In Touch with Charles Stanley on Bott Radio

In Touch

Christian talk radio with Charles Stanley

In Touch with Charles Stanley tackles such issues as parenting, finances, personal crises, our emotions and relationships as well as providing instruction for personal spiritual growth by focusing on prayer, the character of God, fellowship through His Holy Spirit, and the Person of Jesus Christ.

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Nov 26

Thanksgiving In the Midst of Adversity

Thanksgiving is a practice that we cannot afford to discard when the going gets tough. With gratitude comes a whole host of benefitsgreater awareness of His presence, increased trust, joy, decreased anxietythat energize us when we feel beaten down. Combatting adversity is draining. Refuel with thanksgiving.

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We cannot choose to avoid adversity, but we can choose how we will respond. Through adversity, God is able to accomplish so much in our lives, if we will only trust Him and seek His purposes. God promises to be with us in the midst of adversity. Will you engage or run away?

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Like any good father, God wants to see His children grow. And His primary way of growing our faith is through adversity, there simply is no more effective way of deepening our relationship with Him. But we must choose to view adversity as an opportunity, rather than as an obstacle. When we do that, we grow in our Christlikeness. Adversity is a given. Growth is optional.

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Adversity is a universal human experience, and not one that we particularly enjoy. When uncertainty, pain, and trials come our way, we usually react with blame, denial, or self-pity. Those responses, while normal, aren't especially helpful. Since we are guaranteed adversity in this life, we need to know the best way to respond. Yes, adversity can be prolonged and painful. But, when we seek the Lord in the midst of it, He uses it for our ultimate good.

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When we think of praise, times of joy, happiness, and good fortune probably come to mind. What about when those seasons of difficulty, hardship, and persecution come, though? Is praise still appropriate then? According to Dr. Stanley, you and I will never understand the real power of praise until we go through tough times.

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