There was a time in my life that I could not see pass the four walls that I lived in. This was a period of four years which I lived without God. As a brief background, I was brought up in church as a child, but I decided to walk away from God at the age of 18. At that time, I was living in addiction to things such as alcohol, smoking, drugs, partying, and stealing. I was also involved in gang-affiliated activities, including many crimes whilst living on the streets. These were some of the activities that my life revolved around. On the surface, I am known to be happy and fun to everyone, but deep inside I realised that it was the contrary. My heart was empty and I felt alone. I was constantly looking for fulfilment and love, but instead of finding contentment, my mind was controlled by many negative thoughts and lies of the enemy. I was hurting, I felt depressed and life felt as if it had no meaning anymore and I wanted to give up.

Besides, during that period, I was staying in a flat, one street away from Southport High School. One Sunday afternoon as I was walking to find my friends, I walked pass this place and my heart was moved when I heard the music. I went inside to see what it was, knowing that it was probably a church (Hope Gold Coast) – which was the last place I wanted to be. I did not have the courage to attend the service that day, so I left my contact details with one of the ushers. For the next several weeks, I received text messages from the usher inviting me to life group and church. After about four weeks, on 19th August 2012, I finally responded and attended Hope Church. On that very evening, I gave my heart back to Jesus, and immediately I felt the release of His Spirit on me. I felt something that I had not experienced in a very long time and I wanted more!

It has been almost two years since I made my recommitment and rediscovered the love of the Father. He has restored my heart from brokenness and past hurts, and He cleansed me from my unrighteousness. The power of the cross has turned my life around 180 degrees. The Word of God has transformed my heart, and my mind is renewed every day by who God says I am and who He has created me to be. It took time, but now I am no longer addicted to any of those addictions or ways of life mentioned before. I am 24 this year, and I have now been drug free for the past 13 months – the first time since I was 14. When I look at who I am today, I see the power of my salvation to overcome all things through Jesus! I have been set free and I am able to walk firmly in His love.

I would like to end with a verse in the Bible which often reminds me that I can overcome through Jesus. 1 John 5:4-5, “for everyone born of God overcomes the world. This is the victory that has overcome the world, even our faith. Who is it that overcomes the world? Only the one who believes that Jesus is the Son of God.”

Danielle Cochrane
Nursing Assistant 

Gen 148, Gold Coast Service