Results of the Work – 3/11/2020

Hey Sisters and Brothers in Christ,

I hope your day was blessed walking with the Lord. I had a good day on campus and two African American students, Nia and Kemonie, prayed with me to receive Jesus today.

Nia was sitting in a large sofa chair on the edge of the lounge where we have Bible study on Tuesdays. She was dressed in black leggings and a black zip neck fleece. She had a smaller nose and her straighten black hair was pulled back into a medium pony tail that fanned out behind her head, wide pretty eyes. When I asked her what she would say to God if He asked her why He should let her into Heaven when she died she said, “B/C… I… That’s a good question.” She thought some more and said, “I had faith in Him my whole life.” She thought she had a 90% chance of going to Heaven and went to Church. I went through the gospel with her and her arms were folded across her chest nearly the entire time but she seemed to be agreeing with me. She knew Jesus had died to take away the sins of the world so I explained His imputed righteousness and the blood that cleansed her. The first real smile I got out of her was when I said, “Say you got a boyfriend for about three weeks, you thought he was pretty cool but then it turns out he was cheating on you and stealing your stuff, so you cut him loose.” She nodded at that. “He comes around in about a week and says, ‘Nia I know I did you really wrong. I was even stealing your stuff and selling it for drugs, but I just want you to know I’m gonna be nice to my next 3 girl friends.'” Then she grinned. “You’d be like, ‘Yeah that doesn’t help me at all’. ‘Cause you can’t do good things over there to fix your bad things here. But that’s how a lot of people think. They’re like, ‘I’ve done some bad things but I’ve done some good things too, my good stuff’s gonna fix my bad stuff with God.’ But your bad stuff still out there kicking people around and there’s not much you can do about it. But God says He’ll turn you bad things into good things. It says in Romans 8:28 That all things work together for good for them that love God and are the called according to His purpose. So God can change the trajectory of something bad that happens to us or we do and turn it into something good. Because He controls all future events.” I asked her then if she’d want to be forgiven for her sins with God living inside her or if she thought something else. “Forgiven with God inside,” she said. So I asked her if when she was asking for forgiveness for her sins if she hoped God would forgive her because he was forgiving and she was trying to do good or if she thought, I know I’ll be forgiven because Jesus died for me. I know you knew the story but were you placing your trust in that?” She thought for a while and said, “I don’t ask for forgiveness for selfish purposes.” I wasn’t completely sure what she meant so I repeated the question saying. “I’m not really asking what your motive for forgiveness was but if you believed you were going to be forgiven because Jesus had died for you, what were you thinking?” She thought for a moment and said, “I didn’t really think about that before.” So I said if she wanted to ask God for forgiveness trusting in Jesus and that He had died for her there was a prayer she could pray and I talked her through it and said if she would want to be forgiven she could pray it silently in her heart. Not that I would hear her but God would hear and she would know she was forgiven. “Wanna do it?” I asked. “Yeah,” she said very softly and I gave her the booklet and she prayed to receive Christ. When she was done she said, “Thank you.” “You’re welcome,” I replied. “Thank you,” she said again. I said, “You’re welcome.” I told her the likelihood now she would go to Heaven was 100% trusting in the righteousness of Christ. Then I showed her some of the stuff in the back of the booklet on living the Christian life in the power of the Spirit. I gave her 20 Things God Can’t Do writing her name and the date and “forgiven” in the front. I gave her a Bible study and told her I would keep her in my prayers until Spring next year. She thanked me again and headed off quickly down the hall to her class.

I found Kemonie sitting in the PE lounge on the counter by the exit doors. He wore a purple jersey of some kind and black nylon sweats, white trainers. He had thin ringlets of curls thinner than a pencil. Good looking kid, nice skin, small feature oval face, barley a mustache, a little like Michael Jackson with a smaller pug nose than the original version. All the seats at the long stretch of tables were filled and he sat alone so I asked if he’d want to do a student survey, he really didn’t want to but agreed to answer the one big question about being killed by a bus and standing before God who asks why should I let you into Heaven. He thought for a bit and said it was a good question and said, “I don’t know.” So I asked if he would want to know what the Bible said about how he got to Heaven and he said, “OK.” I wrote his name down and began to go through the Gospel with him. I explained that God wanted to live inside him but first had to make him “His type” so that like a blood transfusion He could infuse His life into him by the Holy Spirit then living in him. I asked him the big thing Jesus had done to take away his sins but he didn’t know. So I told him how Jesus had died for him and rose from the dead and His righteousness could be to his credit, His blood cleansing him and that God wanted to adopt him making him his child. I asked if he’d want to be forgiven for his sins or thought something else. “Be forgiven!” he said emphatically. I told him there was a prayer he could pray to be forgiven and talked him through it asking if he’d like to pray it. He said he prayed every night. I said this prayer was specifically placing his trust in Jesus to be forgiven. He read it through and I asked again if he’d want to pray it and he said, “I just did,” smiling. “Amen?” I said. “Amen,” he replied and I said, “Your sins are forgiven.  He thanked me and shook my hand. I explained the Christian life living “Inside Out” to him saying the Christian life was ‘Just Ask”. He had a Bible on His phone so I gave him the book Bible Promises for You. I wrote his name and the date and “forgiven” on the inside. I told him I would be praying for him and he said, “Thank you, appreciate it.” and I headed out.

So thanks for your prayers for the ministry and for evangelism if you had a chance today. God truly blessed.

In Him,

Bob