Perseverance Leads to Deliverance

Shane James

Praise the Lord! My name is Shane and currently, I’m a 19-year-old living in Canada! Well, they say there are two types of conversions a St. Paul conversion, or a St. Peter conversion, mine was definitely a St. Peter conversion as I always knew that there was a God, and I went to church every Sunday, basically what I was, was a typical every Sunday Catholic. I never worshiped/believed in him like I do today. A Word of God to sum up my life before my conversion would be Isaiah 29:13 “The Lord said: Because these people draw near with their mouths and honor me with their lips, while their hearts are far from me, and their worship of me is a human commandment learned by rote;” My conversion all began only about a year and a half ago when my mother and all my aunts forced my brother, a few of my cousins, and I to attend our first Abhishekagni which took place during the summer of 2015 in Columbus. Coming to this retreat I had no idea what to expect, I had been to one retreat before, but it took place in India. I didn't really expect much out of it, honestly, I was just excited that I would be spending a good 4 days in the same building as my family. So as the retreat began I already was shocked! The people who were going to be ministering to us were only a few years older than me! As I heard them speak about their love of God, and them spitting out the word of God in their talks I was in total awe. Where I grew up, all my friends always looked at me as some kind of know it all when it came to Catholicism, I slowly started to get prideful and think like that as well, just sitting through some of the talks after the first couple days of the retreat I knew that I knew absolutely nothing about our Lord and Savior and that I was living my life all wrong! Then afterward I was given a Word of God which has helped me tremendously with my faith and life, which was Isaiah 41:10, “Do not fear, for I am with you, do not be afraid, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my victorious right hand.” I was worried about so many things about my life, as I was going through so much before this retreat with school especially. I wouldn’t say I was depressed but, I was so close to that point. This Word of God helped me get out of the hole I had dug myself into, and to this day, it continues to help me realize that I am not alone and that God is always there by my side fighting my battle with all his angels for me! At the end of the retreat, one of the ministers decided to have everyone repeat a certain bible verse what felt like a million times, at the back of my head I was thinking this person has lost their mind but the Word of God the Holy Spirit told her to repeat to the group was, Luke 24:45 “Then he opened their minds to understand the scriptures.” What the Holy Spirit was really doing was this: After this retreat, I got to build off from the relationship I had created with God from the moment the retreat began. Instead of before where I just said a rosary to get it over with I began to say it with devotion, or when reading the Word of God instead of just reading it so that I could say I read the bible, I read it reflected upon it and kept the verses that really touched me in my heart just as the Word of God says in Luke 2:19 “But Mary treasured all these words and pondered them in her heart.” Fast forward a year to when I first joined the ministry in September in 2016 a word of God that I always have kept with me since the day I joined was Sirach 2:1 “My child, when you come to serve the Lord, prepare yourself for testing.” This verse has helped me so much as well there are so many times where I feel like the suffering will never end, but this verse warned me about Satan, and that he is always trying to deceive us. Just as he did to Jesus, he will do anything to bring us onto his side, and at times there have been times where I might have thought about leaving the ministry but this Word of God is always treasured in my heart just for those times. Since joining this ministry I’ve learned so much more than I would have ever learned without it, and through this ministry God has delivered me from several bondages that Satan had created whether it be addictions to several different sins, or being around the wrong people God delivered me from Satan’s traps just as the word of God says in Psalm 91:4 “He will rescue you from the fowler’s snare.” The Word of God also says in Jeremiah 15:21 “I will deliver you out of the hand of the wicked, and redeem you from the grasp of the ruthless.” God has done exactly as he said he would for me through this ministry, and for that, I am forever thankful and grateful that God has chosen me to be in HIS ministry John 15:16 “You did not choose me but I chose you. And I appointed you to go and bear fruit, fruit that will last, so that the Father will give you whatever you ask him in my name.” Praise The Lord! Be Holy! Be on Fire!