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The Gift of Desperation


This story of one man’s deliverance from addiction blessed me. Though it wasn’t deliverance from addiction I was seeking but an answer to prayer, I totally understood this man when he said:

“God blessed me with the gift of desperation,” Walker said. “At that point, if God had told me I needed to stand on my head for 30 minutes a day on the roof of my house in order to get clean and sober, I would have done it.”

Amen. Desperation can indeed be a ‘gift’ which leads to submission.

Baptist Press:

COMANCHE, Texas (ABP) — Terry Walker fell to his knees in the shower stall of a South Texas substance-abuse-treatment center, crying out to God for release from the chains of addiction.

“God blessed me with the gift of desperation,” Walker said. “At that point, if God had told me I needed to stand on my head for 30 minutes a day on the roof of my house in order to get clean and sober, I would have done it.”

Walker, who had grown up in First Baptist Church of Sulphur Springs, Texas, discovered at age 15 alcohol made him “feel different and better” — at least for a short time. In the Navy, he became a binge drinker. Upon his return to civilian life, he developed an addiction to prescription drugs so severe he landed in prison for prescription fraud.

By the time he entered a treatment center, Walker said, he would have welcomed the release death offered. Having exhausted every other option, he recalled the faith from which he had strayed as a teenager and placed his life in God’s hands.

“It wasn’t an audible voice, but I heard God say to me, ‘You’ve suffered long enough.’ God told me he would carry the burden for me,” he recalled.

Walker’s best friend, Pastor Van Christian of First Baptist Church in Comanche, Texas, described Walker’s deliverance as “the closest thing to Damascus Road experience I’ve ever known a person to have,” comparing it to the Apostle Paul’s dramatic conversion. More here

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Then Jesus told his disciples a parable to show them that they should always pray and not give up. He said: “In a certain town there was a judge who neither feared God nor cared about men. And there was a widow in that town who kept coming to him with the plea, ‘Grant me justice against my adversary.’ “For some time he refused. But finally he said to himself, ‘Even though I don’t fear God or care about men, yet because this widow keeps bothering me, I will see that she gets justice, so that she won’t eventually wear me out with her coming!’ ” And the Lord said, “Listen to what the unjust judge says. And will not God bring about justice for his chosen ones, who cry out to him day and night? Will he keep putting them off? I tell you, he will see that they get justice, and quickly. However, when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on the earth?” Luke 18

That is why Scripture says: “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.” Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Come near to God and he will come near to you. Wash your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded. Grieve, mourn and wail. Change your laughter to mourning and your joy to gloom. Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up. James 4

2 comments on “The Gift of Desperation

  1. Refreshing. I love it when you said “Desperation can indeed be a ‘gift’ which leads to submission.” I’ve seen it discussed elsewhere about our being “desperate” for God. Certain pastors were saying that we shouldn’t be desperate because it means to despair and if we are in despair, we aren’t in faith (cough, cough). riiiiiiggghhhttt…… I personally feel it wouldn’t hurt one person in the modern day church to have a healthy dose of despair for God in their life. They are already too self -sufficient, as their eyes glaze over the scripture that says, “you are not your own…For you are bought with a price…” (I Cor. 6:19-20) Oops, there I go be irrelevant again…

    • Certain pastors were saying that we shouldn’t be desperate because it means to despair and if we are in despair, we aren’t in faith…

      Holly i’ve heard that too.

      But even James wrote above,

      Grieve, mourn and wail. Change your laughter to mourning and your joy to gloom. Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up.

      If that’s not desperation i don’t know what is! LOL

      I think our becoming desperate does work to help subdue or kill our flesh. When we can reach the point of FINALLY realizing that we or no one else has the answer, its then true humility is born. For we see only God can ‘fix’ it (whatever ‘it’ is)

      David understood this. Psalm 51 is a good example.

      “The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise” verse 17

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