“There’s no telling how I would be acting up in here if it wasn’t for learning about the Spirit”. That’s what one of the guys in the jail Bible study said just before we left the jail Sunday night. This guy has a pretty extensive record from trafficking cocaine, assault, driving under the influence of drugs, not paying fines and pointing a gun at a police officer and pulling the trigger. The gun was loaded but there wasn’t a cartridge in the chamber when he pulled the trigger.
I never knew the guy who committed all of those crimes, I have only known him since he has been in jail and he is now a new creature in Christ. I think he is like many other inmates in the jail that have an addiction to alcohol and or drugs. I am not excusing his behavior and I don’t believe he would either but it does seem like the majority of the men have a history of substance abuse.
The story of Legion comes to mind. You remember how he lived among the tombs and cut himself with stones. No one could help him or even keep him bound, he would break the chains, and he was a danger to himself and to everyone around him. Until one day Jesus came walking in and everything changed. Jesus demanded that the unclean spirit come out of the man and he was restored, in his right mind and sitting at Jesus’ feet. The people that had become accustomed to seeing him as a madman were now more afraid. Anytime Jesus radically changes someone it may cause a little uneasiness with everyone else.
There are a large number of people who don’t believe someone with this guy’s history can change. But you know, I can’t help but keep hoping that they can. The Bible tells me that love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, and endures all things. Jesus once told his disciples that it was hard for a rich man to enter heaven. They responded, “Who then can be saved”? Jesus said with men this is impossible; but with God all things are possible. I don’t know about you but there were a whole lot of people who never thought I would make it, or change either, but what a difference the Spirit makes.
Written by Louie