In Touch Daily Devotional
by Dr. Charles Stanley


May 3, 2007 – Enjoying the Future—Today – 1 Corinthians 9:24 

            Welcome to the In Touch Devotional. 

            Many believers are in the midst of a crisis of faith. They desperately desire to move forward in their Christian walk. But, instead, they continually feel as if they’re losing ground because of trials and setbacks. How can we move beyond the obstacles and genuinely embrace an active, moving faith? 

            First, we must understand the importance of assurance. This godly confidence gives us strength to look into the future and see how the Lord’s plans will be beneficial. Assurance calms our fears. It reminds us God is in charge and His purposes will be accomplished; no matter what challenges we face. 

            Second, we must live a life of anticipation. In other words, if we truly believe the heavenly Father will answer our Spirit-led prayers, then we should act as if we believe it! We need to wait expectantly for His answer and plan accordingly. 

            For example, let’s say you’re leaving for a wonderful vacation next week. You would no doubt be making preparations for the trip. You’d start to pack, finalize your travel plans, secure time off from work, and check travel magazines or the Internet for interesting tourist attractions. In your mind, you’re already enjoying your vacation, even though you haven’t left yet! 

            The same thing should be true in your walk of faith. When you trust that God will faithfully and graciously respond to your petitions, you can rejoice. You’ll know He’ll make a way, even before you see the results. This is the power of assurance and anticipation. And it can revolutionize your walk with Him.

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