Hi Brother Steve,
My name is Jesse, I am 23 years old.
I started doing drugs and alcohol at the age of 15. Even so, I could
somehow always hear the
Holy Spirit calling to me. But I always ignored His outstretched loving
arms. Until I had suffered from depression for two years. I then asked
our Father for help. I said, "Whatever you must do, no matter how unpleasant
or painful it is for me, that I wanted to have victory."
A few weeks after, I spent a day drinking with some friends, we were
driving around when I got into an accident. I told a friend to get rid
of the car, and I reported it stolen. But the police suspected foul
play, knowing that I was drunk.
So after I had been investigated, I was charged with; fraud, public
mischief, and obstructing the police. I had four previous charges against
me, therefore I was going to jail for a long time.
This was a horrifying thought to me. I had lost my car, and spent all
my money making retribution to the insurance company, and now I was going
to loose my job. I didn't want to live anymore. Yet, I could still feel
the Lord calling to me, so I surrendered.
For the next 7 months I spent my time studying God's word. And while
I was learning, my depression seemed to diminish. I then stopped drinking
and doing drugs, and also stopped hanging out with my old friends. When
it was time for the trial I prayed that the Lord would somehow deliver
me from prison. Although my lawyer and the prosecutor were telling me I
was going to jail, I knew from reading His word that Jesus had the power
to rescue me.
And He did, I was sentenced to 9 months house arrest. No one could believe
I was told that this judge hadn't given anyone house arrest in the
last two years because of public opposition. Now I could keep my job and
start all over.
It has now been 8 months since I was charged, and I have been saving
my money, instead of wasting it. And I'm also trying to quit smoking. I'm
ready to start a new life with Jesus.
Its sad that God had to allow chastisement in order for me to see the
But now I am more blessed than ever.