beloved evangelist Billy Graham desires to bring you to a special place of
renewal of your Christian Walk, to offer strength and courage for everyday
living, and to inspire you to look to the Lord for your joy through these
simple, direct, encouraging and challenging devotional writings.
The Walk of the Willing
This I say then, Walk
in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh.
To paraphrase Galatians 5:16--'Walk by means of the Spirit'. In
Romans 8:14 Paul writes, 'As many as are led by the Spirit of God, they
are the sons of God.' To walk in the Spirit is challenging and inspiring
exercise, for it combines activity with relaxation. To walk means to place
one foot in front of the other. If you stop doing this, you are no longer
walking--you are standing still. Walking always implies movement, progress
for Christ is a day-to-day going on with Him. It is a continuous dependence
upon the spirit of God. It is believing in His faithfulness. You cannot live
the Christian life by yourself. The Holy Spirit must live in you and express
Himself through you.
will no longer rule or dominate you if you are allowing the Holy Spirit to
live Christ's life through you. It is living by faith, living by trust,
living in dependence upon God.
look to our own resources, our own strength, or our own ability as Peter did
when he walked on the water, we will fail.
first key for usefulness and power for Christians today is humility. The
second is the realization that sanctification is only in Christ. The third
is reliance on the Holy Spirit.
Realize that God is in control. Habakkuk the prophet cried out to God and
said, 'O God, why are these terrible evils coming upon the world?' God said,
'Habakkuk, don't be discouraged. I am working a work in your day; if I told
you what it is, you would not believe it.' (See Habakkuk 1:5)
at work in the midst of crisis. In the midst of the problems, pessimism, and
frustrations of our day, God is doing His own work. Let us realize that
there are certain things we cannot do. Let us be faithful in the things He
has called us to do.
Our Father and our God, I want to walk with You from here throughout
eternity. Hold my hand and keep me by Your side. Remind me often that You
are in control of life and that I have nothing to fear when I am with You.
Keep me moving forward in my spiritual growth. And please bless me with the
wisdom to always be faithful through Jesus Christ, my Lord. In his name.
A Word From Billy
"We communicate the Gospel by our love for other people. Jesus said, 'All
men will know that you are my disciples if you love one another' (cf. John
13:35). Do you really love people? Does it show? Do they sense your
compassion? In the love that we show to others is a social involvement
commanded in the Scriptures. Look at our Lord. He touched the leper. Can you
imagine how a leper felt to be touched? The leper had to go around saying,
'Unclean! Unclean!' Then Jesus touched him. Jesus was teaching by example,
as well as by precept, that we have a responsibility to the oppressed, the
sick and the poor. Sometimes the best way to approach them is to touch them
with our compassion. Yes, we are to love people, and we are to have a
compassionate social concern. Jesus had compassion on people; we should have
Pray Without Ceasing
without ceasing...and the very God of peace sanctify you wholly
1 Thessalonians 5:17,23
Remember that you can pray anytime, anywhere. Washing dishes, digging
ditches, working in the office, in the shop on the athletic field, even in
prison--you can pray and know God hears! We have a friend on Death Row who
prays for us every morning between 4am and 6am. How often this fact has
encouraged and cheered us on.
have a systematic method of prayer. Prayer combined with Bible study makes
for a healthy Christian life. The Bible says, 'Pray without ceasing.' If you
have special prayer periods that you set aside during the day, your
unconscious life will be saturated with prayer between the prayer periods.
It is not enough for you to get out of bed in the morning and just bow you
knee and repeat a few sentences. There should be stated periods in which you
slip apart with God. For the overworked mother or one living under extremely
busy circumstances, this may be impossible. But here is where 'pray without
ceasing' comes in. We pray as we work. As we have said, we pray everywhere,
devil will fight you every step of the way. He will cause the baby to cry,
the telephone to ring, someone to knock at the door,--there will be many
interruptions, but keep at it! Don't be discouraged. Soon you will find that
these periods of prayer are the greatest delight in your life. You will look
forward to them with more anticipation than to anything else. Without
constant, daily, systematic prayer, you life will seem barren, discouraging,
and fruitless. Without constant prayer you never can know the inner peace
that God wants to give you.
Our Father and our God, what a blessing it is to talk to You! It refreshes
my soul, delights my heart, and gives great joy. Please hear my heart
through Christ Jesus, my Mediator, not just my own halting words. And help
me to learn to hear Your response more clearly, Lord. Through Jesus I pray.
You Can Leap Walls
And He [the Lord] said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for
my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather
glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.
2 Corinthians 12:9
Conversion is that voluntary change in the mind of a sinner in which he
turns on the one hand form sin and on the other hand to Christ. Conversion
is the human side of the tremendous transformation that takes place in the
divinely wrought 'new birth', or 'regeneration.' It is simply man's turning
from sin to Christ.
The Scripture teaches that God turns men to Himself, but men are also
exhorted to turn themselves to God. God is represented as the author of the
new heart and the new spirit, yet men are commanded to make for themselves a
new heart and a new spirit. It is the old paradox of grace and free will.
No one can be converted except by the grace of God, for we are too weak to
turn ourselves, unaided; and we turn only in response to some stimulus
provided outside ourselves.
But no one can be converted except with the consent of his own free will,
because God does not override human choice. We may not be free to choose,
because sin weakens our power of moral choice; but we are free to refuse. We
can refuse to be chosen.
Simon Peter could not become a disciple until Jesus called him and said,
'Follow me.' But others heard the same call and refused it or put it
off. One said, 'Lord, let me first go and bury my father.' Another one said,
'Let me first say farewell to those at my home." These men refused Christ's
This combination of divine calling and the human responsibility of accepting
or refusing God's grace runs throughout the Bible and characterizes all
God's dealing with men.
The Bible confronts us with man's moral independence within himself and his
spiritual dependence upon God.
In the picturesque words of Psalm 18:29, David says, 'By my God I can leap
over a wall.' A man can jump over some barriers by his own will and effort,
but some walls are so high that they need more than this.
The psalmist knew such walls. Those could be leaped only with the help of
God. God does not lift a man over. God helps a man when he takes the leap.
Our Father and our God, my strength comes from You. With Your help and
support I can overcome all barriers to holiness and joy. Empower me, Lord,
to do Your will and to others to Your saving grace. I come asking in the
name of Jesus, my strength and hope. Amen.
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