In the Bible, in Hebrews 11:1, we read, “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” This scripture talks about having faith in God regardless of how turbulent the waters that we pass through in life may become. “For we walk by faith, not by sight” (2 Corinthians 5:7).
I am a recovering drug addict and there was a time in my life when I put all my faith and trust in narcotic substances. My entire life revolved around getting the next fix which I thought was the solution to all the problems that I was facing. I was totally oblivious to everything around me as I aimlessly weathered the storms that were raging all around me.
On 24 October 2007, I ended up in jail and did not realize hoe serious my situation really was. For all practical purposes, I was DEAD spiritually, mentally, emotionally, financially, and not very far from being dead physically. It is only because of the loving grace and tender mercies of the Lord that I am alive today. At that time I weighed only 87 pounds and my eyes were sunken in. It took 3 weeks to detox, and I almost died several times during those 3 weeks.
I knew that I could no longer live my life the way that I had in the past. There had to be a drastic change or else I would die considering the state that I was in. I started to put my faith and trust in God and was blessed with finding the Restored Church and the gospel of Jesus Christ. I began investigating The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (inadvertently called the “Mormon” Church by the media and others) and was baptized a member of the Church on Saturday, 26 March 2011. Since I have repented and have turned away from my old lifestyle and habits, putting my faith in God one day at a time, I have truly found the real “substance” that I had searched for many years to find.
Unlike my former lifestyle when I put my faith in powdered substances, I now find that even when I am experiencing adversity in my life, faith in God is the only true substance that I need to sustain me today, tomorrow, and forevermore. My faith is made stronger as I learn to put my trust and confidence in Him to lead, guide, and protect me in all situations in life. A question that I ask myself on a daily basis is, “Is God my substance today?”
Karlyn Stebbins; 3 April 2014
Karlyn Kay Stebbins’ Biography:
Karlyn Kay Stebbins is a guest writer for Morsels Of Bread. She is an addictions counselor and works in a drug rehabilitation center. She has a double major in Sociology and Psychology, and a minor in Communications. She is a convert to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, having been baptized on 26 March 2011. Her hobbies are reading and writing. She also enjoys spending time with her son and his friends. She is also the Founder of The Conqueror Foundation and has a blog called “Reflection Pays” where she shares her insights.