christopher ANTON - Testimony

My name is Christopher Anton and this is my testimony of God’s love.
I spent 11 years of my life as a hopeless alcoholic.
From the age of 15 until I was 26 years old I was in the grip of a progressive illness, which would have at best ruined my life and at worst it would have killed me. I was a self proclaimed atheist by 20, and a morning drinker by the ripe old age of 24. I didn’t believe in God’s love and mercy because I didn’t believe in God. I denied Him, and the really amazing thing about this is that even though I denied Him He never abandoned me. Starting on the weekend of November 17th, 1995, I began an alcoholic binge; drinking non stop as much as I could. I became so miserable and so depressed that I completely surrendered myself to the reality that I could not stop on my own accord. There was nothing within me that could handle, thwart, minimize, or control my problem. In a moment of sheer desperation I prayed. This was an uncommon practice of mine, but I was desperate. And I was shocked and amazed by what happened next. God spoke to me deep within my heart; I heard a distinct voice tell me what to do. It told me to stop! It said “put down your drink and go to detox”. It was so profound that I did as instructed. I’ve been sober since November 23rd 1995. I thought there was no hope for me. I never would have assumed that God would speak to me while I was completely drunk and help me, let alone cure me of the deadly disease of alcoholism. I realize looking back now that He was waiting, urging with love and patience for me to ask Him for help, and when I did He was there to help me; Immediately. This to me is the essence of God, his mercy, His grace, and testimony that He can and will meet us anywhere in this world or anywhere else for that matter…all we have to do is ask! This exemplifies His love for us. He is always present and waiting for us to seek Him.

“For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, not any other created thing, will be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.“
-Romans 8:38-39

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