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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!
Dr. Jack Graham Celebrates Life of Billy Graham
By Dr. Jack Graham | February 21, 2018
I’m always asked if I was related to Billy Graham. I am not, but he ‘adopted’ me into his family during his final crusade in Texas in 2002.
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!
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!