I had stopped to run in the Dollar Store three weeks ago to get some cleaning supplies with my sister in law. Just as we got ready to get in the car; I was approached by a young Jehovah’s Witness. I knew that he was only because he had the Watchtower or Awake newsletter with him. I cannot specifically say because I never took it from him.
MY JEHOVAH’S WITNESS ENCOUNTER (I’ve had many)
He walked up and said: “Good Morning! Would you like a book as he pushed it towards my hand.
“Bless you today! How are you? ” I said.
Well no thanks…I replied…I’m a born again believer!”
That didn’t deter him; he still tried to give me the book.
I asked him: “Do you believe in Jesus?”
“Yes Mam.” He nodded his head profoundly.
“Do you believe in the Holy Spirit.” I said expecting him to say No.
“Okay, let’s pray…” I said
“Oh No…he got loud…I don’t want you to pray for me.” He started backing up.
I grabbed him and I said: “I don’t want to pray for you, I want to pray with you!”
As he thought it over trying most urgently..
I said. “Jesus said Love your neighbor as yourself didn’t he?”
“Jesus said men ought always to pray didn’t he.”
“Yes Mam he did”
“Well let’s pray. That’s what Jesus would have us to do to touch and agree.”
He made a decision. It was as though he’d been trained to make an exit in whatever he deemed to be an uncomfortable time. He starting backing away. “I don’t want to pray.” He kept shaking his head no …but he looked like that didn’t even make sense to him.
Now…that was amazing to me because even people who don’t go to church like to pray. I can stop a stranger on the street and I’ve never been turned down. Why was this young man so afraid to pray?
You can ‘t be saved without Jesus. He said: “My sheep hear my voice and the voice of a stranger they will not follow.”
Are you following Jesus or the voice of a stranger? It’s something to think about.
“How can you walk away from prayer…time with the Father? I raised my voice.
His face said it all: he hadn’t been prepared for that.
MY ENCOUNTER WITH AN ATHEIST
I was out witnessing and I was led to give a card about Jesus to a woman who appeared to be in her forties.
I gave her the card. She took it.
Not long after that she found me…she began to scream and yell: “I hate you Christians! Always trying to force your beliefs on someone. That’s just why I’m an atheist!”
I said nothing. I prayed for her many many days after that. I believe that I was at the front end of an assignment. My job was to plant the seed. Someone else would come along and water it. For whatever reason; God had His eye on this woman that she would not see Hell.
For the record: Atheists don’t have a plan of Salvation; they don’t think it’s necessary.