Christopher Selvanayagam’s life was spiralling out of control and he was gripped by fear, lust and worry.
Born in Sri Lanka into a Christian home, Christopher felt drawn to God, but never took that personal step of commitment until he and his family migrated to Australia in 1986.
They started to attend a church in Adelaide and in the summer of 1987 had a visiting speaker. "The speaker invited people to respond to the message he had spoken, and I responded by accepting Jesus Christ as my Lord and Saviour," says Christopher.
However, sometime after he became a Christian, Christopher made some wrong decisions that had a big impact on his new life. "I started moving with the wrong sort of friends," he admits, "which led to me living a double life and to my life spiralling out of control.
"I found myself in bondage to the fear of evil, and lust. The fear of evil caused my mind to be constantly engaged in thinking and worrying. In addition I was harassed daily with wrong sexual thoughts, and thoughts that brought into question my relationship with God.
"Everything became so difficult to do. Even doing the normal simple things in life, like work and sleeping was a struggle, as I found myself gripped by fear.
"I realised the enemy, Satan, had a grip on my life and I was imprisoned by him. I was merely existing rather than living life the way God meant me to. I could not see any way out of my situation," he acknowledges.
A Bible verse in Psalm 142 verse 7 spoke to him during this time which says, 'Bring my soul out of prison, that I may praise Your name; The righteous shall surround me, for You shall deal bountifully with me.'
Christopher then experienced God intervening in his life to bring him out of his dilemma. "In December 2003 God miraculously took me to Perth to meet my soulmate by providing me with a job with all expenses paid.
"Then in 2007, through my wife, God gave me a promise from his Word, the Bible, from the Book of Amos chapter 9 and verse 11 to restore me back into a right relationship with him. The verse says, 'On that day I will raise up The tabernacle of David, which has fallen down, and repair its damages; I will raise up its ruins and rebuild it as in the days of old.'"
Christopher took that as a promise that God would restore his Christian life to where it should have been. In July 2010 he was supernaturally healed of a problem he had with his neck. Then in 2011 God began to do the work of restoration in Christopher's life that God had promised to do.
"He began the mighty work of restoring my spiritual life and fulfilling the promise He had given me in 2007. From this point onwards, I would often wake up in the morning and clearly notice a change had taken place on the inside. I distinctly felt like a new man.
Once again a Bible verse brought comfort to Christopher, from Psalm 23 verse 3; 'He restores my soul: He leads me in paths of righteousness for His name's sake.'
felt like a
new man”"The bondage to fear, evil, worry, lust and mental torment were taken out of my mind and life day by day. The constant harassment of sexual thoughts were suddenly stopped in just one day. I began to experience great freedom, peace and strength in my inner being. Once again God started to become real to me and I had a hunger to know Him more deeply," says Christopher.
Another verse that spoke to him was Psalm 40 verse 2; 'He also brought me up out of the horrible pit, out of the miry clay, and set my feet upon a rock, and established my steps.'
Christopher's inward transformation soon led to outward changes. "At the time I was working in engineering as a project manager," he says. "I felt an unmistakeable boldness and an unstoppable desire to serve God. This led to me leaving my job to pursue what God had for me to do.
"In 2014 God gave me a vision for a ministry to men. Then in June 2016 Young Men in Christ was born, with the goal to enable men to become spiritually strong, with the strength to live a victorious Christian life in God. It is a work for all men from all walks of life, whether they be professionals, students, ex-prisoners or drug addicts.
"I cannot put into words what God has done for me, or have the words to thank God for all that He has done. I do know that what God did for me He can do for you also," says Christopher joyfully.•
His website is www.youngmeninchrist.org