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700 Club Interactive - May 9, 2017

Pastor Johnny Hunt discusses his latest book, “Demolishing Strongholds”; what the Bible says about past failures and the hope of encouragement found in the Scripture. Read Transcript


Reporter: A HOPEFUL

COLLEGE PLAYER IS CUT FROM

HIS TEAM.

THAT WAS HARD FOR ME TO

HANDLE.

>THAT.THAT SENT ME INTO

DEPRESSION AND A LOT MORE

DRINKING.

I SAID, PLEASE, GOD, HELP

ME, HELP ME OUT OF THIS.

Reporter: PLUS AUTHOR

AND PASTOR JOHNNIE HUNT

JOINS US TO DISCUSS SOME

SHOCKING TRUTHS ABOUT

CHRISTIANS ON TODAY'S "THE

700 CLUB."

Andrew: WELL, GOOD

MORNING, AND WELCOME TO

THE SHOW.

WELL, MOST OF US KNOW

SOMEONE WHO HAS BATTLED

CANCER, AND SADLY, MORE

THAN 1.5 MILLION CASES ARE

DIAGNOSED EVERY YEAR.

EVEN WORSE IS WHEN A

FAMILY IS TOLD THEIR CHILD

HAS CANCER.

DEVON WAS A TYPICAL

6-YEAR-OLD WHO WANTS TO

ONE DAY BECOME A POLICE

OFFICER.

THIS PAST JANUARY DEVON'S

PARENTS TOOK HIM

SNOWBOARDING, AND THEY

FEARED THEIR SON MAY HAVE

HAD A CONCUSSION AFTER HE

FELL FROM HIS BOARD.

IT TURNED OUT HE HAD AN

INOPERABLE BRAIN TUMOR,

AND HE WAS GIVEN ONLY TWO

YEARS TO LIVE.

BOSTON MADE HIM HONORARY

POLICE OFFICER.

AND HIS FATHER SAID IT IS

SOMETHING THAT HELPS THEM

GET THROUGH THE DAY,

KNOWING THERE ARE SO MANY

PEOPLE OUT THERE PRAYING

FOR US, AND WHO ARE

PRAYING FOR US.

YOU CAN SUPPORT DEVON ON

HIS FAMILY BY GOING TO

gofundme.com, AND USING

THE #whynotDevon.

IT IS SUCH A DIFFICULT

TIME.

AND I ENCOURAGE YOU TO

KEEP THIS FAMILY IN MIND

AND ALL OF THE FAMILIES

YOU KNEW.

> WELL, IT IS A DREAM

COME TRUE, FOR A STUDENT

WITH CEREBRAL PALSY.

HE WAS SELECTED BY "DREAM

ON FREE," AND IT PROCEEDS

DREAMS FOR CHILDREN.

CHRISTIAN IS A LIFE-LONG

YANKEES' FAN, AND LAST

WEEK HE GOT TO MEET SOME

OF HIS FAVORITE BRONX

BOMBERS.

AND IT HELPS STUDENTS FROM

CHRISTIAN HIGH SCHOOL PLAN

THE EXPERIENCE THROUGH

FUNDRAISING.

CHRISTIAN'S CLASSMATES

RAISED OVER $10,000.

THEY'RE LEARNING THAT

IT IS MORE ABOUT SELF.

IT IS ABOUT OTHERS AND

GIVING AND DOING.

AND WHEN THEY PUT

SOMETHING TOGETHER OF THIS

MAGNITUDE, THEY END UP

BEING GIFTED.

IT MEANS EVERYTHING TO

ME, YOU KNOW?

I'VE BEEN A YANKEES' FAN

FOR SINCE I WAS A YOUNG

BOY.

IT MEANS EVERYTHING.

AND I APPRECIATE IT.

Andrew: WHAT A GREAT

STORY.

AND SPEAKING OF THE BRONX

BOMBERS, HERE IS THE STORY

OF A REAL-LIFE GOLIATH.

AARON JUDGE IS NOT LIKE

THE BIBLICAL GOLIATH: HE

IS A CHRISTIAN.

HE IS A BASEBALL PLAYER.

HE IS A FORMIDABLE

OPPONENT IN THE AMERICAN

LEAGUE, AND IS ABOUT TO

BECOME A HOUSEHOLD NAME.

HIS BATTING PRACTICE HAS

BECOME A MUST-SEE EVENT

FOR TICKETHOLDERS.

HE IS KNOWN FOR HIS

MASSIVE HOMERUNS.

AND HE SMASHED THE BALL

INTO THE FIELD, AND THE

BALL TRAVELLED 450 TO

475 FEET FROM HOME PLATE.

AND HE HAS SPOKEN OPENLY

ABOUT HIS ADOPTION AS A

BABY AND HIS CHRISTIAN

FAITH.

HE CURRENTLY LEADS THE

MAJOR LEAGUE IN HOMERUNS.

AND ALSO THE YANKEES ARE

GETTING A BARGAIN THERE AS

HE IS PAID JUST OVER

$500,000 A YEAR.

HE IS UP FOR A BIG PAYDAY

QUITE SOON.

> MOVING ON, REALITY

SHOW "AMERICAN NINJA

WARRIOR" IS HUGELY

POPULAR, ESPECIALLY IN MY

HOME WITH MY BOYS, AND HAS

ITS NINTH SEASON IN JUNE.

ONE CONTESTANT SAW HIS

FAITH TESTED JUST SIX

MONTHS BEFORE COMPETITION,

WITH AN ALMOST FATAL

DIAGNOSIS.

MARK MARTIN HAS THIS

AMAZING STORY OF SURVIVAL.

Mark: WHEN YOU THINK

OF A NINJA, THE IMAGE OF A

STEALTH FIGURE CLAD IN

BLACK PROBABLY COMES TO

MIND.

TODAY'S TV NINJAS ARE

HIGHLY SKILLED ATHLETES,

WORKING THEIR WAY THROUGH

INTENSE OBSTACLES ON THE

IMMENSELY POPULAR

"AMERICAN NINJA WARRIOR."

GRANT CLINTON IS ONE SUCH

COMPETITOR.

THE 3 39-YEAR-OLD TEXT TEXAN IS

INCREDIBLE SHAPE.

HE GAVE CBN A LOOK AT HIS

TRAINING.

THE OBSTACLES BY

THEMSELVES, LOTS OF TIMES

ISN'T REAL DIFFICULT.

IT IS PUTTING THEM

TOGETHER AND THEN HAVING

ENOUGH ENERGY ON OBSTACLE

EIGHT OR NINE OR TEN TO

NOT BE PUMPED OUT WITH

YOUR MUSCLES BEING SO

FATIGUE AND TIRED.

I'M TRYING TO BUILD THAT

UP SO THEY DON'T GET

FATIGUES.

Mark: NOW GRANT

TRAINS FIVE OR SIX DAYS A

WEEK, HEADING TO THE GYM

FOR ABOUT TWO HOURS EACH

DAY BEFORE WORK.

WHEN NOT TRAINING, CLINTON

IS A MORTGAGE BROKER.

PEOPLE ARE, LIKE, WHAT

DO YOU DO?

WHAT'S GOING ON HERE.

YOU REAL EARLIER GOOD AT

THIS.

WHAT IS YOUR THING.

I'M, LIKE, I DO MORTGAGES.

Reporter: AND HE

COMPETED AS A GYMNAST AND

COLLEGE.

DURING ONE TYPICAL

TRAINING SESSION, HOWEVER,

THE UNEXPECTED HAPPENED.

I FELT JUST A HUGE

PRESSURE IN MY HEAD THAT I

THOUGHT WAS JUST A

TERRIBLE HEADACHE.

I KIND OF HAD TO STEP

ASIDE FOR A LITTLE BIT AND

FIGURE OUT WHAT WAS GOING

ON, AND THE PAIN JUST GOT

WORSE.

Mark: HE UNDERWENT AN

EMERGENCY C.T. SCAN, WHICH

SHOWED BLEEDING IN HIS

BRAIN.

AN AMBULANCE RUSHED HIM TO

THE HOSPITAL FOR SURGERY.

HIS WIFE, LINDSAY, RECALLS

THE WEIGHT OF THAT MOMENT.

HE TOLD ME THAT

EVERYTHING WAS GOING TO BE

OKAY.

IT IS LIKE IT IS SO FRESH,

EVEN THOUGH IT HAS BEEN SO

LONG.

HE TOLD ME THAT EVERYTHING

WAS GOING TO BE OKAY,

WHICH I KNEW THAT IT WAS

GOING TO OKAY REGARDLESS

OF THE OUTCOME.

BUT THEN HE DID SAY, YOU

KNOW, IF I DON'T COME OUT

OF THIS, I WANT YOU TO

MAKE PLANS.

I WANT YOU TO MOVE ON WITH

YOUR LIFE.

I WANT YOU TO FIND A GOOD

HUSBAND FOR OUR CHILDREN.

I MEAN, IT'S JUST ONE OF

THOSE CONVERSATIONS YOU

DON'T REALLY PLAN ON

HAVING AT OUR AGE.

Reporter Mark: AFTER SURGERY,

CLINTON LEARNED HE

SUFFERED A STROKE, THE

TYPE WITH A 50% FATALITY

RATE.

I WORKED OUT ALL OF THE

TIME, MY CHOLESTEROL WAS

LOW, I DIDN'T HAVE ANY

GENETIC HISTORY OF STROKE.

Reporter: A WEEK

AFTER THE HOSPITAL,

CHRISTIAN ATTENDED A MEN'S

RETREAT WHICH FOCUSED ON

HEALING.

HE STILL FELT AA LO A LOT OF

PAIN AND PRESSURE, AND THE

MEN PRAYED FOR HIM.

I CAME IN WITH A LOT OF

PAIN AND MEDICINE, AND TWO

DAYS LATER, I LEFT WITH NO

PAIN AND NO MEDS.

I SAW THE LORD LIFT THAT

OFF OF ME THROUGH THESE

MEN GOING TO WAR FOR ME.

IT WAS AMAZING.

Mark: CLINTON

EVENTUALLY RESUMED HIS

NINJA TRAINING, AND ABOUT

SIX MONTHS AFTER THE

STROKE, HE MADE IT ON TV.

HE BECAME A CROWD FAVORITE

AND MADE IT TO THE

NATIONALS.

ALTHOUGH CLINTON MADE AN

EARLIER EXIT THAN HE

HOPED, HIS STORY CONNECTED

WITH PEOPLE AROUND THE

WORLD.

BEING A BELIEVER,

THAT'S WHAT IT IS ALL

ABOUT.

REALLY, IT IS NOT ABOUT ME

BEING UP THERE AND

PERFORMING -- WELL, OF

COURSE I'M A COMPETITOR

AND I LIKE TO DO WELL, I

LIKE TO COMPETE WELL.

BUT GOD'S GLORY IS FIRST.

AND I WANT MY STORY, I

WANT THE PEOPLE THAT HAVE

WATCHED ME, TO KNOW WHAT

IS GOING ON.

TO KNOW THAT GOD IS STILL

WORKING MIRACULOUSLY IN

TODAY'S WORLD.

IT IS NOT ONLY WHAT WE

READ IN SCRIPTURES, BUT HE

IS STILL DOING IT TODAY.

Mark: AND THIS

BELIEVER IS GIVING BACK.

WHILE COMPETING, HE WORE A

SHIRT EMBLAZONED WITH THE

WORD "OVERCOMER."

AFTER LOTS OF PEOPLE ASKED

TO BUY THE T-SHIRT,

CLINTON GOT DOWN TO

BUSINESS AND DONATED THE

PROCEEDS TO THE STROKE

AWARENESS FOUNDATION.

HE SAYS IT IS NOT CLEAR

WHY HE HAD THE STROKE, AND

HE IS OKAY WITH THAT.

THE LORD ALLOWED THIS

TO HAPPEN SO THAT I COULD

BUILD THE FAITH OF THE MEN

AT MY CHURCH.

SO I COULD ENCOURAGE AND

BUILD THE FAITH OF THOSE

WHO GOT A CHANCE TO SEE ME

ON THE SHOW.

IF THAT'S ALL IT WAS FOR,

WE DON'T REALLY HAVE TO

HAVE A REASON FOR IT.

Mark: AND THAT

ENCOURAGEMENT RESUMES IN

JUNE, ALONG WITH A CHANCE

THE AT A MILLION DOLLARS.

MARK MARTIN, CBN NEWS,

HOUSTON, TEXAS.

Andrew: FRANKLIN,

WHAT A TRUE WARRIOR, SIX

MONTHS AFTER A STROKE

COMPETING ON THAT PROGRAM.

A WONDERFUL AMBASSADOR FOR

JESUS CHRIST.

> UP NEXT, SHOCKING

STATISTICS ON ADULTERY AND

PORNOGRAPHY NOT JUST IN

THE CULTURE, BUT AMONG

CHRISTIANS.

PASTOR JOHNNIE HUNT JOINS

US TO TALK ABOUT BREAKING

THE CHING CHAINS OF ADDICTIVE

Andrew: THE APOSTLE

PAUL TELLS US TO BE READY

FOR BATTLE.

SO WHY ARE SO MANY

CHRISTIANS FAILING TO

ENGAGE THE ENEMY?

PASTOR JOHNNIE HUNT SAYS

THIS IS AN ENORMOUS

CONCERN AND THE STAKES ARE

HIGH.

JOHNNIE HUNT HAS MADE IT A

MISSION TO HELP PEOPLE

BREAK STRONGHOLDS, WHICH

HE DEFINES AS ANY HABIT

THAT HAS GOT A HOLD OF

YOU.

JOHNNY IS PASTOR OF FIRST

BAPTIST CHURCH IN

WOODSTOCK, GEORGIA.

HE SAYS TO BREAK THE

CHAINS OF DOCKS, W ADDICTION, WE

CAN'T DO IT ON OUR OWN.

IN HIS BOOK, HE SHARES THE

SECRETS OF BREAKING FREE

FROM DESTRUCTIVE BEHAVIOR.

PASTOR JOHNNIE HUNT JOINS

US NOW.

THANK YOU.

IT'S GOOD TO BE HERE.

Andrew: BEFORE WE GET

INTO THE NUTS AND BOLTS OF

THIS, YOU KNOW WHAT IT IS

LIKE TO BE IN CRISIS?

MY DAD CHECKED OUT WHEN

I WAS SEVEN YEARS OLD, AND

MY MOTHER RAISED SIX OF US

IN A GOVERNMENT PROJECT.

THERE WAS LOTS OF TROUBLE

TO BE INVOLVED IN.

AND SO AT A VERY YOUNG

AGE -- EMBARRASSINGLY

YOUNG -- I GOT INVOLVED IN

ALCOHOL, AND LATER IT

BECAME AN ADDICTION.

DROPPED OUT OF SCHOOL AT

16.

Andrew: NO HOPE FOR

YOU?

NO.

MANAGED A POOL ROOM, AND

THOUGHT I WOULD BE A

PROFESSIONAL POOL PLAYER

IN THE EARLY DAYS, AND

THEN SOMEONE INVITED ME TO

CHURCH WHEN I WAS 20 YEARS

OLD.

I DIDN'T OWN A BIBLE.

DIDN'T GO TO CHURCH AS A

KID.

NO BACKGROUND.

DIDN'T KNOW THE MUSIC.

GOD REALLY SPOKE TO ME

THROUGH THE GOSPEL, AND MY

LIFE WAS CHANGED ON

JANUARY 7th, 1973, AND

THEN I BEGAN TO HAVE

PURPOSE AND DIRECTION.

GOD WANTED TO DO SOMETHING

WITH ME.

Andrew: YOU JUMPED IN

ALL OF THE WAY.

YOU'RE COMMITMENT WAS

SOLID.

IT WAS IMMEDIATELY AND

I BEGAN TO SHARE IT WITH

MY FRIENDS.

I LEARNED QUICKLY TO

ARTICULATE MY FAITH.

WITHIN THREE YEARS OF MY

CONVERSION, I WAS

PASTORING MY FIRST CHURCH.

Andrew: YOU HAVE

TREMENDOUS COMPASSION AND

EMPATHY FOR MEN AND WOMEN

IN BONDAGE.

WHY DO YOU THINK SO MANY

CHRISTIANS, MEN AND

WOMEN -- WE DON'T LIVE

VERY DIFFERENTLY THAN THE

WORLD IN SOME WAYS.

WHY IS THAT?

I THINK -- YOU KNOW,

THE BIBLE SAYS THAT MAKE

SURE YOU KNOW SATAN'S DIE

VICES.

DEVICES.

AND SO HE IS VERY SUBTLE.

I THINK PEOPLE BELIEVE

THEY'RE GOING TO BE OKAY,

AND IF THEY DO EVEN DABBLE

IN ANYTHING, IT IS GOING

TO BE SORT OF OUT OF

CURIOSITY, AND THAT'S HOW

THE ENEMY DRAWS US INMENT.

AndrewIN.

Andrew: I CAN CONTROL

IT.

EXACTLY.

THE BIG WORD DAY IS

MODERATION.

BUT MOD DAYS I MODERATION IS BECAUSE

WE BEGIN TO SLIDE IN.

ONE THING PEOPLE HAVE

MISSED IN THE SCRIPTURES,

IN HEBREWS 12: 1, THE

BIBLE SAYS LET US LAY

ASIDE ANY WEIGHT.

AND A WEIGHT CAN BE A

GATEWAY THAT CROSSES OVER.

Andrew: SATAN HATES

GOD.

I BELIEVE THAT.

BECAUSE GOD WANTS TO GET

GLORY THROUGH ME, THROUGH

THE CHURCH.

IF HE CAN, I'M GLORYFYING

GOD.

IF NOT, THE ENEMY IS

STEALING THAT GLORY.

WHICH HE ATTEMPTED TO DO

IN ISAIAH 12.

Andrew: YOU GET

SPECIFIC IN YOUR BOOK.

WHAT IS THE TRIPLE PLAY?

THE TRIPLE PLAY -- I

REALLY BEGAN TO THINK

ABOUT WHAT THE TRILOGY OF

MAN'S GREATEST STRUGGLES

ARE, AND I BELIEVE IT IS

PRIDE -- IT STARTS THERE.

AND THEN I BELIEVE IT IS

SEX AS IT PERTAINS TO

LUST.

AND MONEY AS IT PERTAINS

TO GREED.

Andrew: WE'RE IN A

SPIRITUAL BATTLE, AND SOME

OF US MAY READ ABOUT

PUTTING ON THE ARMOR OF

GOD AND SAY, THAT'S NICE,

BUT YOU TALK ABOUT HOW

RIDICULOUS IT WOULD BE FOR

A SOLDIER TO ENTER BATTLE

WITH NOTHING ON BY HIS

SMILE.

THE BIBLE TEACHES THAT

THERE ARE THREE THINGS YOU

PUT ON AND YOU NEVER TAKE

OFF.

THE LANGUAGE MAKES IT

CLEAR.

AND THERE ARE THREE THAT

YOU TAKE UP AND YOU DO LAY

DOWN.

FOR INSTANCE, WHEN A

SOLDIER GOES TO BATTLE,

THE VERY FIRST THING HE

PUTS ON IS THE BELT OF

TRUTH.

THE SECOND THING HE PUTS

ON IS HIS BREAST PLATE OF

RIGHTEOUSNESS.

AND HIS FEET HAVE THE

PREPARATION OF THE GOSPEL

PEACE.

AT WOUR, H WAR, HE NEVER TAKES

THOSE THREE OFF.

THE VERY FIRST THING TO

COME OFF WHEN YOU'RE IN

BATTLE AND YOU DECIDE TO

GIVE IN, IS THE BELT OF

TRUTH.

YOU BEGIN TO LIVE A LIE.

YOU BEGIN TO TELL YOUR

WIFE, I WAS HERE WHEN YOU

WERE REALLY THERE.

I WAS WATCHING THIS ON

TELEVISION OR THE INTERNET

INSTEAD OF THIS.

SO IF THE ENEMY CAN GET US

TO REMOVE THE BELT OF

TRUTH, WE WILL BEGIN TO

LIVE A LIE.

Andrew: A LOT OF US

PRAY FOR VICTORY.

AND WE'RE TOLD IT'S

ALREADY TO PRAY FOR

VICTORY.

BUT YOU SAY INSTEAD OF

PRAYING FOR VICTORY, WE

SHOULD PRAY FOR SOMETHING

ELSE FIRST.

OBEDIENCE.

IF THERE IS A KEY WORD IN

THE CHRISTIAN LIFE, IT IS

OBEDIENCE.

IT IS NOT THE TRUTH YOU

KNOW, BUT THE TRUTH YOU

OBEY THAT WILL MAKE THE

DIFFERENCE IN YOUR LIFE.

WE LIVE IN THE DAY OF

KNOWLEDGE.

IT IS AT THE TOUCH OF OUR

FINGER.

EVERYONE KNOWS THIS AND

KNOWS THAT.

YOU TALK TO PEOPLE, AND

IT'S I KNOW THAT AND I

KNOW THIS.

BUT IT IS THE TRUTH YOU

OBEY.

PEOPLE WHO WILL GO DOWN IN

HISTORY ARE THOSE WHO WILL

BE KNOWN FOR WHAT THEY

DID, NOT FOR WHAT THEY

KNEW.

YET THE EMPHASIS IS ON

THAT MAN IS BRILLIANT.

JAMES WOULD COME BACK WITH

A PRACTICAL TEACHING: BE

DOERS OF THE WORK AND NOT

JUST HEARERS.

> THE VERY FIRST E-MAIL

I RECEIVED THIS MORNING

WAS FROM A MISSIONARY'S

WIFE IN GERMANY, AND SHE

SAID, I WISH THAT

EVERYBODY KNEW THAT THE

ENEMY IS OUT TO DESTROY

ALL OF US.

ESPECIALLY ANYTHING WHO

DESIRES TO GIVE GOD THE

GLORY.

PROVERBS 6 TEACHES THAT

SIN PURSUES US.

IT ACTUALLY USES THE WORD

HUNT, WHICH TRANSLATES TO

AMBUSH.

ANYONE WHO REALLY WANTS TO

BRING GLORY TO GOD, THERE

IS AN AMBUSH SET TO TRY TO

BRING THEM DOWN.

Andrew: IF SOMEONE IS

DEEP INTO PORNOGRAPHY OR

ALCOHOL OR DRUGS, SEXUAL

SIN, WHERE DO THEY START?

I WOULD TAKE THE WISDOM

OF SOLOMON.

IN PROVERBS 28: 13: "HE

WHO COVERS HIS SIN WILL

NOT PROSPER.

BUT WHOEVER CONFESSES BUT

ABANDONS SHALL HAVE

MERCY."

GOD WILL NOT GIVE THEM

WHAT THEIR CIND SIN DESERVES.

THE FIRST THING THEY OUGHT

TO DO IS CONFESS IT TO

GOD.

AND THEN FIND A MATURE

BROTHER AND SISTER IN

CHRIST AND DO THE JAMES 5:

16, WHERE THE PEOPLE SAYS

WE SHOULD CONFESS OUR

FAULTS ONE TO ANOTHER.

WHEN YOU BRING ANOTHER

PERSON IN THAT LOVES

CHRIST, THAT WILL BE YOUR

ACCOUNTABILITY PARTNER,

AND THEN ON THE COMPUTER

YOU CAN GET EQUIPMENT THAT

EVERY TIME YOU GO TO A

SITE, A FRIEND IS MADE

AWARE OF WHERE YOU ARE.

IT JUST DEPENDS ARE YOU

REALLY SERIOUS ABOUT

BREAKING FREE?

IF NOT, YOU'LL STAY IN A

CYCLE.

YOU'RE HEAR A SERMON AND

YOU'LL ASK GOD TO FORGIVE

YOU.

I'LL NEVER DO THAT AGAIN.

SONGS ARE WRITTEN ABOUT

IT, I'LL NEVER GO BACK.

BUT YOU NEED SOMEONE TO

STAND WITH YOU.

GOD NEVER INTENDED US TO

DO CHRISTIANITY ALONE.

THAT'S WHY HE PUT US IN

THE BODY OF CHRIST.

AND SO WE SHOULD BE

WORKING TOGETHER AND

BUILDING EACH OTHER UP AND

ENCOURAGING EACH OTHER.

SO WE NEED STRONG

ACCOUNTABILITY.

Andrew: AND DON'T

BELIEVE THE LIE OF THE

ENEMY THAT YOU'RE TOO

DIRTY FOR GOD TO LOVE YOU.

EXACTLY.

I LOVE THE SONG THAT SAYS,

THERE IS NOTHING TOO DIRTY

THAT HE CAN'T MAKE WORTHY.

IT OUGHT TO BE AN

ENCOURAGEMENT TO PRESS IN.

BUT WE HAVE TO GET PEOPLE

TO LEAVE THEIR PLACE OF

ISOLATION AND GET INVOLVED

WITH OTHER BROTHERS AND

SISTERS.

Andrew: THE BOOK IS

CALLED "DEMOLISHING STRONG

STRONGHOLDS."

JOHNNIE HUNT, WE THANK YOU

SO MUCH FOR JOINING US.

IT IS A REAL PRIVILEGE

TO BE WITH YOU.

Andrew: WE'LL BE BACK

WITH MORE AFTER THIS.

STAY WITH US.

Andrew: WELL, BRIAN

JOHNSON WAS A HOPELESS AND

HOMELESS DROIC ADDICT TO DRUGS

AND ALCOHOL.

AT ONE POINT HE SLEPT IN

HIS CAR, UNTIL HE WRECKED

IT.

HE HAD FIVE D.U.I.s ON

HIS RECORD, AND HE KNEW HE

NEEDED A CHANGE.

HE JUST DIDN'T KNOW HOW TO

DO IT.

THERE WAS A LOT OF

FIGHTING.

A LOT OF YELLING.

A LOT OF SCREAMING,

HOLLERING.

EVEN BREAKING FURNITURE.

AND THEY DID THAT IN FRONT

OF ME.

Andrew: BRIAN JOHNSON

DREW UP IN A DIVIDED HOME,

WHERE INFIDELITY AND

ALCOHOL FUELED HIS

PARENTS' CONSTANT

FIGHTING.

I CAN REMEMBER PRAYING

TO GOD, PLEASE JUST MAKE

IT STOP BECAUSE I LOVE

BOTH OF THEM AND I DIDN'T

WANT TO SEE THEM DOING

THOSE THINGS AND ACTING

THAT WAY.

Andrew: THE CHAOS

LEFT BRIAN FEELING

INSECURE AND ALONE.

AS A TEEN, HE BEGAN TO

DEAL WITH THE PAIN OF HIS

HOME LIFE THE SAME WAY HIS

PARENTS DEALT WITH THEIR

MARRIAGE PROBLEMS.

I NEVER HAD FELT LIKE I

BELONGED OR THAT I HAD

ANYTHING IN COMMON WITH

OTHER KIDS.

AND IF YOU WERE DRINKING,

THEN YOU WERE ACCEPTED.

IT MADE ME FEEL GOOD ABOUT

MYSELF.

Andrew: BRIAN

CONTINUED TO DRINK HIS WAY

THROUGH HIGH SCHOOL.

AT 18 HE WAS CITEDED FO CITED FOR A

D.U.I. AND PUT ON

PROBATION.

LOOKING BACK, I THINK

THOSE WERE RED FLAGS.

I WAS LOOKING FOR SOMEONE

TO BAIL ME OUT, AND SO I

PRAYED FOR GOD TO GET ME

OUT.

BUT I WOULD GO RIGHT BACK

TO THE SAME BEHAVIOR.

Andrew: THE ONLY

THING THAT GAVE BRIAN ANY

CONFIDENCE WAS HIS SKILL

AS A GOLFER.

I WORSHIPPED GOLF.

WHEN I PLAYED GOOD GOLF, I

FELT GOOD ABOUT MYSELF.

I FELT GOOD ABOUT LIFE.

AND I THOUGHT THAT I'M

GOING TO BE SOMEBODY.

Andrew: BRIAN HOPED

TO OBTAIN AN ATHLETIC

SCHOLAR AT AUBURN AS A

WALK-ON.

BUT HIS ALCOHOL ADDICTION

FOLLOWED HIM TO COLLEGE.

BRIAN WAS CUT FROM THE

TEAM.

I HAD TO FACE THE

REALITY THAT I WASN'T

GOING TO MAKE IT AS A

GOLFER.

THAT WAS HARD FOR ME TO

HANDLE.

THAT SENT ME INTO

DEPRESSION AND A LOT MORE

DRINKING.

Andrew: HIS DOWNWARD

SPIRAL LANDED HIM IN JAIL

FOR HIS FIFTH D.U.I.

BRIAN WENT INTO REHAB IN

LIEU OF MORE JAIL TIME.

WHILE THERE, HIS MOTHER

PASSED AWAY.

BROKEBROKENHEARTED, HE ATTENDED

A CHURCH SERVICE AT THE

FACILITY.

THERE WAS A PERSON THAT

GOT ON STAGE TO GIVE THE

TESTIMONY.

AND THE PERSON SAID, ALL

YOU HAVE TO DO IS LOVE

JESUS, AND HE'LL CHANGE

YOUR STORY.

AND IT TOUCHED MY HEART.

AFTER THAT CHURCH SERVICE,

I STILL HAD THE WEIGHT OF

THE WORLD ON MY SHOULDERS,

BUT THE THINGS THAT THE

WOMAN HAD SAID ON STAGE

LED ME TO BELIEVE THAT GOD

COULD CHANGE MY STORY.

Reporter: BRIAN WENT

BACK TO HIS ROOM AND

PRAYED.

I SAID, PLEASE, GOD,

HELP ME.

HELP ME OUT OF THIS.

I WANTED JESUS TO CHANGE

MY HEART.

I WANTED JESUS TO CHANGE

MY LIFE.

AND I WAS READY BECAUSE I

WAS AT THE VERY BOTTOM.

Andrew: IT WAS THEN

THAT BRIAN SURRENDERED HIS

LIFE TO CHRIST.

THAT WAS SOMETHING THAT

I'VE NEVER EXPERIENCED TO

THIS DAY, WHERE THE WEIGHT

OF THE WORLD COMES OFF OF

YOUR SHOULDERS.

ALL OF A SUDDEN THERE IS

THIS LIGHT INSIDE OF YOU.

ALL OF A SUDDEN ALL OF

YOUR SIN AND ALL OF THE

WEIGHT AND ALL OF THE

SHAME -- AND IT'S ALL

GONE.

IT'S LIKE EVERYTHING IS A

BEGINNING.

Andrew: THAT SAME

NIGHT BRIAN WAS DELIVERED

OF HIS ALCOHOL ADDICTION.

UNLESS I WAS DRINKING,

I NEVER FELT LIKE I WAS

GOOD ENOUGH.

BUT JESUS SAID, I'M GOING

TO LIVE INSIDE OF YOU AND

I'M GOING TO USE YOU.

Andrew: BRIAN

COMPLETEDED REHAB ANCOMPLETED REHAB AND HA S

BEEN SOBER FOR OVER SIX

YEARS.

TODAY HE IS MARRIED AND

LIVES IN ALABAMA, WHERE HE

HELPS OTHERS OVERCOME

ADDICTIONS, AND HE IS EVEN

PLAYING GOLF AGAIN.

BUT MOST OF ALL, HE IS

GRATEFUL TO GOD FOR A

CHANGED STORY AND A

CHANGED LIFE.

JESUS PROVIDED FREEDOM

FROM THE REGRET AND THE

SHAME THAT I HAD ABOUT MY

LIFE.

BUT MORE THAN THAT, JESUS

SPOKE TO ME AND SAID,

YOU'RE GOOD ENOUGH.

I LOVE YOU AND I ACCEPT

YOU.

AND NOW I FEEL LIKE I KNOW

WHERE I CAME FROM.

I KNOW WHO I AM.

I KNOW WHAT MY PURPOSE IS.

AND I KNOW WHERE I'M GOING

AFTER ALL OF THIS.

Andrew: WELL, BRIAN

WAS TOLD BY A FRIEND, GOD

CAN CHANGE YOUR STORY.

AND GOD CERTAINLY DID WHEN

BRIAN CALLED OUT AND

SURRENDERED.

I CAN RELATE TO BRIAN'S

STORY BECAUSE ALCOHOL IS A

STRUGGLE FOR ME.

I CAME TO THE REALIZATION

THAT IT WAS SIMPLY A

MATTER OF I WAS PUTTING

THAT PART OF MY LIFE IN

FIRST PLACE OVER GOD.

IT WASN'T AN EVERY DAY

THING, BUT I SAID, LORD,

THIS IS SOMETHING I'M NOT

WILLING TO GIVE TO YOU

YET.

EVEN THOUGH THE HOLY

SPIRIT RELENTLESSLY

PURSUED ME.

I WANT YOU TO GIVE IT UP

FOR ME.

ANDREW, PUT ME FIRST IN

YOUR LIFE.

HE DOESN'T DO THAT TO

PUNISH US.

HE WANTS TO GIVE US

ABUNDANT LIFE AND FREEDOM.

AND PERHAPS YOUR

OVERLOADED WITH GUILT AND

SIN.

DAVID AND PSALM 145 TALKED

ABOUT HOW GOD IS FAITHFUL.

HE IS MERCIFUL.

HE LIFTS THE FALLEN AND

HELPS THOSE UP WHO ARE

BENT BENEATH THEIR LOAD.

IF YOU'RE FIGHTING

ADDICTION, LET'S SURRENDER

TO JESUS CHRIST RIGHT NOW.

I ONLY HAVE A MINUTE TO

PRAY WITH YOU.

FATHER, WE COME BEFORE YOU

NOW, WITH WHAT OTHER

BONDAGE WE'RE IN, WHATEVER

IS WEIGHING US DOWN,

FATHER, AND AS DIFFICULT

AS IT MAY BE TO DO, WE

WANT TO GIVE YOU FIRST

PLACE IN EVERY AREA OF OUR

LIVES.

YOU KNOW WHAT'S HOLDING ME

BACK.

AND, FATHER, I PRAY THAT

I'M NOT JUST A SURVIVOR,

THAT I CAN MANAGE MY SIN.

I GIVE IT TO YOU.

I DON'T WANT TO LIVE A

LIFE ANYMORE WHERE I'M

MANAGING THIS SINFUL PART

OF MY LIFE BECAUSE I CAN'T

DO IT.

PARTIAL OBEDIENCE IS

DISOBEDIENCE.

FATHER, I GIVE IT TO YOU.

I ASK YOU TO FREE ME.

AND I ASK YOUR HOLY SPIRIT

TO MINISTER TO ME ON THIS

WALK AND THIS JOURNEY.

HELP ME TO BE OBEDIENT,

LORD.

I ASK YOU TO GIVE ME GRACE

IN JESUS' NAME.

AMEN.

CALL US AT 1-800-700-7000

IF YOU'D LIKE FURTHER

PRAYER.

> WE LEAVE YOU WITH 2

CORINTHIANS 10: 4: "THE

WEAPONS OF OUR WARFARE ARE

NOT OF THE FLESH."

"PROMOS," MAY 8, 2017.

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