My name is Mike Simons and I am 52 years old. Early in my life as a childhood I turned to rebellion which lead to being in trouble a lot and eventually to experimenting with drugs and alcohol. I used obsessively from the very start. I got married when I was 17 and divorced when I was 20 due to my drug and alcohol use. By this time, I was a full-blown drug addict. I struggled most of my life with failed relationship and not being able to hold down a job. Not to mention legal problems. As life came with its trials and tribulations, I used those times as an excuse to use and drink more. That is how I would numb the pain of losing my father, my girlfriend, and numerous others. My addiction finally led me to prison in 2002 for possession of meth. Again in 2006 for manufacturing meth, then again in 2016 for possession of meth. I just couldn’t stay out of prison. Going back 5 times because I couldn’t stay clean. In 2016 that last time I got arrested I had been homeless and alone with no hope of ever getting clean. I knew I would die high and soon. God had a plan for me though. He allowed me to become totally broken as I say in that prison cell in 2016. Which was just what I needed to become willing to surrender my life to Him. My life changed the day I cried out to God. I no longer have feelings of hopelessness. Romans 8:28 says, “And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.” God removed the desire to get high. I’ve been clean for 3 1/2 years. I have compassion for people with a desire to reach out to others in need. I have dreams and goals of being a missionary. I’m a member of my local church and have been discipled and I am also discipling other men. Today I have a passion for God’s Word. I have a peace and contentment in my heart that only God can provide.
If you are looking for a life free from addiction and full of hope, I want to introduce you to my friend, Jesus. Here is the simply truth of how you can have a relationship with Him:
- Admit you are a sinner.
“For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God. (Romans 3:23)
“If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word in not in us.” (1 John 1:10)
- Be willing to turn from sin (repent).
Jesus said: “I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish.” (Luke 13:5)
- Believe that Jesus Chris died for you, was buried, and rose from the dead.
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” (John 3:16)
“But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners. Chris died for us.” (Romans 5:8)
“That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.” (Romans 10:9)
- Through prayer, invite Jesus into your life to become your personal Saviour.
“For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” (Romans 10:13)