The Obscene Phone Call

Remember the old days before caller ID, when people would sometimes receive obscene phone calls?   I used to wonder what I’d do if I ever received one.  I thought most likely I’d hang up.

Then one day it happened, and I started to do just that. But before the receiver went down, I stopped myself and shot up an arrow prayer with a simple, “God help me!”

Instead of listening to his filthy talk, I said, “Jesus loves you.  Jesus died for your sins. Jesus wants to forgive you for this sin.  Jesus can deliver you from sin.  You need Jesus to help you, etc.”

He continued talking while I repeatedly emphasized the name Jesus with every sentence I spoke.  I knew there was power in Jesus’ name, and I was using it.  He kept talking, but I didn’t hear what he was saying because I was talking LOUDER.

When he didn’t stop I decided to address Satan.  “Satan, I command you in the name of Jesus Christ, to leave this man’s body.  Satan, I demand you leave his presence and never return. I am claiming this man’s soul for Jesus Christ. You cannot touch him!”

The man suddenly became quiet. Then he said, “Help me.”

By then my voice was quivering. “You have a sexual addiction and nothing can help you except Jesus Christ.  Nothing else!  No doctor can deliver you from this addiction, only Jesus. Do you want Jesus to help you?”

“Yes, but can I call you back in five minutes?”

I said, “Sure.” We hung up and I noticed my hands were shaking.  I immediately called my prayer partner and we quickly prayed together that he would call back and that God would give me wisdom.

Five minutes later the phone rang.  He admitted he had a problem and needed God’s help. We talked a short while and then I invited him to receive Jesus as his Lord and Savior. He said he wanted to.  So he prayed on the phone and asked Jesus to come into his life, to forgive him and to change him. Then I gave him the name of a Christian counselor for follow-up.  He politely thanked me and we hung up.

I sat for a moment in disbelief.  Where did I get such boldness?  Truly it was not me, but God working in and through me.  What I did, I believe any other Christian can do as well. Jesus IN us is more powerful than Satan who is in the world.  We need to believe it—because it’s true.

  • Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us.    Ephesians 3:20
  • You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them, because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world.   1 John 4:4
  • SONG: GOD IS READYWords & Music by Kathleen; Robin poem by E. Cheney, circa 1931


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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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10 Responses to The Obscene Phone Call

  1. Linda says:

    This is amazing! Wow! It brings me to tears, to hear how God has used you, and how much compassion He has given you for the lost, and how you have been so obedient to His guidance. I am humbled. Yes, indeed, God is faithful and you have appropriated the full armour of God. Oh, that I would be used by Him in His service and emboldened to take every opportunity to reach the lost.

    • Kathleen says:

      I cannot take the credit, Linda. My actions were not supernatural. God honored the short prayer I uttered and reminded me to use the name Jesus. God’s Word will not disappoint: “Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved.” Acts 4:12

  2. Cheryl says:

    God makes us bold when we pray and ask Him. I personally am always amazed how he answers prayer in the most extraordinary ways.

  3. Florence says:

    I am so thankful that the Lord works so powerfully through you. He is so faithful to give you wisdom to use the knowledge you have to minister to others. God Bless.

    • Kathleen says:

      I called on God and He helped me. Unfortunately, I don’t always use every opportunity for the Lord. I confess that sometimes it’s inconvenient. Sometimes it’s too uncomfortable. But when I am prayerful and purposeful then it does happen. Praise Him!

  4. Dorothy says:

    That’s amazing, Kathleen! Way to go! I’ll remember that for the next time I receive a rude phone call.

  5. Liana says:

    Praise the Lord for another brother in Christ through your obedience and boldness to use the beautiful name of Jesus. You are such an incredible witness to us Kathleen.

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