Bible

Where is your focus?



In Ecclesiastes chapter 1, we read about a disheartened Solomon bemoaning how meaningless his existence had become. What Solomon didn’t realize is that our focus determines our level of satisfaction. Those who stay young in spirit continually look for evidence of the Almighty – ways that He’s working, providing, loving, and guiding. Without this perspective, the pain and problems of life take center stage, which can then lead to discouragement and grumbling. These are burdens that believers are not meant to bear.

Commentary from the In Touch devotional by Charles Stanley, April 7, 2022.

Rebelliousness


Throughout the Bible, God commands His people to obey Him. But submission doesn’t come naturally to us because we’re all born with a rebellious spirit. We must be taught to obey the Lord, and we begin to understand how to yield through interactions with people in authority over us. The most common place for learning obedience is the home. Ephesians 6:1-2 explains that children are to honor and obey their mother and father. God planned that our earliest experiences of authority would involve submitting to parents who love and care for us. Through their admonitions and discipline, we learn what it takes to master our rebellious spirit.

Commentary from the In Touch devotional by Charles Stanley, April 4, 2022.

The Safety of the Faithful



But know that the Lord has set apart for Himself him who is godly; the Lord will hear when I call to Him. Psalm 4:3

This image is an expression of one example of idol worship, or, worship of anything other than God. Those in the photo are ‘posing’ with their televisions, it appears, as we may pose with a loved one for a photo. The object of idol worship could be anything, however.

What was Jesus thinking?


What if you saw that an accident was about to happen that would involve you and the one person you care most about in this world and that it would result in the loss of life, but you see a way that you could save your loved one, however, it would mean the loss of your life. An act of sacrifice would mean that your loved one could go on living. That is what Jesus was thinking about when He went to the cross to give up His life (Luke 23:26-49). His sacrificial act was carried out on your behalf.

The Whole World


In a spiritual sense, Satan is called the “prince of the power of the air” (Ephesians 2:2), and he poisons the atmosphere wherever he is. He pollutes our minds, our media, and our whole planet. But God has a system for protecting His children and purifying the air around us. He covers us with the blood of His Son, Jesus Christ. When we are clothed in Christ we are under divine protection.

Commentary from Turning Points magazine and devotional by David Jeremiah, June 2 and 3, 2021.

Jesus = Freedom


Many people, even in the church, suffer from self-rejection. This type of thought pattern can persist for years, sabotaging the truth about who we are in Christ and how valuable we are to our heavenly Father. When such a lie reigns in our mind, feelings of worthlessness follow. If you’ve received Jesus Christ as your Savior, you’re accepted by God – not based on your performance but on Christ’s substitutionary atoning death on your behalf. This is the truth that should govern your self-perception. But eliminating wrong patterns of thought and behavior takes more than simply knowing why you’re accepted. To develop a healthier outlook, you must saturate yourself with God’s Word so the Holy Spirit can renew your mind with truth and reveal any unbiblical thinking.

Commentary from the In Touch devotional by Charles Stanley, March 19, 2022.