DAILY DEVOTIONALS

In Touch Daily Devotional July 23, 2023: The Rich Young Ruler

In Touch Daily Devotional July 23, 2023
IN TOUCH DAILY DEVOTIONAL JULY 23, 2023, SUNDAY INSPIRATIONAL MESSAGE

Read In Touch Daily Devotional July 23, 2023 Sunday Message With Dr. Charles Stanley

Sunday Check-in With Dr. Stanley: The Rich Young Ruler

SCRIPTURE: Luke 18:18-23

Three of the four gospels contain an account of the wealthy ruler who asked Jesus a very important question: “What shall I do to inherit eternal life?” (Luke 18:18).

The man considered himself a moral person because he had kept God’s commandments; however, he was operating under the false assumption that good works bring salvation. He seemed to be asking Jesus what else he had to do to secure his place in heaven—besides all the good things he’d already accomplished.

This is what some people refer to as the “great deception”—the false belief that eternal life can be earned. If we give credence to this lie, then we don’t understand the problem of our sin and how it separates us from God. Scripture says we have inherited a sinful nature from the first man (Romans 5:12). There is nothing we can do to pay for our sin.

If this were the end of the story, we would be a people without hope for today or the future. But the good news is that our heavenly Father mercifully provided the way to heaven (John 14:6). There’s nothing we can do to earn or deserve His grace; we simply must ask.

BIBLE IN ONE YEAR: Isaiah 4-7

REFLECT: We could never do enough to earn the grace our Savior freely gives.

In Touch Daily Devotional July 23, 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.

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