by Dr. Charles Stanley
Tuesday, May 11
InTouch Early Light Devotional
God Desires Your Success
1 Corinthians 15:57-58
We would all agree life can be difficult. Pressures of daily living sometimes overwhelm us; relationships can disappoint us, and our own expectations may go unmet. How do we reconcile our experiences with the idea that God wants us to be successful? Consider the evidence confirming that He desires us to succeed.
A Plan and a Purpose. God has a plan for our lives. There is a general purpose revealed in Scripture that applies to all believers as well as a specific design for each individual. (Ephesians 2:10)
His Presence. God does not ask us to work out our own success; He sent the Holy Spirit to guide us in our decision-making process and to answer our questions. (John 16:13)
Special Gifts. God has provided each of us with spiritual gifts selected to fit with what He wants us to do in life. (1 Corinthians 12:7-11) Our part is to learn what they are and use them as God directs.
24-Hour Communication. The Lord has given us the privilege of prayer and has much to say to us. He invites - and urges - us to remain in touch with Him and talk things over. (1 Thessalonians 5:17)
God has given each of us inborn desires to achieve the purpose He has in mind. He plans to fulfill those desires by transforming us into Christ's image. Regardless of our difficulties, we are to believe the evidence that He wants us to succeed, and we should respond in obedience. Real success occurs when we act more and more like Jesus.
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