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Developing Godly thinking pt. 1


It’s a good idea to periodically evaluate whether our thinking, attitudes, and behavior are in line with God’s character and the truths of Scripture. Also, we should take note of what absorbs our attention. It’s not healthy to overload our mind with media reports or entertainment that doesn’t reflect God’s values. Regular exposure to such material can easily produce anxiety, discontent, and ingratitude.

Commentary from the In Touch devotional by Charles Stanley, June 10, 2022.

Our thought life


God calls His children to live holy lives. Yet in our attempts to obey this command, we often commit to change our behavior, only to fail a few days later. The problem is that we’re starting at the wrong place. Ungodly actions flow from sinful thoughts and attitudes, like selfishness, greed, jealousy, anger, resentment, and unforgiveness. These can be changed only as our mind is renewed by the Holy Spirit. As we spend time each day in Scripture, the Spirit transforms our mind and strengthens our inner being. But when we neglect God’s Word, we leave ourselves open to the influence of the world and our “flesh,” both of which oppose godliness. Then, if we try to change our behavior without adjusting our thinking, we’ll find ourselves doing precisely what we want to avoid (Romans 7:15). Holiness, on the other hand, encompasses our entire being, which is why Jesus said we should love God with all our heart, all our soul, all our mind, and all our strength (Mark 12:30). It’s a lifelong process that requires learning God’s thoughts and adopting them as our own. Then, as the Spirit develops within us the mind of Christ, our actions will become increasingly holy.

Commentary from the In Touch devotional by Charles Stanley, June 9, 2022.

The attitude of a saint


The Apostle Paul had a mindset that Christians are wise to emulate (1 Corinthians 11:1). It included: Humility. Pride can’t exist in the heart of a believer who truly grasps God’s mercy. A sense of obligation. Paul understood how far God’s grace had brought him. Likewise, each one of us have been forgiven much. An awareness of dependence. Paul desired more of Jesus and none of himself (Philippians 3:4-8). A spirit of absolute confidence. Even at the end of Paul’s life, he remained confident in the Lord and looked forward to his eternal reward (2 Timothy 4:6-8). Praise the Lord for all He has done, and let it motivate you to work for His kingdom. May the grace He showers on you never be in vain (1 Corinthians 15:10).

Commentary from the In Touch devotional by Charles Stanley, May 26, 2022.

Overcoming worldly tribulations


Though Paul may have “despaired even of life” (2 Corinthians 1:8), he believed God would sustain him during difficult seasons. As Jesus taught, divine strength can overcome worldly tribulations (John 16:33). That isn’t to say believers can avoid all sorrow and pain, but we know the Lord will meet our needs in every heartache and trial (Philippians 4:19). Our faith grows stronger when we trust Him in times of affliction.

Commentary from the In Touch devotional by Charles Stanley, May 27, 2022.

God’s strength is available


God’s strength is available to all believers who confess their weakness and inadequacy. Sometimes a troubled soul has only enough stamina left to admit, “Father, I absolutely cannot. If You don’t, it is simply not going to happen.” And that’s okay because in this mindset, we surrender ourselves to God. And as we wait, we’re in a good position to watch Him keep His promises.

Commentary from the In Touch devotional by Charles Stanley, May 27, 2022.

In gratitude we imitate Him


God is the ultimate giver, and in gratitude, we’re to imitate Him. Becoming a generous person begins with biblical thinking. Instead of focusing on how much we can keep, it’s better to think in terms of how much we can give away and share with others and the church. God has promised to supply our needs (Philippians 4:19) but often lavishes far more than the basics. And He delights to see His children joyfully sharing what He has given (2 Corinthians 9:6-7). As He provides us with material wealth and possessions, we become channels through whom He blesses others and carries out His work on earth.

Commentary from the In Touch devotional by Charles Stanley, June 7 and 8, 2022.

He is speaking


God reaches out to us. He is speaking, knocking, and seeking entrance to our lives. Unfortunately our restless hearts are prone to wander, and our minds are distracted by the many voices competing for attention. We must develop the habit of settling ourselves in order to hear the Lord. Do you ever pull away from the clamor and try to distinguish the sound of the Beloved knocking and calling?

Commentary from the In Touch devotional by Charles Stanley, June 21, 2022.

Wise stewards of our physical life


We tend to separate our spiritual life from our physical life, but that’s not what God intended. He who carefully crafted each one of us places high value on our physical being (Psalm 139:13). The human form is a masterpiece, which our Creator has entrusted to our care. And as with any other resource, He expects us to be wise stewards. The body and spirit are one. In 1 Corinthians 6:19, Paul declares, “Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you?” The apostle reminds us that God’s Holy Spirit has come to indwell every believer. If you have received Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior, then His Spirit lives in you, and your body has become a walking testimony.

Commentary from the In Touch devotional by Charles Stanley, June 20, 2022.