Shine

Ceasing to be light

All too often old emotions come back when circumstances are difficult. We walk around, weighed down with concerns even though Jesus says his yoke is easy and His burden is light (Matthew 11:30). As anxious thoughts and hopelessness take over, we not only suffer personally but also cease to be a light in the world because Christ is no longer reflected in our life. On the surface, in fact, we appear just as pressured, stressed, and fearful as those without Christ. Instead of being filled with fear, anxiety, frustration, and stress, Jesus tells us in Romans 15:13 and in other verses how we can instead be characterized by hope, joy and peace, when we are empowered by the Holy Spirit.

Commentary from the In Touch devotional by Charles Stanley, January 26, 2021.

Serve with humility

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“True service is not something we do for the Lord, but something He does through us.  By regarding service [this way], we can have confidence – not in ourselves and our abilities, but in God, who makes us adequate for whatever He gives us to do.”

Charles Stanley

A Little Bit of Harmony

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The need for believers to care for the poor is a constant theme of Scripture, but often we do nothing about it.  We get caught up in meeting our own needs and desires, or we just don’t see enough poor people to remember their needs.  Both in your own city and across the oceans there are people who need help.  What can you do to show them tangible evidence of God’s love?

Commentary from The One Year NIV Devotional NT, May 23.  Tyndale House Publishers.  2003.