“I don’t want to talk about this anymore. I’m doing fine, man, just leave me alone.” Those were the words from the legendary singer, songwriter and producer Smokey Robinson in 1986 when his friend, Leon, could visibly see that Smokey was abusing drugs.
“No, I’m not leaving at all. I’m staying here and I’m praying for you. I don’t care how long it takes,” Leon persisted.
“Leon stayed and prayed for me all night; he prayed till the sun came up; he wouldn’t leave me; he stayed at my house all the next day and that night insisted that we go to a place called Ablaze Ministry,” Smokey said.
Ablaze was just a small building on Florence Avenue in Los Angeles where people were up and singing. The leader was a heavy-set black woman.
After preaching, the woman pointed at Smokey and said, “You,would you please come up here?”
Looking around tentatively, slowly, he made his way to the podium where she stood. She hugged him and said, ”I know who you are. I didn’t call your name because not everyone recognized you. You look so bad. I been praying for you for a year now. The Lord put you on my heart. He really loves you. You’re one of His children. And He sent you here tonight so I could heal you in the name of Jesus.”
“The drugs,” she said, still in a whisper, “have eating away your stomach lining. If you hadn’t come here, you would have died.”
“And just like that, the desire left me. I haven’t touched or wanted any form of any drug. Being in show business, I’m always around the stuff. There have been endless opportunities to get high. Miraculously, I’ve not even been tempted. Miraculously, I was saved.
The Lord washed me clean.”
Smokey’s Tips For Being Drug-Free
1. “Unless you get your spiritual self together – because we’re not just flesh and blood, we are spiritual beings. Unless you get that part of yourself together you’re not going to beat this. Unless you recognize the fact that you’re a spiritual being, unless you recognize the fact that before you even heard of drugs, especially before you started doing them, you were living, you had a life, and you were going along with your program and you were doing what you do and all that.”
2. “I don’t care what your affliction is – food, sex, drugs, whatever it is – if you really want to get rid of it – see, you can’t go to God and give God something. You can’t go to God with nothing that he can’t take, that he will not accept, and he’s not going to say, ‘Oh, man, if you had just come last Thursday, I had an opening.’ (Laughter) You know what I mean?”