Recently Added Devotionals
Waiting on God
By Dr. Jack Graham | November 17, 2017
One day, the great preacher Phillips Brooks was pacing back and forth in his study. He was particularly agitated and anxious that day and someone said to him, “Dr. Brooks, what’s wrong?”
Balancing encouragement with confrontation
By Dr. Jack Graham | November 16, 2017
I’ve learned that when it comes to conflict, there are two types of people: those who like to run into conflict and those who avoid it like the plague!
The dangers of living in isolation
By Dr. Jack Graham | November 15, 2017
In the South Pacific, there are literally tens of thousands of tiny islands. So after World War II, it took some time for the news of the war’s end to spread. But for one man, it took 29 years!
Discovering how God made you unique
By Dr. Jack Graham | November 14, 2017
Having gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, let us use them: if prophecy, in proportion to our faith; if service, in our serving; the one who teaches, in his teaching; the one who exhorts, in his exhortation; the one who contributes, in generosity; the one who leads, with zeal; the one who does acts of mercy, with cheerfulness.
One undeniable truth that I find in the Scripture is that each member of the body of Christ is gifted in a very unique way. Some may have the gift of prophecy and are able to proclaim the truth of God with power and conviction. Some may have the gift of serving… others teaching… others exhortation… and so on.
The point is that I am not you and you are not me. We are different! And God has made us different so that each of us can make a unique contribution to his Kingdom on earth.
God wants you to be honest with yourself about what you can contribute to the body. He never meant for you to try and fit a square peg into a round hole. So many times I’ve seen faithful men and women of Christ who aren’t content with how God gifted them. So they end up getting burnt out in a ministry role that just wasn’t for them.
So pray and ask God to reveal to you how he has gifted you specifically. When you begin to understand that and are comfortable with who you are, your life will make an even greater impact for Christ!
ACCEPT WHO YOU ARE AND BE WHO GOD MADE YOU.
Growing as part of the body of Christ.
By | November 13, 2017
For as in one body we have many members, and the members do not all have the same function, so we, though many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another. Romans 12:4-5
Do you have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ?
That question so often becomes the litmus test of what it means to be a Christian today. Everywhere you turn you hear Christians talk about things like “my personal faith” and “Jesus is my personal Lord and Savior.”
Now don’t get me wrong, I absolutely believe that placing your faith in Jesus Christ is a personal decision that only you can make. But how often do you see Christians emphasize the personal nature of our faith only to forget the corporate nature?
The word corporate comes from the Latin word corpus, which means “body”—and that’s exactly what I’m talking about! You and I are part of the body of Christ and not one of us can live the Christian life alone.
Unfortunately, much of the Western world has adopted a “Lone Ranger” mentality when it comes to faith. But God never meant it to be this way!
Even before the fall of man, God knew that it was “not good that the man should be alone” (Genesis 2:18). And from eternity past, God existed in three persons—Father, Son, and Spirit—because he knew that community was so important.
So get away from the “Lone Ranger” mentality and live in community. Only then will you begin to grasp what God can do when the many members of the body act...
Don’t rush God.
By | October 27, 2017
I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us.
God is constructively, creatively, and compassionately working through things in your life right this very moment! Invisibly and invincibly, the hand of God is at work!
Does that thrill you? It does me! And it’s the reason that I want to encourage you not to rush Providence… don’t push Providence.
Now that’s my challenge sometimes, I want to help God get it done. I want things in my time and my way. And when you think about it, that’s exactly what disappointment and discouragement is. When I’m discouraged I’m not trusting and believing God for his timing and his perfect will.
The great basketball coach, John Wooden, who passed away several years ago at almost 100 years of age, wrote a book called, Be Quick, Don’t Hurry. He was talking about basketball of course, saying be quick, but don’t rush because that’s when mistakes happen.
That’s good advice for us today regarding life in general. You see, with God time means nothing, but timing with God is everything!
You may be struggling today wondering when your struggles will ever end. But with God, your suffering is only temporary and your future is filled with eternal hope.
Trust God’s timing and the masterful hand of Providence in your life. Your struggles today cannot compare to the glorious promise that is yours in Christ Jesus.
INVISIBLY AND INVINCIBLY, THE HAND OF GOD IS...
Sharing his G.R.A.C.E.
By | September 28, 2017
Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us. We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God.
—2 Corinthians 5:20
In Christ Jesus, you and I have received an astounding gift… it’s the gift of grace. So let me share a little acrostic that will make it easy to share Christ with those he brings across your path. It’s based on the letters G-R-A-C-E:
“G” stands for the “Gift” of salvation. You and I can do nothing to earn his grace; it’s a gift. Ephesians 2:8 says, For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God….
“R” stands for “Repentance.” To repent means to turn. In our sin, we were walking away from God, but then we turned from sin and began to follow Christ!
“A” stands for “Almighty” God. We need to develop a relationship with Almighty God… the one who loves us and who has a wonderful plan for our lives.
“C” stands for “Commitment.” You and I are called to live in a committed relationship with Jesus, the Bridegroom. He died for us, he lives within us, and he’s coming again to receive us to himself!
“E” stands for “Eternal” life. We receive the gift of eternal life by faith the moment we come to Christ!
YOU AND I CAN DO NOTHING TO EARN HIS GRACE; IT’S A GIFT!
Thank God today that He has the power to transform and rebuild any life.
By | September 22, 2017
But Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”
The Christian faith is a can-do faith! “I can do all things through him who strengthens me” was the apostle Paul’s declaration in Philippians 4:13, and it should be ours as believers as well.
Jesus not only transforms our spirit when He saves us, but He transforms our way of thinking and looking at life.
Of course, there will be times when we’re blue and discouraged, and even times when we are so down that we don’t know which way is up! That’s a normal part of being alive. But through it all, God’s Word promises us that we can defeat discouragement through the power and victory that is ours in Jesus Christ!
When you know Christ, all things are possible. No matter what your past has been, what your current state of mind is, or what your current circumstances are, if you will come to Jesus Christ, you can rebuild your life. Don’t let the devil or anybody else tell you that can’t happen to you!
If you’ve never put your faith in Christ alone for salvation, or if you’re not sure about your relationship with Him, I invite you to believe in the One who died on the cross for you. Put your faith in Christ, and receive Him as your Savior. And if you know Him, thank Him for new life and the can-do faith that He has given you!
THANK GOD TODAY THAT HE HAS THE POWER TO TRANSFORM AND REBUILD ANY LIFE.
Look for ways to serve and love others today!
By Dr. Jack Graham | September 21, 2017
Half of my servants worked on construction, and half held the spears, shields, bows, and coats of mail.
As a Christian, God expects you and I to be productive.
What a great example we have of this in the fourth chapter of Nehemiah. Once the plot to stop the work of rebuilding the wall of Jerusalem was foiled, everybody went back to work with renewed energy.
Even those who weren’t actively rebuilding the walls kept armor and weapons ready in case the enemy attacked. Nobody sat around idly!
First Corinthians 15:58 tell us to “be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord….”
And what exactly does “abounding in the work of the Lord” mean? For one, it means we’re actively looking for ways to serve God and serve others. It means we’re so busy thinking about what we can do next for the Kingdom that we have little time to think about ourselves, worry, and become discouraged!
Today I want to challenge you to go out of your way to serve someone. And don’t just do it to do it. Let that person know you’re helping them out because your service pleases the Lord you love! It will be a great testimony of a life that’s sold out for Christ.
LOOK FOR WAYS TO SERVE AND LOVE OTHERS TODAY…AND EVERY DAY.
God has something great in store for you!
By Dr. Jack Graham | September 20, 2017
When our enemies heard…that God had frustrated their plan, we all returned to the wall, each to his work.
God can do amazing things with people who refuse to quit, who take their eyes off their present circumstances and look ahead because they believe God has something great in store.
That’s what Nehemiah did when he was faced with a crisis in his wall-building work in Jerusalem. The enemies of God’s people plotted to stop their work, but God brought their plot to nothing. So Nehemiah looked ahead to the goal and sent everyone back to their work!
In other words, Nehemiah focused on the future. He refused to be discouraged by the present circumstances because he knew God was going to do something great.
Paul gives us the same encouragement in Philippians 3:13-14, when he says, “Brothers, I do not consider that I have made it my own. But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.”
If you’re discouraged today, think about this. God may just be letting you go through a down time to prepare you for a great victory tomorrow. So don’t let you head hang low! Lift your eyes and take a forward look. Because God’s blessing may be just around the corner!
DO YOU REALLY BELIEVE THAT GOD HAS SOMETHING GREAT IN STORE FOR YOU?