I just read a post on Facebook that really touched me. It was originally posted on January 20, 2015, by Gerrard B. Laidler. This is a very moving testimony and reveals how great and awesome our God truly is.
He can reach down to anyone in the deepest darkest moments of their lives and he can bring them out of whatever situation they are in. Then he can use those that he has helped and lifted up to help others.
So please remember that no matter what your past is God can use it for His glory. Your story may be the story that one certain person needs to hear, you may be the only light that can lead them to Christ.
44 Then he turned toward the woman and said to Simon, “Do you see this woman? I came into your house. You did not give me any water for my feet, but she wet my feet with her tears and wiped them with her hair. 45 You did not give me a kiss, but this woman, from the time I entered, has not stopped kissing my feet. 46 You did not put oil on my head, but she has poured perfume on my feet. 47 Therefore, I tell you, her many sins have been forgiven—as her great love has shown. But whoever has been forgiven little loves little.”
48 Then Jesus said to her, “Your sins are forgiven.” – Luke 7:44-48
Below is a copy of the post from Facebook and it should link back to the original post, if you wish to read it there as well. I hope it touches your heart like it did mine.
TEARS OF RELIEF…(a Testimony Nugget)
The strangest thing happened to me yesterday. As I sat in my car while the insanely “cheap gas” filled my tank…out of nowhere this woman taps on my window, “Can you please buy me something to eat?” Opening my car door, I took my headphones off and said, “Excuse Me!” She responded: “Can you please buy me something to eat?” Instantly frustrated: It’s 34 degrees outside. I just worked 12hrs overnight from 7pm-7am. I’ve been under the weather for the past few days. And I just want to go home, take some more NyQuil and tap out again (Big Sigh). “Go inside and I’ll be in shortly,” I motion to her. Still sitting in my car, I replay the words of this lady in my head and say to myself: “She did not ask for money, but for food!” I’ll definitely do this, I concluded as I hopped out of the car.
Inside of McDonald’s…
I approach the counter and the lady appears from behind me like a dark shadow. I motion towards her, “What will you like”? “A two for three Egg Mcmuffin,” she exclaims hesitantly. In this moment I decide to get me a “two for three” as well, but I substitute the Mcmuffins for their biscuits (y’all should try this). Meanwhile, once our food is placed on the counter, I walk to the back of the restaurant to divide our sandwiches. In a hurry, I quickly tell her “you don’t need to be out here in this freezing weather like this!” “I don’t have a place to stay,” she mummers. “I’m homeless!” The conversation continues. “What is your name?” I ask, politely. She replies and shares a bit more about herself as I listen intently. “Sir, I can’t be over here by you for long. My boyfriend is jealous and he will jump on me if he sees me talking to another man!” At this point I’ve recognized a golden opportunity for ministry as I blurted out: THAT COWARD AIN’T GON’ DO NOTHING TO YOU (y’all pray for me. I can’t stand to hear about a man beating on a woman).
Sharing My Testimony…
Ma’am, look at me! I slowly make a handgun signal with my right hand, point it directly in her face, and pull the trigger while shouting…”POW!” I continue. “Can you look at me and tell that I was shot at point-blank-range in my face?” She nods her head in disbelief. “Ma’am, I should be dead, but God kept me here to talk with people like you.” In addition, I share my notorious 10 year drug history and prison background so as to come down to her level of common ground and reasoning. For the most part, I realize one important aspect of ministry, is this: If You Have No Common Ground With The One You’re Ministering To And Cannot Relate To Their Pain Or Struggles…It’s Less Effective In Pulling Them In. This explains why Jesus wrapped himself in our human flesh. He knew that in order to save mankind, He had to experience all of the tears, all of the burdens, all of the pain, and all of the sorrow of mankind, including death (Heb. 4:15). Frankly, It’s just something about it when you have previously worn the filthy shoes of the one you’re now trying to convince that they should remove off of their feet for their own good.
Tears Of Relief…
With the stage set, I asked the most reckoning and eternal question that every human being alive must answer someday: “Do you know Jesus Christ as your ‘personal’ Lord & Savior and the free pardoning of your sins?” (John 14:6). Tears begin to roll down her face. The question pierced her heart. She rebuts, “I’m afraid to accept Christ, because I’m afraid I will fail Christ!” I explain to her that due to our fleshy nature and frailty, walking in 100% complete perfection as a Christian is a myth from Satan. We strive for it, however, we are constantly changed daily through prayer, studying scripture, and submitting to the power of the Holy Spirit within us. The biggest lie the devil presses upon our minds is that we are just out here alone to fend for ourselves. We have Peace, Power, and His Presence within. The Tears Are Pouring Heavier and Profusely.
Brighter Days Ahead…
With the Spirit of God moving, I grabbed her by the hands and asked her plainly: Would You Like To Settle Your Eternal Destiny & Resting Place After You Depart This World? Tears Steady Flowing. “Yes!,” she finds the strength to speak. Holding her hands firmly, I said repeat after me. We Began: “Dear Lord, Jesus. Please Forgive Me For All Of My Sins…I Know My Heart Is Not Right With Thee…” Tears Of Relief Are Pouring. And Oh!…How A Peace And Calm Filled That Section. Heaven Rejoiced! Meanwhile, to encourage her of Brighter Days Ahead, after being released from a Federal Prison, I reflected back on how God has blessed me with two jobs: One that provides a 401K, full health, dental, vision, and another life insurance policy. And the other, a night shift manager to further develop my professional, communication, and business management skills as I seek to press forward after everybody counted me out since all I’ve ever did for money was sell drugs. Finally, I said “You are beautiful. Your life has purpose and meaning. And if God can turn my life around I am speaking over your life for TRANSFORMATION, RESTORATION, EXALTATION, and Financial REHABILITATION! You may not understand if you’ve never had it hard in life. But I was elated that I pushed myself aside so that God could use lil ole’ me. What A Beautiful Picture Of Tears Of Relief… ~MrGBL
****Prophetically, I’m Believing A Behavioral, Relational, Occupational, and Double Financial Turnaround For Everyone Who Shares This Timely Post On Their Page. The World Needs To Know That Nothing Is Too Hard For God…#Type AMEN! #Share