Living in Bondage

Freedom is one of humanity’s most prized treasures. Yet every human being is born in captivity to sin. Jesus said anyone who commits sin is a slave to it (John 8:34). The only way to be set free is if the Lord releases you. Salvation that Jesus provides is permanent liberation.

Commentary from the In Touch devotional by Charles Stanley, February 3, 2023.

No greater love

It’s important for us to recognize that even the strongest bonds will prove insufficient unless we nurture a still greater one – the relationship we have with our Creator, who loves us beyond anything our mortal minds can grasp. (See Deuteronomy 7:9; Ephesians 2:4-5; 1 John 4:16.) All of the people we share life with teach us something about God’s love, but they can never be an adequate substitute for Him and His perfect affection.

Commentary from the In Touch devotional by Charles Stanley, September 11, 2022.

Discerning Christ’s Voice

The Devil seeks to imitate God’s voice, but the more familiar we are with Scripture, the more easily we can discern the Enemy’s lies. James 1:22 warns us to be not merely hearers of the Word but doers. Pay attention as you read Scripture, because God is speaking directly to you. Take His admonitions to heart, obey His commands, and draw encouragement and comfort from His promises.

Commentary from the In Touch devotional by Charles Stanley, July 1, 2022.

True Relationship

If you had a friend who only called or dropped by when he or she wanted something, or who never reached out to show concern or to see if you needed help, it’s likely that the friendship wouldn’t last long. Why? Because there is no intimacy there-no true relationship. We might be tempted to shake our heads at such selfishness, but it’s far too easy to treat God the same way. Sadly, many Christians reach out to Him in prayer only when they lack something or when things are a mess. Life in Christ, however, isn’t just about getting our needs met. It’s about experiencing a personal relationship with the Lord. Jesus told His disciples they were no longer slaves but friends (John 15:14-16), and that same promise is true for us today. We can speak to our closest companion-God Himself-at any time and for any reason. He longs to hear from us, to be approached as the loving Father He is. Take time this week to begin speaking with the Lord in a more personal way to build or strengthen that bond.

Commentary from the In Touch devotional by Charles Stanley, May 1, 2022.

The Invitation is Extended to All

Knowledge of Jesus must be accompanied by confidence that the facts apply to us personally. First, we must own the truth that I have broken God’s law, and that makes me a sinner. Second, we acknowledge that none of our efforts can earn His favor. Third, we agree that Jesus died for each of us and paid for our sins, no matter how terrible the transgressions may be. Fourth, we believe that this payment for our wrongdoing is fully sufficient; nothing else is needed. Finally, we accept by faith that we’ve been adopted into God’s family. The invitation is extended to all humanity.

Commentary from the In Touch devotional by Charles Stanley, June 24, 2022.

Today is the Day

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.