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Walking on the campus of Southern Seminary toward the library, I spotted a older African-American gentlemen wearing work clothes and sitting on a bench. The Spirit prompted me to give him a DVD entitled, "The Bridge to God" (you can view it on YouTube under "The Bridge to God--William Warren"). I gave one to him and to each of his workmen. I then had a thought that I should ask him my spiritual diagnosis question, but...I did not.

I went on to the library and set up my books and computer. I had a growing sense that the prompting to talk to that man came from the Spirit. I looked out the window a couple of times to see if the man was still on the bench. He was not. I then read a devotional that included the story of a Christian woman in China who was in charge of security at a coal mine. She suddenly felt the Holy Spirit urging her to pull the alarm. Even in the absence of obvious danger, the woman obeyed the Spirit’s prompting. The entire mine was evacuated. Once on the surface, the men wondered why the alarm had sounded. Moments later the earth shook, and a large section of the mine collapsed from the earthquake. Not only were all the men saved from death, 400 of the miners surrendered their lives to Christ after realizing that God had miraculously rescued them.

After reading this amazing story of surrender to the Spirit’s prompting, I then knew what I had to do. I went back to the area where the gentlemen had been sitting. I told the Lord,
“But, Lord, what if he is not there and is working?”
“Wait for him.”

When I arrived at the bench, I noticed a younger worker sitting there. I sat and talked to him for a while and eventually asked him,

“What do you think happens to people after they die?”
“That’s a tough question to answer. I hope they go to heaven.”
“Does anybody go to hell?”
“Where do you think you are going to go?”
“How do you think you will get there?”
“I try to do the right thing.”
“I get that answer often. But the only way you can get to heaven is by being as good as Jesus, and He was perfect.”
“Well, then, nobody can get to heaven.”
“That’s right. Not without Jesus. When you become a real Christian, you receive His perfection because He got your sins.”

At that point the older gentleman came down from the scaffold for a break.
I started talking to him about his business. I then told him I had meant to ask him a question earlier.

“What do you think happens to people after they die?”
He replied, “Some go to heaven and some go to hell.”
“How do you get to heaven?”
“By giving yourself to God.”
“Through Jesus Christ, right?”
“Have you done that yet?”
“No, I have not. I’m not going to lie to you.”
“Well, that DVD will tell you exactly how to get to heaven.”
“I plan to watch it.”

He then asked how people could call themselves Christians and not help the poor and say nasty things about others.
I explained that some people are fans of Jesus, and some people are followers. They admire Jesus and believe all the facts about Him, but they still sit in the driver’s seat of their life.
I stated that some people are followers but are immature in their faith. They need to grow up.
I then said that all followers of Christ have strongholds in their life where Satan is still in control. He would never find a perfect Christian.

“But you need to focus on Jesus, not on people. People will disappoint you.
You will know real Christians when you see them. But when you stand before God on the Day of Judgment, in that moment He will not be interested in what other people did with Jesus—just what you did. It will not be enough to say, ‘Well, those other people did not act like Christians.’”

He smiled and acknowledged the truthfulness of my statement.

I then went on to share my testimony and show him the sinner’s prayer in “Steps to Peace with God.” I explained that when he was ready to surrender to God through Christ, that he needed to pray the prayer on page 12 (which I had shown him), and he would be saved.

“Can I keep this booklet?”

The time had come for him to get back to work. He thanked me for talking and gave me his business card and told me again that he would watch the DVD.

When the Spirit prompts...we must pursue.

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