Not A "Chance" Encounter
Believing in "luck" and "chance" is not scriptural. We do not live in a random universe. Our sovereign God rules the universe and every electron and molecule in it. Our encounters with others are not by chance, but on purpose, especially when we pray for God to use us.
On one occasion during my many travels by air, a woman was sitting next to me whom God ministered to in a special way during our conversation.
I asked if she was willing to read through the small booklet, The Four Spiritual Laws, with me. She answered that she was already a believer. Because I pray every morning that God would lead me to the right people to talk to about Him, I knew that God had something to say to her.
So, I took a small blue booklet which I had also written, "Have You Made the Wonderful Discovery of the Spirit-filled Life?" and I gave it to her to read, while I prayed for her. Out of the corner of my eye I saw that the woman read the booklet several times. And then I noticed tears streaming down her cheeks.
She turned to me and said, "Thank you so very much for giving me this booklet. There is no way that you could know how appropriate it was. I am a Christian, but I am having an affair with a man, even though I am married. And the man with whom I am having the affair is waiting for me at the airport so I can move in with him. Now I know where I will turn to get the strength to withstand this temptation. I will turn down my friend and return to my husband."
What joy filled my heart that God can use a little old termite like Bill Bright to bring a blessing to someone else in this way.
The scriptural truths in that little blue booklet, "Have You Made the Wonderful Discovery of the Spirit-filled Life?" have been a similar blessing to so many people over the years. It describes the difference between a carnal, worldly Christian and a spiritual Christian (1 Corinthians 1:1-3
), and it also describes how one can be filled and controlled by the Holy Spirit moment-by-moment and live in the power and victory of the Holy Spirit.
If you are not familiar with it, I urge you to check it out. The entire booklet is on the Internet in many languages at http://www.jesuswho.org/english/spirit.htm.
Yours for fulfilling the Great Commission each year until our Lord returns,
The late Dr. Bill Bright was Founder and President/Chairman Emeritus of Campus Crusade for Christ, an organization which began as a campus ministry in 1951 and now has more than 27,000 full-time staff and up to 500,000 trained volunteer staff in 196 countries in areas representing 99.6 percent of the world's population. In the past 50 years, Campus Crusade for Christ has seen approximately 6 billion exposures to the gospel worldwide. The film, "JESUS," which Bright conceived and funded through Campus Crusade for Christ, is the most widely translated and viewed film of any type ever produced. Since its use began in 1980, the film has been translated into 839 languages and viewed or listened to by over 5.7 billion people in 228 countries. Dr. Bright was also the author of more than fifty books. Visit campuscrusade.com for more details
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