A Long Path to Freedom

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Carol Ridgley was in bondage. She had married at age 17 and before she had reached age 20, she had two children and was addicted to drugs.

Her addiction was stronger than her love for her husband and children, so she left them to live as a drug addict with a man who promised to meet her needs. That meant selling drugs and always moving to avoid the police. Shortly after this man left her, she gave birth to a methadone-addicted daughter. To support her addiction and her baby she turned to prostitution.

One day Carol met a couple who told her about the Lord Jesus Christ. They also showed her great kindness. For example, when she was sentenced to 30 days in jail they looked after her daughter. Sadly, upon her release she returned to drugs and alcohol and an endless cycle of detox programs, re-addiction and feelings of guilt and hopelessness. She felt even worse when Social Services took her child. Just when she felt at her lowest, a man offered her the use of an apartment. He also told her of God’s love and the work of the Lord Jesus Christ. Later, while thinking about this love she heard a TV evangelist reading, “Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with Me” (Revelation 3:20). She bowed and confessed her sin and helplessness and asked the Lord to come into her heart.

Carol started going to church and was even baptized. But her battle with addiction drew her away. Finally after a night of drunkenness and sickness she cried, “Lord, I am so tired of this drinking. I give you my whole heart, my whole mind, my whole soul, my whole body.” The Lord answered her prayers, and from that night until her death 25 years later, she never wanted alcohol or drugs again. Her hurt and anger were replaced by love for the Lord Jesus and for others.

Are you following a path of addiction? You don’t have to live with the shame and disappointment. The Lord Jesus Christ who set Carol free, has also come to set you free. He died to save you from judgment for your sins. Through His Spirit, He can liberate you from your addictions!

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