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Life Principles for the Graduate: Nine Truths for Living God's Way

Life Principles for the Graduate: Nine Truths for Living God's Way

by Charles Stanley


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Life Principles for the Graduate


CHAPTER ONE
Surrender: The Starting Point


Fulfillment is not a matter of position or power. It is a matter of loving God and allowing him to love you. All you need in order to be fulfilled is Jesus Christ living within you. So submit yourself to God. Fulfillment comes only when you decide to love God and give Him all of yourself. He has a great plan for your life--a life that is exceptional.

Surrender is the First Step

God designed your life for His glory. Even before you knew Him personally, He knew you intimately: "O Lord, You have searched me and known me. You know when I sit down and when I rise up; you understand my thought from afar. You scrutinize my path and my lying down, and are intimately acquainted with all my ways" (Psalm 139:1-3). When we surrender ourselves to God, we exchange our old thoughts, feelings and desires for new ones. Faith is the only way we can do this. By faith we believe that God is who He says He is and that He will do exactly what He has promised.

We can still reach our goals, overcome our failures, and enjoy success, but for a different reason. Instead of boasting about what we have achieved in our own capabilities, we can enjoy what God has given abundantly., Our lives become reflections of His life and love rather than a checklist of human accomplishments.

Submit yourself to God. Fulfillment comes only when you decide to love God and give Him all of yourself. This does not mean that you settle for second best or stop doing what you have been trained to do. Instead, you come to a point where you ask God to use you to the fullest so that others will come to know Him and experience His forgiveness and unconditional love. Those who have never discovered the wondrous joy that comes from loving and serving God have yet to experience His eternal fulfillment.

God has a great plan for your life--a life that is exceptional.

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