I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek. – Romans 1:16 NASB
A “renegade from the faith … very obnoxious … spiritually … dangerous” are words James B. Finley used to describe himself as a young man. He was born to godly parents in 1781 in North Carolina, where his father was a missionary. But in his youth, he questioned his faith and “entered fully and freely into all parties of pleasure.”
When he was twenty, he was curious and attended the camp meeting in Cane Ridge, Kentucky. Although amazed to see thousands of people worshiping God, he stayed aloof, feeling it was just “religious enthusiasm.”
With a “proud and hard” heart, he fled to a nearby tavern, but found no escape. Still struggling, he returned to the camp meeting.
The next morning he left for home, feeling like “a ruined man.” He and a companion traveled silently. When they reached a nearby town, “like long-pent-up waters … the fountains of my soul were broken up.” His eyes streamed with “bitter tears.” He and his friend spent the night weeping.
Still crying the next morning, a stranger knelt beside him. Together they prayed and sang until Finley felt the guilt of sin lift. It was like “heaven shone full upon my soul.” His life was changed forever.
Today, the world is full of skeptics and people who doubt God and resist the work of the Spirit. Pray that His power will change them and that their eyes will be opened. Be ready to share the Gospel with all who are seeking truth.
PrayerFather, open the eyes of those who are spiritually blind. Bring revival. Pour out Your Spirit on my life and people in my country. In Jesus' name, amen.
Extended ReadingRomans 1