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It Is Finished

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Nothing else is required to pay for our salvation.  It has been completed by Jesus.

To be saved, all we must do is believe in the Lord Jesus Christ and His sacrifice for our sins.

If you have questions, there is more about Jesus and our salvation here

Commentary from the In Touch devotional by Charles Stanley, May 18, 2020.

Supreme Significance

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It is important for us as believers to understand what happened on the cross, and that it was of supreme significance.  Jesus’ crucifixion on a tree is far more than simply the site of a Jewish man’s execution-this was the solution to mankind’s biggest problem: sin and the resulting alienation from God.  The crucifixion of Jesus is the divine transaction that saves us.  Only the blood of Christ can cleanse us from sin and reconcile us to the Father.

Although the Jews and the Romans viewed the crucifixion as the execution of a criminal, God saw the death of His Son as the perfect atoning sacrifice, which allowed for the justification of sinful mankind.

Commentary from the In Touch devotional by Charles Stanley, May 18, 2020.

A Symbol of Sacrifice

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The cross has become the symbol of Christianity, but it’s so much more than a mere piece of jewelry worn around the neck.  The crucifixion of Christ is a central doctrine of our faith, and understanding it correctly is essential for eternal life.  In fact, Paul was convinced the cross was the most vital subject he could address.

Commentary from the In Touch Devotional by Charles Stanley, May 18, 2020.

Obedience Brings Glory

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-James 4:1-10- We may find it hard to submit to Jesus because we like to be in charge.  This has been our problem since the beginning.  Adam and Eve ignored God’s warning and did what they wanted, which ended in disaster.  Like them, we at times prefer to ignore God’s wisdom.

But by giving control to God, we actually get to live a life where blessings overflow (John 10:10).  We’ll experience His love, which satisfies like no other.  Our usefulness in His service will be maximized as we operate in the Spirit’s power.  And obedience also brings glory to Him as well as blessings to us.  Surrender is the way to abundance.  Won’t you humble yourself and give it all to Jesus?

Commentary from Charles Stanley, In Touch Devotional, February 11, 2020.

Following His Lead

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-John 14:15-31-  To follow His example requires a heart that desires to please Him, a will that is bent toward obedience, and a mind that consistently seeks direction from Him.  Develop the habit of asking yourself two questions:  What does obedience to God look like in this situation? and What can I do to obey God more fully?

Commentary and quote from Charles Stanley, In Touch Devotional, March 9, 2020.

Think Like Heaven

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Setting our mind on heaven means we have to think like heaven thinks.  Do you think the hosts of heaven are anxious and insecure about the future of planet earth?  If they are not, we should not be either.  Setting your mind on heaven means we are not upset by the events on earth.  That doesn’t mean we ignore life on earth.  It simply means we don’t look to earth for our security, our comfort, our knowledge, or our hope.  For those things we must look to heaven alone.

Commentary from Dr. David Jeremiah, What Do You Think Bible study.