The pastor declared that Thursday an evening for evangelism
The service was supposed to last for two hours
The population of the church had been dwindling
Evangelism naturally held on Saturdays
But members were usually full of excuses
“We have a family engagement”
“We needed to rest”
“We had to travel”
The stories were unending
Some members had relocated due to economic conditions
Others had relocated because they built their houses in the rural areas and had to go
From 200 members
The church had shrunk to 120 members
The pastor was concerned
They were located in the heart of the city
The population was dense
They should be able to fill the empty seats
They tried following up on some former members who left without cause
One said the church was not social enough
“The church I attend now, they make birthday celebrations a big deal
They cut cakes and dance like never before
I feel very much at home there”
Another former member said “I don’t like your follow up tactics, I had been to many churches, before I get home they would be waiting at my door!
They made me feel very important, your follow up team came right after I got home. That was very disappointing!
My neighbours didn’t even know you were here to convince me to come to your church. Other churches I had been to, my neighbours would have been calling me, telling me people are around to see me, that used to make me feel important, make my neighbours jealous that people were coming to knock on my door” said another prospect
Another former members said she had been searching for a husband for a long time and the church was not attracting new male members, she had to go to a church where there were available men who were willing to get married! “I had to leave!” she concluded
The pastor thought long and hard
What were they to do?
She decided they would go on evangelism that Thursday
She gave all the members present for the prayer meeting, one hour to share the gospel and distribute tracts
The members left in twos
The man in Jeans and T-Shirt was one of them
He was partnered with a young lady
A fellow worker in the vineyard
They went to the beer joints, sharing tracts and speaking as little as they could
The gospel was not to be forced on anybody
It was to be willingly received
Didn’t Jesus say whosoever willingly accepted the disciples’ peace, Peace would abide with such?
And anybody that rejected his disciples would be without the peace of God which passeth all understanding?
The beer parlour patrons received the gospel
Some even jokingly asked questions about Jesus turning water to wine
The young man in Jeans and T-shirt had learnt from the Holy Spirit never to condemn anybody
Jesus didn’t, why should he?
He told them their drinking was not a barrier to accepting Jesus and the Holy Spirit into their hearts.
He told them he didn’t come to condemn them but to offer them Jesus, the one through whom they would be transported from the sin nature into righteousness with one short prayer
One of them told him he was born again
The young man in Jeans and T-Shirt hugged him
“You are my brother sir! I am in no way better than you and you are in no way better than me!
The man was baffled!
How can you say that, am I not obviously a backslider?
The young man in Jeans and T-Shirt said that was not true
Jesus didn't save anybody halfway
"Jesus saves to the uttermost
He loves you the same way he loves me
If I sat down with you and start drinking beer and pepper soup
I wouldn’t be holier than I was or more of a sinner
The difference between us is the reality we are walking in
I am walking in the light of my born again life and you are walking in the light of your old life!
How can that be possible? The man asked
“Your mind is yet to be renewed even though your spirit has been rebirthed” he responded
“Just imagine you bought a new DVD player, and you put porn video into it
Would it play “My book of Bible stories?”
“No” replied the man, “It is what you put in the DVD player that it would play”
Exactly! If you do not renew your mind, even though your spirit is new, you would still believe the old things, watch the old things and do the old things. This does not mean your DVD player is not new, it only means you have not bought the DVD’s that could give you the new information that conforms with your new life!”
The man started weeping!
So I was really saved and I was the one who did not pursue the right objectives?
"Pray with me brother!" cried the man
The young man in Jeans and T-shirt did.
The man started speaking in tongues, half drunk and he left the bar
The young lady with the man in Jeans and T-Shirt said “Arent we supposed to invite him to church?”
The young man in Jeans and T-Shirt laughed!
“The man was already a member of the church!” he replied
They went further down the street
They were in Ketu Area of Lagos,
They were approaching a big religious building (Not a church)
Located at the bus stop right after Ile-ile bus stop
The area was called Orile Ketu, a “central” religious center was located there
The young man in Jeans and T-Shirt remembered one morning when he was returning home from a pastor’s house
Darkness covered everywhere
He arrived at the bus stop at 5am
He started preaching the gospel (doing morning cry)
He didn’t notice he was right by the religious centre
The members of the religious center protested
"Who is that? Which Jesus! Shut up!"
He ran for his dear life!
As they were approaching the same religious centre at 6:45pm
He decided to apply wisdom
He told his protégé
Just then a motorcycle and a commercial bus collided
The motorcycle lost control and slammed into a big frying pot filled with hot vegetable oil a woman and her daughter were using to fry yam, bean cake, potatoes, fish and all sorts by the side of the road
The frying pot turned over and the hot oil poured on the 16 year old daughter of the heavily (religiously) covered woman
The pain of the hot oil drove the young woman insane
The young lady cried in agony and pulled off her clothes in a frenzy
She then jumped right into the puddle in the middle of the road
Using her hands to scoop the dirty puddle water over herself
The young man in Jeans and T-Shirt watched the scene with incredulity
Evangelism was over, it was time to return to church
Those who were selling eggs came with some eggs, broke them and poured the eggs all over the lady
Those selling maize pudding(Ogi) also did the same
The young lady continued to scream in agony
The man they met earlier in the beer parlour shouted
"There is a pastor here who can help her!"
By now all the people in the religious center were either watching or trying to help
Nobody knew how to hold the hurting young lady in order to avoid causing her further damage after that done by the hot oil
The young man in jeans and T-Shirt watched on
The man came to meet him
“Please pray for her sir, her people said you can, her mother also said you can”
The young man in Jeans and T-Shirt was shocked
He didn’t know he was the “Pastor” the other man was talking about!
He summoned courage
Laid hands on the lady and said “In Jesus name, sleep”
The girl went limp immediately and slept off right in the middle of the road
The people watching on the sidelines carried her carefully to the balcony of a building nearby to ease traffic
He laid hands on her and commanded her total healing
He said “Father, I command the total healing of the body and mind of this young lady! I decree that there shall be no blisters or scars on her skin. She shall wake up without any pain and totally restored to how she was before the accident in Jesus name! Amen.
Everybody echoed Amen!
He left the scene with his protégé
When he got to chuch he shared his testimonies as others also did
The pastor closed the service
The next day while at work he was very curious as to the fate of the young lady
As soon as he closed he headed to the scene of the incident
He didn’t notice any activity at the place where they ought to be frying right adjacent to the religious center
He turned the corner and saw them
The lady’s mother recognized him
“Pastor, pastor”she screamed
Her daughter was right beside her!
No blisters, no scar, no evidence of an accident at all!
He was as shocked as they were
God is just too Himself!
He sat with them and told them about Jesus
Mother and daughter gave their lives to Jesus
A few months later they invited the man in Jeans and T-Short to dedicate their house in Mowe area of Lagos
The man in Jeans and T-Shirt obliged
Today they are still standing strong in the Lord
PS: This event happened in 2009
The young lady is now married to a pastor
Her mother is a worker in a Pentecostal church
DO NOT BE SHY TO LAY HANDS ON THE SICK OR AFFLICTED IN THE NAME OF JESUS
THERE IS NO SPECIAL ANOINTING, ONLY OBEDIENT BELIEVERS AND DISOBEDIENT BELIEVERS
ONLY THOSE WHO WALK IN THE LIGHT OF THEIR FAITH AND THOSE WHO COWER IN UNBELIEF
DO NOT BE ASHAMED OF THE GOSPEL
IT IS THE POWER OF GOD UNTO SALVATION FOR ALL MEN
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