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In Touch - Jan. 17, 2007

In Touch Daily Devotional 
by Dr. Charles Stanley

January 17, 2007

Failing to Accomplish God’s Plan

Matthew 10:17-31


Through the Holy Spirit’s guidance and wisdom, we are capable of achieving the work that the Lord desires for us to accomplish.


But fear can cause us to stumble and fail. For example, fear of criticism will often make us drag our feet and cause us to worry about others’ opinions. Instead, we should be placing a priority on pleasing God.


Fear of making mistakes may prevent us from either starting a project or changing our behavior.  As believers, we must remember that we live the Christian life by depending on God, who promises to provide us with our needs as we obediently follow Him.


Fear of having our weaknesses exposed causes us to worry about our appearance, which leads to disobedience. It’s important to stay in God’s Word so we can gain a biblical perspective on our fears and think accurately and positively about the future.


Doubt is another reason for failure.  Many of us have trouble believing in our God-given abilities, or we question whether we deserve the Lord’s plans for our lives. The antidote to doubt is increased trust in God, which we can gain by meditating on His characteristics and His promises.      


God expects us to operate according to His timetable, not our own. So watch out for procrastination, which can derail success. It may be the result of a rebellious spirit which does not want to be told what to do, even by the Lord. 


God promises victory through Jesus Christ.  What’s holding you back?




The Ways of God
from Dr. Charles Stanley


God’s ways are always perfect, and following them leads to fulfillment and success. One of life’s undeniable truths is that your choices will ultimately determine your future. While you can decide for yourself what career field to enter or who to marry, nothing compares with seeking God first and relying on the wonderful principles of His Word. In this series, Dr. Stanley teaches that as you serve God and seek His ways, you’ll be blessed with peace, wisdom, and guidance for the journey ahead. Order here  now!


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