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WAVING ALCOHOL GOODBYE: CORDELL’S STORY

By March 12, 2017 2 Comments

Since finding freedom from alcohol Cordell Banks has been a pain in the Devil’s side. Cordell shared his inspiring story when he was baptized as a follower of Jesus on Sunday March 12, 2017 at North Pointe.

He’s a strong supporter of others looking for deliverance. Cordell’s courageous vulnerability offers hope for those dealing with pain through addiction.

“My name is Cordell Banks and I am a follower of Jesus Christ and I am an Alcoholic.”

I Drank…

…as a solution to cope with the death of my mother and father as a result of drunk driver and a tragic car accident.

…to cope with all of life’s pain and challenges.

…to cope with the pain of not knowing love or how to love.

…to cover up the shame, guilt, embarrassment, fear and anger for many years of abuse.

I drank to fit in.

An Alcohol Solution

Alcoholism is a progressive disease that worsens over time. In the end stage of my disease, I could not do anything without the help of alcohol.

Today I know that alcohol was a solution to a life problem.

I had an alcohol solution not an alcohol problem.

Rock Bottom And AA

One of the many rock bottoms in my life was when I woke up at the bottom of my basement stairs in a pool of blood with the police and paramedics treating a large head wound.

Soon after this I arrived at an AA meeting a broken man. I was emotionally, physically and spiritually bankrupt.

I was terrified, sweating and cold. I was experiencing delirium tremors daily unless I was medicated with booze.

But that was the beginning of my salvation.

Restored By God

I have been saved by God. I accepted Jesus into my life and I’ve been sober for eight months (as of this writing).

Jesus showed me how to forgive everyone in my life who has trespassed against me. Forgive and be forgiven.

God helped me make amends with everyone in my life that I have trespassed against.

Jesus helped me deal with my character defects and a large ego. He reduced my fears and anxiety. My obsession for alcohol has been taken away. I now have my health back, my emotional stability and God is working miracles in my life.

My life has been restored by God.

Walking Freely With God

Today I walk in the light of God and I worship Jesus. I have surrendered my life and control to Jesus to guide me through life. Alcohol was controlling my life. I did not want a drink but I needed to drink. Alcohol will take your life one way or another if you let it.

I am free today. I’m at peace. I have serenity. I know love and how to love.

I fit in and I positively contribute to mankind. God has removed my obsession to drink. My life problem has been restored by God. I owe my life to Jesus Christ.

On March 12th I chose to be baptized to kill my earthly sins and surrender my life to Christ.

C.A.R.E. Ministry

I am a part of the North Pointe Christ Centred Addictions Recovery and dedication program.

The 12 steps of this group are like the 12 steps of AA.

Step by step I am following Jesus, no turning back.

APPLICATION: If you think you have a problem with alcohol or any other addiction please connect with me through this post and enquire about our C.A.R.E. program today.

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Pastor at North Pointe Community Church for 25 years. Happily married to Jocelyn for 36 years. We have two adult sons, Cory and his wife Lynsey and their son Vinnie; Jean Marc and his wife Angie and their three gorgeous daughters, Quinn, Lena and Annora. I love being a pastor and inspiring faith in Jesus through communicating, blogging, counseling and coaching. I enjoy running, reading, writing and ball hockey. Fan of the Esks and Pats. Follow me on Twitter @bobjones49ers

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Join the discussion 2 Comments

  • Carole Schlachta says:

    What a wonderful accounting of your experience in life.
    I thank you so much.
    I pray God continue to help you grow in Him.
    I shall pass your story on because There are many people who need to know about your life.
    God bless you with everything you have and everything you do.
    Amen

  • Cheryl says:

    Cordell, I am so happy for you. You are a walking testimony to the miraculous healings of Christ. God is and will use you in a mighty way to help others that struggle with addictions. I was out of town this past weekend, I am hoping that you had someone record your baptism so I can see this most momentous event.

    I am grateful and blessed to be in recovery with you brother!

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