How to Overcome Alcohol Addiction | Gwen Shamblin Lara | Weigh Down

How to Overcome Alcohol Addiction | Gwen Shamblin Lara | Weigh Down


GWEN SHAMBLIN: Yeah, Woohoo! Praise God for
another day!! Unbelievable day! Ah, and praise God for audiences. They are still walking in. Just welcome to episode
eight and just the just a day of glory here in Tennessee. We have had so much beautiful
weather I cannot even begin to tell you and I know probably where you have been is beautiful.
It is time to get outside and praise God for all He has done for us. It is so beautiful.
And I want to do some shout outs right now, just praising God for you, His creation, which
is beautiful and getting more beautiful. And it is first of all Charity Williams in Japan.
Everybody give Charity a hand! Somebody, to follow this all the way from Japan is beautiful.
And then I want to say hello to April Pettit from Virginia and she is coming up to the
Festival of Lights and so I cannot wait to see you April, and maybe I think Allie Moore
from Kentucky. Hello to you. You are not too far away. You need to come down and visit
us. And but I hear that you all maybe coming at Festival of lights so I am very excited
about that. And then I have something very special today
here is a shout out to Tim and Brenda Hopper. They are from Minnesota and first of all I
am going to go to the before picture. And I want to show you something. This, Brenda
has been overweight all her life and she has now been involved since January, very strong.
She has always known about Weigh Down. She did it for a while then she has come back.
And she, this is her before and even as a child she has no pictures of her. She has
no memory of never being anything but overweight. And but she has lost now two hundred pounds
and really turned it on through Facebook journey and she is here in the audience. Can we get
a picture of Brenda here? There she is! Stand up, stand up, stand up show them it is real!
Yeah! It is so exciting! I was just talking to her and her husband, and Tim being there
so faithful beside her all this time and praying for her but just all of it together I know
emotional in the sense that you know you are going the right direction now and you have
got to make that choice and so thank you all for visiting us. And looking forward to more
of the stories of what all has gone on and what God has done in your life.
So today we are going to be talking about the dread stronghold that of alcoholism. Last
week it was on tobacco abuse, and this week it is on Alcohol. And it has, it has a stronghold
on so many Americans. In fact, 1.5 million Americans are affected in the U.S. with an
ever increasing number of children in the ages of nine to twelve joining this crowd.
It is the number one drug problem in the U.S. In fact, four in ten of the criminal offenders
report alcohol before and after the violence or crime. About thirty five percent of victims
report that offenders are under the influence of alcohol. Every thirty minutes someone is
killed in an alcohol related car accident in the U.S., something that could be totally
avoided. This substance abuse like tobacco can start in the teen years for various reasons,
and in fact from the National institute of health survey the results indicate that 28.6
percent of the twelfth graders, and forty percent of the college, that is almost half
the college, students reported binge drinking. And but the abuse of over drinking and binge
drinking, binge drinking is defined as more than two drinks in one sitting. In fact it
goes up to six to nine drinks while they, you are sitting there in one setting. And
it is even more prevalent, believe it or not, the prevalence of alcoholism is in the twenties
and thirties and it peaks at the age of thirty five to forty four, as the strain of life
without knowing our God and our answered prayers and our relationship with God and getting
all of our problems solved, that is when people get lost and find themselves hugging that
bottle. And then life becomes more of a burden and overwhelming when you do not know God.
And so many people turn to it. Now besides what it does to others, how does
this substance, I want to strike the fear of God already in those that know today that
they have a problem and I want to also talk to people that do not know they have a problem
and so other people have maybe mentioned it to them but they do not think that they have
a problem, so those two things. But I am going to go ahead and talk to some people that know
they have a problem and I want to talk you out of it forever today. And this substance
affects the person and this when you are putting this liquid into your bodies. And according
to CDC there are approximately eighty thousand deaths attributed to excessive alcohol use
each year in the United States. Now this makes excessive alcohol use the third leading life
style cause of death for the nation. Excessive alcohol use is responsible for 2.3 million
years of potential life lost annually. How is that possible? It is on an average of about
thirty years of potential life is lost for each death.
In 2006, there were more than 1.2 million emergency room visits, 2.7 million physician
visits due to excess drinking. So the economic cost of excessive alcohol consumption is up
there. In fact it has been estimated at over two billion dollars. So again this excess
alcohol use, the third leading life style related cause of death for the nation is the
cause of unintentional, now that was on your body. I am going to give you some more things
that happen to your body. But before I go there I am going to jump back over to you
know some of the things that are going on that causes this death. But it is injuries
to yourself and others including traffic injuries, falls, drowning’s, burns and unintentional
fire arm situations. I have known of a lot of drowning’s from it. There is a higher
prevalence of increased risky sexual behaviors of course, and it causes miscarriages, still
births, and among pregnant women and a combination of physical and mental birth defects among
children that last throughout life. In fact, it has been outlawed in Alaska because they
have so much problem with you know the alcohol syndromes in these childbirth situations and
so and incidents in accidents that go on up when it gets you know real snowy up there
and people get locked in. So alcohol poisoning is a medical emergency
that results from high blood alcohol levels and it affects the central nervous system
so it causes a loss of consciousness, low blood pressure, body temperature comas, respiratory
depression and death and it is real. I have, that happened when I was in college and it
is happening even more today. So it is real that you can poison the blood with so much
in there and be very, very sick. Over time excessive alcohol can lead to the development
of chronic diseases, and this is what I have seen the most of and studied the most about.
Besides neurological impairments, neurological problems, and you know with the whole body,
but also dementia and stoke and neuropathy, but there is cardiovascular problems including
heart attacks, myocardial infarctions, and then the fibrillation and where the heart
is like racing and then of course hypertension, psychiatric problems, you will notice people
like losing it. They are not socially with it and then also depression. It causes that,
it swings. There will be a high and then a lower low, and then a lower low and a lower
low and suicide. I can see demons working on people that have this problem because once
they have it into their system they are listening to all kind of lies and their ability to stand
up to spiritual attacks is just weakened. And so social problems including unemployment
and a loss of productivity, family problems, oh my word, I deal so much with that. And
then there is also cancer of the mouth, the throat, the esophagus, the liver, colon and
breast cancer, all increased with this alcoholism. In general, the risk of cancer increases with
the increasing amounts of alcohol. So that is how you can say it. The more you drink
the more you are at risk from dying from cancer. Liver diseases that is the #1 thing, and the
liver disease, that is alcoholic hepatitis and cirrhosis, where the liver that poor thing,
where all your food goes through the liver and it is filtered and it does all this work.
It is so hardened from all the, when you are overdrinking most of that stuff is turned
into a fat and then it is and all the diff fats cannot even break down or get mobilized
because the liver is getting so you know unable to do its chemical reactions from the hardening
and there is not enough liver left. You have got all these little pieces of the liver that
are just hard as a rock. And so you do not have any circulation in there and so these
people become yellow and, but they are very ill. Oh the nausea and the illness because
you have all these toxins left up in your body. You do not know why you are sick and
nauseated and not feeling good all the time. But it is you are killing your liver and hardening
it and it is among the fifteenth leading cause of all deaths in the United States is cirrhosis
of the liver and this alcoholic hepatitis. And of course it is not good for the stomach.
It causes all kinds of gastrointestinal problems and dumping syndrome and all kind of stuff.
Pancreatitis, you have got to have your pancreas and that affects the blood sugar and all that.
But Pancreatitis, gastritis and I could go on and on all right, that has kind of like
been my area of study in the past. I could go on and on. This stuff is killer. The body
hates it in excess. It hates it and it does not know what to do with it. It is trying
to metabolize it at first and get it out of your system that is how bad it wants it out
of there. But that backs up so much other stuff and makes you sick.
So it is an expensive addiction. Alcoholics are very sick, they are angry, they are depressed.
They are unreasonable which leads then finally to your social setting being divorce or terrible
marriages. The children do not want to be around you. No one wants to be around you
and you do not even smell good. Your, the way you dress, the way you do everything is
totally different. Excessive alcohol use is terrible, but unfortunately with all the strongholds
I deal with it is one that is most denied. The most denied. I have never seen anything
like it. It scares me, the people that I work with by these abusers. They do not, but they
know you know they know down deep you are not bringing it to the surface. They know
down deep that they are aware of it because they kind of hide their behavior with this
extra mouthwash and social behavior changes that kind of get in the back ground or they
get away from settings or whatever. And but when confronted most alcoholics deny
a problem of this use of alcohol and they excuse it. And I know though those that have
been led by God know down deep that you have got to be concerned about your health physically,
your family and everybody you touch and your spiritual health. You know down deep that
this is separating you from God so I know you do not feel good about it. And I know
that there are things going on that should make you think that you have a problem, hang
overs in the morning, things like that. You do not want that stuff anymore. I work with
men and women. It could be men, it could be women. It is not a man thing. It is not a
woman thing. I have seen some of the abuse, the biggest abusers have been women and amazing
things that they do. And there I work with these alcoholics. I also work with the spouses
of alcoholics. It is a very sad thing because these people put up with a lot. In fact, there
is a audio tape, video that we have got on Truthstream about how to live with an alcoholic
that has a lot of answers for those people. But I do feel sorry for these women and men.
They always have to drive, women have to drive their husband’s home from a nice meal at
a restaurant you know. Always having to, you know just caudle this thing. The lack of control
that goes on, the intensified anger is always there with this problem and depression, projection.
There is a judgmental spirit with alcoholism that it just wants that. It does not want
to look inward so badly and stop this, it loves this idol so much that it, this projection
lets and anger lets them get up each day and justify themselves. So that they get up every
day, day in and day out, year after year, after year after year and repeat the same
pattern every day, going and getting that alcohol, going and drinking, you know passing
out, whatever they do. So not to mention the debt that is occurred from overspending and
worry of losing their jobs. I mean just, it just piles up, one problem after another,
after another, after another. You can be assured of a devastated life if this is the idol you
hug. And one thing I can that find that is different again is that there is more justification
and it is harder to convict an alcoholic then it seems then other people because like the
Psalms 36 says: They flatter themselves too much to detect
their sins. And so signs that you might have a problem.
There are a lot of them. But if you know, if you are in denial right now, or you are
like “Okay I drink a little bit but I do not think I have got a problem here”. Well
do you complain of headaches during the day? You have got it. You know you know you have
got to get to that alcohol. You start having headaches in the afternoon or you have got
headaches in the morning from hangover. You do not feel, I feel great in the morning by
the way. I cannot even begin to tell you. I mean I can flip out of that bed. The feet
hit the deck. I am up. I am so excited you know you know if David is still asleep I tip
toe out. But then I get in that room. I hit the shades. I am on my knees. I am praising
God. I have got so much energy. You would have thought I just had a Mountain Dew or
something, you know, which you cannot add a Mountain Dew to my adrenaline it is just
too much. But it, but I am so excited about life. I cannot wait to get up and live and
serve God and whatever He has got that day. This life is so exciting.
But if you do not like the morning and you are not a morning person you know, what is
that? Is it too much, too much the night before? Do you live for 5:00? Okay I live for 5:00
in one sense. I have had my adrenaline up since early morning. I am ready for the blood
pressure to go down and that type of thing but I do not live to get to it, you know.
I do not, you know my day is it is, I know that there is a time for a glass of wine where
you can relax and that type of thing, but only God knows when it is and when you can
provide it. And so you know, there is not, there is not a time clock on it. So but do
you have a time clock on it, you cannot wait, and is it getting earlier and, do you find
yourself looking for a bar? Does your spouse complain? There is a good one. Ask your spouse
what they think, your best friends. Do your children know that you drink? Have you started
to want alcohol during the day? Do you regret things you said you know, or did the next
morning from the use of drinking? Well a good thing to do is to look at the amount of money
spent on alcohol and this is a crime in and of itself. That is not where God is trying
to get your money to be going. I am sure that your children or your household could use
a better expenditure. So how do you overcome alcoholism? It is not
a disease. You could stop drinking. So what do you got to do? You have got to admit that
there has been enough promptings from your Heavenly Father from through all your friends
and your family to let you know that you have got to change. You get to change your whole
life! Your whole life! It is so exciting you know! So this is not a sad day! This is an
exciting day! This is the day that begins your whole new life and again you start with
Weigh Down Basics. Make a whole new plan for your day. You must be born again. Ephesians
5 you know talks about this life of you know do not be drunk with drinking but be drunk
in the spirit. So we are going to have a different kind of a drunk. And full of God and in the
end this life of justification that is going to go away and we are going to bring back
in a fear of God, a fear of overdrinking. So to overcome this problem one has to admit
this daily, daily, daily, daily. It is how the person stops the person stops the food.
It is how the tobacco. It cannot skip a day. You cannot skip a day. You have got to admit
it daily, that it is your stronghold and that you have a problem and that alcohol has become
your god. That is what you have to start with. Why do most people have to wind up in a car
accident? It is so sad if you wind up in a car accident permanently or you have other
things that go on in your life that mess you up.
So bottom line I want to say that there are many people that found Weigh Down before they
were chronically ill, diseased, or jobless or divorced, and they have restored the lives
and the years that they have lost and they have now gone from overdrinking to a life
full off the spirit. So I want you to welcome Tedd Anger our co-host today and our special
guest Durville Patton. Give them a hand. Come on up here guys! Yoo-hoo!
DURVILLE PATTON: Praise God! Praise God! Praise God!
GWEN SHAMBLIN: One born again person! I am telling you I love you Durville! Oh Tedd I
am so glad you are back from Michigan Tedd! TEDD ANGER: Yes very excited to be back!
GWEN SHAMBLIN: Welcome back to the south! TEDD ANGER: Very excited to be up there and
excited to be back! GWEN SHAMBLIN: I heard it was awesome!
TEDD ANGER: It was fantastic, very blessed big group of people, almost a hundred and
fifty. And people from everywhere, hello Michigan, Indiana, Megan Duviere, Claudette and everybody
that was there! It was fantastic! It was awesome! GWEN SHAMBLIN: Well I just think that the
traveling is so fun! I mean you go back and look in the bible and that was what Paul was
doing. That is what all the different you know ministry, you know ministers of the word
were doing. They were traveling. And it is a beautiful life you know to get to do that.
TEDD ANGER: Amen! GWEN SHAMBLIN: So, but uh okay well guys here
we are and God has selected you all today and I know you have a testimony and a word
but let’s start with you Durville just maybe a testimony of you know what God has done
in your life. DURVILLE PATTON: Well very thankful, very
thankful to be alive today and I know that I am not going to say anything that I have
not learned here in a good sense. Anything good has come from what I have learned here.
GWEN SHAMBLIN: From God! DURVILLE PATTON: And so I know that. And I
was a person who always took the credit. And so I always wanted the credit. I always wanted
the praise. I always wanted, always wanted the attention. And so with this alcohol it
kind of helped me fulfill that attention seeking mechanism or whatever was inside of me. And
so for twelve years, I started when I was in high school, I started drinking to become
a different person because deep down inside I feel like I knew right from wrong and I
wanted to do what was right, but alcohol helped give me the courage to do what all my peers
were doing. And it gave me the courage to kind of in a sense be like what happens in
Vegas stays in Vegas. So what happened when I was drunk it was because I was drunk.
GWEN SHAMBLIN: Um hmm DURVILLE PATTON: I never took responsibility
for my actions. And so at the end of the day I was an empty man with an empty plan with
empty bottles, just everything was empty. And so it was definitely alcohol that led
me to even cry out to God. And so I had an incident on the freeway, you were just talking
about driving. And you do not necessarily have to wait until you have this accident
to change. I remember I was in California driving drunk and it was all God’s mercy
and I thank Him so much for even… GWEN SHAMBLIN: Yes!
DURVILLE PATTON: …for even GWEN SHAMBLIN: I do too.
DURVILLE PATTON: …reaching out to me. But I heard a voice saying “Pull over or you
are going to kill yourself or you are going to kill somebody else”. And I will never
forget that day. I pulled over and I said a prayer. I said, you know, I turned off the
radio. I was smoking at the time, and I turned off the radio and I said “God if you are
real like everybody says you are real” in a mocking way but in a way of like let me
try this. GWEN SHAMBLIN: Um hum
DURVILLE PATTON: “Will you please get me home?” And sure enough I drove back on the
freeway and I have reserved to tell this story for years but I know what happened.
GWEN SHAMBLIN: Um hum DURVILLE PATTON: I know God had changed my
life because I cried out and I knew I needed help. I admitted it.
GWEN SHAMBLIN: Um hmm, admit. DURVILLE PATTON: I knew I had a problem, big
time club problem with it and money problem. But I cried out and I’d started driving
and to this day I know I drove into this white light and I woke up at the apartment that
I lived in and to this day I know I did not drive myself home. I do not know who did it.
GWEN SHAMBLIN: I believe DURVILLE PATTON: But I know that changed my
life. And I was sitting on the couch the next morning slapping myself like “Did that really
happen? Did that really happen?” GWEN SHAMBLIN: Um hum
DURVILLE PATTON: And so it started driving me to what had helped me that day and I knew
it was not the bottle. I knew it was not pills. I knew it was part of taking responsibility
and then crying out to God and so that started a life of “I want to be different.” And
so that is what helped me started going to churches because I knew I cried out to God
and God was supposed to be affiliated with churches.
GWEN SHAMBLIN: Um hum DURVILLE PATTON: So in a nutshell I started
going to all kind of denominations trying to find what had helped me but none of them
had the answer. None of them had the answers. GWEN SHAMBLIN: How to get out of it.
DURVILLE PATTON: Even eight years into it I am still like how? It is still something
inside of me. What is the problem? And so that is what I am so very thankful for, is
God provided the answers through this… GWEN SHAMBLIN: He is so good!
DURVILLE PATTON: through this message. It is through the scriptures through this message
and He chose you to deliver the answers. GWEN SHAMBLIN: And I am totally humbled by
that and I know it is all God and it has nothing to do with anything but God.
DURVILLE PATTON: Amen! GWEN SHAMBLIN: And I mean He can use whatever
He wants but I praise God he sent you there. And what happened when you got the answers?
I mean. DURVILLE PATTON: What happened was I found
out I was making the wrong choices and the fear of God is what propelled me to lay it
down forever. And laying down the excessive and the drunkenness was a fear of God because
I knew if He could help me in a sense, then He could destroy me in the same sense. And
so one of the scriptures that I learned through this teaching, one of the very many, is in
Job 17:9. And He says: Never the less a righteous man will keep hold
to his ways. And if you, basically what I am saying is
if you have clean hands you will get stronger and stronger. And so I was a weak Christian.
I was just a weak man. And so I am like “Why am I so weak?” And God was showing me your
hands are not clean. And it had so many, it was different aspects of why they were not
clean but it was the bottle, it was, you know it was the mouthwash, it was the spending,
overspending. So my hands were not clean and so therefore I was weak because I have learned
you know through this message that the righteous and the wicked it goes together.
GWEN SHAMBLIN: Um hum DURVILLE PATTON: … and the strong and the
weak goes together. GWEN SHAMBLIN: Um hum
DURVILLE PATTON: And so God was showing me that through what I have learned here and
so now that my hands are clean and I say that very humbly because I have learned how to
keep them clean. GWEN SHAMBLIN: Oh God!
DURVILLE PATTON: I have learned how to keep them clean.
GWEN SHAMBLIN: And now you want them, now you want to be washed. Wash me oh God! You
know we want we love the feeling of clean. I remember as a, you know as a child you did
not notice it and you finally figure out “Oh wow, you do feel better after a bath!” You
know, you do not pay any attention. DURVILLE PATTON: Yeah
GWEN SHAMBLIN: But how beautiful is it and Durville God has just, your life is so single
focused and devoted. TEDD ANGER: Amen!
GWEN SHAMBLIN: And uh but you laid down that alcohol and many other things like you say.
DURVILLE PATTON: Um hum, I have laid…absolutely. And the key to why it is still laid down is
you know the money that we spent, our money that I spent, the time, the resources, the
people that I hurt, all those things, are, there is not a I do not know a number for
that but the number that sticks out in my head is twenty five dollars a month. And the
Truthstream it is literally counseling for twenty five bucks a month. I mean people pay
thousands upon thousands upon dollars an hour to learn how to lay something down for two
months. TEDD ANGER: Yea
DURVILLE PATTON: And we have it at our expense for twenty five bucks a month and it will
help teach you to lay down everything and so in my spare time I call this show the You
Can Overcome Everything Show just because it
GWEN SHAMBLIN: That is a better name for it is it not?
DURVILLE PATTON: It is so true TEDD ANGER: It is
DURVILLE PATTON: And I am willing to give everything that God has given me to help somebody
else find that there is truly hope with pure motives, with pure focus with a pure, with
no credit but to God. That is what I love about what I have found here.
TEDD ANGER: Amen DURVILLE PATTON: Because I never seen a teacher
of the word give Him all the credit, but also live it and then also breathe it and then
also clone others to find this relationship with God that will set you free.
GWEN SHAMBLIN: Ahhh, just living to help someone else you know to help someone else you know
get set free is, we are a blessed people to have a purpose like that.
TEDD ANGER: Amen DURVILLE PATTON: Amen!
GWEN SHAMBLIN: To be able to find God and then we all love him so much for it. And,
oh what a testimony, what a testimony, whoa, beautiful, beautiful, beautiful! Oh! I just
see Christ and God all in you. So we will come back but Tedd tell us your story.
TEDD ANGER: I can relate first to everything that you were saying, Gwen just all the issues
that come with it and the problems and then just Durville looking for this identity. You
know from a young age so it started young, you know, like middle school or young, young,
young. And then it became more habitual in high school, you know. And I feel like it
was, like what you were saying, it gave you the courage to go out and fit in with everybody.
It became my identity. I mean basically that is what I was known for. You know, oh he can
drink this much or he can do that and honestly not everything you teach here it, is a relationship
with God better? And I did not think anything could replace that. I went to it almost daily
for many years of my life. GWEN SHAMBLIN: You said you started when you
were what age? TEDD ANGER: I would say that I started getting
together with my friends like when I was twelve. GWEN SHAMBLIN: Yeah
TEDD ANGER: And it was a… GWEN SHAMBLIN: That is what they are saying
now, nine to twelve. It has dropped to nine. TEDD ANGER: It was a generational curse in
my family. It destroyed just about every marriage in my family. It led to adultery and divorce
and early deaths and it was rampant really bad in the family. So this is like a generational
curse breaker, you know, this message of truth. GWEN SHAMBLIN: Yes, praise you God!
TEDD ANGER: And get totally game changer, family changer, everything. But it was a very
young age and then in high school it ramped up to every Friday and Saturday night. And
then if you had the day off, if you had a Columbus Day weekend or whatever well then
that you add Sunday night. Then if it was Thanksgiving it was the night before Thanksgiving,
and Thursday night and Friday. It just that is what you did. I mean that is what we did.
And then college really was scary as far as setting a path on this daily addiction you
know, and then you just roll out of college and continue on and it was so destructive.
It nearly killed me numerous times. And you talked about, all everything that you talked
about, the danger, the activities that you will engage in and how dangerous you will
go and a route that you never would have gone if you were not intoxicated. And then just
all the repercussions, physical, relational, in my job, the affects it had on me.
And then to be set free of, finding a relationship with God and this is where I found that it
is not a disease. It is, that is so easy to like you have always said, projection, people
can project and give an excuse. Well I have a disease and that is why I am this way. But
no I was taught you can lay it down and never pick it back up and you can enjoy what God
has created in His boundaries, which is not drunkenness. It is not looking for it every
day like you said, or I cannot, like being annoyed if I could not get it. I would be
annoyed if something blocked me from my time you know doing that.
GWEN SHAMBLIN: Um hum TEDD ANGER: I became very agitated. I was
agitated when I did not and sometimes I get agitated, you get belligerent when you were
drunk and it is just like you think about all the devastation. You wish you could get
that back. You wish you could get those years back, but again you have a purpose in your
life now and it is so fun to be. If somebody, somebody has to want to change though. They
have to want to lay it down and make a change. Because if they want to all the answers are
in these teachings, everything but the key that you have always taught here was look
in your own heart. You are responsible for what you are doing, number one. And then number
two a relationship with God is so much better than any buzz that you can get from alcohol,
from pot, from cigarettes, from food, from lust, from anything. It is so much better
and I would not have, I honestly had a hard time, because there were times growing up,
I am like “I do not want to do this anymore!” You get that you would be in a bar at four
o’clock in the morning going “I hate this! I hate this. I just want to go home!” But
there was no replacement. There was nothing to replace it with. How do you stop doing
this and then you are empty, you are completely empty? And this is it! Here it is! Here is
your replacement and it is a million times better and the body is healed.
GWEN SHAMBLIN: Yes! TEDD ANGER: And I feel great and I…
GWEN SHAMBLIN: You all both, I mean just specimens of great health, very active.
TEDD ANGER: That is this message. That is here.
GWEN SHAMBLIN: And doing, I mean restored. TEDD ANGER: Amen!
GWEN SHAMBLIN: Let’s talk about the empty for just a minute. I want to talk about empty
because you know there is people that can hear this message and still want to go for
alcohol or food at night. You know we are trying to get to these people that are still
struggling. And you know, let’s do it. Let’s describe to people a different type of a full,
a different type of a high, a different type of a feeling. You know, I mean who wants to
go for it first? TEDD ANGER: I want to. He was telling his
story about how he felt God’s presence and how He got him home safely.
GWEN SHAMBLIN: Um hum TEDD ANGER: When you make that connection
with God I do not care who you are, when you say, when you say no to sin like you have
taught us and replace it with crying out to Him. You started this generation of “God
can you do better than rocky road ice cream?” It is the same thing. With alcohol it is the
same thing, with a cigarette. And when you see God come in and answer you and fill your
heart and then give you blessings right after it, like the pat on the back at work or the
nice comment from somebody who means a lot to you, or this blessing that you were not
expecting, or just the, as you have always said, the behavior modification of God to
come in. You feel that once. Or the answered prayers, you get on your knees and ask Him
for something and He comes in and answers it. I am telling you the alcohol looks retarded.
It looks so stupid compared to that. You are like, but it is a faith, it is faith, it is
faith. You have got to like trust that what you are saying is true and you have been there.
You are like it is true, I have passed over that line. But you have got to make that decision
to trust it and say no to that thing and go for it.
GWEN SHAMBLIN: Would you say that part of the difference like in your evenings now versus
the other evenings would be where you know it says like get drunk in the spirit not with
alcohol, whatever, but that there is energy left for the evening.
TEDD ANGER: Sure GWEN SHAMBLIN: Like there are a lot of people
that are using it to just placate or just to really, you know escape to go away I guess.
They, a little bit of alcohol like it talks in the bible, cheers the heart or whatever,
whereas a little bit is okay. And you can have, like the French drink wine every day
but they are not alcoholics. TEDD ANGER: Right
GWEN SHAMBLIN: It is not the alcohols fault. TEDD ANGER: No
GWEN SHAMBLIN: But there is something that you have got to be going for when you keep
drinking and keep drinking to the point you are passed out. What was that feeling versus
this? I mean, can anybody describe it? DURVILLE PATTON: For me it was a looking for
something and how I can paint a picture is currently I work in an office and there are
needs all day long. I am pulled every which way. And if alcohol was still my God I would
have to have that as my comfort, as my “Ah this is what I need to get through these deadlines,
through these projects, these agendas!” Whereas now I am praying for God to answer
those prayers as to cancelling meetings, cancelling conference calls, or having someone get a
flat time. Just things of where I want Your will and that what, that is basically what
I am trying to say is I want His will now. So when I get home in the evening my children
do not have to see this man who they would associate alcohol with, with anger, with yelling
at mommy, with “I do not know who this guy is while he has got this bottle in his hand.”
GWEN SHAMBLIN: Um hmm DURVILLE PATTON: Whereas now I can come home
and I can have a glass of wine. I can have dinner with my children. And I can still get
up and read the scriptures. I can still help my wife clean the house. I can still help
with dinner. I can still help with bedtime. I can still help with baths because I am looking
for God’s will. I do not want to be a man who is not after God’s own heart, and so
that, that drives me. GWEN SHAMBLIN: That feels better.
TEDD ANGER: Oh yea! DURVILLE PATTON: Oh!
GWEN SHAMBLIN: Than the other. What did the other feel like? I mean like there was something
going on but it had severe pain at the end and severe angst and severe guilt and severe,
the, it is the hangover of sin that just about wants to make you stop living.
TEDD ANGER: Um hum, right. GWEN SHAMBLIN: Whereas when you start going
for a life that did the right thing you spent the time like you said with your children.
You were in the word with them or you all watch a Weigh Down Basic video or watched
another something off Truthstream or you like you said you helped people or you helped someone
else in need, or you could take a phone call if somebody else was in need. Versus a self-centered
life, a life around you and your alcohol. And that idol destroys you. It is such not
your friend and it leaves you with a bad reputation. TEDD ANGER: Yes
GWEN SHAMBLIN: A bad you do not know, you are friendless. You are rude. You know you
are not getting stuff done. The children do not want to imitate you. You know, and so
you do not have their respect, so you are respect less or you know, it robs you of everything.
TEDD ANGER: Yes GWEN SHAMBLIN: So you are completely robbed
to another feeling getting drunk with the spirit with God and doing His will like Durville
so beautifully described, that evening is so different.
TEDD ANGER: It is GWEN SHAMBLIN: Than an evening centered around
you and that bottle and being boisterous and show-offy or you know trying to impress people
you know, whatever it is that you are going for.
TEDD ANGER: Yea, it was a time, it was a time and a heart filler. And also just like the
difference between you do not have a relationship with God so things are going rough I do not
care who you are it is tough. And it was a way for me personally, one of two things to
try and create something, you know like get this high or whatever. And who knows what
was going to happen during that time, maybe something good will happen, but also to forget.
I wanted to forget. GWEN SHAMBLIN: That is big, big, what you
are saying is huge because it is an escape. It is a way of getting out of the pain of
life. TEDD ANGER: Absolutely
GWEN SHAMBLIN: That you created from the years of alcoholism and the main reason you have
got to get to it is so you do not have to go in there and look at the bills.
TEDD ANGER: Yea GWEN SHAMBLIN: And you do not even want to
see your wife that is mad at you and you do not even want to hear about the kids that
are out of control. TEDD ANGER: Totally
GWEN SHAMBLIN: And you do not want to know about the leaky roof and so that bottle and
you go away and maybe it all goes away. You wake back up and.
TEDD ANGER: It is worse! GWEN SHAMBLIN: Yea it is worse and so you
go through the day again and you go and you see how it has got. You have to reverse it
to reverse the rest and it does immediately. You remember as you just like, you know God
can you do better? And you go through one night and you did not have alcohol. You did
not, you went to God instead and you get up the next morning and went “Well I feel better!”
Well and then your day is better and all that and you felt so good about yourself what do
you do? You go back in and get another drink. TEDD ANGER: Yea
GWEN SHAMBLIN: I mean that is the problem, is that daily thing. They are not going for
the daily; the struggler is a, stumbling in this truth. What I mean by that is that they
get up and walk a few days and then they fall down and then they are crawling on their belly.
I mean you know, after they, their knees and then they are back in the muck you know.
TEDD ANGER: Yea GWEN SHAMBLIN: And it is a choice if people
want to overcome. TEDD ANGER: Yes, Amen!
DURVILLE PATTON: Yes GWEN SHAMBLIN: To me yes, let’s amen this.
It has got to be daily. TEDD ANGER: Yes every day.
DURVILLE PATTON: Daily if you want out. GWEN SHAMBLIN: Do you want out?
TEDD ANGER: Yes GWEN SHAMBLIN: Then how about 365 days a year
and every year, every day we get up and we get out. We say goodbye to that life style.
TEDD ANGER: Amen! GWEN SHAMBLIN: Just look forward.
TEDD ANGER: Amen! GWEN SHAMBLIN: Amen! Amen!
TEDD ANGER: The interesting thing too but spiritually you felt so when you finally got
off that rat race, you know like spiritually you felt great but I will tell you physically
it was an immediate impact with alcohol. Like some other things you feel great spiritually,
it takes a while to really feel the positive health effects from it all. Alcohol was immediately,
you know. DURVILLE PATTON: Yea
GWEN SHAMBLIN: What a behavior modification God.
TEDD ANGER: Oh it is like GWEN SHAMBLIN: How you dear God do that?
TEDD ANGER: Yes GWEN SHAMBLIN: And He is right there for you.
TEDD ANGER: Yes GWEN SHAMBLIN: Write down somebody trying
to get out of that in their Breakthrough book or whatever journal they are using, Treasure,
they can sit down and write all the good feelings. And then go back and that is what you use
to make you do it again. TEDD ANGER: Yes
GWEN SHAMBLIN: “I felt better. My wife was positive toward me.” You know, “God sent
me something, something was said about me that” or “I got…”
TEDD ANGER: Positive input, yea GWEN SHAMBLIN: Yes
TEDD ANGER: People notice it and God blesses you and He will come in and you will see the
blessings. You will see the answered prayers and it is so beautiful and it feels so much
better immediately. You know when I was laying the food down it took a little while, you
know what I mean to really start and I am like “Wow I am a little quicker”.
GWEN SHAMBLIN: Sure, sure TEDD ANGER: And my pants are loose, you know,
yea! And alcohol was immediate. It was immediate. Next day you are like and the second day you
are like “Oh my goodness!” You know, “Did I ever abuse alcohol?” You know it was just
amazing that it could. GWEN SHAMBLIN: Heal
TEDD ANGER: Yes, you know very quickly. DURVILLE PATTON: And that is what it did for
me. I was never a morning person because I always overdrank. And I too I can be in bed
at midnight and be smiling and cranking at four in the morning just because I feel like
I obeyed all day even if it was up til midnight. It was something for my boss or for my spiritual
leaders or something for the family. And then God is like “Okay” you know, “Get some
rest and get right back up and do it again”, and before there was no way possible that
I could get up before nine to start being productive.
GWEN SHAMBLIN: Um hmm DURVILLE PATTON: And so that has carried over
into my job and to raising my children and to what my loves are and so I am so sure that
we found this truth to be able to help other people find this truth because it was, it
is that replacing that feeling of “I want to get away, I do not want to take responsibility”,
but once that is replaced with taking responsibility, embracing the cross, embracing this relationship
with God, then like he said instantly you start feeling better. With laying down the
alcohol because it was an expensive habit that I wish all alcoholics, all those that
are struggling with it would truly get under authority, get under the authority of what
God is saying through you and the scriptures. And that, being under authority has helped
the spirit guide me. TEDD ANGER: Amen!
GWEN SHAMBLIN: Um mm mm DURVILLE PATTON: Just by being under authority.
That is why I feel like being under authority has been one of the biggest keys to my whole
entire life. TEDD ANGER: Amen
DURVILLE PATTON: Because God has placed people that know more about Him over me and who am
I to think I have a better answer especially in the spirit world. So I love how He counsels
me and I cannot say that enough, that we have the answers and you just got to have the want
to. And if you want to we have everything that we need for life and godliness.
TEDD ANGER: Amen! GWEN SHAMBLIN: God has generously supplied,
generously supplied. TEDD ANGER: Amen!
GWEN SHAMBLIN: That is beautiful. Well okay, so you went to bed at midnight and God may
get you back up at four. You used to get up at nine. That is five extra hours times 365.
How old are you now? DURVILLE PATTON: I am thirty seven now.
GWEN SHAMBLIN: Thirty seven, okay, let’s just say, well you get to add, did I not say
thirty extra years? That it takes off thirty, it is the number one life robber okay. So
you get thirty extra years, but you might have died early but let’s just say that
you live to ninety years old, how many years is that, thirty seven to ninety?
TEDD ANGER: Oh between uh, yea that would be yea fifty three
GWEN SHAMBLIN: Thirty seven to ninety is what? TEDD ANGER: Fifty three
GWEN SHAMBLIN: Okay times fifty three, doing a little math here, that is ninety six thousand,
seven hundred and twenty five extra hours to live.
DURVILLE PATTON: Praise God! TEDD ANGER: I will take it!
GWEN SHAMBLIN: That is productive. TEDD ANGER: That is amazing!
GWEN SHAMBLIN: That feels good. TEDD ANGER: Um hmm
GWEN SHAMBLIN: That is wonderful, well I guess if you divide that by twenty four, right?
TEDD ANGER: That is the amount of age yea. GWEN SHAMBLIN: Twenty four, well let’s don’t
say twenty four because you sleep some. Let’s say well I have already divided by twenty
four it is too late. But anyway that is four thousand extra days, whatever. Divide that
by 365. TEDD ANGER: Twelve years, yea
GWEN SHAMBLIN: But it is amazing what God gives back.
TEDD ANGER: Amen GWEN SHAMBLIN: And the energy, the love, the
light, the want to live, whereas the other one just robs you daily. So it is either a
choice of going for we are going to do this every day and we get more energy, more done,
you know, better health. Everything is better. Or you choose a life of everything is worse
every day, every day, every day, every day, every day, every day, every day until you
end your life short or you end someone else’s life. You are in prison the rest of your life
or whatever it may be. Bottom line it could not be clearer but to the person who wants
to deceive themselves they may not hear this but I am praying in the name of Jesus Christ
that all those who have been struggling with that excessive alcohol and then mixing it
sometimes with drugs and stuff like that, anything like that, that escape. Stop escaping.
Start living. Stop escaping. Do not be afraid. Let go. You do not have to have that stuff.
Like Tedd, everybody is saying, you feel immediately better and you have got more energy and then
your whole life will change. Stop hiding it, all this closet stuff. Get in there, admit
it. Find an accountability partner. Call the office today and we will help. But it will
affect your eating, you are not going to probably ever get all your weight off if you have been
struggling awhile still being overweight because sometimes it is the cause because people over
drink and so then they go in there and eat to get rid of the nausea or whatever.
TEDD ANGER: Yea you just, you eat when you drink.
DURVILLE PATTON: Uh huh TEDD ANGER: You just go “I need something
to do”. You know what I mean? GWEN SHAMBLIN: Yea
TEDD ANGER: You know, it opens up the door for so much other sin it is not even funny.
It is very scary. DURVILLE PATTON: And you also said it relaxes
the morals. TEDD ANGER: Um hmm
GWEN SHAMBLIN: Yes DURVILLE PATTON: And the morals instantly
go out the window. I can remember just having too many drinks and then start saying something
or looking at something and the morals were right out.
GWEN SHAMBLIN: Out the door TEDD ANGER: Yea
GWEN SHAMBLIN: Out the door. Now usher in the morals, the love, the respect, your finances
are better, your relationships are better, your children are better for it, your whole
life is better for it. Your whole the whole purpose and forever and ever is before you.
It is the answer. God is the answer. He can do better than any over drinking.
TEDD ANGER: Yes GWEN SHAMBLIN: And people think that the alcohol
is the problem and all those that go to attend things where they are blaming the alcohol
never spend a time. And to tell you why they do not work, these AA things never work all
the way or the things that are blaming the food like a diet program or AA, the reason
why they do not work is because no matter what amount of time is spent on it, it is
way too much time for you thinking that the alcohol is causing it. And when you think
something else is causing it you never get to the bottom of what is really causing it.
You never get out. You never get totally unlocked. You may be hiding behind “I have got a way
out of my house and I am not going there, I am not going there” but it is not out
of your heart so you know down deep you do not feel like, you feel like one day you may
pick it back up. If you want totally out you have got to do it God’s way.
TEDD ANGER: Amen GWEN SHAMBLIN: God has a plan. It is based
on the word of God and it is based on the proof from the fruit. So I praise God for
you all joining us today was this not awesome! TEDD ANGER: Awesome!
GWEN SHAMBLIN: For them to share their lives. Thank you for sharing. Thank you and until
next week where ever the camera is, it has got me, until next week remember it is every
day, every day choose it and through God and through Jesus Christ you too can overcome!
Overcome everything like Durville said! Overcome everything! Praise God! Praise God, thank
you so much!! 14

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