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 READY – Words & Music by Kathleen; Robin poem by E. Cheney, circa 1931