Our reflection for today is from Dr. Charles Stanley of In Touch Ministries
For us as believers, contentment should be governed by inner attitude and the decisions we make rather than by external circumstances. Because Paul had learned this secret, he was able to experience joy and peace in any kind of situation — whether he was surrounded by friends or isolated in a Roman prison; whether he had plenty or was in great need.
The apostle understood what it meant to live in Christ and to have Christ living in him (John 15:1-9; Galatians 5:22-23). He had made a simple but profound faith decision to draw his life from the Lord and, as a result, had the calm assurance what he possessed inside could never be stolen. He was confident in his identity as a child of the Almighty, with full access to the abundant life Jesus offers.
I want to challenge you — this week, when something threatens to steal your contentment, choose to draw from God; decide to stop drawing from other sources and trying to be in control. When you find yourself becoming flustered, anxious, or angry, stop and say, “Lord, You are my source, and I draw from You the capacity to be kind. I draw from You the forgiveness I need to extend right now. I draw from You the love I need to express.” This decision is a matter of simple trust.
Watch and see how God will quiet your spirit and provide confidence when you draw only from Him as your source. You’ll be surprised at your own attitude: when you respond from within–rather than from the flesh — Jesus will give you the ability to respond as He would.
Charles Stanley is senior pastor of First Baptist Church in Atlanta, GA. He is the founder and president of In Touch Ministries and served two one-year terms as president of the Southern Baptist Convention from 1984-1986. He has an evangelical and dispensationalist theology. For more biblical teaching and resources from Dr. Stanley, visit intouch.org or listen to him at OnePlace.com
THOUGHT TO REMEMBER: Remember, This is the day the Lord has made.
Being an NDEer, I use The Source terminology. Because God is the Source of everything good. It can be difficult to trust some “guy” someone has read about in a book. But, during my NDE, I had an encounter with The Source. This was a very personal experience. I knew right away that I was accepted, was always accepted, and will always be accepted, and I was accepted just as I am. Being an imperfect human being, warts and all. I was treated with unconditional love. How did I respond to this situation ? I embraced it. In time, I accepted The Source, in the same manner The Source accepted me. Some say it’s all about having a personal relationship with the Source. I completely agree. This is not a religious thing. It’s kind of like having a relationship with another person. I don’t have to be perfect. I am asked to to the best I can with my life. There is an old adage: To err is human, but to forgive is Divine. It’s the nature of the Source to love, and not to be vindictive, hateful, and mean spirited.
Bruce….aka the philosopher….LOL.
The Source accepts us all. Thanks, my philosophical friend.
Yes, the Source does accept all of us.
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