Through the ministry of His Spirit and the Word, we start to see things as the Father does and learn what pleases Him (Romans 12:2). By believing that God keeps His promises, we will become stronger in our faith and more at peace. Hardships that once would have thrown us off course will lose their power to shake us. Hope will replace discouragement, and trust will overcome doubt. Each time trouble comes, focus your attention on your loving heavenly Father and His ability to care for you.
Commentary from Charles Stanley’s In Touch Devotional, August 5, 2017.
Miracles are not merely superhuman happenings, but happenings that demonstrate God’s power. Jesus performed miracles to renew people – restoring sight, making the lame to walk, even restoring life to the dead. Believe in Him, not because He is a superhuman, but because He is God, graciously renewing His creation. Although God does not always choose to bring full restoration this side of heaven, God does have a special concern for the poor, the weak, the crippled, the orphaned, the blind, the lame, and the oppressed. Our concern should be like God’s – to care for the powerless in society by bringing Christ’s message of redemption in both our words and actions.
Commentary from The One Year NIV Devotional NT. Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. (2003)
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Consider the command in Ephesians 4:32 to be kind to one another, tenderhearted, and forgiving. When we carry resentment in our hearts, it’s like a little pocket of poison that pulls down our personalities and sours our spirits. But when we’re kind and pleasant, it lightens our burdens and brightens our days-not to mention what it does for others.
God knows how we best function-He created us-and He’s an expert on the care of the soul. Obedience not only glorifies Him, it blesses our lives.
Commentary from David Jeremiah’s Pathways Devotional, May 10.