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I have been using crack cocaine, and have decided from this day forward to walk with Jesus. What should I do to overcome?
Thank you for sharing your story with us and asking for advice about how to walk with Jesus. It is very encouraging to hear you want to turn from your old way of life to follow Jesus.
Can I just say right at the beginning that life with Jesus as your Lord is far greater than life without Him. In fact it is true life! Until Christ is made the centre of our life we cannot truly live like our creator intended. God intended that life should be lived with Him, not apart from Him!
The bible has a special word for what you have done: 'repent'. It literally means to do a 180 degree 'about turn'. We turn from our old way of life as Jesus gives us new life to follow him. If you believe that Jesus died for you on the cross to forgive your sin you are called to repent and follow Him! Peter said to them, "Repent and be baptised every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit". (Acts 2:38)
There are three things here: to believe the message, to turn from sin, and to commit yourself to God and His People in the act of baptism. If you now believe that Jesus suffered and died to forgive you, then that is wonderful!
The challenge of repentance is to turn away from sin towards Jesus. You will probably face a great struggle with giving up an addiction so powerful over your body and your mind. The trouble with drugs is not that they are the problem, but an answer - and such a wrong one! A drug like crack cocaine will destroy you financially, emotionally and spiritually - it may even kill you. You need help, and I suggest looking up Christian agencies which help drug addicts in your area. Remember, your greatest need is to find a different answer, and I believe there is only one that will work:
You need a daily relationship with Jesus Christ who is the way, the truth and the life (John 14:6).
The third step of change is to get baptised as a sign that your old life has died with Christ and that you have new life in Him. This is a public act so you will always be able to say 'On that day my old life was washed away by Christ'. It is also a fellowship act in that you are being baptised into the life of a local church. This is vital for recovery - a close relationship with people who will always have time for you to encourage you and support you in your fight to get free of drugs, and then for you to grow as a Christian.
The need for daily support makes using a specialist Christian agency really important because they are usually staffed by people who have won the battle for freedom themselves and know how important it is to be there at any time day or night.
The local church has a longer term help to offer, as this passage goes on to show. In Acts 2 we see four things that the newly baptised followers of Jesus did:
They devoted themselves to the apostles' teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers. And awe came upon every soul, and many wonders and signs were being done through the apostles. And all who believed were together and had all things in common. And they were selling their possessions and belongings and distributing the proceeds to all, as any had need. And day by day, attending the temple together and breaking bread in their homes, they received their food with glad and generous hearts, praising God and having favour with all the people. And the Lord added to their number day by day those who were being saved (Acts 2:42-47).
- They devoted themselves to the Church leader's teachings. Therefore I would encourage you to get involved with a church locally to you that believes and teaches the Bible. It would be good to speak to a Christian leader or another trusted church individual regarding your question. I know they would be delighted to further answer you as well as offer prayer and support as you continue your spiritual journey. You can use our Church finder map here:Find a Church
- They prayed together. Therefore I would encourage you to pray as often as you can; speak to God. Tell him about your issues, your thanksgiving, your requests and anything else that concerns you! And also pray with others. It is really good to meet with a few people at least once a week to share your heart with them and to pray for each other.
- They would have been baptised (as mentioned before) and then taken communion (bread and wine) as a sign of Jesus' body and shed blood on the cross for our forgiveness.
- They met 'day by day' in each other's homes and at the Church where they shared what they had and loved one another. This is a wonderful example of the Church community living life together as God intended. Therefore I would encourage you to meet with others as often as possible. Christian brother and sisterhood is the strongest relationship you will ever find outside of a marriage. I can often meet a Christian for the first time, and within two minutes feel like I have known them my whole life and we become great friends, even if we have nothing earthly in common.
These things are just the beginning. The Christian life is a marathon, not a sprint. These are the basics. I would then go on to encourage you to use the gifts the Holy Spirit has equipped you with to serve God and his people. Mature in Christ! Go on living a new life with Him until He returns or calls you home. I will pray for you.
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