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.
Don’t let the world’s perspective that your faith needs to be private cause you to keep quiet about Jesus. Yes, a relationship with Jesus is special and between the individual and Jesus-which is the nature of relationship. However, the Christian faith is meant to be shared, which Jesus explains clearly in His Word (Matthew 28:19-20).
There is no guarantee that you’ll have any warning before death. By putting off a decision for Christ, you not only lose the immediate blessings of a deeply personal relationship with God now; you also risk permanent separation from Him for all eternity. Don’t procrastinate! Place your faith in Jesus today. Acknowledge your sin, ask His forgiveness, and trust Him as your Savior and Lord.
Commentary from the In Touch devotional by Charles Stanley, March 21, 2022.
We are all on death row, and there is only one way out. Jesus.
The apostle Peter observed there are two sides to the protection coin: God’s power, and man’s faith (1 Peter 1:5).
Commentary from the Turning Points devotional by David Jeremiah, September 17, 2021.
In this verse, Jesus chose to emphasize the power of faith. Jesus healed multitudes, but many, if not most, did not believe in Him.
Commentary from the MacArthur Study Bible, notes for Mark 9:23.
Patience is the primary virtue needed in order to reach your destination, along with your faith and trust in Jesus.
Commentary from the Masterwork study, Detours, by Tony Evans.
The High Cost of Wavering Faith
In Numbers 13:25-33 the focus was on the obstacles rather than on the power of God. When we choose to trust the Lord despite the seeming impossibilities, we’ll discover He is bigger than any obstacle.
Commentary from the In Touch devotional by Charles Stanley, July 17, 2021.