Monday, March 12, 2012

A Testimony

After church yesterday we had lunch in the pastors home and one of the deacons ate with us.  We began asking him about how long he had been coming to this church and he began sharing his testimony with us.  I wanted to share this particular testimony on here because to me it shows the power of prayer and God's Word.  Many years ago this man went to a Catholic church.  He said that the church did many good things for others but they didn't really teach the Word of God.  He continued going to this church for many years while continuing to get drunk and take drugs.  He finally decided to get out of that and he joined the Watchtower or Jehovah's Witnesses.  He continued drinking and doing drugs.  This whole time his wife was going to the Baptist church.  His wife would come home from church and she would talk about what she was learning about Jesus.  The things he was hearing with the J.W.'s was not matching up with what his wife was saying.  He wanted to know the truth about Jesus.  So he began seeking this information for himself and not just believing what he was told.  He went to the Baptist church with his wife and that day they were singing this song called, Take Me As I Am.  He was listening to this song and realized that he wanted that for himself.  He made that song his prayer and asked Jesus to take him just as he was and to forgive him of his sins.  He has now been at this church for 7 years and is now a deacon.  His wife was not eating with us but I feel certain that if I were to ask her she would say that she had been praying for her husband for many years.  So often, I have Zambian women ask me to pray for their husbands salvation.  They ask how long will they have to pray for their husbands because it seems it is not working.  I know one woman who prayed for her husband for 20 years and he finally prayed to receive Christ.  I always share this verse with the women and tell them to not give up.
1 Peter 3:1-2 says, "Wives, in the same way be submissive to your husbands so that, if any of them do not believe the word, they may be won over without words by the behavior of their wives, when they see the purity and reverence of your lives."

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