Death to Life!
Courtesy of Precious Testimonies
Today’s story is being delivered directly from the words of beautiful Ms. Cathy Rodriquez. Please read her story as she shares her testimony of overcoming drug addiction and unbelief.
I’ll start off by confessing that I never truly believed in Jesus Christ. I was raised in a Catholic family, and once I left Colombia at 9 years old to come to the US, I stopped going to church.
My father was never in my life. He was an alcoholic and the last time I saw him I was 12 years old. He has had many marriages, and many children. Even though I did not completely believe in Christ, I would pray to Him when I really wanted something or needed help. I had a crazy theory that we were planted here by aliens and they were our makers. That was my belief. I was so blind.
My life was full of wickedness. Some that I would rather not speak of, but I am going to, because I want the whole world to know what Jesus Christ has delivered me out of and from! Besides – I am not that person anymore. I’m a new creation in Christ! Old things have passed away. All things have become new (See: 2 Cor. 5:17)
So – I was promiscuous from a young age. I did not value my body nor life at all.
At the age of 15 years old, I started to smoke marijuana. I was a constant smoker (everyday) up until 2012. I am now 22. At 17 years old I tried cocaine. I did it a couple of times a year until 2011-2012. I was snorting every weekend. Since the age of 15 years old I started to drink and was a constant drinker; an alcoholic until this year. At 17 years old, I was already in bondage to alcohol and weed. Mostly alcohol.
At 19 I was married, but our relationship was sort of an ideal one. I was always craving the love of a man. Maybe because I did not have a father in my life. My life revolved around me having a relationship, henceforth why I gave myself to them. When my then husband wanted to divorce me, I thought of killing myself many times. I was 19 years old. Our marriage lasted 6 months. I thought of suicide but never did it.
After our divorce in 2009, I became addicted to ecstasy(X). I would pop pills every chance I got. I would roll (tripping on X) on Wednesdays (my week day off from work) and pop 3 pills and roll the entire day in my friend’s room. I ate absolutely nothing the whole day, for it takes away the craving for food. I would pop 3 more pills on Friday nights. Then again, I would roll with 3 pills Saturday nights. Sometimes I would even take 5. I did that for 4 months straight. In those 4 months I consumed 150 pills of X or more.
By December, my head was starting to act funny. I would feel very light headed and would get dizzy. I took about a 2-month break. Then I was back on it. Rolling sometimes every day for I was unemployed. Rolling and drinking, and smoking weed and snorting cocaine. That was the life I thought. I was not happy unless I was high or drunk.
In 2010 I got into a DUI accident. It was on April 18 — my birthday is on April 19. It was my birthday weekend and I went all out like any other junkie would.
In late 2011 I met my now husband Flavio Oliveira. He was an atheist, and would debate all those who believed in God as did I. He was also a junkie. We would party every single weekend — smoke weed every single day. And snort cocaine every single weekend as well. I had quit X and bars at the end of 2010. After a couple of months being together we would fight all the time. Mostly because I was always drunk and I am not nice when I am drunk. We almost broke up a couple of times.
In mid-2012, Flavio started to research about the whole New World Order and Illuminati ordeal. He started to realize this was a satanic cult and were very successful with all their strategies. He realized they must have had help from Satan himself to be able to cover all their lies and to make such evil plans. He realized there was a Satan so there must be a God and Jesus Christ and the Bible must be true! So, he started to seek God every day. I was still a worldly person and thought of breaking up with him for I thought he had become a fanatic.
He then started to show me a lot of videos that speak of the New World Order (NWO) and their wicked plans. And that gave me chills. Finally, the video that lead me to repentance was a video regarding the book “Placebo“. The book entails a pastor’s journey of dying before being bought back to life and what he saw. He saw all the demons that dwell among us and learned from God that they are the root of all the sinful and wicked choices we make.
When I realized that I am being controlled or being led by demons to be the way I have been all my life, I immediately wanted nothing to do with that. I dropped to my knees, crying my eyes out. And asked God for forgiveness. I apologized for all the horrible things I did, all the lies I told, and all the times I spoke bad of Him. I continued to cry and repent for 20 minutes or more. I started to read the Bible and pray every day. Flavio’s life had already changed; he was no longer an addict to alcohol, and drugs. My addictions and old self left my body a week after my repentance. Shortly after that, I was baptized.
My life has never been better. I have come a long way. And I am amazed everyday by the change that is in me. I could not have made this change myself. There is no way out of my own will I would have gotten out of my 8-year addictions from one week to the next. And also, my own persona has changed. I am not full of wickedness or desire to sin. Of course, we are all sinners so it’s why we must repent every single day. Since me and my husband were saved a lot of bad spirits attacked us. By placing doubts in our minds, nightmares doing wicked things, placing old memories of wretched things we did, etc. It’s been tough but we must always stay strong and be patient and God will help us.
Wait on the LORD: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the LORD. – Psalm 27:14 (KJV)
If you have not accepted Jesus Christ as your Savior and Lord. I sincerely suggest you do. HE IS REAL! He wants to save you. He rejoices when He is able to turn someone to His light! Repent, and pray every day to be filled with His Holy Ghost wholeheartedly. Let Him know you want Him and you welcome Him into your heart. Seek Him every day and He will save you and then you will be able to experience Him as many people have. He is a merciful God; He is a perfect loving God. He is our creator and He have a wonderful place waiting for us.
Satan’s greatest achievement is that he has convinced all the world he doesn’t exist. He does exist and he wants to damn us all to where he is going. If people can come to realize Satan does exist, then his second goal (achievement) is to get them to believe he has no real power or influence over them – which includes Christians! If Satan has not been allowed by God to have influence over Christians, then why did God give Christians Ephesians 6:10-18 and 1 Peter 5:8?
I pray that the whole world is saved. I pray that all the spiritual veils are taken off and His will and truth are poured over all the land in Jesus Christ name.
Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened. – Matthew 7:7-13 (KJV)