In Touch Devotional 28 September 2022 || Dr Charles Stanley Today

In Touch Devotional 28 September 2022 || Dr Charles Stanley Today

In Touch Devotional 28 September 2022 || Dr Charles Stanley Today

Welcome to In Touch Daily Devotional for Wednesday 28th September 2022 written by Dr Charles Stanley. God bless you as you study and pray!

IN TOUCH DAILY DEVOTIONAL 28 SEPTEMBER 2022, WEDNESDAY

Topic: The Abiding Life
Our service for the Lord becomes joy-filled and effective when we depend on Him to guide our steps.

Dr Charles Stanley Devotional September 28, 2022

Scripture: John 15:1-5

Yesterday I shared with you about a time when the Lord reminded me that I am not the vine—He is. For years I had tried to accomplish by myself what Jesus wanted to achieve through me. My desire was to impress God and earn His approval. His goal, on the other hand, was for me simply to abide.

The Holy Spirit’s job is to live the life of Christ through us. This is known by a variety of names, including the exchanged life, the Spirit-filled life, and the abiding life. All of these describe the joyful existence Paul spoke of in Galatians 2:20: “It is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God.”

Seen from the outside, a branch does not appear to be doing anything. But that doesn’t mean that the abiding life is passive. Jesus was the perfect example of a Spirit-filled life, and He certainly didn’t sit around! He worked hard out of a reservoir of divine energy (John 8:28). All of Christ’s wisdom, knowledge, and courage was drawn from God through the Holy Spirit.

Christians bear fruit through surrender. We “take root” in the Lord by meditating on His Word, praying, and serving. We reserve nothing for ourselves to control but fully rely upon Him. That’s not passive living; it’s an abiding life.

Bible in One Year: Zephaniah 1-3; Haggai 1:1-15, Haggai 2:1-23

In Touch Devotional 28 September 2022 || Dr Charles Stanley Today

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