In Touch Daily Devotional
by Dr. Charles Stanley


August 3, 2007 – Identity Crisis – 1 Peter 2:9-10 

            How often do we evaluate ourselves based on our feelings, rather than what God says? The problem is, our feelings change. From moment to moment, we never know what circumstances will test our faith.

            Maybe today is “one of those days.” The car didn’t start, the boss has been breathing down your neck, the mortgage payment’s due, and money is short. During times like these, it can be difficult to maintain good judgment. But remember, Satan will do whatever He can to distract your attention from the Lord. The Enemy knows He can drag you down by directing your focus toward circumstances.

            What do the Scriptures say about us? Today’s passage calls believers “a chosen race,” “a royal priesthood,” and “God’s own possession.” And our purpose is to “proclaim the excellencies of Him who has called [us] out of darkness into His marvelous light.”

            How encouraging it is to know we’ve been called into God’s “marvelous light.” But without help, we’re unable to escape the “darkness” of our circumstances. As believers, we’re empowered by the Holy Spirit. He enables us to overcome disheartening situations and Satan’s deceptive tactics.

            Circumstances may seem unbearable. But remember the promise of 1 Corinthians 6:20. The Lord purchased you with a price. Wake up each morning with the knowledge that you’re valuable to your Father. Trust in His Word, not your feelings. And allow the Holy Spirit to change your view of yourself.

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