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In Touch with Dr. Charles Stanley

Posted on July 16, 2018 at 9:40 AM Comments comments (0)

How to Cry Out to God

Matthew 14:29-30

The phone rings, and you answer. A sullen voice informs you of a tragedy. Your heart is so heavy that you feel as though you could die. What do you do?

Bad news, danger, and pain all cause us to look for help. As believers, we dwell with the almighty God, who is able to aid us. At those moments when we are sideswiped by life’s circumstances, we should cry out to Him.

In the Bible, crying out refers to speaking audibly with great emotion concerning an urgent need. God invites us to use this form of prayer to communicate that we desperately need His mercy.

It takes both faith and humility to share our heart’s concern aloud. Crying out, then, is a way for God’s children to express trust in the Lord’s ability and willingness to help. By calling upon Him with such urgency, wealso lay down our pride and any attitude of self-sufficiency.

The Word of God assures us that our Father hears our cries and responds. In Psalm 3:4, for example, David wrote, “I was crying to the Lord with my voice, and He answered from His holy mountain.” When we call aloud for help in Jesus’ name, we invite His power into the situation. Remember that there is strength in just speaking His name.

When we cry out to God, He may remove the problem immediately, yet we often have to wait for His perfect timing. Harsh circumstances might even be allowed to remain for His good purposes. But we can always count on His comfort and presence, which enable us to live with joy and hope.

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Time with God

Posted on July 16, 2018 at 9:40 AM Comments comments (0)

John 16:23-27

“In that day you will ask nothing of me. Truly, truly, I say to you, whatever you ask of the Father in my name, he will give it to you.Until now you have asked nothing in my name. Ask, and you will receive, that your joy may be full. “I have said these things to you in figures of speech. The hour is coming when I will no longer speak to you in figures of speech but will tell you plainly about the Father. In that day you will ask in my name, and I do not say to you that I will ask the Father on your behalf; for the Father himself loves you, because you have loved me and have believed that I came from God.”

Allow Jesus to pray his requests through us, and the answer to our prayers is guaranteed!

Reread the astounding promises made in this verse if we’ll pray “in Jesus’ name”. This doesn’t mean that we add “in Jesus’ name” onto the end of our prayers (though it can be a good reminder to do so). Praying in Jesus’ name means we pray on his behalf, in his interest.

God’s challenging you to change your prayer focus from asking for what you want, to asking for what Jesus wants in your life. How can you know what he wants? By spending lots of time with him!

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Integrity Moments

Posted on July 16, 2018 at 9:40 AM Comments comments (0)

A Patient Boss

My son, Jeremy, works at a sheltered workshop. If you think working with your staff takes patience, imagine managing an entire team of adults with special needs who all have individual quirks and challenges!

We are so blessed that Jeremy has an amazing boss named John! Due to Jeremy’s autism and obsessions he can be moody at times even to the point of an aggressive temper.

John has learned how to read Jeremy’s moods and when to give Jeremy a break or divert his attention. John has learned to understand his team and their individual needs, then patiently lead them to being productive workers.

Ephesians 4:2 says, “Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love.

Patience is a virtue all bosses should strive to achieve.

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A Daily Word with Dr. Ed Young

Posted on July 16, 2018 at 9:40 AM Comments comments (0)

How blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked, nor stand in the path of sinners, nor sit in the seat of scoffers! Psalm 1:1

Happy is the person who doesn’t walk by the counsel of people whose lives have no reference to God. Blessed is the individual who doesn’t stand with those who miss God’s mark. Happy is the man or woman who doesn’t “sit a spell” with cynics. To enjoy the promise of God’s blessing, we must be careful where we walk, stand and sit. Behavior, alignment and fellowship are points on the compass leading to happiness or misery.

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In Touch with Dr. Charles Stanley

Posted on July 13, 2018 at 9:40 AM Comments comments (0)

Peace, Joy, and Contentment

Nehemiah 2:1-8

Discouragement can rob peace, joy, and contentment. But I have great news if you feel disheartened: You’re not stuck!

I’ve known people who appeared to be in an impossible situation. A few years later, however, they were in a terrific place, either in terms of their circumstances or their emotions. The reason? They never gave up. Instead of sulking in self-pity, they chose to believe God, step out in faith, and climb out of the emotional pit.

Nehemiah is a good example. He had every reason to feel defeated, because his people were in trouble. After receiving news that the city wall had been destroyed, this man of God acknowledged profound disappointment and grieved. Though pain flooded his soul, he didn’t allow himself to stay in that low place. Instead, Nehemiah cried out to God, seeking direction.

Sadness in the presence of royalty was punishable by death. But the Lord answered Nehemiah’s prayer with amazing power, prompting the king to notice his servant’s sad countenance and then toask what he could do to help. This miracle led to the rebuilding of the wall and the redemption of God’s people.

The Lord can take an impossible situation--no matter what it is--and move in ways mightier than you can imagine.

Do you live in eager expectation of what the Lord will do? Or have you chosen to linger in the depths of despair? Like Nehemiah, turn your disappointment into a petition for God’s help. He can restore your hope and prevent negative emotions from gaining a stranglehold on your life.

For more biblical teaching and resources from Dr. Charles Stanley, please visit www.intouch.org.

 

Time with God

Posted on July 13, 2018 at 9:40 AM Comments comments (0)

John 4:13-18

“Jesus said to her, “Everyone who drinks of this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him will never be thirsty again.The water that I will give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life. ”The woman said to him, “Sir, give me this water, so that I will not be thirsty or have to come here to draw water.”

Jesus said to her, “Go, call your husband, and come here.” The woman answered him, “I have no husband.” Jesus said to her, “You are right in saying, ‘I have no husband’; for you have had five husbands, and the one you now have is not your husband. What you have said is true.”

God already knows about the wrong paths you’ve taken!

This woman was obviously hesitant to admit to Jesus she’d travelled a path of empty relationships. But Jesus knew that she’d have to openly face her wrong thinking if she wanted to receive his “living water”--his real fulfilment and life-satisfaction. So he took the conversation right to her sin.

When you ask God to meet you in your deep places of inner need, does he point to something that hurts his heart and ask you to turn away from it? Don’t try to hide that from God. You must leave that behind and allow God alone to satisfy you.

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Integrity Moments

Posted on July 13, 2018 at 9:40 AM Comments comments (0)

Leaders Who Embrace Change – Part V

Edith Onderick-Harvey wrote in Harvard Business Review about five behaviors of leaders who embrace change. Since change is constant, we’re discussing these five behaviors this week.

The fifth behavior is to “look for boundary-spanning partnerships.” Many businesses have departments or silos that hinders a unified approach to advancing the business.

A large bank had a technology change that was going to impact many different departments. A team was formed that included key people from each of the departments.

This approach allowed us to learn and address the unique challenges for each department, resulting in a unified resolution to the problem.

Psalm 133:1 says, “How good and pleasant it is when God’s people live together in unity!

Boundary spanning partnerships can help your organization strive towards working more effectively in unity.

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A Daily Word with Dr. Ed Young

Posted on July 13, 2018 at 9:40 AM Comments comments (0)

"Blessed are you when people insult you and persecute you, and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of Me. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward in heaven is great; for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.” - Matthew 5:11-12

Today, Christians may not be hurled into the coliseums to face hungry lions, but are cast into the chronicles of daily media. The spin machines of ancient Rome depicted Christians as unpatriotic cannibals who drank blood at “love feasts.” Today’s spinners write, as did one in The Washington Post, that Christians are “uneducated and easily led.” Such is no surprise to the followers of the Man Who was regarded by the establishment elite 20 centuries ago as rabble-rouser from the boondocks. When people spread rumors and lies about you it’s time to rejoice--they have linked you with your Master.

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In Touch with Dr. Charles Stanley

Posted on July 12, 2018 at 9:50 AM Comments comments (0)

The Source of Our Adversity

Isaiah 45:5-10

When we experience hardships, we usually wonder why God allows these painful situations to come our way. It just doesn't seem to fit with His role as our loving heavenly Father. We struggle to reconcile our suffering with His love for us and His power to prevent or stop it. In order to understand what's going on, we need to consider the possible sources of adversity.

A Fallen World: When sin entered the world, suffering came with it. God could have protected us from these harmful effects by making us like puppets who could not choose sin, but that would mean we'd also be unable to choose to love Him, because love must be voluntary.

Our Own Doing: Sometimes we get ourselves into trouble with our foolish or sinful choices. If the Lord stepped in and rescued us from every negative consequence, we'd never grow into mature believers.

Satanic Attack: The Devil is our enemy. To hinder anything the Lord wants to do in and through believers, Satan will never cease to harass us. His goal is to destroy our lives and our testimonies, thereby making us weak and useless for God's purposes.

God's Sovereignty: Ultimately, the Lord is in charge of all adversity that comes our way. To deny His involvement contradicts His power and sovereignty over creation.

For us to accept that God allows--or even sends--afflictions, we must see adversity from His perspective. Is your focus on the pain of your experience or on the Lord and His faithfulness? As believers, we're assured that no adversity comes our way unless He can use it to achieve His good purposes.

For more biblical teaching and resources from Dr. Charles Stanley, please visit www.intouch.org.

 

Time with God

Posted on July 12, 2018 at 9:50 AM Comments comments (0)

John 4:13-18

“Jesus said to her, “Everyone who drinks of this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him will never be thirsty again.The water that I will give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life. ”The woman said to him, “Sir, give me this water, so that I will not be thirsty or have to come here to draw water.”

Jesus said to her, “Go, call your husband, and come here.” The woman answered him, “I have no husband.” Jesus said to her, “You are right in saying, ‘I have no husband’; for you have had five husbands, and the one you now have is not your husband. What you have said is true.”

Trying to find your own fulfilment will leave you feeling hollow and helpless!

This woman didn’t need convincing that she was empty. She knew it all too well. She’d been trying to fill up her emptiness for years through men she thought would give her the love she needed. She’d been going from one relationship to the next, but finding no relief from her emptiness.

Are there things in your life that you hoped would bring you fulfilment, things you’ve allowed to have first place--taking God’s rightful place? Ask God’s forgiveness. Invite him to take first place in your life and you’ll find yourself drinking his “living water”.

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