We should recognize adversity as a reminder of His great love for us. And not only that, but difficulties are also a way to know Him more intimately – that is, you won’t ever experience God as Comforter if you’re never in need of comfort. So whatever the reason for your trial, realize that He has allowed it for your good (Romans 8:28).
Commentary from the In Touch devotional by Charles Stanley, May 14, 2021.
Scripture is clear about how we are to be saved: When we trust in the Savior’s atoning sacrifice on our behalf, we don’t simply add Jesus to our life – a new nature replaces the old sinful one, and we become a brand-new creation. Jesus completely exchanges His life for our deadness.
Commentary from the In Touch devotional by Charles Stanley, May 21, 2021.
If our prayers have dealt only with presenting our requests to the Lord, we’ve missed a great opportunity to get to know the One with whom we’ll spend eternity. How much of your communion with God is devoted to your needs – even legitimate ones? Are you getting to know the Lord? Although God delights in our prayers and the details of our life, He also wants us to enjoy His presence.
Commentary from the In Touch devotional by Charles Stanley, May 22, 2021.
Patience is the primary virtue needed in order to reach your destination, along with your faith and trust in Jesus.
Commentary from the Masterwork study, Detours, by Tony Evans.
Rather than leave, God abides. Others may walk out. We may even give up on ourselves, but He remains, waiting patiently alongside us. Always.
Commentary from the In Touch devotional by Charles Stanley, August 8, 2021.
A tremendous contrast exists between what the Word teaches and what the world promotes. Our culture values power, leadership, and ambition, but for the Christian, serving God is our highest honor. Sometimes people mistakenly think that only those involved in official church work are God’s servants, but every believer is called to serve the Lord. There are no unimportant positions in the kingdom of God. The type of service may change with seasons of life, but we’re always on duty for Him. To accomplish His purposes, the Lord uses whatever skills and gifts we have. What an awesome privilege it is to be part of God’s work on earth. He doesn’t need our help, but He has chosen to incorporate our contributions into His master plan. Though we can do nothing without His enablement, He is honored by our service.
Commentary from the In Touch devotional by Charles Stanley, August 5, 2021.
But those who wait on the Lord
Shall renew their strength;
They shall mount up with wings like eagles,
They shall run and not be weary,
They shall walk and not faint.