I had a strong desire to know about different religions. I wanted to know for absolute sure that I was believing the right one. I almost knew I was because of the answers to prayer I was getting but I also wanted to understand where the other beliefs came from and how they were different.
I have close friends who are members of one Religious sect so it was one I wanted to learn about. A friend loaned me a VHS tape and a book on the subject. They were put together by former members of the faith. I read the book, and watched the video twice, it was interesting to see the differences in our beliefs and where they started. Within a of months, I was going to do a lady's hair in another town. She had been practicing that particular faith for about ten years. I had known her for a lot longer than that. We felt free to share with each other but mostly she did a lot of sharing with me. Right before I left home that day a scripture popped into my hear. (Romans 8:1) I had no idea what it was so I went and looked it up. "There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit," was what it said. I knew who that was for. This particular faith doesn't think you can know if you are going to heaven or not. They say, you won't know that until after you die. The truth is you can know. 1 John 5:13a (NKJV) These things I have written to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, that you may know that you have eternal life.
So after I got done doing my friend’s hair that day, I told her that God had given me a scripture for her. “What is that?” she asked. I said, “Romans 8:1.” She went and got her bible and read the verse. She asked me what it meant. I said “There is no condemnation in Christ and if you are in Him and He is in you than there is no condemnation for you and you will go the heaven when you die. She said, “Oh,” like she understood but then she said “But I’m too old to change my faith.”
I said, “No you’re not. All you have to do is believe that Jesus is God and that He died for your sin and that He rose again. And then ask him into your heart.” I asked if she wanted me to pray that with her and she said “yes.”
When she passed away I was so happy I knew she was in heaven.
A week after visiting with my friend, I was in Winnipeg heading for a hair show. I asked my husband to let me off at a corner a few blocks away from the convention center and I would walk the rest of the way. I jumped out of the car, dropped my purse, jumped over a snow drift, picked up my purse and headed for the corner. Then I had this feeling like I needed to turn around. So I did. I walked back in front of the store doors then my thought was, what am I doing here? There is nothing I need in this store and it’s closed anyway. I walked back to the corner and a man walked up to me, he had some papers in his hand. “Could I talk to you a minute?” he asked.
I knew what the papers were. I said, “Sure lets step out of the wind.”
So we walked down the street a few feet and stepped in beside the store, leaving room on the sidewalk for people to go by. We began to talk. We both shared for a bit. I shared what I had learned from the tape and the book about his faith and how it began and I shared some of my answers to pray. I also shared the scripture that God gave me for the lady and what it meant. His hand with the papers in it dropped down to his side. He listened intently. Then he said “My name is Jason. I’m so glad I met you.” The man seemed so grateful. I think he had come to this country and been taught about this faith and converted just recently. I told him of the church that God had led me to go to and he wrote the name down. He said, “I’ve got to go but I’m so glad I met you.”
I would call that a divine appointment. I’m pretty sure I heard angels singing as I walked the rest of the way to the convention center.
Another day I had heard that a group from this faith were having a blitz, meaning they were working hard to bring people in to what they believe is true. I was in another town and I drove by their building. I had a strong desire to drive around that area a few time. I had a teen aged girl with me. As we were driving by we saw a lady and her son, who was about ten, get out of their vehicle. “I’d love to go in there and walk up to the front and tell them what I know and what I believe. I wonder if you can get kicked out of a place like that.” I said.
“I don’t think I want to experience that with you.” The teen aged girl said and it made me laugh.
As we drove down the street again, I saw the lady and her son at an apartment that belonged to a friend’s friend. We had just met a few days before. I surmised that they were asking her to go to their events. I got out of my car and went to say, “Hi.” My new friend told them that she would go to the barbecue later and they left. I had a little visit with her. Over the next few weeks she had me help her get free from her persistent new visitors. This lady and I became good friends. She rode with me to meetings and conferences as far away as Red Deer, Alta. We had a great time and learned a lot.
There were times when they have come to my house and I have shared some of my answers to prayer with them. I could see the curiosity in their faces as I used the scriptures that went along with what had happened to me. But we haven’t had any of this faith come to our house in many many years. My kids say their leaders don't allow them to come to our house any more. I think that is true but it is not what I would prefer. What I learned from the video and the book is that these people want to believe the truth too. They need to go to Christian’s houses who are willing to spend the time loving them into the truth. They need to be given the truth, the time, the love and the patience so they will see what is true. The first thing we need to do is to learn the difference ourselves.