Charles Stanley

Forgiving


A resentful spirit can grow into a terrible burden that isn’t healthy to carry through life. Forgiving characterizes who we are in Christ, and it’s truly in our best interest to pardon others, even when difficult. Jesus promised to make us free (John 8:36), so choose to be liberated from your hurt.

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

The good things in life


God defines life’s good things quite differently than we do, and they’re achieved only by seeking Him. When we make the Lord our top priority, He gives truly good things, such as intimacy with Him, satisfaction, joy, and divine help.

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

The greatness of God


Isaiah 40:12-31


Some people think God is a force somewhere in the cosmos, while others picture a benevolent grandfather type who overlooks “little” sins. But these characteristics do not fully capture who Jehovah is. The real God might surprise you. As the Father reveals Himself in His Word, it’s clear He is a person. Throughout Scripture, He is named (Yahweh, Elohim, Lord) or spoken of using masculine pronouns (He, Him); “it” is never used to describe Him. He fits all of the attributes of personhood – intelligence to reason, emotions to feel, and the will to make decisions. At the same time, Scripture also shows God’s immutability, which means His nature and character never shift – He is always Spirit, and His love remains constant. Believers can expect that God’s principles and laws will hold true and He’ll act exactly as He has promised. While He responds differently to various situations, those responses (like delight, anger, and mercy) are nuances of His being, not new traits. God has no beginning or end, and He is always the same (Psalm 102:27). No one created Him; God simply is. That’s hard for humans to understand, but if the Lord were completely explainable (Isaiah 40:28), He would be unworthy of worship.

Commentary from the In Touch devotional by Charles Stanley, October 23, 2021.

Luck or Providence?


Whenever you or I look to something, someone, or some force other than God Himself to work things out for us, that thing becomes an idol; a tool that Satan will use to move your faith, hope, and trust away from God and toward chance. Christ reveals to us what He is doing, and everything we need to know about Him and His actions and ways is written for us in the Scriptures. Commentary from Detours by Tony Evans and the In Touch devotional by Charles Stanley, October 11, 2021.

Ignoring the Word


Putting together a toy or a piece of furniture rarely goes as smoothly as expected. This is especially true if we don’t read the instructions. Perhaps they’re too long or difficult to understand, so we ignore them. Then we wonder why the project doesn’t turn out right. This is how many believers live the Christian life. They try to figure it out without referring to God’s Word. The Bible is too long, they think. But ignoring the Word of God is dangerous. When we stop reading Scripture and applying its principles, we don’t just stand still; we actually start drifting away from God. If you desire to glorify God and overcome worries, fears, and sin, the Scripture must be your priority. Reading, studying, and applying the Word may require sacrifices, but the reward of knowing your Savior better and living a life pleasing to God is worth it. Commentary from the In Touch devotional by Charles Stanley, October 6, 2021.

God’s favor


Paul urges us to continue in God’s grace because it’s the way we live in full dependence upon Him (Ephesians 3, 4; Acts 13:43). Every time the Lord meets our needs, guides our steps, forgives our sins, or comforts and strengthens us in our hardships, He’s lavishing us with divine favor. And it doesn’t end in this life. In the eternal ages to come, He will show us “the boundless riches of His grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus” (Eph. 2:7). Commentary from the In Touch devotional by Charles Stanley, October 2, 2021.

Why pray?

One of the purposes of prayer is to make us aware of our own dependence upon the Lord. No concern is too small to bring to Him, and nothing is too big for Him to handle. In fact, we are told to worry about nothing and to pray about everything.

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

Not Just a New Addition


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.