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700 Club Interactive: Healed and Drug Free - June 4, 2014

What would do you if you had a migraine for three years? How one woman became addicted to the only thing that helped her and how she managed to get free. Read Transcript


Gordon: SHE WAS IN PAIN

AND WAS LOOKING FOR RELIEF.

I STARTED OFF WITH JUST A

HALF PILL, AND AFTER A

WHILE, I NEEDED TWO PILLS.

I HAD LITTLE STATUES ALL

OVER THE HOUSE.

Gordon: HOW SHE

OVERCAME ADDICTION, 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.

WATCH WHAT GOD IS DOING IN

THE WORLD TODAY.

WELL, WELCOME TO THIS SHOW.

CELEBRITIES LIKE KEITH

LEGER, MYOCARDIA LEGER

LEGER, MICHAEL JACKSON, AND

ANNA NICOLE SMITH LOST THEIR

LIVES TO DRUGS.

AND IT IS GETTING EASIER FOR

AMERICANS TO GET

PRESCRIPTIONS.

Terry: AFTER WEEKS OF A

DEBILITATING PAIN WITH A

MIGRAINE, HER DOCTOR

PRESCRIBED VICODIN, AND

AFTER A WHILE, IT WAS LIKE

DRUGS WERE CONTROLLING HER

LIFE.

I WOKE UP ONE MORNING

WITH A CRASHING MIGRAINE.

IT WAS SO SEVERE THAT MY

HUSBAND AND I DECIDED TO GO

TO THE DOCTOR THAT DAY.

I WAS REALLY SCARED.

IT WAS TERRIFYING BECAUSE I

JUST FELT PANICKED TO GET

OUT OF PAIN.

I DIDN'T KNOW HOW LONG IT

WAS GOING TO LAST.

AND I WOULD WAKE UP, AND IT

HAD BEEN, LIKE, 16 DAYS, AND

I WAKE UP AND IT HAS BEEN

FIVE MONTHS.

I HAD TRIED EVERY KIND OF

MEDICINE.

THE NEUROLOGIST COULDN'T

FIGURE OUT WHAT WAS WRONG

WITH ME.

HE PRESCRIBED VICODIN.

THE CRAZY THING IS IT

WORKED.

IT WAS LIKE I COULD HEAR THE

ANGELS SINGING THE FIRST

TIME I TOOK IT.

IT WAS SO GLORIOUS.

I WAS HAPPY.

I WAS HAPPY TO BE OUT OF

PAIN.

I WAS HAPPY TO FINALLY BE IN

CONTROL.

I STARTED OFF WITH JUST A

HALF OF A PILL, BUT OVERTIME

MY BODY BUILT UP A TOLERANCE

TO IT.

AND AFTER A WHILE, I NEEDED

ONE AND A HALF PILLS, AND

AFTER A WHILE, I NEEDED TWO

PILLS.

AND AS TIME WENT ON, I WOULD

BE, LIKE, OH, NO, IT IS

SPIKING.

BUT I HAD THE VICODIN.

AND SO WHEN I HAD THE SPIKE,

I THOUGHT, IT IS GOING TO BE

AWFUL, BUT I GET TO TAKE A

WHOLE VICODIN.

I HAD A WHOLE STASH OF VIKE

DE VICODIN ALL OVER THE

HOUSE.

I THOUGHT I COULD OUTLAST

IT.

I PRAYED ABOUT IT ALL THE

TIME.

ONE NIGHT I HEARD THE HOLY

SPIRIT SO CLEARLY, AND HE

SAID, CAN WE TALK ABOUT

ANYTHING ELSE TONIGHT?

I TRIED TO GO OFF OF VICODIN

SEVERAL DIFFERENT TIMES.

BUT THEN I WOULD THINK, IF I

COULD JUST HAVE ONE, IF I

COULD JUST HAVE FOUR HOURS

WITHOUT PAIN, I'LL GET

THROUGH IT.

I WANTED TO TAKE VICODIN AND

I WANTED TO BE HEALED

LATER.

I WAS TWO AND A HALF YEARS

INTO THIS MIGRAINE, THE

LOWEST LOW, LAYING ON THE

COUCH, CRUCIATING PAIN,

COVERED IN A QUILT, AND

WATCHING "THE REAL

HOUSEWIVES OF BEVERLY HILLS"

FOR HOURS.

AND LIFE HAD COME TO A

STOP.

I FELT GUILTY, JUST

SHAMEFUL.

THE LORD SAID TO ME, I WANT

YOU TO GO OFF ALL VICODIN

FOREVER.

AND I WAS, LIKE, OH, MY

GOSH.

I REMEMBER THINKING, THAT

ISN'T POSSIBLE.

HE SAID THIS IS THE ONE PILL

THAT HELPS YOU, AND I'M

ASKING YOU TO LAY IT DOWN.

WILL YOU TRUST ME?

AND I CALLED MY NEUROLOGIST

AND I SAID, PLEASE DON'T

PRESCRIBE ME ANYMORE

NARCOTICS.

AND I CALLED THE PHARMACY,

AND I SAID I DON'T WANT TO

EVER REFILL THIS AGAIN.

IT WAS LIKE BEING DROPPED IN

THE MIDDLE OF THE OCEAN.

I HAD NO CONTROL.

BUT GOD HAD SAID TO GO OFF

OF IT.

AND HIS GRACE IS

SUFFICIENT.

I ALWAYS THOUGHT HIS GRACE

BEING SUFFICIENT WOULD BE

LIKE WIND IN YOUR SAIL AND

HE WOULD BLOW YOUR LITTLE

BOAT.

IT WASN'T LIKE THAT AT ALL.

IT WAS LIKE SO HARD AS

NAILS.

IT WAS, LIKE, FIVE MINUTES

AT A TIME.

THAT'S WHAT HIS GRACE LOOKED

LIKE FOR ME.

IT HAD BEEN NOW ABOUT A

MONTH OR TWO THAT I'D BEEN

OFF THE VICODIN.

I WAS STILL IN A TREMENDOUS

AMOUNT OF PAIN.

I HEARD THE LORD SAY TO ME,

NO LONGER WILL EVERY STRESS

AND ACTIVITY HAVE THE POWER

TO GIVE YOU A MIGRAINE.

AND I DID WHAT I HAD DONE

PROBABLY A THOUSAND TIMES

BEFORE.

I LOOKED AT MYSELF IN THE

MIRROR, AND I SAID,

HEADACHE, YOU HAVE TO GO IN

JESUS' NAME.

I STAND AGAINST YOU.

I RESIST YOU.

YOU HAVE TO GO IN JESUS'

NAME.

AND IT WAS THE FIRST TIME IT

WENT.

AND I REMEMBER THINKING, OH,

THIS IS SO AWESOME.

AND AFTER THREE YEARS, 1,095

DAYS, I WAS HEALED.

I KEPT FEELING IF I COULD

JUST CONNECT WITH HIM, I

KNOW I COULD RECEIVE

HEALING.

AND I DID.

I FELT LIKE HE WANTED TO

HEAL ME ALL ALONG.

BUT I GOT TO THE PLACE WHERE

I COULD CONNECT WITH HIM AND

I COULD RECEIVE IT.

HE IS A HEALER.

IT IS NOT, LIKE, IF YOU'RE

GOOD ENOUGH AND YOU LAY DOWN

THE PAINKILLERS, YOU WILL BE

WORTHY OF HIS HEALING.

IT IS HIS GRACE.

COMING OUT OF ADDICTION IS

POSSIBLE BECAUSE OF HIS

GRACE.

Gordon: IF YOU'RE

ADDICTED TO PRESCRIPTION

MEDICATION, UNDERSTAND WHAT

PAULA JUST SAID, THAT YOU

CAN COME OUT OF IT.

AND MAYBE JUST LIKE PAULA,

YOU'RE GOING, I CAN'T GIVE

THIS UP.

GOD, ANYTHING BUT THAT.

I NEED THIS.

I NEED IT TO GET THROUGH THE

DAY.

THIS HAS BECOME PART OF MY

LIFE.

AND DON'T YOU UNDERSTAND HOW

MUCH I NEED IT.

WELL, JUST LIKE PAULA, IT IS

GOING TO BE HARD FOR YOU.

AND THAT GRACE IS LITERALLY

GOING TO BE EVERY FIVE

MINUTES.

BUT THE GOOD NEWS IS THAT

YOU CAN COME OFF THEM, AND

YOU CAN HAVE YOUR LIFE

BACK.

BECAUSE IF YOU'RE INTO THESE

THINGS, JUST LIKE PAULA, YOU

THINK YOU CAN CONTROL IT,

BUT ACTUALLY IT'S THE OTHER

WAY AROUND.

THIS DRUG IS CONTROLLING

YOU.

AND YOU'RE SPENDING EVERY

MOMENT THINKING ABOUT WHEN

ARE YOU GOING TO TAKE THE

NEXT ONE.

AND ARE YOU GOING TO HAVE

ENOUGH, AND DO YOU HAVE

ENOUGH SUPPLY.

AND IS IT IN THE RIGHT

PLACES.

AND HOW CAN YOU HIDE IT FROM

OTHER PEOPLE.

YOU'RE LITERALLY STRUCTURING

YOUR WHOLE LIFE AROUND A

PILL.

THE GOOD NEWS IS THAT HIS

GRACE IS SUFFICIENT FOR

YOU.

AND HE CAN SEE YOU THROUGH

THE WITHDRAWAL.

AND HE CAN SEE YOU THROUGH

THE RECOVERY, AND HE CAN

EVEN SEE YOU THROUGH THE

UNDERLYING MEDICAL CONDITION

THAT STARTED THE

PRESCRIPTION IN THE FIRST

PLACE.

HE CAN DO IT ALL.

NOW, WHAT DOES IT TAKE?

WELL, JUST LIKE PAULA, IT

TAKES SURRENDER.

COMING TO THE REALIZATION

THAT YOU CAN'T DO IT ALONE.

WILL POWER ISN'T GOING TO

GET YOU THROUGH.

ONLY JESUS CAN SEE YOU

THROUGH THIS.

AND WHEN YOU SURRENDER AND

HAVE THE HONESTY TO SAY I AM

ADDICTED, AND I NEED TO GET

FREE, I DON'T WANT TO LIVE

LIFE THIS WAY -- I WANT TO

LIVE LIFE FOR HIM -- WHEN

YOU GET TO THAT POINT OF

UNDERSTANDING THAT YOU

REALLY HAVE BECOME A SLAVE

TO A PILL, THAT IT REALLY IS

IN CONTROL, AND IT'S AN

UNUSUAL KIND OF CONTROL

BECAUSE YOU LOVE TO TAKE IT,

AND THAT'S WHAT THE BIBLE

SAYS ABOUT IT.

YOU FIND IT IN HOSEA, WHERE

IT COMPARES VARIOUS

ADDICTIONS TO IDOLATRY, AND

WHETHER IT IS HARLETRY OR

NEW WINE -- THEY DIDN'T HAVE

MEDICATION BACK THEN, BUT IT

IS THE SAME THING.

IT ENSLAVES THE HEART.

THE VERY THING THAT IS

DESTROYING YOU, THE VERY

THING THAT IS CONSUMING YOUR

LIFE, YOU ACTUALLY LIKE AND

YOU WANT IT TO CONTINUE.

AND YOU WANT IT TO CONTINUE

TO HAVE CONTROL OVER YOU.

BUT WHEN YOU COME TO

THATPOINT OF REALIZATION,

MAYBE IT IS TODAY, MAYBE IT

IS NEXT WEEK, BUT DON'T LET

IT COME TO YOU WHEN YOU'VE

ALREADY GONE TOO FAR.

IF YOU ALREADY THINK YOU

HAVE A PROBLEM, GUESS WHAT?

YOU DO.

AND IT'S EVEN BIGGER THAN

YOU THINK.

DON'T GET TO THE POINT WHERE

IT IS GOING TO TAKE JAIL OR

IT IS GOING TO TAKE SOME

KIND OF INSTITUTION TO GET

YOU FREE.

REALIZE TODAY CAN BE THE DAY

OF YOUR NEW BEGINNING.

YOU CAN GET RID OF IT.

AND YOU CAN LIVE LIFE AGAIN,

AND LIVE IT TO ITS

FULLNESS.

AND UNDERSTAND, WELL, THERE

IS GOING TO BE SORROW.

THERE IS GOING TO BE GRIEF.

BUT THERE IS ALSO GOING TO

BE JOY.

AND THE GOOD NEWS IS YOU'LL

BE ABLE TO FEEL IT ALL.

YOU WON'T BE MEDICATED

THROUGH ALL OF IT.

YOU'LL BE ABLE TO LIVE

AGAIN.

IF YOU WANT THIS, THE FIRST

STEP IS THE MOST IMPORTANT

STEP, AND IT'S THE STEP OF

SURRENDER, TO SAY, I AM

ADDICTED TO THIS.

I HAVE LOST CONTROL OF MY

LIFE.

AND ONLY GOD CAN RESTORE

ME.

ONLY GOD CAN BRING ME BACK.

SO, GOD, IF YOU'RE THERE, IF

YOU CAN HEAR ME, WOULD YOU

COME TO ME?

WOULD YOU SHOW UP FOR ME?

WOULD YOU BE A SAVE YOUR

SAVIOR FOR ME?

IF YOU PRAY THAT WITH ALL OF

YOUR HEART, HE'LL ANSWER.

HE'LL ANSWER, BECAUSE THAT'S

WHY HE CAME.

THE WHOLE PROPHECY OF THE

MESSIAH, HE CAME TO SET THE

CAPTIVES FREE.

CAPTIVES TO SIN.

CAPTIVE, IF YOU'RE THAT,

HE'LL SET YOU FREE.

ALL IT TAKES IS FOR YOU TO

SAY THAT PRAYER.

NOW, IF YOU WANT HELP WITH

THIS, ALL HAVE YOU TO DO IS

CALL US.

THE NUMBER IS TOLL-FREE.

IT'S ON THE SCREEN.

1-888-777-1999.

WE'RE HERE FOR YOU, TO WALK

YOU THROUGH THIS JOURNEY.

WE'RE HERE FOR YOU ANY TIME

YOU HAVE A CRAVING, YOU WANT

TO GO BACK TO IT, YOU WANT

TO GET OFF THE ROAD OF

RECOVERY AND YOU WANT TO GO

BACK ON THE ROAD OF

ADDICTION, WE'RE HERE TO

PRAY FOR YOU.

IT IS OUR HONOR AND OUR

PRIVILEGE.

AND UNDERSTANDING THAT GRACE

CAN BE SUFFICIENT FOR YOU.

CALL US.

1-888-777-1999.

WELL, COMING UP, A TV ANCHOR

WHO VANISHED AFTER 22 YEARS

ON THE AIR.

I WAS JUST DONE.

I WAS JUST DONE.

I COULDN'T PUT ON THE HAPPY

FACE.

I COULDN'T BE THE

PROFESSIONAL.

Gordon: FIND OUT WHY HE

LEFT AFTER THIS.

Terry: TV NEWS ANCHOR

LES SMITH WAS A FAMILIAR

FACE TO HIS FANS FOR 22

YEARS.

AND THEN SUDDENLY HE

DISAPPEARED FROM THE AIR.

LES HAD BROKEN HIS CONTRACT

AND WALKED OUT ON HIS

CAREER, AND HERE IS WHY.

THAT WAS THE ONE PART OF

MY LIFE THAT I ALWAYS

PRESERVED, BECAUSE I THOUGHT

THAT'S THE ME THAT I WANT

THE WORLD TO SEE.

I COULD BE A MESS AT HOME

ALONE, BUT WHEN I'M OUT

THERE IN FRONT OF OTHER

PEOPLE, I'M GOING TO BE AS

PROFESSIONAL AS I CAN

POSSIBLY BE.

I COULD GO HOURS AND HOURS

ON LIVE TELLS DOING MY JOB

AT A VERY HIGH LEVEL, AND

THEN GO HOME AND COLLAPSE.

Reporter: TV ANCHOR LES

SMITH WAS DETERMINED NOT TO

LET HIS CO-WORKERS KNOW HE

LIVED A PRIVATE NIGHTMARE.

HE WOULD GO HOME AFTER A

LONG DAY OF TV REPORTING AND

LET BOOZE NUMB THE PAIN.

NO ONE KNEW THE WEIGHT OF

LES' PROBLEM, NOT EVEN LES.

I THINK ABOUT WHEN I WAS

A TEENAGER, AND I WOULD SIT

IN MY ROOM AND LISTEN TO SAD

SONGS BY MYSELF.

I DIDN'T UNDERSTAND THAT WAS

THE BEGINNING OF A LIFE-LONG

PROBLEM WITH DEPRESSION.

Reporter: IN COLLEGE,

LES BECAME AN ALCOHOLIC.

HE THOUGHT IT WAS THE ONLY

WAY HE COULD EXIST.

I DID IT JUST TO MASK THE

ANXIETY I HAD AND THE

LONELINESS I HAD AND THE

DEPRESSION I HAD.

Reporter: AFTER

COLLEGE, LES BEGAN REPORTING

FOR WAVY TV.

HE PUSHED HIMSELF TO GET

AHEAD PROFESSIONALLY, BUT

HIS PRIVATE LIFE WER WAS A

MESS.

I WOULD START A

RELATIONSHIP WITH A WOMAN,

AND IT WOULD LAST A PERIOD

OF TIME TO WHERE THEY WOULD

TRY TO GET TOO CLOSE TO ME.

AND I WOULD USE ALCOHOL AND

ISOLATION TO PUSH THEM

AWAY.

I WENT THROUGH THIS LONG

PATTERN OVER THE YEARS OF

JUST PUSHING PEOPLE AWAY

WHEN THEY GOT TOO CLOSE TO

ME.

Reporter: WHEN THE PAIN

OF DEPRESSION GOT TOO MUCH

FOR LES, HE CALLED IN SICK.

HE THOUGHT HE COULD HANDLE

IT HIMSELF.

I DON'T NEED HELP FROM

ANYBODY.

AND PARTICULARLY WHEN I

CONTINUE TO BE SUCCESSFUL AT

WORK.

I WOULD BE, LIKE, LOOK, I

CAN GO AND DO MY JOB.

NOBODY NEEDS TO WORRY ABOUT

ME, ABOUT WHAT I DO WHEN I

GO HOME.

Reporter: BUT IN 2007,

HE COULD NO LONGER KEEP UP

THE FRONT.

SO ONE DAY HE DISAPPEARED.

I WAS JUST DONE.

I WAS JUST DONE.

I KNEW I COULDN'T GO AND I

COULDN'T PUT ON THE HAPPY

FACE.

I COULDN'T BE THE

PROFESSIONAL FACE.

I HAD TO STAY THERE ON THAT

COUCH AND BE THE REAL

UNHAPPY LES.

Reporter: LES BROKE HIS

CONTRACT AND WALKED OFF THE

JOB.

A YEAR LATER HE TURNED OFF,

AND WORKED BRIEFLY FOR A

STATION ACROSS TOWN, WTKR,

AND LEFT AGAIN.

HE EVENTUALLY LANDED A JOB

IN NEW YORK CITY WHEN HE

DRANK EVEN MORE.

THE REAL END CAME IN

2010.

I WAS IN NEW YORK CITY, AND

I REALLY WAS TRYING TO DRINK

MYSELF TO DEATH.

I WAS SO DEPRESSED.

I COULDN'T EAT.

I COULDN'T KEEP THE FOOD

DOWN.

I JUST DIDN'T WANT TO GO ON

ANYMORE.

MY DAD HAD TO COME UP FROM

TEXAS TO HELP ME.

AND HE GOT THERE AND RIGHT

AWAY CALLED AN AMBULANCE.

AND THEY TOOK ME TO THE

HOSPITAL.

AND THEY HAD TO DETOX ME AND

GIVE ME MEDICINE SO I

WOULDN'T GO INTO A SEIZURE.

AND I STILL WANTED TO DIE.

I ASKED GOD TO LET ME DIE.

Reporter: BUT LES

USUALLY DIDN'T TALK TO GOD,

AND THE IDEA OF GOD TALKING

BACK, WELL, HE DIDN'T EVEN

CONSIDER THAT.

UNTIL...

I'LL NEVER FORGET IT.

IT WAS IN THE MIDDLE OF THE

NIGHT, ABOUT 3:00 IN THE

MORNING, IN THIS VERY DIMLY

LIT HOSPITAL ROOM, AND I'M

ASKING GOD TO LET ME DIE,

AND I HEAR A VOICE IN MY IS

SPIRIT THAT SAYS, NO.

I WANT YOU TO LIVE.

AND THAT WAS THE MOMENT I

REALLY REALIZED, OKAY, I

HAVE TO MAKE A CHOICE: DO I

LIVE AND HOW DO I LIVE?

Reporter: IN THAT

HOSPITAL ROOM, LES LEARNED

SOMETHING ABOUT GOD.

I ALWAYS BELIEVED IN GOD,

BUT I DIDN'T UNDERSTAND THAT

GOD WAS SOMEBODY WHO WAS IN

ME AND A PART OF ME ALL THE

TIME.

I THOUGHT GOD WAS SOMEBODY

THAT YOU WENT TO CHURCH AND

WHAT HAPPENED ON SUNDAY, AND

THAT WAS THE END OF THE

RELATIONSHIP.

AND DURING THE WEEK YOU WENT

AND DID YOUR THING, AND YOU

CAME BACK ON SUNDAY.

THAT'S THE PART I MISSED.

AND THAT'S THE PART THAT MY

BROKENNESS EVENTUALLY LED ME

TO.

Reporter: LES REALIZED

THE PAIN HE WAS TRYING TO

NUMB WAS REALLY A HOLE HE

WAS TRYING TO FILL.

AND IT WASN'T UNTIL AFTER

I CAME TO CHRIST THAT I

REALIZED THAT WAS A HOLE,

AND THE ONLY THING THAT

FILLED THAT HOLE WAS MY

RELATIONSHIP WITH JESUS

CHRIST, AND NOTHING ELSE

COULD FILL IT.

Reporter: AFTER BEING

RELEASED FROM THE HOSPITAL,

LES CHECKED INTO YOUTH

CHALLENGE IN NEWPORT NEWS.

A EVERY DAY I DEEPENED

MY UNDERSTANDING OF MY

RELATIONSHIP WITH JESUS

CHRIST.

IT WAS ONLY THROUGH THAT

EXPERIENCE, DOING IT EVERY

DAY, AND REALLY LETTING HIM

COME IN AND DO THE WORK THAT

NEEDED TO BE DONE IN ME,

THAT I FINALLY CHANGED.

I FINALLY TURNED THAT CORNER

AS A PERSON.

Reporter: RECENTLY LES

GUEST ANCHORED WITH A FRIEND

AT WTKR IN NORTH VIRGINIA.

AND HE IS ALSO A REAL ESTATE

AGENT.

HE FINDS THAT PEOPLE

RECOGNIZE HIM WHEREVER HE

GOES, AND THEY WANT TO TELL

HIM THEIR STORIES.

PEOPLE HAVE SHARED WITH

ME THEIR OWN TROUBLES.

I'M NOT THE ONLY PERSON

WHOEVE WHO EVER STAT SAT ON

A COUCH WATCHING "THE 700

CLUB" WITH A BOTTLE OF

BOOZE.

I HAD GONE THE WRONG

DIRECTION FOR A LONG, LONG

TIME.

I'M NOT WHERE I NEED TO BE,

BUT I'M SURE NOT WHERE I

USED TO BE.

AND FOR THE FIRST TIME I'M

GOING IN THE RIGHT

DIRECTION.

IT IS THE GRACE AND THE

FORGIVENESS OF JESUS CHRIST,

THAT'S ALL THAT WORKS FOR

ME.

Terry: LES SAID HE HAD

BEEN OUT THERE ON THE WRONG

ROAD, GOING THE WRONG WAY

FOR A LONG, LONG TIME.

THE GREAT NEWS OF THE

MESSAGE OF THE LOVE OF GOD

IS IT IS NEVER TOO LATE TO

TURN AROUND.

YOU CAN ALWAYS, ALWAYS MAKE

THAT DECISION.

YOU KNOW, LES SAID -- I

THINK THIS WAS A KEY

THERE.

WHEN SOMEONE SHARED WITH ME

THAT GOD LOVED ME VERY

PERSONALLY, VERY

SPECIFICALLY, WANTED TO

FORGIVE MY VERY SIN, WANTED

TO MEET MY VERY NEED AND

LIVE IN MY OWN HEART, THAT I

COULD HAVE THAT KIND OF

PERSONAL RELATIONSHIP WITH

HIM, THAT IN FACT I WAS

CREATED FOR THAT, IT CHANGED

EVERYTHING.

SO TODAY I WANT YOU TO KNOW

THAT.

NO MATTER WHERE YOU ARE, NO

MATTER WHAT YOU'VE DONE, NO

MATTER HOW FAR YOU'VE GONE

OR HOW LONG YOU'VE BEEN

THERE, YOU CAN ALWAYS TURN

AROUND.

IN FACT, THAT'S GOD'S

MESSAGE TO YOU TODAY.

HE IS SAYING, SON, DAUGHTER,

I'M HERE.

I'VE ALWAYS BEEN HERE.

YOU WERE CREATED WITH A GOD

PURPOSE IN MIND.

AND I WANT TO SHOW YOU WHAT

IT IS.

I WANT TO FORGIVE YOUR SIN

AND SET YOU FREE.

WOULDN'T YOU LIKE THAT

TODAY?

AS I LISTEN TO LES' STORY, I

THINK WHAT AN AMAZING THING,

TO HAVE THE BURDEN OF THAT

DEPRESSION, THE BURDEN OF

THAT NEED, LIFTED OFF YOUR

SHOULDERS.

TO SUDDENLY HAVE ALL OF

CREATION AROUND YOU, SINGING

THE HALLELUJAH CHORUS TO

YOUR SOUL BECAUSE YOU ARE

FREE.

GOD IS LOOKING AT YOUR LIFE

TODAY, AT YOUR NEED, AND

SAYING, PLEASE LET ME LOVE

YOU.

PLEASE LET ME HELP YOU.

STOP TRYING TO DO IT ALL ON

YOUR OWN.

IT BEGINS WITH SURRENDER.

WHAT DOES THAT MEAN?

IT MEANS YOU'RE GOING TO

STOP TRYING TO DO IT ON YOUR

OWN AND YOU'RE GOING TO RELY

ON HIM.

YOU'RE GOING TO TRUST HIM.

THAT'S WHAT RELYING ON GOD

IS.

IT'S SAYING, I'M TRUSTING

YOU, GOD, TO BE WHO YOU SAY

YOU'LL BE, TO DO THE THINGS

YOU SAY YOU'LL DO, TO COME

INTO MY SOUL AND TO FILL

THIS BIG, EMPTY HOLE THAT IS

INSIDE OF ME.

WHEN WE INVITE HIM, THAT'S

WHEN HE COMES IN.

SO TODAY JUST PRAY THAT

PRAYER.

GOD, I'M A SINNER IN NEED OF

A SAVIOR.

FORGIVE MY SIN.

AND THEN DON'T MAKE IT SO

BROAD.

BEGIN TO SHARE WITH HIM THE

THINGS THAT YOU KNOW YOU'VE

DONE THAT ARE INAPPROPRIATE,

THAT HAVE HURT OTHERS, THAT

HAVE BEEN WRONG.

RECEIVE FORGIVENESS.

THAT'S WHY JESUS CAME.

THAT'S WHAT HE MEANT WHEN HE

SAID HE CAME TO SET THE

CAPTIVE FREE.

START THERE, AND LET HIM SET

YOU FREE.

AND THEN SAY, GOD, I'VE MADE

A MESS OF IT.

I WANT TO DO IT YOUR WAY

FROM NOW ON.

SHOW ME HOW TO DO THAT.

EVEN THE ABILITY TO KNOW HOW

TO WALK THAT OUT, HOW TO

LIVE THAT, HOW TO RECEIVE

THAT -- WE EVEN NEED TO

RECEIVE THAT FROM HIM.

SO GIVE UP TRYING TO DO IT

ON YOUR OWN.

JUST BOW IN ME TO THE GOD

WHO KNEW YOU BEFORE YOU WERE

FORMED IN YOUR MOTHER'S

WOMB.

HE HAS WAITED SO PATIENTLY,

AND IT IS HIS PLEASURE TO

SET YOU FREE AND TO LOVE YOU

DEEPLY, TO FILL THAT DEEP

VOID INSIDE OF YOU.

YOU REALLY CAN BE MADE

HOLE.

WHOLE.

YOU REALLY CAN HAVE A NEW

BEGINNING.

IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO PRAY

WITH SOMEBODY SPECIFICALLY

ABOUT SOMETHING IN YOUR

LIFE, YOU CAN CALL THAT

NUMBER ON YOUR SCREEN.

1-888-777-1999.

THE PERSON WHO ANSWERS THE

PHONE ON THE OTHER END HAS

ALREADY SURRENDERED AND

PRAYED THAT PRAYER.

AND YOU WOULD MAKE THEIR DAY

BY CALLING.

IF YOU NEED TO PRAY WITH

SOMEONE TODAY, PLEASE CALL

THAT NUMBER.

GORDON?

Gordon: UP NEXT, THE

HUSBAND WINS HIS BATTLE WITH

DRUGS FRO WITH HELP FROM

PEOPLE LIKE YOU.

ALL AFTER THIS.

Terry: DRUG AND ALCOHOL

ADDICTION IS A COMMON

PROBLEM IN UKRAINE, AND FOR

THE MAN IN OUR NEXT STORY,

HIS DRUG HABITS SEEMED

IMPOSSIBLE TO OVERCOME,

UNTIL A CHANCE MEETING LED

HIM TO AN "OPERATION

BLESSING" REHAB CENTER.

Reporter: TODAY SASHA

IS A HAPPY FAMILY MAN WITH A

GOOD JOB.

SO MOST PEOPLE WOULD NEVER

IMAGINE THAT JUST A FEW

YEARS AGO HE WAS A DRUG

ADDICT.

I WOKE UP EVERY MORNING

THINKING ABOUT WHERE I WOULD

FIND DRUGS THAT DAY.

Reporter: SASHA STOLE

FROM HIS FRIENDS AND

RELATIVES TO SUPPORT HIS

HABIT.

NO ONE TRUSTED HIM.

HE WANTED TO QUIT, BUT

COULDN'T.

EVERY TIME I QUIT ON MY

OWN, I HAD BAD WITHDRAWAL

SYMPTOMS AND GOT VERY SICK.

NOTHING HELPED.

Reporter: THAT CYCLE

LASTED FOR THREE YEARS,

UNTIL ONE DAY SASHA TALKED

TO AN OLD FRIEND HE HADN'T

SEEN IN A LONG TIME.

THE LAST TIME I SAW HIM,

HE WAS A DRUG ADDICT, TOO.

BUT HE LOOKED GREAT.

I WAS SHOCKED.

I ASKED HIM WHERE HE HAD

BEEN AND HOW HE HAD GOTTEN

BETTER.

Reporter: THE FRIEND

TALKED TO SASHA ABOUT GOD,

AND TOLD HIM BO ABOUT A

REHAB CENTER SPONSORED BY

"OPERATION BLESSING."

SASHA WENT TO THE CENTER

RIGHT AWAY.

I SAW A BUNCH OF GUYS

THAT USED TO BE ON DRUGS.

THEY WERE RELEASED FROM

THEIR ADDICTIONS AND FREE.

I THOUGHT, I CAN DO IT JUST

LIKE THEY DID IT.

I REALIZED GOD WAS MY ONLY

HOPE.

SO I REPENTED AND ASKED HIM

TO FORGIVE ME AND SAVE MY

LIFE.

Reporter: SIX YEARS

HAVE PASSED, AND SASHA IS A

NEW MAN.

HE IS GOES TO CHURCH AND

ALWAYS THINKS ABOUT THAT.

HE IS A GOOD HUSBAND.

I AM SO GLAD THERE ARE

PLACES THAT CAN HELP PEOPLE

IN NEED.

I WAS FREE.

I DIDN'T GO THROUGH

WITHDRAWALS.

I FELT WONDERFUL.

I'M BLESSED WITH A WONDERFUL

WIFE AND DAUGHTER.

PRAISE THE LORD.

THANK YOU FOR SAVING MY

LIFE.

Terry: THANK YOU FOR

BEING THERE.

IF YOU'RE A "700 CLUB"

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WE LEAVE YOU WITH THESE

WORDS FROM PAUL, FROM 2

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YOU.

FOR MY STRENGTH IS MADE

PERFECT IN WEAKNESS.

THEREFORE MOST GLADLY I

WOULD RATHER BOAST IN MY

INFIRMITIES THAT THE POWER

OF CHRIST MAY REST UPON

ME."

IF YOU'RE HAVING TROUBLE

TODAY MAKING IT JUST THROUGH

THE DAY, START BOASTING IN

YOUR INFIRMITY.

REALIZE THAT'S PRECISELY

WHEN THE POWER OF GOD IS

STRONGEST, AND WHEN THE

POWER OF CHRIST CAN REST IN

YOU.

GOD BLESS YOU.

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