In Touch Devotional 9 July 2022 | Defeating Discouragement

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In Touch Devotional 9 July 2022
In Touch Devotional 9 July 2022 By Charles Stanley, Saturday Message

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TOPIC: Defeating Discouragement

TODAY’S SCRIPTURE: 2 Corinthians 1:1-11

In Touch Devotional 9 July 2022 MESSAGE

At one time or another, disappointment affects us all. But if our hopes are dashed repeatedly, we could easily sink into discouragement. That’s what happened to Paul in today’s passage. Under an onslaught of affliction, he became excessively burdened beyond his strength to endure, with the result that he eventually “despaired even of life” (2 Cor. 1:8).

Have you ever felt like that? When you’re discouraged by life’s hardships, the way out is to keep your focus on the Lord. He has higher purposes than you can see from your vantage point in the valley of despair. Paul calls Him “the Father of mercies and God of all comfort” (2 Cor. 1:3). And many times He uses His people to comfort and pray for us in our times of need.

In Touch Devotional 9 July 2022 By Dr. Charles Stanley

But if we dwell solely on our disappointments, we’ll respond in sinful ways. We could blame others or even point the finger at God for allowing our trial. If we focus on what we want and don’t have, we’ll see the Lord as unfair. Anger soon follows as we lash out at others and the Lord Himself.

God’s comfort is available when we submit to our disappointments and set our hope completely on Him instead of our unmet expectations.

BIBLE IN ONE YEAR: Proverbs 5-8

THOUGHT FOR TODAY: God’s comfort is available to those who trust Him with their unmet expectations.

In Touch Devotional 9 July 2022 By Dr. Charles Stanley. He is the senior pastor of First Baptist Church Atlanta and founder of In Touch Ministries, both located in Atlanta, Georgia. Dr. Stanley’s heart’s desire is to get the gospel to “as many people as possible, as quickly as possible, as clearly as possible, as irresistibly as possible, through the power of the Holy Spirit to the glory of God