Recently Added Devotionals
A Mother’s Faith
By Dr. Jack Graham | September 13, 2018
“Then Jesus answered her, ‘O woman, great is your faith! Be it done for you as you desire.’ And her daughter was healed instantly.”
Sometimes parents don’t understand the impact of the choices they make on their children. Little eyes are watching you. Always little ears are listening to you. Your example speaks much louder than your words.
You benefit your children when you are a woman of faith, when you live a God-fearing life. When you are a mom who loves Jesus and lives for Jesus, when you pray for your children and teach them God’s Word, that is when you influence your children for God. Keep in mind, it is easier to build a child than to repair an adult.
Bring them to church, don’t just send them. When you have experienced the presence of God in the Word of God, your children are watching, and they see how important it is that you are a believer! Remember, it’s your influence that counts the most for Christ!
It is impossible to measure your influence when you are a woman of faith!
Pray for your children. Keep fighting for your children. Don’t allow the devil to have this generation and the generations to come. Pray and protect your children in the power of Christ!
Build your children to believe!
Walk Through the Storm!
By Dr. Jack Graham | September 12, 2018
“And Peter answered him, ‘Lord, if it is you, command me to come to you on the water.’ He said, ‘Come.’ So Peter got out of the boat and walked on the water and came to Jesus.”
As Hurricane Florence is soon to make landfall in the United States and super-typhoon is about to hit the Philippines, we are reminded of the awesome power of God's creation. We must pray for those in the path of these storms, and I am reminded of the One who walked through them. How do we walk on the water with Jesus? How do we walk through the storm?
Storms will come in life. Now by storm I don’t mean a physical storm, but the difficulty and danger and disasters that may come our way.
You’re having a good day, the sun is shining, and then the phone rings, and you’re in the middle of a storm. Or you find yourself facing a collapse in your career. You get a pink slip, a dismissal. Or your child gets a bad doctor’s report.
The fact is no one is immune. Christianity is not immunity from problems and trials and struggles and storms in our lives. Storms are inevitable. The good news is that what comes to pass doesn’t come to stay. We are able to learn how to have an unshakable, unsinkable faith in times like these.
When God is perfecting us, He actually allows the storms or sends the storm into our lives. Jesus knows when the storms hit us, and He uses these storms in our lives…turbulent times in our lives to maybe turn our lives upside down so that we can grow closer to Him. He uses these...
Strength on the Inside
By Dr. Jack Graham | September 11, 2018
“…that He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with might through His Spirit in the inner man…”
Have you noticed how so often we pray for material things and physical things? And that’s fine because God wants us to pray about those things that we’re interested in, and we can certainly come with our requests and our needs to the Lord whether they’re physical or material.
But we’re not to spend all of our time praying for material and physical things, but rather we ought to be praying for spiritual things, praying for the inner man, praying for strength on the inside. I’m talking about strength of character.
Have you discovered the fact that the Christian life is impossible? In your own strength it is impossible. We are totally inadequate to live this life on our own.
I can’t do it, and neither can you. But we are to be a channel of God’s blessing to the world. We are indwelt by the Spirit of God.
This verse tells us that we have all the riches of Jesus, and we can be strengthened by the Spirit in the inner man, the Spirit of God. The Spirit of Jesus Christ lives in you and He wants to reproduce and to release His life through you.
The Christian life is Christ in you, the hope of glory!
Start a prayer streak that will streak into eternity.
By Dr. Jack Graham | September 10, 2018
“…praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication.”
— Ephesians 6:18
Parenting is a battle today. It may be tougher than at any other time in history to raise godly kids, and to be in the battle means to be in prayer.
God is calling forth parents today, moms and dads, who will be prayer warriors, parents who will develop the core values of our children’s lives through the power of prayer.
Because you see, prayer does change lives! And the life that you change will very likely be your own and the lives of your children.
If you want your children to succeed, pray that God’s will would be done in their lives on earth as it is in heaven. Rather than imposing our agenda on the lives of our children, pray that God’s agenda would be accomplished in them.
If you want to be a Hall of Fame mom…if you want to be a Hall of Fame dad, you just show up in prayer every day in the presence of God. Start a streak and start praying…not someday, not any day, but EVERY day you pray for your kids!
We need to be thinking not just about now, but those future generations…our children and their children and their children’s children’s children. We can have influence over the next 100 years or more! How? Praying for our children and our grandchildren!
Start a prayer streak that will streak into eternity.
Giving credit where it’s due.
By Dr. Jack Graham | September 6, 2018
“Let the one who boasts, boast in the Lord.”
2 Corinthians 10:17
One day, a woodpecker was pecking at a telephone pole, just hammering away on the wood when right about that time a big bolt of lightning crashed down and split that telephone pole right down the middle.
So that little woodpecker flew off. And pretty soon, he came back with a whole flock of other woodpeckers and said, “Look what I did!”
People love taking credit for something they didn’t do. Just look at the political climate today. If something goes well, then it was because of this party. If it went badly, then the other party must have caused it. Everybody wants to take credit when things go well, and they blame others when they don’t!
But when it comes to doing things for God’s Kingdom, the mindset completely flips. As followers of Christ, you and I are not only to admit our shortcomings, but to give glory to God when things go well. It’s completely counterintuitive!
When things go well for you, who gets the glory? Do you like to tell others how great of a job you did? Or, are you humble, giving the glory to God? God’s desire for you is that you would boast about one thing: His work in your life. So instead of taking the credit, put it where it really belongs—at His feet!
WHEN GOD BLESSES YOU, GIVE HIM THE CREDIT AND ALLOW OTHERS TO SEE HIS GOODNESS THROUGH YOU!
How to survive success.
By Dr. Jack Graham | September 5, 2018
There was not a needy person among them, for as many as were owners of lands or houses sold them and brought the proceeds of what was sold and laid it at the apostles' feet, and it was distributed to each as any had need.
I know many people whom God has blessed with financial abundance. While they were in that mode of growing and developing their young family and getting their business started, they were faithful to the Lord, serving the Lord, and living for Him. So God gave them success.
But before long, many of these people began to remove themselves from the presence of God’s people. Then, they stopped serving the Lord and became more concerned with making money than they did doing God’s work. And before long, their success had changed them for the worse.
This story is far too often repeated among God’s people today. And here in our culture, at the most financially blessed time in human history, so many are dying in spiritual poverty. It’s affecting their families, their relationships with others, and their service to God.
Now, whether you’re blessed with financial abundance or not, the eternal principle never changes: serve God with what He’s given you. If it’s abundant wealth, serve Him. If it’s a great family, serve Him. If it’s good health, give your life to His purposes. God’s greatest desire for you is to be obedient and faithful with what you have today!
NO MATTER WHAT GOD BLESSES YOU WITH, BE OBEDIENT AND FAITHFUL WITH WHAT YOU HAVE AND LIVE YOUR LIFE FOR HIS KINGDOM PURPOSES.
The big blessings of small obedience
By Dr. Jack Graham | September 4, 2018
But the LORD said to Samuel, “Do not look on his appearance or on the height of his stature, because I have rejected him. For the LORD sees not as man sees: man looks on the outward appearance, but the LORD looks on the heart.”
1 Samuel 16:7
I was reading awhile back about a man who worked for a bank in a large city. On the ground floor of this bank building, there was a cafeteria. Day after day, this man would get a two-cent pat of butter and hide it under his roll so that he wouldn’t have to pay for it when he got through the line.
Now, this went on for a month or so. And eventually, people began to watch him and noticed him stealing the butter. So it was reported to the bank president, who subsequently fired him on the spot saying, “If I can’t trust a man with a two-cent pat of butter, how can I trust him with thousands of dollars?”
I wonder how many believers God doesn’t use because they’re not faithful in the little things. Yes, they may go to church, serve on a committee or two, sit in the front row, and bring the best dish to the picnic. But when it comes to actual obedience, they’ve strayed in the little things.
Today’s passage couldn’t be clearer. While the world defines the outward appearance as important, God looks beyond that and into your heart. So if you want God to do something great in your life, be obedient in the little things and He’ll bless you beyond your imagination!
BE OBEDIENT IN THE LITTLE THINGS OF LIFE AND...
Preparing for what God has next.
By Dr. Jack Graham | September 3, 2018
Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly handling the word of truth.
2 Timothy 2:15
I remember when I was a student at Hardin-Simmons University in Abilene, and there was a group of young men who were preparing to go into ministry. They had come in as ministerial students and they liked to talk about how they pictured themselves up on platforms and in pulpits, preaching and winning people to Christ.
But so often when Sunday morning would roll around, these same guys who wanted great public ministries wouldn’t even get out of bed to go to church. And then they wondered later why God couldn’t use them. It’s because they weren’t prepared!
You see, God wants to use you to do something great. But you have to make yourself available to Him if you want to be used! It seems like there’s a prevailing attitude among so many Christians today that God will excuse and compensate for their laziness. But today’s passage couldn’t be clearer… preparation is key!
Are you currently preparing yourself for the next great way God wants to use you? Or are you content to simply sit and wait, hoping God will bless your non-efforts? Do your best to be prepared so when the time is right, God can look at you and say, “Now, let’s go!”
CHRISTIANS SHOULD ALWAYS BE PREPARING FOR HOW GOD WILL USE THEM NEXT. SO AS YOU LIVE YOUR LIFE, GROW IN YOUR RELATIONSHIP WITH CHRIST BECAUSE YOU NEVER KNOW WHEN HE’LL CALL!
How God can use you to change eternity.
By Dr. Jack Graham | August 31, 2018
For consider your calling, brothers: not many of you were wise according to worldly standards, not many were powerful, not many were of noble birth. But God chose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise; God chose what is weak in the world to shame the strong; God chose what is low and despised in the world, even things that are not, to bring to nothing things that are, so that no human being might boast in the presence of God.
1 Corinthians 1:26-29
Don’t you hate that feeling you get when you realize you’ve been completely wrong in your estimation of people? It can be so easy to make snap judgments on character, ability, attitude, or personality, only to realize later you were totally wrong in you first impression of someone!
Now, this tendency can go two ways. You can underestimate someone by thinking they’re unqualified or incompetent when they’re actually quite intelligent. Or you can overestimate someone by immediately seeing them as skilled and able when, in fact, they’re completely unable to do anything right!
The same is true when it comes to looking for gifts among Christians. Often, people like to pick the attractive, seemingly-gifted individuals to work with them, but end up disappointed when they realize their lack of spiritual depth and commitment. All the while, the person they never would have picked is on fire for Jesus Christ and faithfully serving Him!
When God chooses to build a servant, He uses different timber. God delights to use the nobodies! So if you feel like you’re not the smartest or most gifted, remember that God wants to use the faithful who seemingly have nothing to make an...
The key to finding financial freedom.
By Dr. Jack Graham | August 30, 2018
So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.
You might be shocked to know that the average American family owes about $16,000 in credit card debt. That’s astounding. And you would think that this amount among Christians would be significantly lower, but it isn’t!
The truth is that countless Christians today are in financial bondage. It’s so bad that many are unable to freely give to the Lord as God would have them. And as you’re thinking about the upcoming Christmas season, maybe you’re really considering doing a little “plastic surgery” by cutting up some of those credit cards.
It saddens me when I look at the financial state of many in the American church. They spend so much on temporary pleasures and forget that every penny they have is really God’s.
Financial stewardship is about more than simply giving to the church, as you’re able. It’s about spending every penny you have to the glory of God. I’m not saying you can’t have fun or buy nice things, but you should always ask with every purchase, “Is God getting the glory here, or am I?”
Do you want to have financial freedom? Then discover what stewardship really is by spending every penny you have for God’s glory.
BIBLICAL STEWARDSHIP MEANS SPENDING EVERY PENNY LIKE IT’S GOD’S. SO WHEN IT COMES TO YOUR SPENDING, GLORIFY GOD IN EVERYTHING YOU BUY AND YOU’LL FIND REAL FINANCIAL FREEDOM!