Read Charles Stanley In Touch Daily Devotional 2 August 2022 and be blessed
TOPIC: Sanctification: God’s Grand Plan
TODAY’S SCRIPTURE: Jeremiah 29:11
`For I know the plans that I have for you,’ declares the LORD, `plans for welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope.
In Touch Daily Devotional 2 August 2022 MESSAGE
The Lord has a grand plan for the life of every believer, and it can be summed up in the term we looked at yesterday: sanctification. This refers to the process by which something is made holy—in other words, separated from its former common usage and dedicated to God for His purposes.
Every person is born spiritually dead and an enemy of God (Ephesians 2:1; Romans 5:10). But the moment we trust in Jesus Christ for salvation, our sins are wiped away, the Holy Spirit comes to live within us, and we’re adopted into God’s family. From that moment on, we are set apart as God’s children for His sacred purposes.
This means we are here on earth not to chase after pleasure and personal gain but to serve and obey the Lord. And in so doing, we bring Him honor and glory. As members of God’s family, we are called to reflect Christ’s character.
The Lord now calls us saints—a term that shares its root with sanctification—not because we live sinlessly, but because that’s our position in Christ and should be our practice as well. No longer are we to give ourselves to sin; instead, we should present ourselves to God as slaves of obedience.
BIBLE IN ONE YEAR: Isaiah 43-45
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: We are called to forsake our plans in order to pursue God’s will.
In Touch Daily Devotional 2 August 2022 By Dr. Charles Stanley. He is the senior pastor of First Baptist Church Atlanta and founder of In Touch Ministries, both located in Atlanta, Georgia. Dr. Stanley’s heart’s desire is to get the gospel to “as many people as possible, as quickly as possible, as clearly as possible, as irresistibly as possible, through the power of the Holy Spirit to the glory of God. In Touch Daily Devotional 2 August 2022