A few nights ago, a student of mine was messaging me, just random conversation. Sad that I'm moving , etc so on and so forth. She abruptly says, "you're religious right?" Now I paused for a moment, I could have gone into the theological aspects of it all, how religion is what's killed people, and how having religion and having God are different things. What comes out of a man's mouth can make him unclean (Matthew 15:10-11). However, getting into all this would invoke confusion, I didn't want that. That was undesirable.

So, I decided, this may be a chance to minister to this girl like I've wanted, God is giving me the opportunity, and I need to take it. At which point I go into a short bit about Jeremiah and the Israelites and how Nebacunezzer is going to oppress them for 70 years, but to not lose hope. For God has a plan, plans for a hope and a future (Jeremiah 29:11). And I worked her experiences with ecstasy and other drugs, relationships falling apart into how a plan can work out. We all are going to go through some hard times but there is a future, prosperity. Now she no longer does the drugs, and she even tells others about the dangers of them, her relationships are stronger than ever, and she's continuing her schooling.

This young girl doesn't believe in God, at least for now. As you talk to more people it can shake the foundation, even one person can shake the foundations of many. Martin Luther King Jr is a shining example of that. When the man's house had been burned down with racist groups, he lead his community in a time of prayer and thanksgiving for the companionship of each other and they broke out in Amazing Grace. One man, shook the foundations.

I let this girl now, that even though she may not believe in God, I see God believes in her. And even if you believe in God, but just aren't in a good place with Him, you may not like Him, but He loves you. He loves you so much he sent his son to die on the cross for your sins (John 3:16). He wants you to be with Him, he has offered you life, free of sin, free of temptation, life everlasting, just for having faith in him, He saves you (Ephesians 2:8-9).
So, after some time of conversation with this girl, I didn't bring her to Christ, but there is the seed. And even the mightiest of oaks, grew from the tiniest of seeds. At the end of the conversation I just let her know that God does have a purpose for her, and that even if she doesn't believe it or accept it, God does have a plan, God has her life in His very capable hands.

God is pursuing you, unrelenting. He wants you. And He won't give up until He has you.

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Comment by David Estes on December 26, 2009 at 4:24pm
Should have thrown out the net. Give her the oppertunity to let Jesus change her life.
Next time you see her go for it. You can do it!
God does have a purpouse for her, however if the mighty oak never calls on the name of Jesus she will burn forever.!!!!
Comment by David Duchene on December 29, 2009 at 4:21am
That's good Andrew...follow up and give her the punch line; Jesus!
Comment by Andrew Marks on December 29, 2009 at 8:26am
Thanks guys! She's definitely a special case for me. She knows a lot about my past, so that makes it difficult sometimes to help save someone. I used to live anything but a Christian life. That's where I like to bring in 1 John 1:7 and Ephesians 2:8-10. But back to the point, finding that right opportunity and finding my way past the last obstacle, her boyfriend, a friend from the old days.
Comment by David Estes on January 1, 2010 at 3:24am
I am the Missions/Outreach Pastor at my church.
Let me help you if I may.
When you look at the model Jesus set. He preached the gospel. (duh..)
Woman @ the well. - She tryes to change the topic and he ignored her topic and gave her the gospel.
Story - (I am going to hit the high points and not all the details)
I just led an outreach in our city during a christmas parade that it was having. It was a "Gentle - In Your Face" outreach. We asked people
1"When was the last time you went to heaven?"
2"Would you go to heaven when you died?"
3"Would you like God to bless your life and you family?"
It did not matter what they say!
We said take my hand and say this prayer.
Dont give people a choice! Be bold! Go for it!
Now some people were "real" christians, others backsliders, and some that had never heard the gospel.
So we tlod them the "simple" gosple and let 23 people that were "lost" and 40 people that were rededications back to Jesus. In a one hour street ministry with 10 people and 4 teams in the middle of the bible belt. Oklahoma USA.
Praise you Father and thank you Jesus.
All that to say - Your life was changed by God! It does not matter what she says or what she asks you or all the questions!
Tell her the simple gospel.
God is a good God.
The devil is a bad devil.
People do bad things and are seperated from a loving God.
God sent Jesus to restore us, so we can know a loving God.
Pray this prayer with me. Then "TAKE" her hand and start praying! Go for it! God will bless it! You can do it!
Comment by David Estes on January 1, 2010 at 3:24am
sorry a bit long. :-)


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