In a world filled with so much pain and uncertainty there is one hope – The power of the Gospel. Below is an amazing picture that Mike Verkaik shares of how the Holy Spirit has worked miracles in some young peoples hearts. May this bless you with hope for His Kingdom will not be stopped!
“Do you accept Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior?” This was the question being asked to three children that reside at the Wooden Shoe motel. Oh what a glorious day it was as they each responded, “YES”, and were baptized in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. The day itself was beautiful, however, the moment was glorious as Jesus’ prayer in John 17 was answered once again.
“I pray also for those who will believe in me through their (the disciples) message, that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you sent me. I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one.” (vs.20-22)
As heaven rejoiced, so did parents, friends, and volunteers standing around an oval above ground pool, as they watched the kingdom of God advance. Each immersion was a picture of the cleansing of our sins through the gift of the cross of Jesus Christ. Each embrace a representation of the acceptance, the love and the supernatural oneness we have with our triune God.
As the celebration came to a close a new call came from the pool. “Is there anyone else who on this day feels led to accept Jesus as their Savior and be baptized?”
There in the crowd, unknown to anyone but our Abba Father was Daniel*, a brother of one of the residents at the Wooden Shoe. As the call came a volunteer heard the words from Daniel, “I need a change, I need a change!” With tears in his eyes, and mom and dad’s, he walked forward, into the pool of God’s grace and promises. Mom and dad couldn’t believe it. Hugging his sobbing father, he said, “Mike, I never thought I would see this day, his heart was so hard.” Oh, the softening of the Holy Spirit, the pursuit of the Father and the forgiveness given through King Jesus. Jesus’ prayer for us once again resounding:
Righteous Father, though the world does not know you, I know you, and know you have sent me. I have made you known to them and will continue to make you known in order that the love you have for me may be in them and that I myself may be in them. John 17: 26
Oh what a glorious day! All praise and glory to our Abba Father and He calls those unto himself. Now, my we continue to ask as Paul did in Ephesians 1:17-20:
“I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know Him better. I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which He has called you, the riches of His glorious inheritance in his holy people, and his incomparably great power for us who believe.”
*name has been changed