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In Touch Ministries Receiving Humility’s Reward MARCH 17, 2018

In Touch Ministries Receiving Humility’s Reward

TOPIC- Receiving Humility’s by Reward MARCH 17, 2018

Luke 14:7-11

Have you ever exalted yourself? It may not have involved choosing the best seat at a banquet, but perhaps you’ve let culture shape what you do. For example, we’re encouraged to “blow our own horn,” demand our rights, and seek recognition.

But Jesus taught that we should humble ourselves and let God do the exalting. And His ways of rewarding us are different from the world’s. While He may choose to bless us materially, such benefits can’t compare with the less tangible rewards He offers—like answered prayer or increased understanding of who He is. Certain attitudes prevent us from humbling ourselves and may obstruct divine rewards. These include …

Impatience. We want it now and are unwilling to trust that God is in control.

Insecurity. If certain things don’t happen, we feel we cannot continue.

Identity in the wrong things. Our self-worth is wrapped up in achieving society’s standards of success.

Ignorance of God’s ways. We disregard His Word and decide what’s right.

Impure motives. Discontent or jealousy causes us to push ahead of God and use manipulation to get our way. In Touch Ministries Receiving Humility’s Reward

Impulsiveness. Without asking God, we assume every opportunity in life is an open door we should enter.

Ingratitude. If we lack gratefulness, our perspective can be skewed.
A humble nature doesn’t come naturally. We find humility not by seeking it, but by seeking the Lord. As we focus on Him in all His greatness, we’ll come to understand how worthy He is of our total submission, worship, and reverence.

Bible in One Year: Judges 13-15

Pastor Charles Stanley

Charles Frazier Stanley is the senior pastor of First Baptist Church in Atlanta, Georgia. He is the founder and president of In Touch Ministries and also served two one-year terms as president of the Southern Baptist Convention from 1984 to 1986.

Charles Stanleys InTouch Daily Online : The Promise of Humility MARCH 16, 2018

Charles Stanleys InTouch Daily Online

TOPIC – The Promise of Humility MARCH 16, 2018 by Charles Stanleys

1 Peter 5:5-7

Jesus’ life exemplified humility. While on earth, He did not assert His rights, but cloaking himself with humanity, He chose to live in full obedience as a servant to His Father (Phil. 2:5-7). He laid aside His rightful glory and authority and humbled Himself to the point of death on a cross.

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Our Savior’s example was and is countercultural. This world does not value humility; rather, our culture applauds high achievement, outward beauty, elevated positions, or exceptional skills. But Christ calls His disciples to deny themselves, take up their cross, and follow Him (Luke 9:23).

Which way will we choose? Peter clearly outlines our options in today’s passage. If we choose God’s way of humility, we are promised that spiritual blessings will follow. But if we forsake His path, He’ll oppose us because, in essence, we’re working against Him in our arrogant self-sufficiency. However, when we humble ourselves by yielding to His authority and obeying Him, He becomes our source of confidence and strength.

Although our society places a high value on instant gratification and recognition for achievement, God honors us according to His own perfect ways and timing. He assures us that if we choose meekness—living in submission to Jesus as Master of our life—He will reward us, both here on earth and in the life to come (Matt. 5:5 NIV). Charles Stanleys InTouch Daily Online

The decision is yours to make: Will you humble yourself and live for God’s glory rather than your own, or will you plot your own course and invite His opposition?

Bible in One Year: Judges 10-12

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Daily Devotions March 15, 2018 In Touch Ministries: Finishing Well

Daily Devotions March 15, 2018 In Touch Ministries

TOPIC – Finishing Well Devotional for March 15, 2018 by Charles Stanley

Hebrews 12:1

In a race, what’s most important isn’t how one begins but how one finishes. Prizes are awarded only for crossing the finish line, not for great starts. And this is also true for the Christian life. Hebrews 12:1 encourages us to “run with endurance the race that is set before us.” In 2 Timothy 4:9-11, we see a contrast between two runners: Mark (also known as John Mark) and Demas. Daily Devotions March 15, 2018 In Touch Ministries

When Paul and Barnabas left for their first missionary trip, Mark went with them. But early in the journey, he left to return home (Acts 13:5; Acts 13:13). From Paul’s perspective, this seemed like a desertion, so a couple of years after that, he refused to let Mark come on a second missionary trip (Acts 15:36-40).

Daily Devotions March 15, 2018 In Touch Ministries

Although Mark had not begun well, Scripture shows us that the situation changed. On nearing death two decades later, Paul requested Mark’s company because the younger man was “useful to [him] for service” (2 Tim. 4:11). Mark had proven himself faithful by persevering in obedience and service to the Lord, and eventually he wrote the gospel bearing his name.

Demas, on the other hand, though also called a “fellow worker” of Paul’s (Philem. 1:24), deserted the apostle several years later because of love for worldly things (2 Tim. 4:10). It’s so easy to get caught up in the pleasures and pursuits of earthly life and forget that as Christians, we have a higher priority.

That’s why Scripture reminds us to lay aside every encumbrance hindering our race (Heb. 12:1-2). Once we cross the finish line and see Christ face-to-face, all worldly pleasures will fade in comparison to the joy of hearing Him say, “Well done, good and faithful servant” (Matt. 25:21 NIV).

Bible in One Year: Judges 7-9 Daily Devotions March 15, 2018 In Touch Ministries

Charles Stanley Daily Devotions 14/03/2018 – Maintaining a Quiet Spirit

Charles Stanley Daily Devotions 14/03/2018

TOPIC- Maintaining a Quiet Spirit By astor Charles Frazier Stanley

Proverbs 26:4

When conflict arises, we oftentimes want to rush in and defend our position. Perhaps we even feel justified in blaming others. However, James 1:19 gives different advice for dealing with tension and disputes: “Be quick to hear, slow to speak and slow to anger.” In other words, more can be accomplished through a calm approach to the situation. Scripture also suggests that we …

Pray. First, we should ask the Lord to guard our mouth and give us the right words to say (Luke 12:12). Also, we ought to request discernment with regard to the root issue and insight as to whether we might be at fault.

Charles Stanley Daily Devotions 14/03/2018

See with divine perspective. Our sovereign Lord works every situation for the believer’s benefit (Rom. 8:28). Not only does God use difficulties to teach us, but He also allows us to demonstrate the life of Christ by the way we respond.

Forgive. Even if someone has hurt us by causing the conflict, we should forgive. Jesus died to pardon all of our sin, and we, in turn, should forgive others. In fact, if we don’t, our lives will become burdened by resentment and broken relationships.

Respond. If we have done something wrong, we must apologize and ask forgiveness. We should express appreciation that the other person took time to share his concern. Then we ought to acknowledge his feelings and carefully consider his comments.

How do you respond to conflict? Pray for the strength to stay calm and do what is right­—even during difficult, emotional situations.

Bible in One Year: Judges 4-6

Charles Stanley Daily Devotions 14/03/2018

About Dr Stanley

Pastor Charles Frazier Stanley is the senior pastor of First Baptist Church in Atlanta, Georgia. He is the founder and president of In Touch Ministries and also served two one-year terms as president of the Southern Baptist Convention from 1984 to 1986.

Daily Devotions In Touch Ministries MARCH 13, 2018 : Responding to Conflict

Daily Devotions In Touch Ministries MARCH 13, 2018

TOPIC- Responding to Conflict by Dr Charles Stanley In Touch Ministries

Matthew 18:21-35

Conflict is a part of life. It may originate from misunderstandings, a difference of opinion, or deep convictions. But that discord often stems from envy, pride, or hunger for power.

We can’t control another person’s response to conflict; we’re accountable only for how we handle it. Many people naturally have unhealthy reactions to disagreement. Some repress any discomfort, ignoring the issue or pretending it doesn’t exist. Others place blame while defending themselves.

Daily Devotions In Touch Ministries MARCH 13, 2018

These negative responses often indicate one of three underlying scenarios. First, past hurt can leave a person emotionally insecure and unable to handle criticism. Second, perfectionists set such high benchmarks that they can never live up to their own standards—then it’s hard to acknowledge mistakes. Finally, pride makes it hard for some people to admit when they’re wrong or to ask forgiveness.

Unless we respond correctly to conflict, we limit our potential to grow, because we aren’t learning what the Lord is teaching. Also, we develop an unforgiving spirit, which leads to bitterness and resentment. Eventually, such an attitude can destroy relationships.

There is a better way to handle conflict, modeled by our Savior. Luke 23:34 reveals how Jesus responded when He was wrongly accused, unfairly judged, and crucified despite His innocence. Jesus prayed, “Father, forgive them; for they do not know what they are doing.”

How do you deal with accusations and criticism? Forgiveness is the only response that will keep you from becoming a victim of bitterness.

Daily Devotions In Touch Ministries MARCH 13, 2018

Bible in One Year: Judges 1-3

Daily Devotions In Touch Ministries March 12, 2018 : Devotion to Prayer

Daily Devotions In Touch Ministries March 12, 2018

TOPIC- Devotion to Prayer March 12, 2018, by Charles Stanley In Touch Ministries

Colossians 4:2-4

Are you devoted to prayer? That’s a convicting question, isn’t it? Almost all of us recognize that our prayer life could use some improvement. Part of the problem is that we’re inundated with pressures and activities in this fast-paced world. As a result, prayer often becomes a quick sentence or two before rushing out the door, or it’s combined with some other activity in an effort to multitask.

Daily Devotions In Touch Ministries March 12, 2018

However, lack of time isn’t an excuse for not sitting down quietly with the Lord to read His Word and talk with Him. The real problem is our priorities. We’re consumed with the urgent and have lost sight of what’s truly important. By neglecting prayer, we forfeit greater love for Christ, a deeper relationship with Him, and His power in our weakness.

But our lack of prayer also affects other people. When Paul told the Colossians to devote themselves to prayer, he requested that they include him and his ministry. As Christians, we have been given the responsibility and privilege of interceding for each other. This is one of the ways we contribute to God’s work in the world and display our love for fellow believers.

Daily Devotions In Touch Ministries March 12, 2018

Knowing what’s at stake is a great motivation for faithful prayer. To make this a priority in your life, begin by setting aside a time and place to meet with the Lord each day. Then find scriptural passages about people praying, and model your requests, praises, and thanksgiving after these examples. Try keeping a written record of your requests and God’s answers, and you will see your faith strengthen, your love for Christ deepen, and your devotion to prayer increase.

Bible in One Year: Joshua 23-24 – Daily Devotions In Touch Ministries March 12, 2018

Daily Devotions In Touch Ministries March 10, 2018 – The Holy Spirit: Our Teacher

Daily Devotions In Touch Ministries March 10, 2018

TOPIC- The Holy Spirit: Our Teacher by Charles Stanley – MARCH 10, 2018

John 14:25-26

If you are going to take instruction from someone, you want to be certain that person is well qualified, right? It’s interesting, then, that so many believers neglect the greatest Bible teacher available. We read religious books, survey friends, and ask a Sunday school class before we decide to get on our knees and consult the true Authority. While those sources can point us in the right direction, only the Holy Spirit illuminates God’s Word to our hearts and minds.

Asking someone to explain Scripture seems easier than seeking to understand it through the Spirit’s power. But consider what a person misses in bypassing Him. Who better to instruct believers about the Word’s depth and breadth than the One who wrote it? (See 2 Peter 1:20-21.) The Spirit laid His message on each human author’s heart, and the writers dutifully recorded it in their own unique voices.

Furthermore, as a member of the holy Trinity, the Spirit knows the mind of God (1 Corinthians 2:10). He is often called the Spirit of truth, because He understands everything. The Holy Spirit recognizes our emotional and mental state and can identify exactly where we are in our Christian walk. Therefore, He can reveal to our mind the passages that will encourage, challenge, or convict us as needed.

We have a teacher of divine quality. He will help us to learn and grow, guide us through difficult passages, and shed light on why the Lord allows certain challenges in our life. When it comes to aiding God’s people to know His Word, no one is more qualified than His Spirit.

Bible in One Year: Joshua 16-19 – Daily Devotions In Touch Ministries March 10, 2018

Daily Devotions In Touch Ministries MARCH 09, 2018 –

Daily Devotions In Touch Ministries MARCH 09, 2018

TOPIC- God’s Loving Rescue MARCH 09, 2018 In Touch Ministries

1 John 4:7-10

Christianity is unique among world religions—the others all require certain behaviors for people to become acceptable to their god. Therefore, they must perform intense labor, undergo self-denial, or observe specific rituals. But none of us can earn a place in heaven, because we can never reach the Lord’s standard of utter perfection and holiness.

Daily Devotions In Touch Ministries MARCH 09, 2018

God has provided an entirely different way of salvation. In His wisdom, He reached down to us by sending His Son. Jesus came to live a perfect life and then, by dying on the cross, paid the penalty our sin deserved. Why did God choose to rescue us? The reason was not that we deserved it but because of His great love and mercy. Instead of punishing us for our sin, God poured out His wrath on His Son, thereby satisfying divine justice. Now all who believe in Jesus Christ and His work on the cross are forgiven and accepted as children of God.

Becoming a Christian doesn’t require working or pleading for the heavenly Father’s acceptance. Our salvation comes through repentance of sin and faith in Jesus Christ­—God’s only begotten Son, who went to the cross to die in our place, thereby paying our sin debt in full.

What do you believe about Jesus Christ? Choosing to trust in Him is the most important decision you’ll ever make. After this life is over, all people will have to give account to God for their life. (See Rom. 14:12.) There will be no condemnation for those who have received the Savior, but for anyone who has rejected Him, the outcome will be eternal separation from God.

Bible in One Year: Joshua 13-15 Daily Devotions In Touch Ministries MARCH 09, 2018

Daily Devotions In Touch Ministries March 8, 2018: Ending the Blame Game

Daily Devotions In Touch Ministries March 8, 2018

TOPIC- Ending the Blame Game by Charles Stanley {March 8, 2018}

Galatians 5:19-25

There’s something within our human nature that resists being controlled by others. Although we may outwardly submit to authority, submissiveness may not reach into our hearts. Inwardly, we could very well be acting like a child who is being disciplined by a parent: outwardly obeying by sitting for time out, but thinking, I’m standing up on the inside!

This is the attitude that leads to the deeds of the flesh described by Paul in today’s passage. Although we have no power to control what others do or say, we have the Holy Spirit, who can govern how we respond. Too often we try to blame our responses on the behavior of someone else. We justify our actions by saying, “But he made me so mad!” In reality, we chose to be angry—justifiably or not.

Daily Devotions In Touch Ministries March 8, 2018

Whenever someone hurts or frustrates us, we can decide whether to react in a godly or worldly fashion. No matter how much blame we attempt to offload onto others, the Lord is not misled by our maneuvering. He looks at the heart. Each of us is accountable to Him for both our attitudes and responses.

We may think the blame game makes us look better, but God is not fooled. Followers of Christ are called to sow peace and bear the spiritual fruit of love, joy, and kindness (Gal. 5:22-23). If we are clinging to blame, all that is growing are the emotional “weeds” separating us from God. The responses He desires are forgiveness when we are hurt and repentance when we have sinned against another person.

Bible in One Year: Joshua 10-12

Daily Devotions In Touch Ministries March 8, 2018

In Touch Ministries Devotion The Blame Game MARCH 07, 2018

In Touch Ministries Devotion The Blame Game

TOPIC – The Blame Game March 07, 2018 by Chareles Stanley

In Touch Ministries Scripture Reading Genesis 3:8-13

As children, we all played “the blame game.” If caught doing something wrong, we accused a sibling or friend in hopes of escaping discipline. This tactic seldom worked, because the one we accused was quick to give a different account. No one wins by shifting blame and refusing to take responsibility. Sadly, though, many people continue to play the blame game, even as adults.

In Touch Ministries Devotion The Blame Game

Shifting responsibility isn’t new. It began in the Garden of Eden after Adam and Eve sinned. When God held them accountable for rebelling against Him, Adam claimed he ate the fruit because Eve gave it to him. She, in turn, accused the serpent, who had deceived her. Yet they both incriminated themselves with these words: “I ate” (Gen. 3:12-13). Blaming someone else didn’t alter the facts—they were each responsible for their choice and course of action.

So, if we know the futility of the blame game, why do we still play it? Do we think we can avoid the undesirable consequences? Is it an attempt to cause others to regard us more favorably? Sometimes it’s not even other people we blame but circumstances—the way we were raised or the way we were treated. Regardless of the cause, sin is never justifiable, and God always holds us accountable.

While it’s difficult to swallow our pride and admit that we are wrong, it’s always best to take full responsibility for our attitudes, responses, and behavior. That is the only way to walk humbly with the Lord, which pleases and honors Him.

Bible in One Year: Joshua 7-9 – In Touch Ministries Devotion