A 21-year-old stopped at our Bible table at the beach. He said he made Jesus his Lord and Savior two years ago, but he stopped reading the Bible and going to church because he felt he would be a hypocrite when he fornicated or smoked weed.
I said, “Jesus is NOT your Lord if you are continuing in your sin. When a person gives his life to Jesus he changes. The Holy Spirit comes into his life and gives him the desire to please God and the power to obey God. You don’t seem to have the desire OR the power.”
He said he wanted to recommit his life “for real.” He said he felt God led him to our table for a reason. He needs God in his life and he wants to turn away from his sin. We prayed with him, that the Holy Spirit would fill and empower him.
He seemed humbled and appreciative. He promised to return to church, and we sent him on his way with a new Bible. Please pray for “J” that he can get into a men’s accountability group to help him stay strong.
- Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing. 1 Thessalonians 5:11
- SONG: THESE INWARD TRIALS – Words by John Newton, circa 1779; Music and arrangement by Kathleen
[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.whoisjesus-really.com/ and www.godlife.com
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