Bible

Hope

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I hope this young lady finds who she thinks her true love might be.

I hope lots of others find who their true love really IS – Jesus.

A mural was painted to help this woman find someone, here is the story if you’re interested: http://abcnews.go.com/GMA/Family/20-foot-mural-created-woman-missed-love-connection/story?id=52961171

And from another angle:

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Maybe Jesus is worth this much effort as well, to help others find their true love.  Do you know someone who has space for a mural, with just the text from the Bible?  Or do you know someone who can paint a mural?  Even a small one?  For passersby, to read the most life-changing words they will ever read?

Something like this possibly:IMG_7814

Yes, He is more than worth it.

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Continue reaching upward

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If we’re seeking approval for our efforts, we’re going to be consistently disappointed when it doesn’t come.  But since the Lord never overlooks our service, we can persevere, knowing He’s the one who will someday reward us.

Commentary from Charles Stanley’s In Touch devotional, February 2, 2018.

All-encompassing

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We are each called to ministry in one form or another.  Although we tend to think of ministry as something that’s done inside a church, in reality it encompasses everything we do all week long, no matter where we are.  In God’s eyes, there’s no division between sacred and secular activities.

Each of us has been created and fitted by God to fulfill the particular ministry He’s chosen specifically for us.

Commentary from Charles Stanley’s In Touch devotional, January 30, 2017.

Preparedness

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What makes an effective servant of Christ is not natural abilities, creativity, or human initiative, but total dependence on Him for both direction and adequacy.  God uses those who are weak, humble, submissive, and obedient so that He alone gets the glory.

Commentary from Charles Stanley’s In Touch devotional, February 1, 2018.

Resisting Compromise

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King Solomon’s life illustrated the peril of compromise (1 Kings 11:1-7).  Concession begins in a seemingly insignificant way.  For instance, someone might want you to make a financial decision that you know in your heart is unwise.  But you go along with the plan because you don’t want to hurt the other person’s feelings.  You have compromised the message of the Holy Spirit, who warned you.

Small compromises lead to more serious ones.  With each successive concession, our conscience is weakened.  Ultimately, whenever we give way to evil – whether we let go of a doctrinal belief or simply listen to music that taints our thoughts – we always lose.

We compromise for a variety of reasons.  Many do so from fear of rejection or of being unappreciated.  Some choose this route to avoid conflict.  Still others may begin to doubt God’s trustworthiness or goodness; as a result, they give up on Him, compromising their basic beliefs and undermining their reason for assurance.

To be men and women who are strong enough to resist making concessions, we need to develop some essential armor.  First, we must have strong convictions about the Bible and depend on it as a guide for daily living.  Next, we need to have faith in God’s promise to supply all of our needs.  Finally, we must find the courage to trust in Him, even when we are misunderstood, persecuted, or falsely accused.  When we surrender our life to God, He replaces enslavement to compromise with security in Him.

Commentary from Charles Stanley’s In Touch devotional, January 29, 2018

Happiness or Joy

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Though some people use the terms happiness and joy interchangeably, there is a vast difference in their meaning.  Both cause a pleasant emotional response, but the former relies entirely upon circumstances.  As soon as difficulty arises and pain intrudes, a person ceases to be happy.  On the other hand, joy is a gift from God that enables believers to find hope and peace – even when life seemingly falls apart.

At times, however, even Christians live joylessly.  Sinful behavior, of course, is one reason.  But there can be other causes, too, including regret about past failures, fear of future mishaps, or a pattern of discontentment that’s ingrained in one’s personality.

If you’re a follower of Jesus but lack gladness, take a moment to remember who Christ is and who you are in Him.  To begin with, you are saved eternally, and your name is written in the Lamb’s Book of Life.  The love of almighty God is unconditional, and His indwelling Spirit will never abandon you.  He understands everything you face and promises to provide for your needs.

When you stop to consider the blessings that are yours in Christ, gratitude will likely overwhelm you.  Sadness concerning circumstances may still endure, but the joy of the Lord will carry you through even the deepest pain.

Amid the ups and downs of life, does God’s joy sustain you? Or do trials leave you hopeless and discontented?  Our Father offers a higher way of living – not without pain but with strength to endure.  Continually remember the vast treasure you have in Him and His promises.

Commentary from Charles Stanley’s In Touch devotional, January 20, 2018.