Good Day Readers:
Friday is here and I am so happy. I’ve got coffee as usual, so I’m ready.
Normally, I would post the sermon that I preached the day after it was done but, today, I need to share this. This has me so PUMPED right now. For those that would like to know where I was coming from last night, see 2 Kings 3:14-17. Once again, God knows just what to do so, this is not by chance that this meeting happened to take place.
I had just arrived at the church last night and was gathering my things to walk inside. As I locked my car and put on the alarm, a young man (I say young because he is in his 20’s) walked up to me to ask me the time. I looked at my watch (I was already late), and told him it was 7:14pm. He thanked me and then burst into tears. Immediately I thought that he was in some sort of trouble. I asked him if he was ok and began to think that he needed money or something. He then begins to tell me that he was hurting because he was going through a rough time in his life. He said that he lost his family and had nowhere else to turn. He had been going to a church but for some strange reason he was still unsure of his salvation because of what he was being taught at the church he was attending, which happened to be across the lot from the church where I was to preach. We talked some more and then he said that he knew he was on the wrong path and that he needed to turn back to God. I asked him what he was unsure about. He said that he was being taught that he needed to confess to the person that was the pastor of the church what he had done and that he was to pray and pray and pray some more in order to be saved. I assured him that that was NOT what was needed in order to be saved. He said that he had walked across the field to get to his church and found an iPod on the ground. He picked it up and listened to it and heard some really good Gospel music. It was at that point that he knew he needed God’s help. I asked him if he wanted to come inside and he said that he wasn’t dressed. I made me him very aware to not let the suit that I was wearing fool him because we are all filthy rags in the sight of the Lord and that the Blood of Jesus is what is covering us. He needn’t worry about his appearance. He said that he was afraid to go in because he had so many problems that people wouldn’t be receptive to what he was going through. (DO YOU SEE HOW THE ENEMY WILL USE EVERY SINGLE TRICK TO GET YOU OFF YOUR FOCUS ON GOD?!) I assured him that EVERYONE inside that building, from Pastor to Pew, has problems. After a few more minutes, he finally agreed to come inside with me. As we walked in I also saw one of the Pastors that was also in attendance and let him know if this situation. He, in turn got the Pastor of the church we were in and we all went into the office to talk. The bottom line was that this man was not sure of his salvation but after we finished talking to him, showing him Romans 10:9-10 and having him read it, he knew exactly what to do. He confessed that night that he wanted to be saved and I am happy to share with you today that he is now covered by the Blood of Jesus!!
All of this happened because he asked me what TIME it was and because I took TIME to share with him. It’s all about time, folks. Sometimes we have to MAKE time in order to bring at least ONE MORE person to Christ. Sure, I told him that because he is now in Christ, that the battle is really getting started. The enemy has you from birth and wants to keep it that way. He knows that once you give your life to Christ, he needs to work that much harder in order to get you to lose focus. Remember though, that once you are in Christ, you are covered. God will fight your battles and He will protect you. We have to stay in prayer for those that are not saved, as well as those of us who are. The enemy knows he can’t win and he wants to bring as many people down with him as possible because he knows that TIME short.
I’m feeling really good right now…
Until next time…