Monday, September 3, 2018

Leading Someone To The Lord Jesus

"Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of His saints" Psalm 116:15.

Leading someone to the Lord requires patience, persistence and love. Having said that, the enemy will also ensure that we endure some challenges and hardships (1 Thessalonians 2:18). This is a beautiful testimony how my wife led a women who was forced by her parents to become a Muslim while her heart was to know the God of the Bible. Below follows this testimony!

Testimony of Leading Someone to Christ

During the first week of May, 2016, I (Desiree) had to attend to some family matters involving my parents. The highlight of my visit occurred a day before I returned home. My mother shared with me about her neighbor, Uncle Joe, who was very sick with cancer.

Uncle Joe had been sick for about six months and was just waiting to die. The cancer had spread through his whole body. From what I had seen and heard, his wife was not an easy person to deal with and she does not appreciate people meddling in their business. I thought of many ways to get past his wife to go witness and pray for Uncle Joe. Finally, after a silent prayer, I summoned courage and with the help and conviction of the Holy Spirit, I made a decision to go and pray and lead him to the Lord. So I went to his house and asked his wife if I could pray for him and lead him to the Lord. From the expression on her face, she seemed very surprised but invited me in. After introducing myself to Uncle Joe and his wife I asked his permission to pray for him. The first thing he told me was that he was a Catholic. In response, I lovingly told him that Jesus loves all Catholics, and he just smiled.

Here is How I Led Him to the Lord:

1. I ministered the word to him first so that he could understand the importance of salvation (Romans 10:17). In terms of John 3:3 all people must be born again to enter the Kingdom of Heaven.

2. Thereafter, I felt led to read to him Psalm 103 (You may read any other scriptures as the Holy Spirit leads. Scripture reading produces faith in the heart of listeners) and we prayed, and I led him to the Lord – you may use or customize this Prayer of Repentance. Biblically, we are encouraged to confess our sins to the Lord by acknowledging that we need His forgiveness (Romans 10:9-10; 1 John 1:9; Psalm 32:5).

3. After leading him to the Lord, I simply prayed a general prayer for him to have faith and trust in the Lord and being rooted in His love (John 17:6-19).

4. And after prayer, I encouraged him to pray at least three (3) times or more daily as the Lord taught us and to read his Bible and be faithful in walk with the Lord (Daniel 6:10; Psalm 55:17).

The steps above may appear very simple and mundane, but they require the faith of God’s messenger and the receiver of the message. Generally, people always struggle with issues of faith, I can remember a few years ago the Lord wanted to bless a certain young man in our ministry with a job but he had no faith to receive a job. The Holy Spirit led my husband (Brother Glenn) to teach the young man how to pray and develop faith in the Lord. This greatly impressed the Lord that He gave my husband a message through Charis promising to bless him (Brother Glenn) for teaching and helping someone to grow in the Lord’s will (Matthew 28:20; Ephesians 4:12-13).

The Peace of the Lord

After praying and leading Uncle Joe to the Lord and in a sense of personal joy, I had so much peace after doing that for the Lord. Uncle Joe was a new person with all smiles and thankfulness to me and the Lord. I could sense his joy and gratefulness for everything and I could only praise the Lord for this precious soul. Therefore, the joy of leading someone to Christ is priceless, but our work has just began and that is to sustain that person in prayer daily so that he or she will make it to heaven. The journey begins when leading a soul to the Lord and prayer and the word sustains them to overcome the rough storms of temptation, worldliness and discouragement.

Leading a Muslim Lady to Christ

Finally, I have one more testimony to share. About two years ago (2014), one of my cousins was dying of cancer. After her release from hospital, my husband and I decided to pay her a visit with the aim of leading her to the Lord. During our visit, she related to us how she suffered through the effects of chemotherapy and with tears in her eyes, she told us that the Lord visited her while in the hospital. She saw a bright glorious light on her bedside that gave her peace and in her conviction, she related that she knew the Lord was in that light. About a week before her passing in November 2015, I prayed to the Lord to grant me grace and to keep her alive until the Sunday that I was available so that I could pray and lead her to the Lord. Mercifully, the Lord answered my prayer, and I got the opportunity to pray for her. She passed on two days after I had led her to the Lord in prayer.

I had to endure a struggle to wrestle her soul from the devil. Her father was determined to have her die in his faith (Muslim). Knowing that he would oppose me, I managed to get a private opportunity with her. Before praying for her, she told me that she received visions of Arabic writings on the television screen and on the bedroom wall where she was laying sick. As much as we prayed for her and desiring her to know the Lord, her father and mother, who are devoted Muslims, ministered to her as well and they gave her Islamic literature to read. She read it while believing in the Lord also and with a divided faith she accepted the Lord and renounced her faith in the Islamic way of belief. Later, the Lord revealed to Charis and Jaydeen in a vision that my cousin made it to heaven. Glory to God! (You may read all about it here.)

Again, here is another uplifting testimony that my husband shared earlier on how our Aunt Lily received salvation on her deathbed.

Be blessed and encouraged. Have faith and the Lord will come through for you, brethren, as you lead your loved ones to the Lord. Keep sharing the gospel at every opportunity, and don’t wait until it’s too late.

If you would like to accept Jesus Christ as your personal Savior and escape the snares of death, please get started by praying this Prayer of Sincere Repentance. For any questions or comments on this article or our ministry, you may please contact us.

In Christ,

Sister Desiree van Rooyen.

Updated by Brother Glenn