Gift

Finding Favor with God

There are people who work hard in an attempt to earn the favor of employers, parents, friends, and even God. The truth, however, is that divine approval cannot be earned. There’s only one way to acquire it, which Hebrews 11:6 states clearly, “Without faith is it impossible to please God” (NIV). Like the saints commended in Hebrews 11:1-40 for their faith, Christians today don’t have to strive for God’s favor. That’s because in Christ, we have been lavished with divine grace (Ephesians 1:8). Yet we sometimes tend to overlook the most basic examples of the Lord’s kindness to us: He provides for our needs, puts limits on suffering, answers prayers, encourages us in our trials, and offers His strength in our weakness. In fact, every good thing that comes our way is from His hand (James 1:17).

God’s goodness is stored up for those who fear Him and take refuge in Him (Psalm 31:19). But even though His favor isn’t something that can be earned, we still have a responsibility to live in a manner He finds pleasing. As was true for the role models of faith in Hebrews 11, God’s grace should motivate us to be righteous and blameless in our walk with Him.

The In Touch devotional by Charles Stanley, December 20, 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.

How God Reveals Himself

His Word. While conscience and creation point to the Lord, it usually takes more to bring us to a saving knowledge of Him. That is why God has given us His written Word – and ultimately His Son (Hebrews 1:2-3). With ample evidence of God’s power, character, and salvation, there is no excuse for doubting His existence and love for us.

Commentary from the In Touch devotional by Charles Stanley, April 1, 2021.

Dangerous to Delay

There are some nonbelievers who think it’s okay to live as they please for awhile before repenting of sin and turning to Christ for salvation. But it’s dangerous to delay. The time to be saved is when you hear the gospel, feel the Spirit’s conviction about sin, and understand that eternal consequences await those who reject the Savior’s free gift.

Visit the Jesus tab if you are interested in finding out more about the free gift that is offered to every person.

Commentary from the In Touch devotional by Charles Stanley, August 11, 2019.

the Father of lights

James 1.17

Two different Greek words for “gift” emphasize the perfection and inclusiveness of God’s graciousness.  The first denotes the act of giving, and the second is the object given.  Everything related to divine giving is adequate, complete, and beneficial.

“Father of lights” is an ancient Jewish expression for God as the Creator, with “lights” referring to the sun, moon, and stars.

No variation or shadow of turning.  From man’s perspective, the celestial bodies have different phases of movement and rotation, change from day to night, and vary in intensity and shadow.  But God does not follow that pattern-He is changeless.

Commentary from the MacArthur study Bible, notes for James 1:17.

 

It Is Finished

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Nothing else is required to pay for our salvation.  It has been completed by Jesus.

To be saved, all we must do is believe in the Lord Jesus Christ and His sacrifice for our sins.

If you have questions, there is more about Jesus and our salvation here

Commentary from the In Touch devotional by Charles Stanley, May 18, 2020.