Recently Added Devotionals
Finding your purpose.
By Dr. Jack Graham | February 19, 2018
And he said, “Who are you, Lord?” And he said, “I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting.”
Paul’s conversion to Christ is one of the greatest transformational encounters in all of Scripture. Do you remember the story?
Paul was traveling down the Damascus road, when he was suddenly knocked to the ground and blinded by a brilliant light. Paul immediately knew this was a supernatural encounter. And he asked, “Who are you, Lord?" The Lord replied, "I am Jesus whom you persecute."
Now, Paul had just met Christ Jesus, the one whom he had been persecuting. No doubt overcome by the powerful encounter, Paul asked another question. He asked, “Lord, what will you have me to do?"
You see, when you really meet Jesus, you will find the purpose of your life! Paul discovered his mission in that moment and he never turned back. If you have met the Lord, then you have a mission, too.
Whether you're a butcher, a baker, a preacher or a plumber, God has a plan for you to glorify him and to spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ with all your being. And he wants you to take this calling seriously. You cannot negotiate with God about your mission. And never compromise with the world.
Give God your best each day. Embrace your assignment. Fight the good fight and fulfill your purpose in Christ Jesus.
WHEN YOU REALLY MEET JESUS, YOU FIND YOUR PURPOSE!
Do you face impossible odds?
By Dr. Jack Graham | February 16, 2018
“The Lord will fight for you, and you have only to be silent.”
There’s an amazing military story that’s told about the epic Battle of Waterloo fought in 1815. Maybe you recall from world history that the French Emperor Napoleon was intent upon conquering the world and seemed unstoppable.
At the time of this critical battle, all that stood between Napoleon’s quest for world domination and the defeat of the British Empire was England’s Duke of Wellington and the Anglo-Allied armies. But given Napoleon’s momentum, hope was bleak.
The only communication tool to relay the battle details were signals in the sky projected by ships at sea. And when those first signals appeared overhead, a wave of horror washed over those awaiting news. The signals read: “Wellington defeated.”
All hope seemed lost; grown men wept openly. But then people slowly began to notice more words appearing from behind some moving clouds. And when the whole could be seen, it said: “Wellington defeated Napoleon at Waterloo.”
Now listen, when Jesus died on the cross everyone thought he was history, too. But on that glorious third day our Lord and Savior Jesus arose from the grave. And the rest of the story could be told: Jesus defeated death at the cross!
Even if you face impossible odds, never give up. With Jesus you cannot be defeated. The victory is sure! The one who conquered death will make a way for you.
YOU ARE NOT DEFEATED. THE VICTORY IS SURE!
Make your calling count.
By Dr. Jack Graham | February 15, 2018
But I discipline my body and keep it under control, lest after preaching to others I myself should be disqualified.
—1 Corinthians 9:27
Did you know that the apostle Paul lived with a deep concern? You could even call it a fear. It’s true. As a devoted soldier of the Lord Jesus Christ, Paul feared that he might do something that would keep him out of the great spiritual battle he had been called to fight.
Well, you and I might look at Paul and think that sounds crazy coming from this great man of God. But that’s how seriously Paul took being a servant of Jesus, and it’s how seriously he took fighting the good fight of faith.
In fact, Paul chose to discipline his own body and keep it under control rather than allow it to dictate his life and jeopardize his place in the battle. And with fierce determination, Paul threw himself into the heat of battle without reservation. He let nothing stand in his way when it came to pleasing the Lord and sharing the Gospel.
So let me ask you something. How important is your calling to you? Is it everything? You might not be called to preach the Gospel like Paul, but you are called to share Christ Jesus with your world.
If you belong to him, then make your calling count. Let nothing stand in your way of doing what he has called you to do.
HOW IMPORTANT IS YOUR CALLING TO YOU?
You’re God’s Valentine!
By Dr. Jack Graham | February 14, 2018
… you were ransomed from the futile ways inherited from your forefathers, not with perishable things such as silver or gold, but with the precious blood of Christ, like that of a lamb without blemish or spot.
—1 Peter 1:18-19
Valentine’s Day provides you and me with the opportunity to think about our love relationships. It is one of the great blessings in life to have people who love us and to love them in return, especially when God is in the midst of that love.
And while these earthly relationships touch our lives in real and meaningful ways, we must never lose sight of our heavenly love relationship with God. And here’s why. No other human can possibly satisfy the deepest longings and love needs of our lives. In fact, if we expect or hope for another person to meet the needs that only God can satisfy, we will be forever disappointed.
Only God has the power to meet and satisfy the deepest needs of your heart. And it is this love that ransoms you from the futility of the self-serving and sinful ways of the flesh.
This Valentine’s Day embrace the love that God has shown for you in Christ Jesus. Accept the precious gift of his blood poured out for you on Calvary. Let him transform your heart into a mighty vessel through which his love can flow to all those around you.
God alone has the power to meet and satisfy the deepest needs of your heart.
Following the presence of God
By Dr. Jack Graham | February 13, 2018
And the Lord went before them by day in a pillar of cloud to lead them along the way, and by night in a pillar of fire to give them light, that they might travel by day and by night.
There are some people who believe that the Christian life should be an easy life. And yet, you and I know this isn’t a Scriptural perspective. After all, Jesus told us to expect life to be challenging.
But one of the extraordinary aspects of our faith is learning that God’s grace and presence are always with us… especially in the hard places. We see this so clearly in today’s verse where we find the newly liberated children of Israel being lead in daylight by a pillar of cloud, and at night by a pillar of fire.
Do you know what these two pillars are? They are the majestic presence of God, what’s known in Hebrew as the Shekinah glory of the Lord.
Can you imagine how comforting it must have been to look into the sky, by day or night, and see God’s glorious presence leading you? Do you wish God would lead you like that? Well, he can!
As you go through life’s dry and barren places, keep your eyes fixed on Jesus and on his word. Step by step, you will discover the presence of almighty God leading you into all he has promised you.
AS YOU GO THROUGH LIFE’S DRY AND BARREN PLACES, KEEP YOUR EYES FIXED ON JESUS AND ON HIS WORD.
Victory is on the way!
By Dr. Jack Graham | February 12, 2018
And Moses said to the people, “Fear not, stand firm, and see the salvation of the Lord, which he will work for you today.”
Do you know the saying, “Don’t just stand there, do something!”? Well, a while back I read a twist on this that said, “Don’t just do something, stand there!” I love this idea because human nature can make us panic and think, “I have to do something quick to save myself,” even if I don’t know what to do.
Well, I’m sure that had to cross the minds of the children of Israel. There they were with the Red Sea straight ahead of them and Pharaoh’s army about to overtake them. Panic had to be the theme of the day, but Moses wasn’t panicking.
While he may not have known exactly what God was going to do to deliver them from Pharaoh’s men, he knew that God was capable of the miraculous! So he spoke to God’s people and said, “Fear not, stand firm, and see the salvation of the Lord, which he will work for you today!”
And as you know, God did not disappoint! He parted the sea and allowed the Israelites to walk across on dry land. And when they had finished crossing, he vanquished their enemy before their eyes.
Listen! If you are in a dry and barren place wondering if you’re going to make it, just remember who’s fighting your fight!
“Stand firm and see the salvation of the Lord!”
REMEMBER WHO’S FIGHTING YOUR FIGHT!
Are you in a dry land?
By Dr. Jack Graham | February 9, 2018
Have you ever experienced times of spiritual drought in your life? Most of us have at some time, and it’s not unusual to feel like you’re stuck and getting nowhere fast. Well, I think this is probably just how the children of Israel felt when Moses was leading them toward the Promised Land.
God blesses unity!
By Dr. Jack Graham | February 8, 2018
Today’s verse contains one of the most remarkable statements recorded in Scripture. It says that God loves you and me just as he loves Christ Jesus. Isn’t that amazing? How does a perfect and holy God love us who are so imperfect and unholy?
The way to know God.
By Dr. Jack Graham | February 7, 2018
It’s an amazing thing to realize that we can know God. But do you know why it’s possible to know him? There’s really only one reason, and it’s because God wanted you and me to know him!
Your mighty advocate.
By Dr. Jack Graham | February 6, 2018
How would you feel right now if you knew that Jesus was in the room next to yours praying for you? Would you be filled with peace and confidence?