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What He can accomplish

Unfortunately, there are times when no matter how hard we try or how talented we may be, we fail. How are we to succeed when the odds are against us? For believers in Christ Jesus, the answer is to live with the knowledge that God works despite our weaknesses.

On our own, we can accomplish nothing (John 15:5). But with God, we have access to power beyond our comprehension (1 Chronicles 29:12). If you are overcome by burdens in your life, it is time to trust the only One who can carry your heavy load (Matthew 11:28-30). Then you will see for yourself that He is able.

Commentary from the In Touch devotional by Charles Stanley, January 20, 2021.

The transformation

While salvation involves an understanding of sin and a choice to repent, some people mistakenly think they themselves must clean up their life before coming to Christ. But that is actually impossible. No one can make himself righteous apart from the work of the Holy Spirit – only God can give a clean heart, holy desires, and a transformed mind.

Commentary from the In Touch devotional by Charles Stanley, January 8, 2021.

What is love?

We hear a lot about love in books, songs, and conversations, and we can lose sight of its spiritual dimensions. Believers must remember that God’s love is of a much higher caliber – it is the starting point of our salvation. If He had not loved us first (1 John 4:10), we’d be destined for eternal consequences rather than eternal life. Never let the world’s shallow concept of love rob you of the wonder of being a recipient of God’s divine love, which transforms us from enemies to heirs.

Commentary from the In Touch devotional by Charles Stanley, January 12, 2021.

It’s a cold and it’s a broken hallelujah

I came across this video on You Tube of Andrea Bocelli singing Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah, with his daughter Virginia. There are few performances that compare to this one-which is the reason I am posting it here. It did not make national or international news when it was released…but maybe it should have. I think we could all use this much beauty in our lives right now.

The song Hallelujah is one I never really cared for. Yes the tune is amazing, but at first listen, it struck me as odd that the writer combines the brokenness of man and the human experience with God’s holiness within the lyrics. I wasn’t sure if this song honored God or if it dishonored God. But only a few weeks ago, I listed to the song and the line “It’s a cold and it’s a broken Hallelujah” hit me hard. It finally occurred to me that regardless of God’s holiness or His attributes, anything that man, we, offer to God as far as praise is just that, cold and broken. Isaiah 64:6 provides more on that. However, the entirety of the human experience, along with our nature, means that for us there is a lot of brokenness (Genesis 3). We come to God with all of that, and although He gets us through it all, teaching us and growing us up, each one individually, the brokenness of this life means when we do come to Him for help and guidance we often come with a tired or exhausted Hallelujah. This is what we bring.

No matter how much you have had to carry this past year, or in your life, God is there, still, waiting for you to come to Him with all of that (John 6:35,37,39; Matthew 11:28-30, etc.). It is all broken, but He is happy for you to bring it to Him. With God there is hope, for each day. He provides that to us, because He just loves us that much.

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Hallelujah can be found on Andrea Bocelli’s cd Believe released in 2020.

Wise judgements

Since every aspect of life is influenced by our capacity to make wise, godly judgements, it’s essential that we read the Bible and heed the instruction of our pastors. The truths we learn become a filter for everything we see, hear, and experience. Then, if we encounter error, our internal alarm will go off to protect us from deception. We all need help when it comes to wisdom. So we can ask the Lord today to guide us away from self-reliance and towards His holy Word.

Commentary from the In Touch devotional by Charles Stanley, January 5, 2021.

A light on the path

God has also appointed leaders in the church to help us develop spiritual discernment. They do this by teaching sound doctrine and refuting any ideas that contradict Scripture. Under the instruction of these mature believers, we can grow in righteousness by learning biblical truths and then applying them.

Commentary from the In Touch devotional by Charles Stanley, January 5, 2021.

Heed Instruction

In our individualistic society, we may think we don’t need anyone’s help in making decisions, forming convictions, or distinguishing truth from error. But such self-reliance doesn’t lead to true wisdom and spiritual discernment. To know the Lord’s mind about a matter, we must rely on His Word. In the pages of Scripture, God has revealed who His is, how He works, and the way His followers are to deepen both their understanding and their relationship with Him.

Commentary from the In Touch devotional by Charles Stanley, January 5, 2021.