I give all honor and glory to God the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. For years the devil had me in the palm of his hand. I was operating under his power when he said "go there" I would go. If he said "drink this" I would drink it. If he said "smoke this", guess what, I would smoke it. I know it’s just by the grace of God that I am still here today.

You see, back then I heard about Jesus but I didn’t really know Him. I never took the time to get to know Him in my messed up life. I was so tied up in doing wrong and wronging other people that I had no time for Jesus and doing what was right. The devil made things feel and look so good to me that I didn’t want that lifestyle to end. I thought it was the bomb, I thought that lifestyle was the best thing that ever happened to me.

Brothers and sisters, I was wrong. Boy, was I wrong. I thank God He didn’t allow Satan to kill me when I was working for him or either while I was living in my sin. The Holy Spirit showed me in 1 Peter 5:8 in The Expanded Bible, it reads: Control yourself and be careful.

The devil, your enemy, goes around like a roaring lion looking for someone to eat (devour). My brothers and sisters, never underestimate or play with the devil. He will make you think everything is OK such as drinking alcohol and doing drugs. That is just a way of catching you off guard to kill you and plus, when you do all that stuff, it will take your mind off of Jesus. And that’s what he wants you to do is to forget about Jesus. My brothers and sisters, all alcohol and drugs do is kill you.

Believe it or not it slowly kills you and it will put you six feet under. You want to know how I know? Thanks for asking me..... You see, I have relatives and friends who started drinking and doing drugs before I started or either they started the same time I did. And they are no longer here. If I might say so, they have "clocked out" of this world we are living in.

But they have gone to the other side, they are either in Heaven or Hell. I don’t know which road they took and I don’t want anyone to say that I said that if you drink alcohol or do drugs you will most likely go to hell. That’s not my call. That’s the call only God makes. But I will say this, you will die an early death if you continue to drink alcohol and do drugs. That’s why I say that God is not finished with me yet. I am still here.

Now that I know Jesus I no longer work for the devil. I work for the one who kept His hand on me when I was working for the devil, Jesus, the one who put His hand in my hand and held me tight until He brought me out of drugs and alcohol. What ever addiction you might have, it might not be drugs and alcohol but it might be something you won’t come out of. What He did for me He will do the same for you.

In closing I want to leave you with this verse: I have other sheep that are not in this flock [fold; pen; a reference to future Gentile followers of Christ], and I must bring them also. They will listen to my voice, and there will be one flock and one shepherd. John 10:16.

What this verse says to me is there are still people out there that God is waiting on to turn to Him and accept His Son Jesus as their Lord and Savior. Everyone that is reading this article might know someone who has never accepted Jesus as their Lord and Savior. Just go to them and tell them "God is waiting on you to do the right thing." AMEN.

I want everyone to just imagine the whole state of Arkansas pitch black, no lights, no moon, no sun, so stars in the sky. It’s so dark you can’t see what or who is in front of you. This place I want to talk about is Hell. That’s what it is going to be like in Hell. Some young man came up to me one day and just straight out told me when he gets to Hell he’s going to party all day and all night.

I told him, the devil has tricked you! Listen my brothers and sisters, Hell would be without water and I know it’s not going to be beer, wine, gin or alcohol there. But there’s going to be smoking, and the only smoking there will be is YOU if you decide to go there. Your soul will be burning night and day forever and ever-non stop. So I beg you, give your life to Jesus and make Heaven your eternal home.

Contact Marcus: mchandler2011@hotmail.com or 501-908-9507.