When my father left this world, he went out singing the praises of Jesus. Late in his life he renounced witchcraft, renounced Satan, and accepted Jesus as his Lord and Savior. My mother brought him to the Lord before his death, and now the two of them are together in heaven, dancing along the golden streets, basking in God’s glory, relishing their new eternal home with God. When I close my eyes, I can almost hear them shouting out in worship to their new King. Their Savior. Their glorious Redeemer!
How I wish my father could have enjoyed such a life on earth. I would
give anything to have seen him worship God on earth as passionately as
he served Satan. He would have been such an effective witness, such a
powerful evangelist, such a great and mighty preacher of God’s Word.
Everything he did, he did with passion. His faith would have been so
real and strong and unquenchable. He would have commanded such great
miracles. He would have trusted God completely, drunk of His Word,
followed Him wherever He might lead! His heart would have burned with a
soul obsession! Because that’s the kind of man he was.
Instead of cowering before the devil, he could have spent his life
hurting him, defeating him, bruising him. He could have had such an
impact on the world. If only my father could have found Jesus at an
Don’t let Satan steal your life and heart the way he stole my
father’s. Don’t be seduced by his lies. Don’t be taken in by his charm
or led astray by his empty promises. Put your faith in Jesus. Give your
life to the one who wants to lift you up, not tear you down. The one who
loves and cares for you. The one who brings true power and strength,
not puny parlor tricks.
Don’t let Satan rob you the way he robbed my father. Don’t let him
blind you to the truth of God’s goodness. Put your trust in an
“The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life” (John 10:10).
Nicky Cruz, internationally known
evangelist and prolific author, turned to Jesus Christ from a life of
violence and crime after meeting David Wilkerson in New York City in
1958. The story of his dramatic conversion was told first in The Cross and the Switchblade by David Wilkerson and then later in his own best-selling book Run, Baby, Run.