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Chapter 17

Chapter 21

Chapter 37

Chapter 103

Chapter 85

Chapter 46

Chapter 27

One Thing
By Dr. Jack Graham | September 25, 2017

Chapter 32

Chapter 19

Chapter 96

Chapter 1

Delight yourself in the LORD, and he will give you the desires of your heart.

—Psalm 37:4

 

I’d like to cut through the mystery and confusion about God’s will today and remind you that there are specific ways you can discover God’s will for your life.

 

If you’re facing a major decision, personal dilemma, or relational challenge, then let me share with you a five-point checklist you can use.

 

First, is what you’re doing or thinking about doing consistent with the Scriptures? God will never ask you to do anything that is inconsistent with what He says in His Word.

 

Secondly, have you prayed about it faithfully? As today’s verse as says, “Delight yourself in the Lord, and He will give you the desires of your heart.” I believe if you stay in communion and union with Christ in prayer, God will implant in your heart the right desires! 

 

Thirdly, have you sought the wisdom of godly friends and counselors? Proverbs 11:14 tells us that in “an abundance of counselors there is safety.” If you’re facing a big decision in life right now, be sure to seek counsel from godly friends… people who are passionately pursuing Christ and who understand the Scriptures. 

 

Number four, what do the circumstances surrounding your decision look like? Are they lining up with what God wants you to do? Does it look like is opening a door… or is He shutting a door? Pay attention to your circumstances.

 

And finally, number five, if you’re dealing with a relational challenge… and you’re not sure how or...

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Chapter 23

Chapter 127

Are you praying with your children?
By Dr. Jack Graham | July 21, 2017

Like arrows in the hand of a warrior are the children of one’s youth.

—Psalm 127:4

How can you make sure your children head in the right direction in life? By leading them there!

Parent, your children are looking to you for an example. All the limits and rules in the world can equal a big zero without leadership. You and I must set an example for our children through our personal habits, our work ethics, our worship life, our church involvement, and much more.

Consider the story of Jotham in 2 Chronicles 27 and 28. Jotham was angry because his father, King Uzziah, was chastised and corrected in the temple. So, when Jotham became king, he refused to attend worship services. But Jotham paid a terrible price for it. When his son became king, he became an idol worshipper and even sacrificed his own children, Jotham’s grandchildren!

I want my children to know what I believe. Don’t you? If you want them to share your faith and follow in your footsteps, you first have to make footprints. You and I have to walk the talk!

Your leadership will make an eternal difference in the life of your child. You can give them love and limits. And most importantly, you can give your children the Lord.

You do this by talking about your faith with them, by being open about what you believe, and by sharing your love of God in your daily life.

Don’t be afraid to admit your mistakes and ask for God’s help in front of your children. Tell them Bible stories. Have family devotional time. Pray with your children.

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Tell your children you love them, today!
By Jack Graham | July 19, 2017

Behold, children are a heritage from the LORD, the fruit of the womb a reward.

—Psalm 127:3

Do your children know that you love them unconditionally? Do they believe that no matter what they face, no matter how they fail, you love them without question?

As parents, you and I have to look into our children’s eyes and tell them that, yes, there are rules and standards in the home, but nothing they do can stop you from loving them. Your children must know that you love them absolutely and unconditionally.

Why? Because that’s how much God loves us. He loves us not based on our performance or appearance. By His grace He accepts us as we are… warts and all. And when you love your child as God loves you, it will impact your child for life.

You and I need to tell our children we love them, but we also have to show them!

How do you show love? First, with acceptance. A child needs at least one place on earth where he or she is accepted. Now, I’m not suggesting you lower your morals or your values.

But if your son or daughter gets into trouble, are you going to love them through it? Can your child come to you and share their hurt, brokenness, and sin and find forgiveness, love, and acceptance?

Love is not only expressed in acceptance, but also in affection. Your home needs to be filled with love and affection. And one of the best ways you can show your child acceptance and affection is through your time.

You also show love through affirmation. Are you constantly finding fault in your child? Or...

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Chapter 34

My soul makes its boast in the LORD; let the humble hear and be glad. Oh, magnify the LORD with me, and let us exalt his name together! I sought the LORD, and he answered me and delivered me from all my fears.

—Psalm 34:2-4

 

Have you ever wondered why the Scripture instructs us to praise God? Three reasons can be found in the verses above from Psalm 34. 

 

First of all, praising the Lord encourages others. I think you’d be amazed at how people, Christian and non-Christian alike, respond to something as positive as honest and sincere praise to God when something good or bad happens to you.

 

Second, praising God naturally brings fellowship. There is a closeness…a bond…that is created when you’re praising God together.

 

And last, praising the Lord gives you power for your day-to-day life. I don’t know what you may be facing today, be it a temptation you can’t let go of or a sin you can’t escape. Whatever it is, praise will bring you out of it!

 

My friend, God responds to your honest, genuine praise of Him. So I urge you to make praise a habit no matter what you may be going through!  

 

Make a priority of praise regardless of your circumstances.

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Chapter 122

Pray for Israel Today
By | May 5, 2017

Pray for the peace of Jerusalem! “May they be secure who love you!”

—Psalm 122:6

 

The history and the future of the world are forever linked to the Middle East. So if you have any doubts about whether you and I are living in the last days, Israel is the super sign!

According to the Scripture, the Jewish people must return to Israel before Christ can return.

Well, Israel has been restored and Jews continue to repopulate Israel. The prophecy is being fulfilled even now!

You see, you cannot separate Israel from God’s sovereign plan for our world. And even we, as Gentiles, share in this historic connection. From patriarchs to prophets, to apostles, we received the Scriptures through mostly Jewish people. And, of course, our Messiah came to us through David and the Jewish lineage.

By grace we’ve been grafted into God’s extraordinary Kingdom and family. We have a divine and providential connection with Israel and the Jewish people… and this covenant is holy and eternal.

If you want God’s blessing in this life, then bless Israel as he instructed us in his Word, and pray for the peace of Jerusalem.

And remember, just as surely as Jesus ascended into heaven from Jerusalem’s Mount of Olives, he has promised to return to that very place. Jesus is coming soon!

Pray for Israel today.

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Chapter 147

Chapter 84

Chapter 118

This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.
 
—Psalm 118:24

If you’re around negative people very much, you know what a downer they can be. Some people just seem to always see the negative side of things, and refuse to embrace hope or happiness.
 


But as Christians, we need to get rid of those negative attitudes. That’s exactly what Paul did in his writings. He was even in prison when he wrote several of his letters, but he chose to rejoice in the Lord!  Paul would agree that your attitude will determine your outcome.
 


Every day, we should make a decision to rejoice and thank God, no matter our situation. Christians should be the most insanely joyful people on the earth! We don’t need to struggle all day with fear or worry because we know that Christ has everything in His hands, and He won’t let us go.
 


Learning to rejoice in the day is a process of training and disciplining ourselves to serve Christ and live in the joy of His love and grace. We may get irritable and stressed at times, but if the determination of our hearts is to rejoice in the Lord, we can find the good in everything—even in the little delays and frustrations of the day that so often upset us.
 


There is a wonderful little children’s chorus that begins, “This is the day, this is the day that the Lord has made.  We will rejoice, we will rejoice and be glad in it.” That would be a good daily anthem to sing.
 

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The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky above proclaims his handiwork. Day to day pours out speech, and night to night reveals knowledge. There is no speech, nor are there words, whose voice is not heard. Their measuring line goes out through all the earth, and their words to the end of the world.

—Psalm 19:1-4

 

God speaks to us today in the skies…through His creation. We can know God…we can see the presence of God…by simply looking up at the sky. 

 

The Greek word for “man” in the ancient world and in your New Testament is “anthropos,” which means “the upper-looking one.” Animals look down, but God created man to look up into the heavens to see His glory and to experience His power in creation.

 

And when we do, God speaks to us in the starry skies!

 

Indeed, the heavens declare the glory of God. As the psalmist says, “Day to day pours out speech, and night to night reveals knowledge.” Creation is constantly, continually, and eternally speaking. And when we look into the creation, we know that because there is a creation, there must be a creator!

 

Now, you may not be a morning person, but I’d encourage you…if you want to catch a glorious glimpse of your Creator…get up early one morning this week to watch the sun rise. I can assure you, seeing His handiwork in creation will speak words of encouragement to your soul!

 

God is constantly, continually and eternally speaking to us through His creation.

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Chapter 62

On God rests my salvation and my glory; my mighty rock, my refuge is God.

—Psalm 62:7

Through the years, I’ve read a number of wonderful books on personal development, motivation, and success.

And of course, there are many definitions about what success really is. My friend, Christian author and speaker John Maxwell, gives one of the best definitions I have ever read. He says, “Success is knowing your purpose in life, growing to reach your maximum potential, and sowing seeds that benefit others.”

So according to Maxwell, success is knowing and growing and sowing.

Bible teacher and author Charles Stanley writes, “Success is the continuing achievement of becoming the person God wants you to be and accomplishing the goals God has helped you to set.”  Stanley says that success is becoming the person God made you to be…the person God designed you to become in Him.

In our success-crazed culture, it’s important to remember that real success isn’t found in the label of your clothes, the brand of the car you drive, or even your title at work. True success is found in your character and in your commitment to what really matters.

It’s not fame or fortune, but the fulfillment of God’s purpose and God’s plan for your life that really counts!

True success is becoming the person that God has made you to be.

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Chapter 91

Chapter 143

Hear my prayer, O LORD; give ear to my pleas for mercy! In your faithfulness answer me, in your righteousness! Enter not into judgment with your servant, for no one living is righteous before you.

—Psalm 143:2

The last part of this passage is a powerful statement! Its meaning is clear: our attempts at goodness can never be enough to meet God’s holy and righteous standard. The Bible clearly states that we are an imperfect people who cannot stand before a holy God on our own merits.

So how do we become acceptable to God? By standing before Him clothed in the righteousness of Jesus Christ, who has covered us with His blood. Christ started and finished the work of salvation that we could never have even begun, let alone finished, ourselves.

So let me ask you a question today:  Are you seeking to be religious or righteous? You see, our human effort and works don’t add up to anything in God’s sight. Being religious by itself isn’t enough because all religion can do is try to get us to clean up our act thinking that in doing so God will accept us.

We need to understand that what God desires is for us to be righteous, not religious.  Which is why He sent His Son to die on the cross for you and me.  Through Christ we have been made righteous in the eyes of God.  We are fully accepted in Him.

So if you find yourself trying to please God by being religious, I encourage you to stop.  Instead, embrace the truth that God has made you righteous when you accepted Jesus Christ as your Savior.  Live in the power of that truth...

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911
By Dr. Jack Graham | September 6, 2011

Chapter 80

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