The bill has already been paid
Jesus Did It!
(A most blessed and happy man, Pretoria, Republic of South Africa )
more this man came to know God, the more persecution he got. The more this man
prayed and cried before God for the salvation of souls, the more people turned
their backs on him. His family started to think that he was crazy. The day
finally arrived when he lost his loved ones because of Whom he believed in.
Moreover, one day he lost the presence of the Lord too, because a root of
bitterness had sprung up in his heart because it seemed to him then that he had
lost everything. An author once said: Nothing opens the door to sin faster
than failures. This is true.
ten years have passed in which he fell back into sin more and more. But almost
never during those years could he put the Saviour out of his mind. He tried to,
but the Saviour would not let go of him!
Malope sings a song including the following:
Cant say goodbye, Youre forever in my heart
Cant imagine life without you
Cant say bye-bye, Youre always on my mind
man became worse in sin and life was sometimes too miserable for him. He
experienced broken relationships again and life sometimes seemed to be
best friend encouraged him a few times to return to the Lord. Facing most
difficult circumstances, the only way to cope with life was to return to the
Lord, the Giver of life. With a new kind of excitement and expectation, he
started to spend more time with the Lord. Lunch times became a time of
fellowship with the Lord in a quiet place not far from the office. He was
chatting to the Lord, hoping that He would be merciful to break again the
chains, which were binding him, to forgive him again, and to wash him again in
His holy blood, and to fill him again with the Holy Spirit. Small things started
to happen in this mans life. Too small to mention but still great enough so
that he realized that God was still around.
day he asked God for a sign. He wanted to know if God still loved him, and if
there was still any grace left for him. He got to work and forgot about the
favor that he had asked God for earlier that morning.
work, he went to the Post Office and returned home another way than usual. He
passed a café and could not ignore three guys who were standing just around the
corner of the entrance, staring with hungry eyes to the woman inside the café,
preparing ordered meals for customers. He passed them a few meters. Suddenly the
thought struck him that although he was experiencing pain because of an accident
a time ago, he was on his way home to prepare a great supper while these people
are hungry. He remembered how the Lord had fed people and would not ignore them.
With desperation, he returned to these men and invited them into the café. They
could choose whatever they would like to have for supper. The orders were
placed, the bill was paid, and the three men looked excited and thankful. He
decided to leave while the woman prepared the food because he felt reluctant to
receive any honor from them. When he was about to leave the café, the woman
requested him to pay the bill first, to which one of the men replied, The
bill has been paid. On his way out, the man said The Lord bless you
the way closer to his home, the pain came back in force again. Tears started to
roll down his cheeks. Softly he spoke to the Lord, telling Him that he needed
Him so much. Through his tears, he looked around him. People were rushing to
their destinies. Some looked worried. A few children were screaming for joy
while playing in the park. Some people sat on the grass enjoying the last beams
of the winters sun. Others just hung around in quietness. More tears filled
his eyes and he told the Lord that all people need Him so much. The world seemed
to be in chaos, looking for an answer. Life seemed to be broken and full of
pain. Oh Lord, what shall we do?
in a manner only the Holy Spirit can do, the man was reminded of his prayer
earlier that morning. The answer to his prayer came when he was reminded of the
words of the hungry man: The bill has already been paid
were flowing freely from his eyes and he thanked the Lord that He was still with
him, answering his prayers, although he was still battling to overcome sin in
his life. He realized that he himself could do nothing on his own to change
himself, but that he had to rely on the grace of God.
knew beforehand that mankind would always fail. We cannot please God, except
through faith. Moreover, the biggest Gift of Love through all times has been
given to the world in advance. His name is JESUS.
bill has already been paid
March 6, 1999, a torn contact lens caused an invisible scratch on his eye. A
small pearl was visible after a few days. From time to time, the eye was
in pain and much discomfort. Visiting an eye specialist, it was discovered that
a virus had settled in the cornea of the eye. Treatment was started trying to
kill the virus in order to enable the man to see clearly through the spot within
the ensuing six months.
the first two months after the incident, his world seemed to crumble before him.
He was very excited about his job and loved it very much. Some days he either
had to leave earlier or didnt even go to work at all. He started to develop
more love towards other people and could not grasp why this trouble had come his
were many days when he would just cry of pain and despair. Many times he had to
go to the doctors for a painkiller just to have relief for a few hours. He had
to learn to become dependent on people to help him. He gradually lost sight in
the eye until the eye became blind in such a way that he could only distinguish
between light and darkness. He felt doomed and on his last day at work, he sent
an e-mail message overseas to a prayer group, which included something like
this: If I have to be blind, will our good Lord take away the pain?
day he had to make a call to the emergency number again. A friend rushed him to
the Institute. Even before the doctor started the examination, his friend asked
God to intervene and bless the doctor with knowledge. The doctor diagnosed what
was called an Acanth Amoebae, which had settled itself in the eye.
Treatment to kill the organism started immediately. What was so confusing about
the Amoebae was that patients normally experience severe and extreme pain, while
he was not really experiencing the pain in such a way.
pain as well as the damage became worse by the day. A biopsy of the cornea and
eye tissue was done. Before the results of the tests were available, the cornea
became so perforated that there was a danger that the eye fluid could drain if
the cornea deteriorated further. A miracle seemed to be the only way out.
started to have compassion and begged God for a miracle. He himself stopped
praying and waited on God for a miracle. Sometimes he would talk to God, telling
Him that the people would say that God does not hear him anymore; or that his
trust in God was in vain, that he was just another person on earth believing in
a God who does not really care.
in hospital, a tragedy happened to another family elsewhere. A young 26-year-old
woman lost her life unexpectedly. She was an organ donor. Two days after her
death, her cornea was transplanted onto his eye. The operation was done by a
very skilled specialist and was completed successfully. Six days thereafter, he
could thank the relatives of the donor for the cornea.
man will never be the same again. He still cannot thank the Lord enough. Maybe
people will think he is as mad as ten years ago. He just wants people to know
that there is still love, peace and grace. He does not want to lose his family
or friends, but he would like them to realize that his first love is still
Jesus. He is our Lord, the same yesterday, today and forever.
Have you ever heard of a man dancing and whistling in church? On the other hand, have you ever heard of a man blowing kisses to God in church? It is from a man that knows that miracle after miracle is taking place in his life. It is from a man that knows now that even if his body or parts thereof may perish, his soul and spirit belong to God. This man did not become religious - He had an encounter with Jesus. He is still blind in the one eye and is waiting for another miracle. He does not want to sin anymore. He knows he is back at the feet of the Lord where he belongs. In fact, it is the best place to be
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