I Will Trust Jesus Only
Written by Dr. John Reynolds
A lady in our church teaches a Bible study in the retirement community where she lives. An older, Catholic lady attended and accepted the invitation to attend our church with the teacher.
After attending very few Sundays, this Catholic lady came to me before church one Sunday morning and told me she had told her priest that she was no longer going to be a practicing Catholic. I asked if I could visit her, and she said she would like that.
At this point, I should say that she was an active, very dedicated, 84 year old Catholic.
After the formal greetings, the first thing she said was, “I just want to be free of keeping man’s rules to go to Heaven.”
I replied, “I can help you with that.”
At that point she seemed to lose her train of thought and could not really express herself. She picked up pages of notes she had written to discuss with me and could not even make sense of her notes. Over and over she apologized saying she did not know what was wrong and nothing like this had ever happened to her before. I thought it was just her age or she might be having a stroke, but there was no indication of a physical problem.
I felt definitely this was a spiritual battle. I said to her “You just stop and let me have prayer.” I asked the Lord to remove everything that was keeping her from expressing herself and comprehending what she needed to know so she could come to Him. It was a brief, simple prayer but after I said, “Amen,” she began to clearly express her thoughts.
When she finished, I said, “Now I want to talk.”
She simply said, “Good.”
I told her the old Gospel story and showed her how what she had been taught did not agree with the Bible.
She said, “I’ve been brainwashed, haven’t I?”
I resisted commenting but asked if she would trust Jesus and what He did in dying for her sins and rising again and trust Jesus only as her Saviour. She replied, “That’s my problem.”
She was not argumentative, but it was against everything she had been taught all her life. Again it was like a spiritual battle. Finally, she said, “I will trust Jesus only.” I told her now to tell God. It was a glorious salvation.
She settled with assurance on God’s Word and praised the Lord for it. I told her she was sounding like a Baptist. She said, “I certainly hope so.”
Thank God for the power of the Holy Spirit using His Word to regenerate a Hell-bound sinner trusting man-made religion. As she said, “Hallelujah!”