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One Truth About God That Can Change Your Life Forever

June 27, 2017 • By

Today’s post is a guest post by Christian writer and blogger Charles L. Stanley. Charles is a seasoned Christ-follower who writes weekly devotions that encourage people to deepen their knowledge, passion, and experience of God.

Charles wrote a 7 day devotional eBook that he’d love to give you for free. You can grab it by clicking here.


Exodus 34

The Lord said to Moses, “Cut for yourself two tablets of stone like the first, and I will write on the tablets the words that were on the first tablets, which you broke. Be ready by the morning, and come up in the morning to Mount Sinai, and present yourself there to me on the top of the mountain. No one shall come up with you, and let no one be seen throughout all the mountain. Let no flocks or herds graze opposite that mountain.” So Moses cut two tablets of stone like the first. And he rose early in the morning and went up on Mount Sinai, as the Lord had commanded him, and took in his hand two tablets of stone. The Lord descended in the cloud and stood with him there, and proclaimed the name of the Lord. The Lord passed before him and proclaimed, “The Lord, the Lord, a God merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness, keeping steadfast love for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin, but who will by no means clear the guilty, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children and the children’s children, to the third and the fourth generation.” …

10 And he said, “Behold, I am making a covenant. Before all your people I will do marvels, such as have not been created in all the earth or in any nation. And all the people among whom you are shall see the work of the Lord, for it is an awesome thing that I will do with you…

29 When Moses came down from Mount Sinai, with the two tablets of the testimony in his hand as he came down from the mountain, Moses did not know that the skin of his face shone because he had been talking with God. 30 Aaron and all the people of Israel saw Moses, and behold, the skin of his face shone, and they were afraid to come near him.

We are more secure as believers in Jesus Christ than we know. At the core of that security is the core of God’s name, “steadfast love and faithfulness.”

This is the same steadfast love and faithfulness that existed between the Father and the Son when the Father promised that the Son would be King forever. Psalm 61:6-7.

God is 100% for you

Steadfast love is a translation of the Hebrew word, Hesed. Edmund Clowney, former President of Westminster Seminary, translated it “covenant devotion.” We can easily understand the devotion between the Father and the Son. Did you realize that this Trinitarian God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, is devoted to you? He is completely for you!

God’s eternal character

This has always been God’s character from before the beginning. In John’s Gospel, we see that Jesus Christ brought “grace and truth,” the New Testament equivalent of “steadfast love and faithfulness.” Hebrews 13:8 says that “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, and today and forever.” At his core, he has always been and will always be, ”steadfast love and faithfulness” or “grace and truth.” Remember, we have one God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit in one Bible, both Old, and New Testaments. He is the same, always and everywhere.

The cure for your anxieties

This truth about God has had a profound effect on me. It has largely erased my fears, worries, and anxieties about the future. The New Covenant in Christ is God’s covenant that includes me in Christ. God’s character is such that I have no worries. My Almighty Savior is trustworthy to perform all he has promised, both in this life and in the next on the New Earth.

Take a moment to think about the fact that God in Christ is fully devoted to you. Is that a new thought to you? Does it impact how you think about yourself and your life? Your family? Does it help you to think more in eternal terms?

“Because your steadfast love is better than life, my lips will praise you.” ~Psalm 63:3

Please take a moment to share the thoughts you have about this truth from God’s word. How has it affected your life? This is our chance to minister to one another as fellow readers and members of the Body of Christ. Thank you for participating.

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The Secret to Going the Distance 

January 18, 2017 • By

I was listening to a podcast this morning and the host, and his guest, were talking about “guys who have been following the Lord for a long time now”.

I never really thought about it, but now it hit me like a football to the face: I’ve been following Jesus for over 30 years. Just typing that sentence makes me feel old. I’m not even sure why, but I suddenly have the impulse to drive slow, leave the blinker on, eat hard candy, and watch 60 minutes with the television volume turned up way too loud.

When I look back, I can recollect a lot of people who have given up following Jesus over the years. I don’t think they meant to, it just kind of happened. I suppose the reason most people fall away from the faith is not because they get mad at God (though some do) or they intentionally stop believing (usually after unanswered prayers). I think most people fall away because they neglect their souls.

This lead me to another football to the face moment. I had to ask myself how I’ve kept my beliefs all these years. I searched inwardly for some sort of Tweet-worthy revelation that people would ask me to write a book about. I thought that there must be some sort of mind-blowing secret to going the distance with my faith.

It turned out that the answer was really simple: just keep showing up.

Every day (or most days) for 30 years, I’ve been setting a little time aside to show up before God’s throne to say hi. I usually read the Bible too. It’s not a big deal. I’m not one of those guys who prays for two hours, then breaks out the commentaries and Greek dictionary. I just show up and visit with God for a bit. It may not sound like much, but it’s how I’ve kept my faith so long.

When I was a pre-teen, my mother had a friend who used to take my brother and me places to hang out. He had bigger muscles than anyone I’d ever known before. Every time I’d ask him how he got into such good shape, he’d always say the same thing, “It’s better to do one pushup a day than to lift weights hard but inconsistently.

In other words, “Just keep showing up.” That’s the secret. The “one weird trick” to following Jesus for over 30 years is to talk to him every day.

Build the habit of prayer into your life and that habit will build life into you.