Let Faith Overcome Feelings

Matthew 18:3

Emotions constantly fluctuate, but the facts about God never change. So instead of making decisions out of fear, let’s rely on what we know about the Lord. Unbelief often results in aimless wandering and decisions we come to regret. But when we courageously trust God and His Word, we will find fulfillment in His purpose.

Commentary from the In Touch devotional by Charles Stanley, July 17, 2021.



-On the narrow road-

Wouldn’t it be great if it were easy to do God’s will?  But sometimes it seems as if a mountain stands between us and what we’ve been called to do.  How many stories are there in the Bible that provide encouragement to us?  Stories about very difficult situations, many times with limited resources, where faith in God provided the means for victory?  There are many.

We are to face our God-given tasks in the power of the Holy Spirit, not in our own strength and energy.  The Lord’s work can never be done in human strength.  His indwelling Spirit must empower us with the wisdom and energy to accomplish His will in our lives.

When God calls us to a task, He assumes the responsibility for removing any hindrances.  What seems like Mount Kilimanjaro is a mere anthill for the Lord.  When we’re tempted to give up, it’s time to look up, see the obstacle through His eyes, and trust Him.

-Trusting in your strength is NOT trusting in God.

-Dwelling on your own inadequacy leads to discouragement.

-Focusing on the Lord gives hope and the strength to persevere.  Which is what He wants all of us to do-PERSEVERE.

Keep your eyes on Him.  Don’t look around.  Stop wavering.

Keeping our eyes on Jesus,

the source and perfecter of our faith,

who for the joy that lay before Him 

endured a cross and despised the shame,

and has sat down at the right hand of God’s throne.

Hebrews 12:2




Commentary from Charles Stanley, In Touch devotional, Oct. 24.

Photo credit: T. Link


Let us hold on to the confession of our hope without wavering,
for He who promised is faithful.
Hebrews 10:23


He is the image of the invisible God,
the firstborn over all creation;
because by Him everything was created,
in heaven and on earth,
the visible and the invisible,
whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities-
all things have been created
through Him and for Him.
He is before all things, and by Him all things hold together.
He is also the head of the body,
the church;
He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead,
so that He might come to have 
first place in everything.
For God was pleased [to have]
all His fullness dwell in Him,
and through Him to reconcile everything to Himself
by making peace through the blood of His cross-
whether things on earth or things in heaven.
And you were once alienated and hostile in mind because of your evil actions.  
But now He has reconciled you by His physical body
through His death, 
to present you holy, faultless, and blameless before Him-
if indeed you remain grounded and steadfast
in the faith,
and are not shifted away from the hope of the gospel that you heard.
[This gospel] has been proclaimed in all creation under heaven,
and I, Paul, have become a minister of it.
Colossians 1:15-23