My name is Steve Sparks. I was raised in Hampton, Virginia. My childhood was just like most kids growing up in a small town in a small neighborhood. I spent my free time with friends and fishing. My life seemed a normal life in a typical family.
When I started school that seemed to be where my struggles first began. I was born hearing impaired, with loss of hearing in my left ear, and I never got used to wearing a hearing aid. I also had a learning disability; so, between being hearing impaired and having learning problems, I never seemed to fit in school. Every day it was a task for me to get through school. I looked forward to the weekends and always dreaded Mondays.
School became worse for me in Junior High, and I began using alcohol and drugs. Seeking love and acceptance, I started hanging out with a crowd that I thought gave me the reassurance I needed. I was smoking pot, drinking, and taking pills. Everything was great; I had friends who looked up to me, women who liked me, and I was trying to live my life like the “Rock Stars” I idolized. During this time, I became very rebellious, involved in fights, and causing problems in and out of school. Eventually, I was kicked out of school.
As the years passed, I used harder drugs and even sold drugs to support my habit. I became a slave to the drugs I was addicted to. I lied and stole to get high. I had become the very person I would dislike in someone else. Depression and thoughts of suicide plagued my mind at all times. I had opened myself up for demons to enter my soul through the drugs I was addicted to.
These spirits controlled my life. My life was one of bondage to drugs, alcohol, depression, and suicidal thoughts. I tried many times to quit my drug and alcohol dependency through rehabs and 12 step programs; only to fail after a few months of being clean.
One night after a drug and alcohol binge, I realized I was so tired of the addiction, tired of hurting people, tired of being a failure, tired of the constant depression, and tired of the hopelessness. Trying to think of a reason to live and then not being able to think of even one reason to continue my life, I grabbed a razor and was going to end it all by killing myself.
Then, in desperation, I cried out to Jesus. I said “Jesus, if you are real, please save me for what I am about to do.” There came a presence of peace I had never felt before. That same night, I had an encounter with God that changed my life. I knew Jesus Christ was real. This set me on a quest for truth and salvations. Through much prayer and a long spiritual journey, I came into this marvelous truth.
Jesus set me free from drugs, alcohol, depression, suicidal thoughts, and the demons that controlled my life. Jesus set me free! The Bible says,
“If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed.” (John 8:36)
Today I live a productive life. I am active in the ministry. I have joy and peace today through Jesus Christ.
Maybe, you are going through the same thing I was going through; maybe you are depressed or have a habit you are powerless to overcome; or maybe you feel you have a void in your life. I gave my life to Jesus. You may ask,
“Steve, what must I do to have salvation; to have the peace you now have?”
They asked the same question on the day of Pentecost in Acts 2:37.
“Then Peter said unto them. Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the LORD our God shall call.” (Act 2:38, 39)
Repentance marks the death of your old self-will. Baptism is the burial of your old sin nature and resurrection with Jesus. Then God promises to give you the Holy Ghost that will give you the power to become a new creature in Christ Jesus and to have a whole new set of desires, goals, and joy in your new life.
There really is joy in serving Jesus that the world cannot match. Do not get involved with alcoholic drinks, drugs, or tobacco. You may think you are having a good time, but there is a price to pay to the devil when living in sin!
Young and older persons, give your life to Jesus at an early age and live for Him.
“Delight thyself also in the LORD and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart.” (Psalm 37.4)
Despite all the efforts of drug and alcohol rehabilitation centers, only the Lord Jesus Christ can bring real lasting deliverance to an alcohol or drug addict, give him a whole new nature, and set him free. Really FREE!
If you believe you are a sinner and your present life is displeasing to God; if you believe Jesus Christ is the only begotten son of God and can take your old life and give you a new one; then obey the words of the Apostle Peter,
“Repent and be baptized everyone one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.” (Act 2:38),
Repentance marks the death of your old self-will.
Baptism is the burial of your old sin nature and resurrection with Jesus. Then God promises to give you the Holy Ghost, that will give you the power to become a new creature in Christ Jesus and to have a whole new set of desires, goals, and joy in your new life.
From Darkness to Light
To contact Steve for prayer, sharing his testimony, Bible studies or other help, email:
obxsparks at gmail dot com. Or call 252-573-8396 252-573-8396