN MY LIFE.

ALL YOU HAVE TO DO IS CALL

US.

THE NUMBER IS ON THE

SCREEN.

1-888-777-1999.

WELL, THIS IS "700 CLUB

INTERACTIVE," WHERE WE

INTERACT WITH YOU.

AND YOU CAN DO THAT ON

Facebook.

YOU CAN DO THAT IN OUR

CHATROOM.

YOU CAN DO IT ON TWITTER.

YOU CAN DO IT THROUGH

E-MAIL.

LET'S GO OVER TO JESSICA TO

SEE WHAT IS HAPPENING

ONLINE.

WE'VE GOT TWO REQUESTS

IN.

MARGARET SAYS, "MY SON HAS

BEEN A HEROIN AND CRACK

ADDICT FOR MANY YEARS.

HE HAS NOWHERE TO LIVE, NO

MONEY, NO FOOD, AND HIS CAR

IS BROKEN DOWN.

HE IS GOING TO A REHAB

CENTER JUST TO GET OFF THE

STREETS.

PLEASE PRAYER THAT GOD

DELIVERS HIM FROM THIS

ADDICTION AND CHANGES HIS

LIFE.

LIFE."

WE HAVE ANOTHER PRAYER

REQUEST IN FROM PRISCILLA,

WHO SAYS, "MY SON, ANTHONY,

IS AN ALCOHOLIC AND HE IS

ONLY 28.

HE BELIEVES IN JESUS, BUT

SUFFERS FROM SEVERE

DEPRESSION.

I KNOW THERE IS A CALLING ON

HIS LIFE.

WILL YOU PLEASE STAND WITH

ME TO SEE HIM BOTH SAVED AND

SET FREE FROM ADDICTION AND

DEPRESSION."

SO WE'RE GOING TO GO TO

PRAYER RIGHT NOW.

IF YOU'RE WATCHING AND YOUR

LOVED ONE IS DEALING WITH

ADDICTION, JOIN IN WITH US.

HEAVEN FATHER, WE THANK YOU

GOD.

WE THANK YOU THAT GOD SO

LOVED THE WORLD THAT HE SENT

HIS ONLY SON TO BEAR ALL SIN

AND ALL SICKNESS, ALL

AFFLICTION, TO IDENTIFY WITH

US, TO IDENTIFY WITH THE SIN

OF MAN, INCLUDING

ADDICTION.

FATHER, THOUGH WE COULD

BECOME THE RIGHTEOUSNESS OF

CHRIST, SO WERE CAN PARTAKE

OF CHRIST'S RIGHTEOUSNESS.

FATHER, WE THANK YOU SO MUCH

THAT YOU CAME TO SET THE

CAPTIVES FREE.

AND RIGHT NOW WE ASK THAT

YOU COME AND YOU BREAK THE

ADDICTION.

FATHER, WE THANK YOU, LORD,

THAT THERE IS SO MUCH POWER

IN YOUR LOVE TO COME TO THE

ROOT OF THOSE ISSUES, THE

ROOT OF THE ADDICTION, AND

TO HEAL THEIR BROKEN HEARTS,

TO HEAL THE DEPRESSION.

FATHER, WE ASK THAT YOU COME

AND REVEAL YOUR LIGHT, YOU

LOVE INTO THE DARK PLACES.

FATHER, WE JUST PRAY THAT

YOU WOULD JUST BRING SUCH A

GRAND REVELATION OF THEIR

IDENTITY IN CHRIST, OF HOW

YOU CAN FILL THOSE VOIDS,

THAT NOTHING ELSE IN THE

WORLD CAN FILL.

FATHER, WE THANK YOU IN

ADVANCE, AND THAT YOU LOVE

US DEARLY, AND ANYTHING WE

ASK IN YOUR NAME SHALL BE

DONE.

SO WE THANK YOU LORD IN

JESUS' NAME, AMEN.

Gordon: WE LEAVE YOU

WITH THESE WORDS FROM JOHN

4: "THOSE WHO DRINK THE

WATER I GIVE WILL NEVER BE

THIRSTY AGAIN.

IT BECOMES A FRESH, BUBBLING

SPRING WITHIN THEM, GIVING

THEM ETERNAL LIFE."

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