Cleon James – ful­fill­ing God’s pur­pose in his life

Jamaica Gleaner - - FAMILY & RELIGION - Ce­celia Camp­bell Liv­ingston Gleaner Writer fam­nilyan­dreli­gion@glean­erjm.com

FAM­ILY MAN, movie pro­ducer and ar­dent Christian Cleon James has come a long way in his walk with God.

James, on Septem­ber 15, re­leased his lat­est project, a film ti­tled Trest In God (Trust In God), and it is one to­tally in­spired by the lead­ing of the Holy Spirit.

James shared with Fam­ily and Re­li­gion how God took full control, forc­ing him to aban­don the orig­i­nal script he had and al­low­ing him to ‘check in’ ev­ery day for new ma­te­ri­als to shoot.

“I ques­tioned God, say­ing, ‘I don’t have a plot. How can I make this movie?, and His re­ply was, ‘You shoot the movie. I will give you a plot’.”

James said he had to check in with God ev­ery night to re­ceive the script for the next day. “And that’s how it went un­til the movie was fin­ished,” he said of the film that will be shown at the AMK Theatre in Bos­ton this month, fol­lowed by view­ings across North Amer­ica and later on the Ja­maican church cir­cuit.

Trest In God is based on the main char­ac­ters (Cleon) in­ner strug­gles with the good and evil in­flu­ences try­ing to gain promi­nence in his de­ci­sions.

“The Holy Spirit di­rects you to do right­eous­ness, the evil spirit boosts your ego,” he said.

Watch­ing it, view­ers should get caught up as he wres­tles the two forces in his life and, ul­ti­mately, God’s power get­ting the chance to be at work.

James said he ex­pects the movie to have a big im­pact on peo­ple’s lives as it’s more about faith than en­ter­tain­ment. For him, the film was cre­ated with a pro­found mes­sage for Chris­tians to re­alise that when they put 100 per cent trust in God, then He will lead them, so they can put worry aside.

The cast com­prises James in three roles – Holy Spirit, evil and him­self. It also stars newcomer Amelia Re­viera – a ra­dio per­son­al­ity now mak­ing her movie de­but.

Trest In God is James’ third project, with the two pre­vi­ous: Green Card, star­ring Spragga Benz among oth­ers, and For­eign Ex­change, with the lat­ter be­ing a big hit for him on the film fes­ti­val cir­cuit.

“For­eign Ex­change won all the fes­ti­vals in 2013,” he shared.

Al­though he is now ‘solid’ in his walk with God, that was not al­ways the case as James said when he met his wife of three years, she wanted them both to sur­ren­der to Christ and get bap­tised.

“My wife grew up in a Christian life­style and she told me it would be good if I com­mit­ted. That was the be­gin­ning of ar­gu­ments in our mar­riage,” said James.

He said they ar­gued non-stop un­til one day he burst out, “I don’t want this re­la­tion­ship”.

His wife calmly told him that be­fore he quit on the mar­riage, they should both try Je­sus.

“Well, we tried ev­ery­thing and noth­ing worked, so we got bap­tised in 2013,” said James.

Since then, he said they only had one dis­agree­ment, and it was not ma­jor. He has also seen God’s hands at work in his re­la­tion­ship, too, with her de­ci­sion to have a child for him.

“I told her I wanted an­other child and she was against it. To­day, we are par­ents to a seven-month-old baby,” he said.

Born in Mon­tego Bay, St James, the Mal­don High School past stu­dent left Ja­maica in 1996 and now he says he is all about ful­fill­ing God’s pur­pose in his life. Cleon James with his wife and seven-month-old baby.

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