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What can you get for a dollar?

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By Michael Coppersmith, First United Methodist Church

Have you ever had anything happen which changed a part of your life? Well, I have, and it happened on a revival I was preaching at Jenny’s Chapel United Methodist Church. I knew there was something different about this revival; I could feel the spirit of God moving in a wonderful way.

The first two nights were wonderful. God had given a great anointing, and His presence was moving from breast to breast.
Folks were praying and weeping at the altar. Revival was on the verge of bursting loose.
Wednesday night was youth night, and they have been blessed with many children from the community.
It was a typical scene. The children moved around a lot, some going in and out of the sanctuary.
I noticed there were a few kids that went into a back room together during the singing. When it came time for me to preach, I headed to the back room and asked all the children to come in the sanctuary.
Once again God moved in a great way. I did notice the children were really paying attention, especially one little girl.
After the service, that little girl came up to me and said “preacher, can I talk to you?” I answered “sure.” Then she said “wait a minute, I need to get something for you.”
She then headed to the back room, (I thought maybe she had a picture for me). She came back with a one dollar bill in her hand and said “Preacher this is for you.”
I told her “Honey, you don’t have to give me your money.” It was then her little eyes began to fill with tears. So I took the one dollar bill.
God then gave me a message for her. I asked her name. She told me it was Jasmine.
I said, “What can we do with this dollar?”
She said “You can buy things with it.”
I said “That’s right. Did you know that God paid a cost for you and me?”
I opened my Bible to John 3:16 and shared the good news with her.
I told Jasmine to write her name on the dollar bill and that I was going to keep it in my Bible on John 3:16 to remind us of the cost God paid for us.
She did and then said “Preacher, you’ve learnt me something.”
I asked her what she learned and she said she learned about God and Jesus.
The next morning I was thanking the Lord for Jasmine and I said, “Lord thank you for the words you gave me for Jasmine.”
The Lord then told me these words were not just for Jasmine, they are also for me.
The Lord led me to John 10:10 The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.
It was then I fell to my face, and asked God’s forgiveness for not enjoying the fullness of His abundant life.
Revival broke loose that night.
Folks were asking forgiveness from one another. We were anointing and praying for healing, standing in the gap for the lost, and at the altar praying, crying, and shouting for the wonderful presence of the Lord.
It all started from a little 8-year-old girl named Jasmine, and a one dollar bill.
Thank you Lord that the message is so simple for a child, and for an adult.
What can you get for a dollar? Revival.