THERE IS NOTHING I HAVEN'T EXPERIENCED
Jesus Did It!
By: Brian Devereux
I remember when I was about three
years of age and was going to Church with mum and dad. Then my dear sister at
the age of 18 months Amanda died of unknown causes and instead of drawing closer
to God my dad turned away and started to drink heavily. My parentís marriage
then went from bad to worse with dad fighting and beating my mother. I knew what
was happening but I was still a young boy. All I wanted was for God to stop him
and I tried a few times to help. Then he seemed to turned on me with mum
rejecting me because of Amandaís death. I did not understand. I remember having
lots of school friends and things were okay for a while. I had eye problems
Ďmacular dystrophyí and even with glasses could not see the blackboard. The
teachers put me at the back of the class but I could not do the work so had a
lot of homework. Mum and dad were not good at helping me with that kind of
schoolwork so the teachers put me at the front of the class. Because the
teachers picked on me the other children did too which led to being bullied at
school and then out of school. I then turned to doing break dancing with some
friends, they stopped doing the dancing, I carried on and won a competition
twice. The same talent spotter came and spoke to me and we ended up going to my
home, because he wanted permission for me to become professional break dancer.
Same thing again to do with equine, had the opportunity to become a professional
event rider. Again the top riding instructor at the time came to my home, with
was in Philips close Newmarket, spoke to my parents. Now my dad at the time
worked for the Jockey Club and he knew a lot of people so could have got around
the problems that occurred. I was angry with God not realising that it was God
that opened the doors for me. So if someone tell you about the Gospel and Jesus
just donít pass it by.
I became uncontrollable at home with everything I had been going through. The Social Services were called and I was placed in foster care. Nothing changed I was still the same way so I was placed in a childrenís home. This was where I experienced child abuse physically and verbally, including sexual abuse from a so called friend of the family. I told my dad and my mum and they did nothing about it, until my dad caught him. This was back in the 1970ís and my dad didnít report it to the police. I eventually ended up in Bramfield House School for boys which is where I experienced homosexuality. Being a teenager at the time I didnít think anything of it and thought it was normal. Social Services were still involved in my life when I left school. I had been taken out of home life, main stream school and then public school and even though they knew I was under age (my Social Worker being pregnant at the time) it was easier to let me live with someone. I was 17 and not sure of myself I should have been developing social skills and talking to girls. I then met a woman named Tracy so started to live a bisexual lifestyle. My head was all over the place. (Looking back God was always there even though I did not know it at the time). God was calling me. I was at College at the time going back and forth from Reach to Bury St Edmunds. College is where I met Tracy who became my girlfriend (and then back to Michael and in the end both). Neither of these relationships lasted even though I stayed friends with both of them for years after.
At times when I was younger I would feel God draw me to him even though I had no actual experience.
While I was at College I was introduced to pot and other drugs. This was to become my release for many years when I should have turned to God but I was not listening to him. It was the start of the raving scene - speed, mushrooms, coke and LSD I also had a habit on smack for two yearís which I thought was me kicking the habit. I was on self destruct and did not want to live. It was God being there because I was doing more heroin than the people who used to come round my place in Reach. Some nights there was between 6 and up to 9 of us. Two to six bags each person. I didnít have to pay so was having a lot. I felt a calling from God to stop. I knew about God and Jesus but really was not listening to him. I had lots of dead end jobs going from one to another. My last one was making paint and getting it ready for dispatch. During this time I build a boat with some help and lived on it for two and a bit years. I then lived on a narrow boat which belonged to someone else. At this time I met Claire on a course who became my girlfriend. She lived with me on the boat.
I was signed off work due to my macular dystrophy in both eyes. I was still living on the boat. After ten months I moved to Ely but did not know anyone so I went down the pub for a year instead of the Church. I became a volunteer on a helping hands project gardening team. I was still smoking pot on and off an drinking on and off.
I then went to the Countess Free Church for a chat about how people would see a Church on High Barns. I was thinking okay then why not. I had no intention of becoming a Christian I was quite happy smoking and drinking. Then Alan Hargrave shook my hand and at that moment God used him because after that handshake Jesus took it all. Jesus took all the pain, grief, anger, emotion and all the bad feelings I had about the child abuse and my lost sister. I thought this was Jesus calling and I can not ignore it so I went to the Countess Free Church for a while. About seven years ago NC/HB started up on High Barns and have been there ever since at New Connexions High Barns and I used to be a Churches together in Ely Representative. We have been blessed by God and Jesus all the way. I went to the Lighthouse Service Fellowship a few times.
To anyone reading this testimony there is nothing Jesus cannot help you with through his love and compassion. It is beyond my understanding all I know is my relationship with him is true as me and you are here on earth. Jesus can take all your addictions and grief and he will. All you have to do is invite Jesus into your life. Amen. Highest praises to the Great I AM.
To all peoples of all faiths of all religions pray this prayer if you want to go to heaven. Lord Jesus, I want to know you personally. Thank you for dying on the cross for my sins. I open the door of my life to you and ask you to come in as my Saviour and Lord. Take control of my life. Thank you for forgiving my sins and giving me eternal life. Make me the kind of person you want me to be. Amen
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