"Understand, therefore, that the Lord your God is the faithful God who for a thousand generations keeps His promises and constantly loves those who love Him and who obey His commands" (Deuteronomy 7:9).
Torn between the desire to surrender his life to the Lord and the desire to be his own person, Tom gave vent to his frustration.
"I want to be a good Christian," he said, "but I'm afraid of God and what He might do to change my plans. You see, I have great plans for my life and I don't want to end up wasting it.
"For example, I don't want to marry someone with whom I would be miserable or risk my opportunities for a successful business career."
I asked Tom, as I have often asked others, "Do you really believe that God loves you?"
"Yes," he replied - and that is the general response. Then I reminded him that Jesus Christ so loved him that He was willing to die on the cross for his sins.
"Do you believe that He died for you?"
"Yes," Tom agreed, and that also is the general reply.
Then, my final question, "Don't you think that you can trust the omnipotent Creator God, who so loved you that He sent His only begotten Son, who Himself loved you so much that He was willing to die on the cross for your sins, that you may have a full and abundant life here on earth and for all eternity?"
Tom's response was, "I'd never thought of it that way before. Of course I can trust Him, and I will."
Together we knelt in prayer, and God touched his life in such a dramatic way that he has since been used to introduce many thousands to our Savior.
TODAY'S ACTION POINT: Today I will surrender my will to do the will of God in all things, because I know that He is a God of love, wisdom, compassion and concern who wants the very best for me. I will share this good news with other Christians who are reluctant to surrender their wills to Him and with nonbelievers who have not yet entered into the joy and excitement of the supernatural life.
Today's Promise for July 31 is a daily devotional written by Bill Bright, co-founder of Campus Crusade for Christ International.
Today's Promise for July 30 is a daily devotional written by Bill Bright, co-founder of Campus Crusade for Christ International.
Today's Promise for July 29 is a daily devotional written by Bill Bright, co-founder of Campus Crusade for Christ International.
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