Nine incarcerated teenage girls walked into Bible study cursing and acting obnoxious. I raised my voice, “If you don’t want to be here, you may leave NOW! Who wants to be excused?” They quieted down.
I avoided eye contact with two girls who appeared angry and also manly. Little by little I’d glance at each of them and smile. Little by little they began to soften—and then smile back. They were both pretty girls; after awhile they even began to look more feminine!
I explained that when we surrender our lives to Jesus, His Holy Spirit then comes in and transforms us. He changes our desires so that we begin to want what He wants. Some of the girls said they have addictions they cannot break unless they’re incarcerated.
I talked about the importance of letting God know you are serious about wanting help. Show Him by letting Him see you spend time reading His Word–and let Him speak to you as you read. You might even get down on your knees and spend time just praising and thanking Him for what He’s already done for you. The Holy Spirit wants to come in and transform lives. That’s what He does!
During the last 30 minutes they seemed to hang on every word. I talked about the dangers of pornography, that it’s addictive and progressive. “What goes in through our eyes and ears can remain inside and cause disturbing thoughts for years.”
The deputy stood outside the door, glancing in every few seconds to make sure there was no disorder. Later I thanked her for her diligence and invited her to come inside and join us next time. She said she would.
- But Jesus called the children to him and said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these.” Luke 18:16
- SONG: SEVEN TIMES A DAY – 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.godlife.com/gospel/
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