In Touch Daily Devotional July 31, 2023: Blessing in Opposition

In Touch Daily Devotional July 31, 2023

Read In Touch Daily Devotional July 31, 2023 Monday Message With Dr. Charles Stanley

TOPIC: Blessing in opposition

SCRIPTURE: Matthew 5:3-16

MESSAGE: Contrary to popular—but poor—theology, salvation doesn’t guarantee an easy life. We cannot escape conflict and therefore should learn to face it with courage and wisdom. The joy of our faith is that God gives us all we need to deal with whatever comes our way—and He’s able to use difficult things for good in our lives.

Consider the Lord’s example. Jesus was fully God, but at the same time, He was also fully human. That means He understood the sting of rejection, just as we do (Hebrews 4:15). Yet He was so fearless in challenging the status quo that religious leaders called for His death. He was at the center of controversy throughout His ministry, which is one reason He often slipped away for time alone with His Father. What a comfort to realize He understands when we, too, are in the midst of persecution.

That awareness can also help us relate to Christ in a deep, new way—and to follow His example of faithfulness, even when we’re being criticized or rejected. Simply by being the person God created us to be, it’s possible to make an impact on those around us. It’s important not to give up. So ask God to help you persevere—and trust that He is at work!

BIBLE IN ONE YEAR: Isaiah 36-39

REFLECT: How we manage conflict can powerfully affect those around us.

In Touch Daily Devotional July 31, 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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