Recently Added Devotionals
We are sinful, but the truth doesn't end there.
By Dr. Jack Graham | March 13, 2018
I know there are people who don't like to hear about sin. They think it’s a meddlesome or outdated topic. But it’s against the backdrop of our sin that you and I can truly see all that Jesus has done for us. The depth of our sin speaks directly to the great depth of God's love.
The shelter from life's storms
By Dr. Jack Graham | March 12, 2018
When I was a pastor living in Hobart, Oklahoma, the parsonage had a little hiding place… a storm cellar in the backyard. And every now and then the storm siren would go off warning of the possibility of a tornado in the area. When that happened, people would run to their storm cellars to ride out the storm in a secure place.
The wisdom of waiting
By Dr. Jack Graham | March 9, 2018
There is a key password for connecting with God. The word is patience. If you and I want to move toward an enduring faith, it begins with patiently waiting on and listening to God.
Overcoming the fog of doubt
By Dr. Jack Graham | March 8, 2018
“…he must increase, but I must decrease.”
As a pastor, I’ve had many people ask me, “Why they are facing such painful life circumstances?” And this is a very understandable question to ask. Life circumstances like grief, sorrow, suffering, and heartache can stop us in our tracks.
And often, I have to answer these people by saying, “I honestly don’t know why.” Some things are imponderable. Of course, that doesn’t mean that we won’t understand sometime, but we may not know this side of heaven.
So there’s nothing wrong with you and I asking why. In fact, if you’re asking questions, you’re in good company. When John the Baptist, the man who introduced Jesus to the world, was imprisoned for preaching repentance, he also found himself in the dungeon of doubt. He sent word to Jesus, asking, “Lord, are you truly the Messiah or should we expect another?”
Now, if John, who Jesus called the “greatest man born of woman,” could feel the fog of doubt, take heart. But also determine to continue to move forward in faith… to trust… to believe… to hope.
Let the questions of life build your faith! Each trial is a lesson that can teach you about the content of your faith, the character of your commitment, and the caliber of your spiritual maturity.
Trust in him… let Jesus increase in your life… and you will find your way to a place of absolute dependence in him and a victorious, enduring faith!
LET THE QUESTIONS OF LIFE BUILD YOUR FAITH!
Stop wrestling with God
By Dr. Jack Graham | March 7, 2018
O Lord, how long shall I cry for help, and you will not hear?
— Habakkuk 1:2
Habakkuk was a prophet of God who lived about 2600 years ago. Now interestingly, his very name means “one who wrestles with God.” And that’s exactly what he’s doing in today’s verse.
Habakkuk is angry, argumentative, and anxious. He’s looking at the moral decay of his day, the spiritual decline and injustices, and he wants to know what God is going to do about it. Nothing’s making sense. He’s disillusioned and questioning God’s ways.
Now, I’m sure you and I can identify with Habakkuk in some way. Maybe you’re grappling with God and questioning why things happen as they do. Clearly, we live in painful and perplexing times. War and death, suffering and disease, calamity and disaster are part of our daily experiences.
And like Habakkuk, there may be times when you call out to heaven and get no answer. But listen, when this happens, you mustn’t let the fog of doubt dampen your faith.
Follow Habakkuk’s lead and push on through the doorway of doubt. As someone once said, “A faith that cannot be tested is a faith that cannot be trusted.”
You will be tested and challenged. It’s a fact of a Christ-follower’s life, but you can choose how to respond to these tests.
When doubts arise, don’t wrestle with God, but let your faith be ignited by your trust in almighty God!
A FAITH THAT CANNOT BE TESTED IS A FAITH THAT CANNOT BE TRUSTED.
The thrill of victory
By Dr. Jack Graham | March 6, 2018
You don’t have to be an athlete to recognize the name Nike® and its famous swoosh. Perhaps you’re aware that the founders of this company named their shoe after the Greek goddess of victory.
There's power in your testimony
By Dr. Jack Graham | March 5, 2018
Sometimes, when you and I really blow it, we get the idea that we can't come to God. But then on other days we may feel like, "I've had a great day today. I feel like I can ask God for his blessings."
There’s power in the blood!
By Dr. Jack Graham | March 2, 2018
The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the works of the devil.
— 1 John 3:8
How would it impact your life to know that Satan is a defeated foe? Well, he is defeated! But you can be sure that the devil doesn’t want you to know it. And he’s not just defeated in the future; he’s defeated right now! You and I know this because of what Jesus did on the cross.
Now listen closely. There’s something important you need to understand about Jesus’ death on the cross. Jesus wasn’t a victim of Satan; he went to the cross willingly. And Satan was not just running around doing whatever he wanted. God allowed Satan to put crucifixion in the hearts and minds of men in order to fulfill the plan of salvation.
And so, as Jesus was dying and cried out, "It is finished!" Satan thought, "Ha! He’s the one who’s finished.” And hell and its minions had a holiday. But three days later, the earth rumbled, the stone rolled away, and Jesus was raised from the dead!
The gap between a Holy God and sinful man was forever bridged through the blood of Jesus. Satan is defeated and victory is yours!
Now, Satan wants you to believe, "You're a sinner and you deserve hell!"
But God says, "You are mine. You are saved by the blood of the Lamb. You deserve heaven!"
SATAN IS DEFEATED AND VICTORY IS YOURS!
Satan’s a liar!
By Dr. Jack Graham | March 1, 2018
Now the serpent was more crafty than any other beast of the field that the Lord God had made. He said to the woman, “Did God actually say…?”
— Genesis 3:1
One of Satan’s favorite strategies is to try to make you and me doubt God’s word. And this is exactly the tack he took with Eve in the Garden of Eden. Remember the story?
Satan told Eve, "God knows if you take of this fruit and you eat, you will be as God. God's holding out on you, Eve. He says He loves you, but he’s really jealous. Take and eat, enjoy, fulfill yourself and you'll be happy!"
Can you see how Satan distorted and twisted what God told Eve and caused her to doubt the love of God. And that’s what he does with us today. He comes to us with half truths and innuendoes and tries to plant questions in our mind concerning God.
He especially likes to do this when we’re facing trials and struggles. He comes when you’re weak and says, "Does God really care about you?" That’s because if he can get you to doubt God’s word and love, then it’s a slippery slope into the sin of unbelief. This is exactly how sin entered the human race through Adam and Eve.
Don’t be deceived by the enemy. “Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you” (James 4:7).
DON’T BE DECEIVED BY THE ENEMY!
Don’t give up, take the next shot!
By Dr. Jack Graham | February 28, 2018
And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.
— Romans 8:28
There’s a debate among golfers as to which shot is most important. Some say that it’s the tee shot, because you need to get the ball down the fairway. But others say that it’s the putt, because ultimately, you have to put the ball in the cup.
Well, these are both important shots, but the most important shot in golf is the very next shot you’re going to hit, whatever it is. You see, no one plays golf perfectly, not even the best players in the world. But if you don’t take that next shot, then you’re not playing the game.
And when it comes to doing the will of God, you and I won’t always do it perfectly, either.
Sometimes we get off track or make a bad choice. But God doesn’t want you to give up on faith because you’ve made a mistake. Don’t let a bad decision lead to a series of bad choices, or one bad day lead to a string of bad days.
If you let him, God will take your mistakes and missteps and put you back on a track that glorifies him!
Take the next shot. Start doing what he says to do with your next choice. And according to his promise, he will cause all things to work together for good.
GOD CAN TAKE YOUR MISTAKES AND MISSTEPS, AND PUT YOU BACK ON A TRACK THAT GLORIFIES HIM!