Word Pictures

What He can accomplish

Unfortunately, there are times when no matter how hard we try or how talented we may be, we fail. How are we to succeed when the odds are against us? For believers in Christ Jesus, the answer is to live with the knowledge that God works despite our weaknesses.

On our own, we can accomplish nothing (John 15:5). But with God, we have access to power beyond our comprehension (1 Chronicles 29:12). If you are overcome by burdens in your life, it is time to trust the only One who can carry your heavy load (Matthew 11:28-30). Then you will see for yourself that He is able.

Commentary from the In Touch devotional by Charles Stanley, January 20, 2021.

The transformation

While salvation involves an understanding of sin and a choice to repent, some people mistakenly think they themselves must clean up their life before coming to Christ. But that is actually impossible. No one can make himself righteous apart from the work of the Holy Spirit – only God can give a clean heart, holy desires, and a transformed mind.

Commentary from the In Touch devotional by Charles Stanley, January 8, 2021.

What is love?

We hear a lot about love in books, songs, and conversations, and we can lose sight of its spiritual dimensions. Believers must remember that God’s love is of a much higher caliber – it is the starting point of our salvation. If He had not loved us first (1 John 4:10), we’d be destined for eternal consequences rather than eternal life. Never let the world’s shallow concept of love rob you of the wonder of being a recipient of God’s divine love, which transforms us from enemies to heirs.

Commentary from the In Touch devotional by Charles Stanley, January 12, 2021.

Wise judgements

Since every aspect of life is influenced by our capacity to make wise, godly judgements, it’s essential that we read the Bible and heed the instruction of our pastors. The truths we learn become a filter for everything we see, hear, and experience. Then, if we encounter error, our internal alarm will go off to protect us from deception. We all need help when it comes to wisdom. So we can ask the Lord today to guide us away from self-reliance and towards His holy Word.

Commentary from the In Touch devotional by Charles Stanley, January 5, 2021.

A light on the path

God has also appointed leaders in the church to help us develop spiritual discernment. They do this by teaching sound doctrine and refuting any ideas that contradict Scripture. Under the instruction of these mature believers, we can grow in righteousness by learning biblical truths and then applying them.

Commentary from the In Touch devotional by Charles Stanley, January 5, 2021.

Heed Instruction

In our individualistic society, we may think we don’t need anyone’s help in making decisions, forming convictions, or distinguishing truth from error. But such self-reliance doesn’t lead to true wisdom and spiritual discernment. To know the Lord’s mind about a matter, we must rely on His Word. In the pages of Scripture, God has revealed who His is, how He works, and the way His followers are to deepen both their understanding and their relationship with Him.

Commentary from the In Touch devotional by Charles Stanley, January 5, 2021.

The Recording of God’s Thoughts

God has given us this Book so that we might know Him. If you pick up the Bible only when you have a question or emergency, then you won’t have a true picture of who the Lord is or what He wants you to know. Scripture is a treasure trove of God’s thoughts. Spend time there every day – starting today – to discover new truths and insights.

Commentary from the In Touch devotional by Charles Stanley, December 31, 2020.