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The Foundation of Unwavering Faith

By Dr. Charles Stanley

Hebrews 13:1-8

Discouragement and fragmented thinking often accompany troubled times. But we do not have to give in to thoughts that God might have forsaken us.

A simple but profound scriptural truth provides the foundation for unwavering faith: When someone places trust in Christ as his or her personal Savior, Jesus intends to build a strong relationship with that person. The Lord plans a spiritual connection that will be intimate and permanent. That is why He promised, “I will never desert you, nor will I ever forsake you” (Heb. 13:5). No matter how we may feel, God is with us.

As great a promise as Jesus’ uninterrupted presence is, we have yet another foundational truth on which to rely. We can fully trust His pledge to be with us always because we have also been assured that: “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever” (v. 8).

If we think that the Lord has suddenly abandoned us when difficulties arise, then our faith foundation is cracked; we will have trouble trusting anything He says if we believe He is not keeping His Word. The reality is that we are the ones wavering, usually because our circumstances seem so dire. But Jesus and His promises have not changed—He is present, providing for needs, and working good out of all situations every second of our lives. What other friend can we say always remains steady by our side?

Learning from God’s Word and looking at His work in our life, we can see His consistency for ourselves. Then we can build unwavering faith on the truth that Jesus is the same forever.

Adapted from "The Charles F. Stanley’s Life Principles Bible," 2008.


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  • March 01, 2012 11:21 AM


  • February 10, 2012 12:37 AM


    I am so blessed to see Dr. Stanley teach three times each week. I have learned
    so much more about my God and my Savior. There are definitely a few reasons
    to turn on the tv now.
    I pray for Dr. Stanley and thanky Holy God for this man who love Him so much
    that it shows every second that I hear him preach.
    Bless all of you who are a part of the tv ministry and the internet ministry.
    Shirley Cunningham
  • February 01, 2012 09:40 PM


    Dear Pastor Stanley,

    Your passion for the Lord and commitment to His people are such blessings.

    I have listened to so many of your messages on-line, they are encouraging and reviving my christian faith, as I continously listen to your messages as if I can visualize you as one of God's brilliant stars shining in the heavenly realms!!!!!!!!!
    For God's purpose you are leading us.....
    For God's glory you are establishing us.....
    For God's kingdom you are preparing us.....

    What more could I say ... a Big THANK YOU!!!!!
    May God continously bless your life and many more years....

    You are in my prayer,

  • January 31, 2012 10:40 AM


    i will like your teaching simple and very explaintory.
  • January 25, 2012 11:43 AM


    I am currently in a state of waiting and listening to God. I have cancer and today found another lump. I love the Lord and know that He will be with me, and that I won't be alone. My faith waver sometimes, but I trust in the Great I AM, and He will help me and be my Shepherd. The radio broadcasts, and Bible studies encourage me. Thanks so much and God Bless You.
  • January 24, 2012 07:26 PM


    i have learn so much by listing to you and ithank god for you
  • January 23, 2012 12:24 PM


    May God continue to bless this ministry.
  • January 20, 2012 06:44 AM


    Great life lesson

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