In Touch Daily Devotional 7th September 2023 – Thursday Daily Devotional Message Written Dr. Charles Stanley
TOPIC: How to Build Truth
SCRIPTURE: Proverbs 3:3-4
Do not let kindness and truth leave you; Bind them around your neck, Write them on the tablet of your heart.
So you will find favor and good repute In the sight of God and man.
Many of us are familiar with the fable of the three little pigs who each build a house—one of straw, another of sticks, and the last of bricks. A wolf “huffs and puffs” to blow their homes down and is successful with the first two. But the house of bricks stands. Does that story ring a bell?
Jesus taught the same principle. He said one man built his house on a rock while another built on sand (Matthew 7:24-27). In rain and wind, the home on the solid foundation was protected. But Jesus was teaching about obedience, not construction. The point is that life must be built on the dependability of the gospel if we’re to withstand the storms that arise.
Today’s proverb says, “Do not let kindness and truth leave you … Write them on the tablet of your heart” (v. 3). Truth should be an intrinsic part of life, as second nature as breathing. But how do we build it in? Here are five steps to take:
- Evaluate the results of past failures regarding truthfulness.
- Accept the Bible as the ultimate guidebook for truth.
- Practice communicating with love and compassion.
- Ask God to give you an ever-increasing desire for truthfulness along with ever-increasing humility.
- Feast on the Word of God daily.
Remember, truth delights the Lord (Proverbs 12:22) and is a blessing for us as well.
Bible in One Year: Ezekiel 34-36
Thought: When we are firmly rooted in God’s truth, we can withstand the storms of life.
In Touch Daily Devotional 7th September 2023. Charles Stanley 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.