Recently Added Devotionals
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!
Finding the will of God
By Dr. Jack Graham | February 27, 2018
Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.
— Proverbs 3:5-6
Do you have some important decisions to make? Maybe you need to make critical choices about a relationship, your career, or concerning your children.
Well, regardless of the choices that may be before you, God cares about the decisions you and I will make. And if we let him, he will guide us to make choices that honor him and that will bless us.
So let me share a few suggestions that can help you better understand the will of God:
· First, our choices must align with the moral will of God. The Spirit will never lead us to do anything contrary to the Scripture, his truths, or principles.
· Second, seek godly advice. Now, don’t seek just anyone’s opinion. Talk to people who know the Scripture, who are personally following God’s will, and who care about your spiritual faithfulness and growth.
· Third, consider how your choice will impact your immediate relationships. We don’t live in isolation, so we must consider how decisions will touch our immediate family and dearest friends.
· And fourth and finally, ask yourself, “What’s my motive for making this decision?” Your motive should be honest, sincere, and ultimately, needs to glorify God.
THE SPIRIT WILL NEVER LEAD US TO DO ANYTHING CONTRARY TO THE SCRIPTURE, HIS TRUTHS, OR PRINCIPLES!
God is speaking
By Dr. Jack Graham | February 26, 2018
“Be still, and know that I am God.”
— Psalm 46:10
Many people think that the will of God is the same as fate. These people think, “Well, whatever will be will be.” Then there are others who look at life as fortune, and they say things like, “Oh, I was just lucky.” There are even some people in the church who believe that doing the will of God requires following some kind of formula.
But life isn’t about fate or luck, and it’s certainly not a formula. You see, God is personally and providentially working in your life and mine. He’s providing guidance and direction. He’s actively at work to perform his will in your life and mine. And God is speaking directly to us.
So let me ask you, do you recognize his voice? Are you taking time to listen to God?
When God spoke to Elijah (I Kings 19:12), it was in a “low whisper,” or what another translation calls, “a still small voice.” But listen, if you’re in a rush from the moment you get out of bed, it’s going to be hard to listen for God’s voice. That’s why the psalmist wrote, “Be still, and know that I am God.”
You see, it’s important to set aside time each day to be still in his presence, to ask for his help and direction, but even more importantly, to listen to what God is saying to you.
He longs to spend time with you. Learn his voice and follow him.
ARE YOU TAKING TIME TO LISTEN TO GOD?
You can hear from God.
By Dr. Jack Graham | February 23, 2018
The steps of a man are established by the Lord, when he delights in his way.
As a pastor, one of the questions I’m asked most often is, “How do I know that I’m hearing from God?” And that’s a very important question. You and I need God’s guidance; we need the peace that comes from knowing that we are hearing his thoughts on life’s important choices.
Now, of course, when we talk about making choices, we’re not talking about the kind of orange juice or soap to buy. We’re talking about choices that relate to doing the will of God, obeying him, following him, and being used of God.
And the Lord assures us in Scripture that he is more than just interested in our choices… he’s ordering our steps! You can know where to live, whom to marry, which job to accept, whether you should enter full-time ministry, and your role in the body of Christ.
If you want to hear from God, start each day by completely yielding to him. Say, “Lord, my life is yours. Live through me, guide me, speak to me, and show me the way.” If you do that, you can trust that he will guide you. You don’t know what each day will hold, but he does.
Put the Holy Spirit in charge. Follow the steps he lays out for you. God is in control!
IF YOU WANT TO HEAR FROM GOD, START EACH DAY BY COMPLETELY YIELDING TO HIM.
God’s given you a helper.
By Dr. Jack Graham | February 22, 2018
And the Spirit said to Philip, “Go over and join this chariot.”
We all want to make the best decisions we can, especially about life’s big choices. So that raises the question, “How does God lead you and me?”
Well, one way he leads us is by speaking to us through an inner voice… just as he spoke to Philip in today’s verse. This kind of direction isn’t just a gut feeling or intuition. This is the work and the witness of the Spirit of God in our lives.
We see this ministry of the Spirit clearly described in Romans 8:14, “For all who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God.” So, if you are a child of God, the Spirit is leading you!
In another Scriptural reference, when Jesus promised the disciples that he would send the Spirit he used the Greek word “paraklete.” I love this word. It describes the Spirit as a helper, as “one who is called alongside.” So the Spirit is walking with us to help us find God’s master plans for our lives, as well as direction for the important choices of our daily lives.
Do you long to have the counsel and guidance of God in your life? The Spirit is at your side waiting to help you!
Pray right now and ask him for his help and guidance. Listen for his voice and watch for his direction.
THE SPIRIT IS AT YOUR SIDE WAITING TO HELP YOU!
A Crown of Righteousness
By Dr. Jack Graham | February 21, 2018
Henceforth there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, will award to me on that Day, and not only to me but also to all who have loved his appearing.
—2 Timothy 4:8
It’s a wonderful thing to your all to Christ and to live full-out for him. And that’s just the kind of life Jesus has called us to.
Maybe you wonder why it really matters. It actually matters a great deal, because one day we are going to stand before Christ to receive a heavenly reward. We see in today’s verse that the apostle Paul had a sure expectation that he was going to see Jesus Christ, and that he would receive a “crown of righteousness.”
Now this isn’t boastful arrogance on Paul’s part. This is the confidence that comes from having “fought the good fight” of faith, and having lived according to the word and purposes of God.
But this crown of righteousness isn’t just for Paul. There’s a crown for all who believe in Christ and who look forward to his glorious return… that day when our faith is turned to sight and our hope is fully realized.
If you belong to Christ Jesus and are living a life that brings honor and glory to him, then rejoice; there’s a crown of righteous waiting for you! And one joyous day you can lay that crown at the feet of your precious Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!
THERE’S A CROWN OF RIGHTEOUSNESS WAITING FOR YOU!