thoughts by Charles Stanley

God’s Plan for Our Life

God’s Plan for Our Life

The Lord’s priority is our spiritual development We may wonder what God’s plan is for our life, but we can be certain it includes our spiritual development Many Christians today want to find God’s plan for their life but, sadly, often overlook the one place it’s revealed—the Bible. His overall goal for each of us…

Acquiring Spiritual Discernment

Acquiring Spiritual Discernment

“For who has known the mind of the Lord, that he will instruct him? But we have the mind of Christ.” 1 Corinthians 2:16 With so much deception in the world, every believer needs spiritual discernment. Although we have access to God’s wisdom, it’s not something we automatically possess. Rather, it must be diligently sought….

Turning From Discouragement

Turning From Discouragement

May we all become victorious over despair and disappointment by trusting in and depending on Him. “And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.” Romans 8:28 Many people view discouragement and disappointment as the same thing,…

The Impact of Prayer

The Impact of Prayer

Believer’s prayers have tremendous impact, particularly on their own faith and life. “…, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” 1 Thessalonians 5:17-18 Prayer is the lifeblood of an intimate relationship with the Father. But believers often have questions about its power and…

Hunger and Thirst for God

Hunger and Thirst for God

Only a believer of God can experience full satisfaction and a yearning love for Him. David’s love for the Lord inspires us to want that same kind of relationship ourselves. But where does such passion for God come from? It’s not manufactured or created by effort or willpower, nor can we work ourselves into a…

The Names of Christ

The Names of Christ

The Bible ascribes many different names to Jesus, all of which provide great insight into His character and person. “Have this attitude in yourselves which was also in Christ Jesus, who, although He existed in the form of God, did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied Himself, taking the…

The Thrill of Obedience

The Thrill of Obedience

Obeying God’s will in our lives should not be a burden but a thrilling adventure that we walk through with Him each day. “Sacrifice and offering You did not desire; My ears You have opened. Burnt offering and sin offering You did not require.  Then I said, “Behold, I come; In the scroll of the…

Wisdom for the Trials of Life

Wisdom for the Trials of Life

Have you ever looked at someone and thought, He’s so lucky or her life is so easy? “Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance. And let endurance have its perfect result, so that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing. …

How to Make a Difference

How to Make a Difference

The Father always equips His children. He begins by developing Christlike character within us. “ As each one has received a special gift, employ it in serving one another as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.  Whoever speaks, is to do so as one who is speaking the utterances of God; whoever serves is…

Trusting God’s Plan in Trouble

Trusting God’s Plan in Trouble

The next time you’re tempted to think that God has let you down, remember that trouble is one of the means He uses to strengthen your belief in Him. Does your faith shrivel when you encounter trouble? Perhaps you prayed about a situation and expected God o act according to your desires, but He didn’t….

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