If you follow this blog, you know that we talk quite a bit about our little "gospel book" called An Anchor for the Soul. I've often told people that the book itself can do nothing. By itself it's just ink and paper with a glossy cover. But when the Holy Spirit moves, lives are changed.
Last year at Christmas a friend gave a copy of Anchor to her father. A few days ago this friend wrote to tell me the rest of the story:
Yesterday I sat in my dad's hotel room and asked him a question that I have asked him quite often after MANY long conversations with him over the past four or five years.
The question I asked my dad was this, "If you died and stood before the Lord and He asked you why He should let you into heaven, what would you say?" This was my dad's reply, "I would tell Him that I shouldn't be let in" to which I asked him again, and he said "I do not deserve to enter Your heaven Lord, but because of Your Son, the Lord Jesus Christ who died for my sins and has become my Savior, I would ask that You would let me in."
After my father (who will be 70 years old ) said that, he said to me, "I have read through this book 3 times (the Anchor) and it is because of this book that I have been saved, you saved my life when you gave me this book." I told my dad that it was not me who saved his life, but the Lord in heaven who has chased him down, softened his heart, rescued his soul, and has big plans for his life.
As I read that note it hit me once again that every conversion is a miracle of God. You can preach and teach and talk and share Christ until you are blue in the face. You can pray and pray and pray and feel like nothing is happening. Then God moves in and everything changes.
Do you have any "hopeless cases" in your life?
Never give up.
Never stop praying.
Never stop sharing the gospel.
There are no hopeless cases with the Lord.
Yesterday's "no" may become tomorrow's "yes" by God's amazing grace.
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About Dr. Ray Pritchard
Dr. Ray Pritchard is the president of Keep Believing Ministries, in Internet-based ministry serving Christians in 225 countries. He is the author of 27 books, including Stealth Attack, Fire and Rain, Credo, The Healing Power of Forgiveness, An Anchor for the Soul and Why Did This Happen to Me? Ray and Marlene, his wife of 37 years, have three sons-Josh, Mark and Nick, two daughters-in-law--Leah and Vanessa, and two grandsons--Knox and Eli. His hobbies include biking, surfing the Internet, and anything related to the Civil War.
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