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.
Affliction, Detours, and Destination
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.
Rather than leave, God abides. Others may walk out. We may even give up on ourselves, but He remains, waiting patiently alongside us. Always.
Commentary from the In Touch devotional by Charles Stanley, August 8, 2021.
A poem, that only a Christian would understand.
The world presents deceptive philosophies that lure us away from pure devotion to Christ. When we find more pleasure in its offerings than in Jesus, we become vulnerable and can easily be distracted from things that are of eternal value. Whether we realize it or not, this puts us in opposition to God.
If you recognize a hindrance in your life, whether it’s unaddressed sin, selfish motives, or the desiring of things of the world, the solution is clear: Confess and repent of your sinful attitudes, actions, and desires (1 John 1:9). Then thank God and rejoice in His cleansing.
Commentary from the In Touch devotional by Charles Stanley, on James 4:1-10, April 20, 2021.
Here’s a hard question: If we know and believe worshipping idols cannot satisfy us, why do we struggle to choose loving God over being devoted to the things of this world? Perhaps one of the reasons we turn away from the Lord is because He requires authenticity and righteousness that our idols don’t. When we construct our idols, we can control them – ultimately, that puts us in charge. But we cannot control God.
In Psalm 135, we read about idols. An idol – which doesn’t issue commands, hold us accountable, or hear if we’re being untruthful – can in many ways feel safer than the Lord. But we have to ask another difficult question: Is false security worth it?
Commentary from the In Touch devotional by Charles Stanley, April 18, 2021.
How God Reveals Himself
Our conscience. Because we’re created in His image, He’s designed the human being with an inner alarm system to provide a general sense of good and evil. That’s an excellent start, but God expects us to continually “upgrade” the conscience as we learn more about His ways. Otherwise, worldly thinking can override its original guidelines.
Commentary from the In Touch devotional by Charles Stanley, April 1, 2021.
A Lifelong Process
Sanctification is not a spiritual experience where all of our wrong desires and thoughts fall away. Instead, it’s a lifelong process in which God’s Spirit progressively transforms us into Christ’s image.
Commentary from the In Touch devotional by Charles Stanley, March 11, 2021.