Devotionals by Jack Graham

How You can Choose Action over Reaction

March 28           

… for God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.

>2 Timothy 1:7

A rodeo cowboy was practicing one afternoon when he was bucked off his bull. For some reason, the bull decided to charge him. So that cowboy ran to a fence about six feet high and with one single bound jumped right over it to safety.

A few days later, the cowboy went back to the arena and started looking at the fence. He wondered how he jumped it, and even tried again and again to leap over it, but he never made it. So what was the difference? Well, the first time he jumped the fence, he really needed to jump that fence. But the second time, he had no reason to fear for his life.

Fear can often prompt us to do extraordinary things. You hear amazing stories of mothers lifting overturned cars off their children. That’s a good thing! But sometimes, these extraordinary things are contrary to the Spirit of God, like when someone who is afraid chastises someone or makes a false accusation out of that fear.

When it comes to responding to fear, you can either react or you can act. Reaction can lead to bad decisions, while Spirit-led action will lead you down the right path. So don’t just react to fear, follow the Spirit and act in a constructive, God-honoring way.

WHEN FEAR COMES YOUR WAY, ACT LED BY THE SPIRIT INSTEAD OF REACTING IN A POTENTIALLY NEGATIVE WAY



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PowerPoint Ministries is the radio and television broadcast ministry of Jack Graham, pastor of Prestonwood Baptist Church — a nearly 37,000-member church with three campuses in the Dallas and North Texas region. Through PowerPoint Ministries, Dr. Graham offers practical, biblical steps on how to tap into God's power for successful Christian living.

About Jack Graham

PowerPoint Ministries is the radio and television broadcast ministry of Dr. Jack Graham in Plano, Texas. Dr. Graham is the pastor of Prestonwood Baptist Church, one of the nation's largest, most dynamic congregations.

When Dr. Graham came to Prestonwood in 1989, the 8,000-member congregation responded enthusiastically to his straightforward message and powerful preaching style. He challenged the Prestonwood family with a vision for a larger outreach, and in 1999, the church moved from its North Dallas location to a new 7,500-seat auditorium in west Plano.

Thriving with more than 33,000 members, Prestonwood continues to grow with seven weekend worship services, four midweek services, about 300 Bible Fellowship classes for all ages, and multiple outreach and community ministries that reach thousands. In 2006, the church added a second location, the North Campus, in a burgeoning area 20 miles north of Plano. And in 2011, Prestonwood returned to its roots—beginning its third location, the Dallas Campus, about two from miles from its original location.

Dr. Graham has served two terms as president of the Southern Baptist Convention, the largest American Protestant denomination, with 16 million members and as president of the SBC Pastor’s Conference.

He is a noted author of numerous books, including You Can Make a Difference, Lessons from the Heart, A Hope and a Future, Life According to Jesus, Are you Fit for Life? and Powering Up. Courageous Parenting, co-authored by his wife, Deb, is based on their experiences as parents. Dr. Graham’s passionate, biblical teaching is also seen and heard across the country and throughout the world on PowerPoint Ministries. Through broadcasts, online sermons and e-mail messages, he addresses relevant, everyday issues that are prevalent in our culture and that strike a chord with audiences worldwide.

Dr. Graham was ordained to the Gospel ministry in 1970, and has a master of divinity degree with honors and a doctor of ministry degree in Church and Proclamation from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.


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