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When a Student Interrupts Your Class

Posted on | January 15, 2018 | Comments Off on When a Student Interrupts Your Class

By Leroy Lindsey

We school-2276269_1920-webwere discussing “dying to sin,” Romans chapter 6, when one of our newest students, Juan Manuel, with tears in his eyes, told me—and the class—that he wanted to “DIE to sin.” I asked him what he meant, trying to ascertain where exactly he was in his Christian experience. He said that he was not sure that he had ever been born again.

Juan was four months free from drugs. He has been attending a nearby church, but only for about the same time. He has heard people talk about who is born again and who is not.

He finally said, “No, Doctor, I haven’t really asked God to save me.”

I said, “Let’s pray. Let’s have a prayer time, and, if you want, let’s kneel.”

Juan Manuel got up from his chair and came to the front of the class, kneeling beside the projector cabinet, and he began to weep and cry out to the Lord. I helped him a bit with some words to say. We prayed. We all were overwhelmed with the presence of the Lord. Juan got up with a new light in his face. What rejoicing!

The next morning, Juan had his first testimony opportunity. Someone in the municipal office where he works (as a lawyer) tried to give him something “under the table,” and he immediately said that he could not do that anymore. When they asked why, he said that God had changed him the night before and he was not going to accept any bribes—or give them either—anymore.

“Oh, sure. You can’t just change like that overnight!”

“But God has really changed me. I am not the same man I was just yesterday!”

Finally convinced, the co-worker said, “I want to know the God who can do that!”

Juan Manuel came faithfully all week to the evening class, was always full of questions, and is now truly committed to living a new life in Christ.

Please pray for us as we continue to counsel with him. Juan faces huge problems in his family because of his past drug abuse.


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