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Connect with Skip Heitzig

Posted on September 21, 2018 at 11:10 AM Comments comments (0)

What You're Worth

By Skip Heitzig

The world typically values people based on their outward beauty, personal wealth, or accomplishment. But God looks at us through a very different lens.

First Peter 1:18-19 tells us, "You were not redeemed with corruptible things, like silver or gold, from your aimless conduct received by tradition from your fathers, but with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot."

 

The key word of that passage is redeemed. In the first century, to redeem meant to set a slave or prisoner of war free by paying a price. The fact that money was spent in the transaction inferred that the slave or prisoner of war was highly valued. In the same way, God redeemed you because you are precious and valuable to Him.

 

As believers, we know that God loves and values us, but so many of us still have a hard time really believing it. The reason we struggle with it is because His love so foreign to us—it's based on Him and His character, not on us or what we do. In other words, you're valuable simply because you are loved by the God of the universe.

 

And what did you cost? What was God willing to pay to get you to heaven? "The precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot." When God purchased your soul, He didn't go for the lowest bid; He paid the highest price—the very life blood of the Son of God. That's how valuable you are. God was willing to pay everything, and Jesus was willing to go through it.

Now, why is Jesus' blood so precious? Because His blood is the only antidote to the world's sin virus. First John 1 says, "The blood of Jesus Christ [God's] Son cleanses us from all sin" (v. 7). That's how you get rid of sin stains—the precious blood of Christ. And that's the price He paid.

So when you find yourself anguishing over, Am I good enough? Am I pretty enough? Am I handsome enough? stop and remember that you are valuable and precious in the eyes of God. You are worth everything to Him, and He gave everything to redeem you and purchase you to Himself.

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In Touch with Dr. Charles Stanley

Posted on September 21, 2018 at 11:10 AM Comments comments (0)

Advantages of Accountability

Hebrews 10:24

Far too often, people turn a good situation into slavery by ignoring wise boundaries of personal freedom. A godly accountability partner can help you enjoy privilege without abusing it. The benefits are plentiful:

Clearer direction. Honesty about faults and failures will open you to receive right counsel and encouragement. This process will increase your potential to do and become all that God has in mind for you.

Increased integrity. If you have to give an account to somebody, you'll be honest and transparent. Even when the truth hurts, the result is heightened integrity.

Better stewardship. Accounting for the way you use money, time, or talent makes you careful not to waste those resources.

Protection against excess. As children of God, we are free in Christ, but an accountability partner keeps us balanced and guards us from taking liberties.

Healthy self-examination. Another person can often point out what we cannot see in ourselves. When we allow someone to be an accurate mirror of our faults, we're in a better position to make improvements.

Safeguard against unwise relationships. If you have to give an account of where you go and which people you spend time with, you'll be more likely to avoid problematic places and relationships.

Unbridled freedom may seem like a great blessing, but it can be a recipe for disaster. Do you give account to anybody for the way you handle money, time, and relationships? If not, consider inviting a trustworthy Christian to fill that role. Taking this step reveals a heart that longs to please God.

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

 

Time with God

Posted on September 21, 2018 at 11:10 AM Comments comments (0)

John 3:16

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.”

If you have chosen to trust in what God has done for you at the cross, taking the penalty for your sins and offering you forgiveness, then you have eternal life!

Notice the promise of this verse. It does not say that whoever believes in him shall have life until they sin badly. No, it says that if you believe in him, you have eternal life. This new kind of life God gives you has both quantity and quality. This new life is eternal, meaning it never ends. You will live forever with God. Death is not final. On the contrary, death is a doorway that ushers us into a beautiful and more glorious life with God forever.

And this eternal life is also a different quality of life; it is God’s life in you. God is at work in your inner life to make you more like Jesus Christ. The more you allow God to lead and direct your life, the more you experience of his beautiful life flowing from your innermost being.

God is reminding you today of the vastness of what he has given you in Christ, and he is inviting you to trust his love for you and allow him to lead and direct your life.

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Integrity Moments

Posted on September 21, 2018 at 11:10 AM Comments comments (0)

The Importance of Self-Control

Years ago, a consulting client of mine was in a printing-related industry. The two partners had lots of opportunities within their industry, many of which were strategic to their future.

That’s why I was stunned when I discovered the two partners seriously discussing buying a donut franchise in addition to their business. Fortunately, I convinced them it was a bad idea.

Business leaders are offered opportunities almost daily. Without self-control, it’s easy to begin chasing something far off track from your God-given calling or purpose.

Proverbs 25:28 says, “Like a city that is broken into and without walls is a man who has no control over his spirit.

To protect the future of your business, learn self-control and the courage to say “No” to everything that doesn’t fit your mission.

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A Daily Word with Dr. Ed Young

Posted on September 21, 2018 at 10:45 AM Comments comments (0)

"WHOEVER WILL CALL ON THE NAME OF THE LORD WILL BE SAVED." - Romans 10:13

The brutish Romans forced people to declare, “Caesar is lord!” Those who refused often perished. To call on Christ’s name for salvation rather than Caesar’s could be costly for Paul’s immediate audience. Today we’re tempted to think too casually about the implications of Christ’s name. Yet there is an empire of darkness that wants our allegiance. Calling on the name of the Lord is declaring that our heart belongs to the Kingdom of God. When we salute the banner of His name by confessing Christ’s Lordship, we are saved from the cruel empire.

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In Touch with Dr. Charles Stanley

Posted on September 20, 2018 at 11:05 AM Comments comments (0)

Accountability Is Scriptural

James 5:13-16

There are plenty of biblical directives about making ourselves accountable to one another. But for many, the idea of revealing personal information seems restrictive or even an invasion of privacy. Such confession seems a hindrance to the pursuit of pleasure, prosperity, and prestige. Most people prefer to keep to themselves and not involve others in their business.

The Bible, however, makes it clear that Christians are to support each other in this regard: "Therefore, confess your sins to one another, and pray for one another so that you may be healed" (James 5:16).

Accountability in the body of Christ is a biblical principle. Church members take direction from their pastor (Heb. 13:17). Paul tells us to be subject one to another (Eph. 5:21). Yet he was answerable to the church (Acts 14:27), just as Timothy was subordinate to him (1 Tim. 4:13-16). The apostles were certainly under the authority of Jesus (Luke 10), even as Jesus was subject to the Father (John 8:28-29). Of course, the Bible tells us that the whole church is obedient to the Lord Jesus Christ (Eph. 5:24). Regardless of one's position, everybody is accountable to somebody. And this holds true for the entire family of faith--from the congregation to the ministers to Jesus Himself, who served God the Father.

People avoid accountability for various reasons, including pride, ignorance, fear, and self-reliance. This is a dangerous approach to life. Our Enemy knows our weaknesses and how to exploit them. But we can prevail with the support of friends. There is strength in the body of Christ.

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

 

Time with God

Posted on September 20, 2018 at 11:05 AM Comments comments (0)

Romans 5:6-10

“For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. For one will scarcely die for a righteous person—though perhaps for a good person one would dare even to die— but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Since, therefore, we have now been justified by his blood, much more shall we be saved by him from the wrath of God. For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, now that we are reconciled, shall we be saved by his life.”

God made you his friend when you didn’t deserve it; and now he’s living in you to transform your life!

Did your sinfulness keep God from reaching out to you in love and offering you his grace and forgiveness? No. Now consider this — if God loved you enough to show you grace when you were his “enemy”, why wouldn’t he hold you in his grace when you sin now that you are his child? If you’ve sinned, rest assured that God knew that sin was in your future when he first chose to offer you salvation.

And God has not only forgiven you, but he’s also given you himself. He wants to live through you the kind of life you’re unable to live on your own. Will you allow God to live through you today?

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Integrity Moments

Posted on September 20, 2018 at 11:05 AM Comments comments (0)

An Adventurous Age

Tom Hill, my friend in St. Louis, is an inspiration for many. His sense of adventure at 83 years old is remarkable.

Tom runs fifteen miles each week and he recently registered for a marathon. His Eagle Summit conference inspires hundreds of leaders and Tom travels frequently, encouraging others.

Tom reminds me of Caleb. In Joshua 14, Caleb said, “I am eighty-five years old today. … Now then, give me this hill country about which the Lord spoke on that day, for you heard on that day that Anakim were there, with great fortified cities.

At 85, Caleb didn’t want the easy path. He waged war in the mountains against the giants and their fortified cities. Thanks, Tom and Caleb, for encouraging us to be adventurous regardless of age.

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A Daily Word with Dr. Ed Young

Posted on September 20, 2018 at 11:00 AM Comments comments (0)

"Truly, truly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do, he will do also; and greater works than these he will do; because I go to the Father.” - John 14:12

The greatness of Jesus’ strategy is that He began a global transformation movement with 12 ragtag men in a forgotten nation under occupation by a cruel empire. He stilled storms and fed 4,000 with fragments of food. He healed the blind, deaf, mute and lame. Jesus walked on water and burst from the tomb. How can any of us do “greater works” than that? The clue to the promise is in His strategy. Jesus discipled the 12, but He has empowered His modern disciples to reach and teach the millions.

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In Touch with Dr. Charles Stanley

Posted on September 19, 2018 at 9:35 AM Comments comments (0)

Our Eternal Rewards

Revelation 4:9-11

Throughout Scripture, we find references to "crowns." Let's take a look at these eternal rewards for a victorious Christian life and a strong relationship with Jesus Christ.

The Crown of Victory. To finish life well, believers need Olympic endurance. Athletes in those ancient games received a perishable circlet of laurel leaves. But when we are effective in our God-given ministry and triumph over sin, we'll be given an imperishable crown (1 Cor. 9:25-27).

The Crown of Exultation. The believers that we had a hand in bringing to Christ will be "our glory and joy" before the Lord (1 Thess. 2:18-20). Just imagine how you will rejoice in heaven upon seeing and talking with the people who recognize your contribution to their spiritual development.

The Crown of Righteousness. The Christian life is not easy, but there is great reward for living righteously when facing temptation or hardship. Believers who pursue godliness are always thinking about the life to come and striving to meet God with a pure conscience (2 Tim. 4:5-8).

The Crown of Life. Heartache and pain are unavoidable in this life, but we can take heart because much spiritual growth happens in adversity. Hang in there to receive the crown of life that the Lord promised to those who love Him (James 1:12).

In heaven, what will we do with the crowns we have earned? We will cast them before Jesus' feet (Rev. 4:10), laying them down as a tribute to the One who saved us, gifted us, equipped us, and lived in us. Everything good and right came to us through the Lord, so He deserves our crowns.

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

 


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