A Christian testimony
how to stop drinking
live free from alcohol addiction.
This page is helpful for dealing with most addictions.
This interview testimony features Ora Mosley -
one of the members of the
Ora has been saved and alcohol free
for over 30 years.
Ora was once an unsaved alcoholic
who was headed toward
disaster in her life.
Today, Ora has the victory,
she works to help others
with their addiction issues.
(Also visit our Prayers for Addictions page.)
Beth: What would you say to people with addiction issues? What key things do they need to think about?
Ora: Let me stop you and say, most of the time when people are in an addiction, they are not aware they are in an addiction. I was told by a friend, “Ora, you have an alcohol problem.” I said, “You're crazy. I can stop any time I want to. "
But that was not the case. I drank in the morning. I drank all day. I drank all night. I did it all the time. I took it to work with me, and hid it at work.
This friend told me I have a problem and I thought, “I don't have a problem!”
At that time, I was living in a sinful situation with a man. Over time, the Lord began to show me what I was doing, and I realized that I didn't want this kind of lifestyle. I wanted something better. I knew I wasn’t born to live this way, but I wasn't willing to give up my lifestyle.
knew enough to
know that if I gave up the relationship and got right with God, I'd have
to give up the alcohol –
because I didn't believe you could do those things – and be saved. I
knew what was required for me to be saved – no more drinking
or sex or that lifestyle.
That is sin.
I knew the truth, but I was walking in disobedience to God.
I knew all along I was in disobedient to God by living with a man but I did not know I was addicted to alcohol.
The thing that really woke me up to that was – one night
I blacked out. The next day, I couldn't remember anything. I was told what I
did, but I couldn't remember.
I wondered why this happened. Then I realized that I could have easily died.
That was one of the things that finally got me to the point that I really wanted to change.
When I got to that point, all I could do was say, "Lord, help me."
I didn't know what exactly to do. I didn't know how to stop drinking. But that didn't stop me. I surrendered my life to the Lord.
A weight was lifted off of me. I knew the alcohol had to go.
"Inch by inch it's a cinch, but yard by yard it is hard."
That saying has been a tremendous help to me.
It helped me remember that I had to take life one moment at a time.
After I got saved, I did not go back to my home situation. I knew that was wrong, and that would make me a hypocrite.
I was going to live for God or for the devil. I chose God.
From that moment forward, the man was out of my life. I didn’t want him to be out of my life, but he didn’t like my terms.
I knew that when I was at work and the end of the day came, and party time came, I had to say I wouldn't go.
They thought I was crazy. But they thought I was crazy when I said I got saved.
They thought they could convince me, but I wouldn’t go.
Beth: Let's go back to earlier in your story. Before you were saved, did you avoid church?
Ora: The Holy Spirit kept drawing me to church, but I didn't want to go to church, because I didn't want to get saved. I was wanting something better, but I didn't want to give up my lifestyle.
I wanted something better, but I didn't think my life could get any
better. I thought I was trapped - like being trapped in a web.
Also, I was a party person. I enjoyed having fun. I believed that if I became a Christian, I wouldn't be able to have fun and party. That wasn't true, but that is what I believed. I now have a lot of fun being a Christian.
Beth: You said before you were saved, you didn't think Christianity
Ora: In my observation at that time, no. I didn't believe Christianity was fun.
Beth: What convinced you to give your life to Jesus?
Ora: I didn't want to give up my lifestyle, but I knew if I died I
would go to hell, and I didn't want to go to hell. I thought I could play awhile,
and then get right with God. That was the devil’s thinking.
Beth: Did you get saved in church?
Ora: Well, to make a long story short, one day I was talked into going to church. While I was in church, I got convicted of the Holy Spirit. I surprised myself by actually praying the sinner's prayer.
Beth: What happened after you prayed and got saved?
Ora: When I got saved, I gave up drinking immediately. God also gave me strength to give up the sexual situation. I felt God's strength after I prayed the sinner's prayer. Even so, I would have gone back to my old lifestyle if I hadn't replaced my old ways with new ways.
People want to know how to stop drinking. I want to let people know that in order to give up drinking, they have to allow God to replace it with something else better. I knew I would have to do something for the Lord, or I would go back to that old lifestyle.
Beth: So what did you replace your old lifestyle with?
Ora: I went to the pastor of the church I got saved in. I told him that I needed to do something. I needed to volunteer. He said, “You can do the bus ministry.” I didn’t know anything about a bus ministry, but I began to bus in children to church.
Beth: So you needed to serve?
Ora: Absolutely, I needed to serve. I didn't need to just sit on a pew on Sunday morning. I needed to serve, and my new church helped me find jobs to do.
Another job I did was I was in charge of Bible memorization. So every week I'd get up in front of the church, and we'd have a different scripture to memorize. I was amazed that people who had been in the church for 30 years wouldn't even memorize a scripture.
I was all excited because I got saved from all these things. I couldn't understand why all these people who had been in the church for 30 years weren't excited about God. Salvation is a miracle, and I was excited. So today after 30 years of being saved, I want to be an example of a person who is excited about what God has done for me.
One of the secrets to how to stop drinking and overcoming addictions and having joy in the Lord - is serving others. I love to serve others.
Another important point I want to share is that as a Christian, if you are not growing in the Lord, you are going backward.
I sometimes ask people, "Are you going forward with Jesus, or are you going backward?" You do not stay still with Jesus. If you are in a backslidden condition, you need to get right with God.
There are several keys on
how to stop drinking
that helped me stay free from drinking.
Having mature Christians in my life is still important in order to keep me stirred up to live like Jesus wants me to live.
I want to encourage those who are reading this and who are wanting to know how to stop drinking - that there are people who will help you. You may have to look for them, but there are Christians who will stand beside you and help you overcome addictions.
Beth: Thank you, Ora, for sharing your addiction testimony. You are a great encouragement to those who are overcoming alcohol. You are a mighty woman of God. We praise God for all the wonderful things God has done in your life.
If anyone wants to learn more about salvation, we have a prayer for salvation page.
Ora Mosley is one of the members of the Inspirational-Prayers team. Ora prays for those who are coming to our site with addiction problems.
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