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July 2013: A Word from Dr. Stanley

 

When summer comes, we often experience a shift in mood. The warmer weather leaves us with the desire to be carefree, even if only for a week on vacation. Of course, we owe this kind of opportunity for relaxation to another sort of freedom—the liberty we enjoy as residents of a free land—which is much more costly than a getaway to the beach or mountains.

But neither of these forms measures up to what we have in Jesus Christ: spiritual freedom from sin, guilt, and shame.

So why is it that so many Christians today ignore this gift? They want to get away from their jobs or the stresses of home for a little while, but not habitual sin. They may choose to labor long hours so they can leave a little early for the weekend. But they hesitate to do the hard work of faith: spending time in prayer, humbling themselves before the Lord and asking for His transformation in their lives.

Maybe it’s time to examine your life. Do any thoughts, emotions, or habits weigh you down? Have you let society shape your thinking, or is your attitude aligned with the Word of God? How you answer these questions is crucial, because your thoughts will determine what you feel and do.

Romans 6:16 tells us that we are the slaves of the one we obey. This means that in order to overcome what ensnares us, we have to change our allegiance. Instead of giving in to our desires, we find freedom only when we’re willing to choose the way of Jesus, denying ourselves and following Him. This may seem impossible, unless we remember that the One who liberates us “is able to do far more abundantly beyond all that we ask or think” (Eph. 3:20).

The Enemy of our souls wants us to be overcome with feelings of inferiority, anxiety, or rejection. But we have the Holy Spirit’s power within. We can reject those feelings and choose to believe in accordance with our position in Christ. We are forgiven, accepted, valued, and loved.

Give thanks for earthly freedoms, but don’t stop there. Give yourself completely to the One who freely chose to die on your behalf. He did it so that you might truly live.

Copyright 2014 In Touch Ministries, Inc. All rights reserved. www.intouch.org. In Touch grants permission to print for personal use only.


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  • July 31, 2013 09:10 PM

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    Thanks for the words of encouragement as I on vacation from work. Continue to uplift and encourage in Jesus Name, We pray.
  • July 31, 2013 09:05 PM

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    to overwhelming trials. I absolutely despaired of life. Although I regularly turned my back on the truth... I knew that God would see me through inspite of my stubbornness and rebellion. He has... and although my circumstances haven't improved that much... Ive learned by experience that all your messages are 100% trustworthy. Thank you for your faithfulness and allowing God to use you mightily in my life.
  • July 31, 2013 03:40 AM

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    Dear Dr. Stanley
    I began listening to you about 4 years ago when I was going through one of my deep valley experiences. Unforgiveness, resentment, anger, quitting weighed heavy on me. I was in ministry serving the Lord and that made it even more harder. It was during that time, that I soaked onto God's word through your broadcasts. Jesus the Good Shepherd is one of my favourites and I still remember your teaching to this day. Your insights into righteous living lifted me, convicted me, comforted and revived me. I was able to forgive, reach out and let go. One of the people who accused me even became one of my closest friends even until today. I cannot thank you enough for being faithful to the One who is forever faithful even when we remain faithless. May God continue to bless, multiply and empower you for His Glory. Michelle - Qatar
  • July 28, 2013 02:29 PM

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    I started watching dr Stanley about 6 years ago the weeks can never come fast enough for his next sermon. I do suffer from panic attacks and have for 25 years. He helps me in many ways. God Bless You.
  • July 27, 2013 05:52 PM

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    God bless you Dr. Stanley for being on tv. Since watching you have changed my life. I can not put my bible down. I spend my whole day reading and studying my bible and I have not regretted one moment. I am praying that my family will see the delight and will decide to join me in my journey with Jesus. Please help me pray for them ALOHA
  • July 25, 2013 10:50 AM

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    Doctor Stanley you are anointed to speak encouraging words to my soul. Thank you so much and God bless you today with His peace that passes all our understanding. From Miami at GGOCC
  • July 22, 2013 05:29 AM

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    Dr. Stanley,
    Thank you so very much for all that you do to see others grow in Christ! I am so blessed to be able to watch you on TV each Sunday and to have access to your In Touch Magazine! I live in Houson, TX and had hoped so badly to travel to your church to meet you this summer. (I will pray for this blessing next year) I am so grateful to you for helping my husband and I both cultivate our personal relationships with our greatest love Jesus Christ! I wanted you to know that we really enjoyed you sharing the pictures of the gorgeous bird on Sunday! Your love for photographing God's creation is precious and truly warmed our hearts! Please know that you and your precious congregation are in my prayers! We are all so truly blessed to have you in our lives! Thank you Dr. Stanley
  • July 21, 2013 09:16 AM

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    I would like to thank our LORD Jesus Christ for his blood and for saving me. Thank you Dr. Stanley for preaching GOD's word. I like watching your show. We must pray for one another and be as one in Christ. I would like to say lets not talk bad about others but find the good in others. We all have weaknesses so lets help pick one another up. I pray who ever reads this grows in faith and searches their own heart to be assured of their salvation.
  • July 21, 2013 05:02 AM

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    Greal perspective! Instead of planning ways to get away from the pressures of life, we should plan ways to get away from indwelling sin which causes so many of the pressures.
  • July 16, 2013 11:46 AM

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    I listen to your sermons and read what the Holy Spirit has given you. I am a person who when the Holy Spirit entered my heart I was filled but something happened and I went through a long wilderness that at times it seems like things are better one day and the next its wilderness. I serve as an Evangelist but feel lost. Keep me in your prayers. michele
  • July 14, 2013 02:40 PM

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    I am so glad for the freedom that we have in this country to openly worship our Lord Jesus Christ.
  • July 14, 2013 06:17 AM

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    Dr Stanley, your teaching on obedience to GOD'S will helps me to DO and BE what's in GOD'S plan &not my own.
  • July 14, 2013 06:08 AM

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    The passion I hear from your voice about the truth of the gospel has helped me greatly in my walk with Christ my Lord and Savior. Thank God for a man like you that teach the truth and sound doctrine. May God make your years like that of Caleb.
  • July 11, 2013 11:05 AM

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    Thank you so very much for allowing our LORD to use you to be a light for us in this dark world we live in! It is my prayer that one like yourself will be around for our future generations who will face an even darker world, I'm afraid......if our LORD tarries. May HE continue to bless you and yours.
  • July 11, 2013 05:24 AM

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    Thanx DR Through you the word of is working globally God bless you. emma from UGANDA AFRICA
  • July 10, 2013 12:32 PM

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    Thanks ,for this encouragement. Yes, I do feel sometime that I do less effort with the Lord when it's comes to prayer.Lord help me to give you the best of my time in order to enjoy the freedoom you promissed us.Amen.
  • July 10, 2013 08:20 AM

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    I look forward each and every day for your sermons, thoughts and giving to the Christian community. God bless you for your continued perserverance, fairthfullness and dedication to his word
  • July 09, 2013 10:32 AM

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    I was praying before reading this for help with rejection, anxiety and inferiority (exactly what was written in the article above). The Lord has been showing me lately things like this that I just prayed over. He truly is listening.
  • July 08, 2013 03:53 PM

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    so glad to know that i am loved and accepted by the greatest person that ever lived and reign my savior Jesus Christ. Thank you Dr Stanley for all your words of wisdom. God Bless you and your ministries.
  • July 08, 2013 07:51 AM

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    I truly needed this word on this day. Thank you!
  • July 02, 2013 02:39 PM

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    Vary nice to know when life seems overwelming and no one cares that you can turn to this and know!!! Ask and u shall receive. God is there and our Lord and savior Jesus Christ!!! Thank You Dr. Stanley
  • July 01, 2013 04:51 PM

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    We have the Holy Spirit within us. So, pray constantly to receive power, and reject the devil's negative feelings.
  • July 01, 2013 10:14 AM

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    Dr.Stanley I appreciate you and I thank God for you You are really teaching truth
  • July 01, 2013 09:15 AM

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    this article is very uplifting and inspiring. It's what I needed from my Father today.
    Thank you Abba!

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