I’m in a Deep Depression

Two bubbly college girls were working with us at our Bible table on the beach promenade. We were questioning the wisdom of coming on such a cold day,  when two 20-year-old guys stopped by.

The girls engaged them by giving them our “Good Person Test.”  When the guys both insisted they were indeed good, the girls asked if they’d be willing to take our “Lie Detector Test.”   Well whaddya know, they both failed!  They laughed.  It was all in fun.

I then explained that I’m sure they are good guys, but according to the Bible, no one is good enough to enter heaven.  We are all sinners and we all need a Savior, and there’s only One.  They both agreed they were sinners and needed a Savior. 

Jake said, “I recently dropped out of school because of dyslexia and now I’m in a deep depression.  I came down here thinking the ocean air would help.”

I said, “Jake, it is not an accident that you’re here.  God loves you and wants to help you.” While we began sharing the message of Jesus with Jake, his friend walked to a nearby bench.  Elena quickly followed and boldly (yet winsomely) shared Jesus with him.

Meanwhile, Jan and I explained to Jake that as well as having his sins forgiven, when a person surrenders his life to Jesus, he receives the Holy Spirit and all the fruit of the Spirit. “When you receive the Holy Spirit you then have the power to resist sin.” I told him that God wants us to trust Him by thanking Him for our situation, no matter how difficult.

Jake said He was willing to do that–he wanted it ALL!  He said he’d recently started attending a Bible church but had not yet surrendered his life to Jesus, nor had he heard about the Holy Spirit.  He wanted to pray and give his life to Jesus now! Afterward he said,  “I feel different.  I feel lighter and more peaceful. I know God directed me to come here today.”

We gave him two booklets: Would You Like to Know God Personally?  http://www.4laws.com/laws/englishkgp/KnowGod1.html   and
Have You Made the Wonderful Discovery of the Spirit-Filled Life?  http://www.cru.org/training-and-growth/classics/the-spirit-filled-life/
I explained that the booklets complement each other.  The first one shows the importance of surrendering to Jesus.  The second one shows us how the Holy Spirit works in our lives.

I said, “I believe God is already removing your depression.  I also believe God is going to help you with your dyslexia—which will improve as you read more and more.  You might even try reading aloud.”

He agreed to do that and could not thank us enough.  As we began packing up to head home, we praised God that a cold and dreary day could have such a serendipitous end!

This life is temporary.  This life is short.  When this life is over, our bodies will die and become empty shells, but our souls will continue to live forever.  Where will the “real you” live?  Will you live for all eternity separated from God?  Or will you spend eternity in the presence of God in heaven?   Learn more so you can make your most important decision:   http://www.godlife.com/gospel/

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About Kathleen

God delights in working through His people as they submit to Him. Jesus said to go into all the world and preach the good news to everyone (Mark 16:15). No matter where we live on this planet, people are separated from God because of sin. We ALL need a Savior, and there’s only ONE. It brings me great joy to share Christ with the lost and lonely. Over the years I’ve learned a great deal while facilitating Bible studies. I’ve found myself on college and university campuses, the beach, the streets, the hospital, the jail and the juvenile facility for incarcerated teens sharing God’s message of love. I also serve as an online missionary with Global Media Outreach. I’ve seen countless lives transformed when people turn away from sin and turn to Jesus. The changes God makes are real and lasting. These are some of my experiences. NOTE: My stories have been altered, removing any and all identifying factors. This includes names and other particulars in order to protect confidentiality and anonymity.
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