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Billy Devotionals – Holidays, Lifestyle – By Billy Graham November 24, 2020

Topics: Holidays, Lifestyle
Billy Graham: Being Grateful in Word and Deed
By Billy Graham
November 24

O give thanks unto the Lord, for he is good: because his mercy endureth for ever.
—Psalm 118:1

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This devotion from Billy Graham was published on November 24, 2016, and is a timeless reminder to give thanks to God today—and every day—for our bountiful blessings.

This year as we observe our season of thanksgiving, let us be grateful not only in word but also in deed. Let our gratitude find expression in a resolve to live a life more unselfish and more consecrated to Jesus Christ. When we sit around our tables laden with sumptuous delicacies, let us not forget that half the world will go to bed hungry. As we enjoy the comforts of our cozy homes, let us not forget that great numbers in other parts of the world have no homes to go to.

When we step into our sleek automobiles, let us not forget that most of the people in the world cannot afford even a bicycle. In the Lord’s Prayer as recorded in the sixth chapter of Matthew, we read, “Give us this day our daily bread.” Scripture teaches that the good things of this life are the gifts of God, and that He is the donor of all our blessings. Thanksgiving? Yes. Let us get on our knees humbly and thank God for the blessings He has given us, both material and spiritual. They have come from His hands.

Prayer for the day
You bring me such abundance, almighty God. As I think of Thanksgiving Day, may my heart be completely consecrated to Your Son, Jesus Christ, so that through Him my life will show my gratitude to You.

Billy Devotionals – Suffering – By Billy Graham November 20, 2020

Topics: Suffering
Stumbling in Darkness
By Billy Graham
November 20

The one who is the true Light arrived to shine on everyone coming into the world.
—John 1:9 (TLB)

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The world is stumbling in darkness from one crisis to another. The crises are getting worse and worse, and are coming closer and closer to home. Inflation, population explosion, hunger, dominate vast areas of the world. Jesus said, “I am the light of the world. You follow me and give your life to me and I’ll take you out of the darkness of this world, out of this confusion, out of this mess that you’re in, and I’ll give you peace and joy. A light will burn in your heart and mind that you never had before. I will command the light to come on in your life.”

Prayer for the day
Your light shines in the darkest place and gives me hope, Lord Jesus.

Billy Devotionals – Lifestyle – By Billy Graham November 23, 2020

Topics: Lifestyle
The Abundant Life
By Billy Graham
November 23

He that eateth, eateth to the Lord; for he giveth God thanks . . .
—Romans 14:6

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Do you think that God would have bothered to send His Son to the world, if man had been able to face life and eternity alone? Christ’s coming to the world proved that God was not happy with man’s unhappiness. He sent Him not only that we might have eternal life but that we might have life here and now, and that we might have it more abundantly—Life with a capital L!

Jesus’ teaching was unique and different. He took religion out of the theoretical category and placed it in the practical. He spoke with authority! He spoke with finality! He spoke as though He knew … and He did! His was not the soft empty conjecture of the philosopher, who professes to search for truth-but readily admits he has never found it. It was more the confident voice of the mathematician who gives his answers unhesitatingly, because the proof of the answers can be found within the problem.

Prayer for the day
Lord God, I know that I am completely dependent upon You. Thank You for daily providing all that my body needs.

Billy Devotionals – Holidays – By Billy Graham November 22, 2020

Topics: Holidays
Thanksgiving with Meaning
By Billy Graham
November 22

The Lord is close to those whose hearts are breaking; he rescues those who are humbly sorry for their sins.
—Psalm 34:18 (TLB)

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It is the custom of many Christians to bow their heads in public places and give thanks for the food that has been placed before them. I have had scores of waiters and waitresses tell me that when we bowed our heads, it was the first time they had ever seen that happen in their restaurant.

Millions never pause to give a word of thanks to God for the food provided. Few homes have a moment of thanksgiving at the beginning of the meal or at any other time of the day. Even at Thanksgiving time only a minority will pause and give thanks to God.

Thanksgiving is recognition of a debt that cannot be paid. We express thanks, whether or not we are able otherwise to reimburse the giver. When thanksgiving is filled with true meaning and is not just the formality of a polite “thank you,” it is the recognition of dependence.

Prayer for the day
Lord Jesus, I know that apart from You I can do nothing of lasting value. Help me to come to the end of self and allow You to control the reins of my life.

Billy Devotionals – Creation, Jesus Christ – By Billy Graham November 21, 2020

Topics: Creation, Jesus Christ
Life Worth Living
By Billy Graham
November 21

. . . ye might have life through his name.
—John 20:31

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“Is life worth living?” To scores of people life has ceased to be worth living. To all of you I have good news. God did not create you to be a defeated, discouraged, frustrated, wandering soul, seeking in vain for peace of heart and peace of mind. He has bigger plans for you. He has a larger orb and a greater life for you.

The answer to your problem, however great, is as near as your Bible, as simple as first-grade arithmetic, and as real as your heartbeat. Upon the authority of God’s Word, I tell you that Christ is the answer to every baffling perplexity which plagues mankind. In Him is found the cure for care, a balm for bereavement, a healing for our hurts, and a sufficiency for our insufficiency.

Prayer for the day
Teach me, Lord, as today I read Your Word, that the life You would have me live is one of joy and fulfillment.

Billy Devotionals – Parenting – By Billy Graham November 19, 2020

Topics: Parenting
Bridge the Gap
By Billy Graham
November 19

Keep a close watch on all you do and think.
Stay true to what is right . . .
—1 Timothy 4:16 (TLB)

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In searching for ways to bridge the generation gap, there is no doubt that we, as parents, will have to practice what we preach, by striving more and more to bring our conduct into line with our code of beliefs.

No mother can demand that her daughter abstain from sleeping around when she herself is flirting and on occasion compromising her own moral conduct. No father, who wavers between heavy social drinking and occasional binges to the edge of alcoholism, and who can’t speak a pleasant word in the morning until he has had a cigarette, can yell incessantly at his son to get off marijuana, the route that often leads to hard drugs.

Consistency, constancy, and undeviating diligence to maintain Christian character are a must if the older generation is to command respect, or even a hearing, from the young.

Prayer for the day
Younger eyes see my errant behavior, Lord. Help me to be the right example—one which will draw them to You.

Billy Devotionals – Christian Living – By Billy Graham November 18, 2020

Topics: Christian Living
Pure Hearts
By Billy Graham
November 18

Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus.
—Philippians 2:5


It is impossible to live pure lives until we have pure hearts. Many people today are trying to put the cart before the horse. They are teaching purity of motives, desires, and actions to old, deceitful hearts! No wonder we have ended up such moral failures, in spite of our vaunted knowledge and psychological approaches.

Pure motives, desires, and actions stem from pure hearts. Pure hearts will be Christlike. It is God’s desire that we be conformed to the image of His Son. If Christ lives within us and our bodies become the abode of the Holy Spirit, is it any wonder that we should be like Him?

Prayer for the day
Cleanse my heart and make it the home of Your Spirit, Lord.

Billy Devotionals – Lifestyle – By Billy Graham November 17, 2020

Topics: Lifestyle
Integrity
By Billy Graham
November 17

Those things, which ye have both learned, and received, and heard, and seen in me, do . . .
—Philippians 4:9


Integrity is the glue that holds our way of life together. What our young people want to see in their elders is integrity, honesty, truthfulness, and faith. What they hate most of all is hypocrisy and phoniness. That is why it is important for us to go to church, to read the Bible, and to say grace at the table. Let them see us doing what we would like them to do.

Prayer for the day
Take away the “front,” Father, that so often creeps into my life. I would live in such a way that young people will be drawn to You, too.

Billy Devotionals – Jesus Christ – By Billy Graham November 16, 2020

Topics: Jesus Christ
Real Security
By Billy Graham
November 16

The foundation of God standeth sure . . .
—2 Timothy 2:19


On campus the quickest way to security is through the crowd. Precisely where students talk about being independent and on their own, you will find them practicing the most rigid conformity in dress, in speech, in moral attitudes, and in thinking. Sometimes they follow fashion at the expense of integrity. They dread to be alone. They do not want to stand out or be different. They want to conform.

After they graduate from college, many of these young people want nothing more than a good job with a big firm, and a home somewhere in suburbia. But they don’t find security then either. Only Jesus Christ can give you the security that you are looking for.

Prayer for the day
Long-sought-after security I found only in Your abiding love, my Savior, Jesus Christ.

Billy Devotionals – Suffering – By Billy Graham November 15, 2020

Topics: Suffering
Divine Artistry
By Billy Graham
November 15

Yet of myself I will not glory, but in mine infirmities.
—2 Corinthians 12:5


Dr. Edward Judson, in speaking of the life of his father, Adoniram Judson, at the dedication of the Judson Memorial Church in New York City, said, “Suffering and success go together. If you are succeeding without suffering, it is because others before you have suffered; if you are suffering without succeeding, it is that others after you may succeed.”

Happy are they that mourn. They can be happy because they know that their pain, their distress, and their privation are the travail of a new creation, the birth pangs of a better world. They can be happy if they are aware that the Master Artist, God, is employing both light and shadow to produce a masterpiece worthy of divine artistry.

They can also glory in their infirmities, smile through their tears, and sing in the midst of their sorrow, because they realize that in God’s economy, “If we suffer, we shall also reign with Him.”

Prayer for the day
In suffering I will learn to praise You, loving Savior.