There was even a time when the Lord led me into an empty parking garage. As Bro. Tony and I were walking down the sidewalk; suddenly the Holy Spirit said, “Turn here.”
Without thinking, I immediately turned to the right and found myself walking into a downtown-parking garage. Where are you going?” Tony asked. “I don’t know” I replied, halfway laughing. “The Holy Spirit said to turn in here.”
About that time, a door opened and a gentleman walked into the garage. He looked at me with a surprised expression as I walked toward him saying, “Excuse me sir, but do you know that Jesus loves you?”
I assumed that he was the attendant as he glanced nervously at another man that was standing in the doorway behind him. The Holy Spirit was giving me the words to say: “Don’t worry about him; you’re not going to get into any trouble talking to me. God sent me in here to tell you that He loves you.”
“He sent His only Son to die for you, to forgive you of your sins and save you.” The man in the doorway stood reverently silent as I continued to share the Gospel with this gentleman and lead him in a prayer of salvation. I left him looking at the Gospel tract that I had placed in his hand.
We met people in the big city of Dallas, in the heart of the “Bible-belt”, that actually did not know who Jesus was other than just a word they used when they swore. We met people who had never heard the phrase “born again”, although Jesus said in the Gospel of John that this is the ultimate requirement for any man to see the Kingdom of God.
As I was crossing through a busy crosswalk one day, a gentleman in a suit was approaching me and the Holy Spirit said “him”. I quickly handed out a Gospel tract as we passed and said “Sir, do you know Jesus loves you?” He glanced at the tract as he reached the sidewalk, turned and said, “What did you say?” I hurried back to where he stood and I said, “Do you know that Jesus loves you?”
He said with a smile, “I sure do. I’m a Presbyter of the Presbyterian Church here downtown.” My natural instinct was to say “Wonderful” and go my way, but instead I heard myself saying, “That’s great! Have you been born again?”
He said, “I don’t know what you mean. What do you mean by born again?”
I shared with him what the Bible says about being born again: Jesus said that you must be born of the “water and the spirit”. That when you are born again the Spirit of God comes and lives inside you; that the Bible says “If any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of His.” You must invite Jesus in. Jesus said, “I stand at the door and knock. If any man opens unto me, I will come into him…”
I said “Would you like to pray with me now and ask Jesus to come and live inside of you through His Holy Spirit and be born again?”
He said “Yes”, and there, on a downtown sidewalk in one of the busiest cities of the world; out in plain sight of everyone, possibly even members of his own congregation, this humble leader of the church prayed out loud and asked Jesus to come into his heart and be born again.
We began to go out at night as well as in the day. The first night we went out, we decided to go downtown and start at the Greyhound Bus Terminal. As we parked and walked toward the terminal, the others that came along that night all went inside to witness to the passengers waiting for their buses; but the Holy Spirit was directing me toward the area in the terminal where the buses were loaded and unloaded.
As I rounded a parked bus, I saw three men in work uniforms sitting on the dock talking to each other. I handed each one of them a tract and began to tell them of the love of Christ, when suddenly one of them got an unusual look on his face as he spoke up and said “You’re not going to believe this, but not over ten minutes ago I put my girlfriend on a bus going out of town, and her last words to me were “I’m going to pray for you that you get saved tonight.”
I said “God heard her prayer and He sent me in here to pray with you; so that you can be saved and her prayer be answered. The other people that I’m with went inside, but God sent me out here to you because He loves you and wants to save you now.”
I explained the Scriptures to him that were printed in the Gospel tract, we prayed together, and he received Christ.
After witnessing to others, we left from there and made our way over to the area of downtown where the clubs and bars are located, as we wanted to be there when they closed at 2:00 A.M. and the patrons begin to leave.
(To be continued…)
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