Bible Promise for the Day – Getting Strength to Go On for God

God's Promises Are Ever Faithful
God’s Promises Are Ever Faithful

Isaiah 40:29 “He giveth power to the faint; and to them that have no might he increaseth strength.”

As the Olympics were going on recently, you can be sure that there were some Olympians who were competing almost at the point of complete exhaustion. Their bodies and brains were telling them to stop and quit – but they kept on going.

Depending on their particular sport, some of them found their “second wind” right about the time quitting felt like the thing to do. They kept on, and soon discovered new strength. Of course, Olympians expect this to happen, and instead of quitting too soon, some of them went on and won gold.

This is what the above verse is talking about for the child of God. Just when you feel like giving in to the flesh, or to the world, or to just stop serving God, that is when God is ready to strengthen you – but not before. He wants us to learn to give our all, and to trust Him to give us more strength when our own is just about completely exhausted.

If you are about ready to quit on God, as many have already done, keep on going, and you will discover the strength He promised. Remember that it comes when your strength is just about gone.

As in sports, too many believers quit just a little too soon. Had they kept going and looked for God to provide, they would have discovered that: “they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint” (Isaiah 40:31). This Bible verse repeats the same idea found in our text verse, which appears just two verses earlier.

Our God does not give His strength too early. If He did, we might be tempted to think it was our own strength, and we would not give Him the glory. Because He usually waits until our strength is gone, there is no doubt about the Source, or where the glory belongs. BY remembering this principle, and keeping your eyes on God, you too may be able to win eternal gold!

Bible Promise for the Day – The Stable Christian Life

God's Promises Are Ever Faithful
God’s Promises Are Ever Faithful

Colossians 2:7 “Rooted and built up in him, and stablished in the faith, as ye have been taught, abounding therein with thanksgiving.”

While Christians are going to experience both hills and valleys in their life, as David did, it is not necessary to be hurt by them. Instead, like Job, the trials of life can be used to influence and strengthen our lives, so that ultimately we come forth as gold for His glory.

The above Bible verse, spoken by Paul, reveals God’s general will for every believer. God desires that every one of His children be “stablished in the faith.” This means unshaken by the events we meet with day to day.

As we look at the Lord Jesus and how He acted and reacted to the things He met with daily, we see a steady life. He was calm in heart and mind and unruffled by most things. He was, however, often angry with unbelief, because it would not allow Him to work.

When unbelief exists in our own lives it prevents Christ and the Holy Spirit from giving us the fruit of the Spirit spoken of in Galatians 5:22,23. Those verses tell us: “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.” Apart from His Spirit, the opposite characteristics will often be seen: anger, impatience, easily irritated, etc.

The way we become stabilized in Christ is by drawing deeply on the resources Christ provides. This involves becoming “rooted and built up in him.” When “rooted” in Christ, it means we have our roots deep in Him and are constantly drawing from Him His comfort, grace, power, joy, vision, and more. We put our roots in Christ deeply by being daily in the Word, fellowshipping regularly with other strong believers, praying, witnessing, and more.

A tree with deep roots is not easily blown down by storms. It can withstand it. It also is not easily hurt by drought, because its roots find those deeper springs.

Being established in Christ often begins with following what you were taught earlier: “as ye have been taught,” Paul said. Where were you taught these things that will establish your spiritual walk with God? Most likely in Church. Be faithful there.

Paul mentions one more thing about being established in Christ. Those who are don’t need to be told this because they already know: “abounding therein with thanksgiving.” Christians who are solid in faith are thankful people, and they know very well Who it is that blesses them.

Bible Promise for the Day – Seeking God for Salvation

God's Promises Are Ever Faithful
God’s Promises Are Ever Faithful

Isaiah 55:6,7 “Seek ye the LORD while he may be found, call ye upon him while he is near: Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto the LORD, and he will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon.”

This Bible verse from Isaiah reveals that God will not always be found of those who seek Him. A time will come when it is just plain too late.

The first reason for this is that sin hardens the heart. If you feel that you need to get saved, then do it. You only feel it because God is trying to get your attention. If you keep on in sin, you will desire salvation less and less. You are continuing to resist the Holy Spirit. This is why the verse declares: “call ye upon him while he is near.”

If you have a desire to seek Him it is because He is already seeking you. He is drawing you to be saved, but He will never save you without your asking for it, and turning from sin.

Another reason that you need to be saved now is because when people come to your door, they will not wait forever for you to answer. While this illustration may seem strange, Christ Himself uses it in Revelation 3:20: “Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.”

Christ, although He is Lord of all, knocks at your heart’s door. He waits for you to respond to Him – but He will not wait forever. This is why the Bible says that you need to seek Him while He can still be found.

There is no one who cannot be saved. No matter what the sin, God will hear and save if you seek and call on Him to do so. This verse promises it.

The reason Christ can save anyone is because He has already paid the price for all our sin on the Cross. God sent Him to do it because He loved you and me. All we need to do is to say, “Yes Lord, I recognize that Christ died for me. I deserve to perish in my sin. I turn from my sin now and ask you to forgive me. I accept Christ as my only Savior. Please help me to serve you now. Thank You. Amen.”

As you can see, there is nothing hard about it. If you are sincere, this Bible verse, and many others, says that He will save you instantly. God has promised: “he will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon.” Have you called on Him for salvation yet?

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Bible Promise for the Day – Getting God’s Daily Guidance

God's Promises Are Ever Faithful
God’s Promises Are Ever Faithful

Psalm 37:23 “The steps of a good man are ordered by the LORD: and he delighteth in his way.”

As Christians, there will be times in your life when you do not know which way to turn. Our Lord has promised guidance, as we see in the above Scripture verse for today’s daily devotional.

David is a good example of this. There were times he clearly had God’s guidance, and there were other times when he did not know what to do. We also see that he usually waited on the Lord whenever he could.

On other occasions, decisions had to be made on the spot – sometimes they were life and death decisions. At those times, he did not receive clear and conscience guidance from the Lord, but looking over his life, it is undeniable that God was often guiding even in those decisions.

The key is that David lived to accomplish God’s will and to please God. He prayed often and stayed in the Word. When it came time for decisions, he sought God’s will carefully. At other times, his knowledge of the Word helped him to make the right decisions – and God guided him through those rough times.

Our verse for today tells us that God delights in the individual who is following His will. Yes, that includes regularly going to church, daily Bible reading, living a godly life, praying, etc. That individual has the promise that God will guide you through thick or thin times.

Bible Promise for the Day – Victory Over All Temptation Possible

God's Promises Are Ever Faithful
God’s Promises Are Ever Faithful

I Corinthians 10:13 “There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.”

What a joy it is to know that the child of God does not need to fear temptation. God has promised that they will never be too great to bear – with His help.

Before the value of this promise can be realized, the believer must understand what a temptation is. It is an opportunity to sin. A temptation itself is not a sin. Remember that Jesus was tempted, yet He remained without sin.

The verse is not saying that we will not be tempted. Although we have a new nature, God has also permitted our old one to stay with us for now. We have a choice now, though, when we face it: will we serve God or serve the flesh and the Devil?

The above Bible verse promises also that no temptation we are allowed to face as we serve God will ever be too great. This is because God will always make it so that there is an escape route. Prayer always helps us to see them and to want to escape from them.

There may be a price to pay for it, however, but God always sees and knows. Joseph, for instance, resisted Potiphar’s wife, but was cast into prison. God used this time as a further training ground for Joseph, but Joseph did not know what would happen.

The Apostle Paul mentioned that any trouble we face down here is to be looked at as a “light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory” ( II Corinthians 4:17). This means it will be well worth it all when we see the glory and rewards that await us for having resisted sin and continuing to serve God here.

Bible Promise for the Day – Seeing God Do “Great and Mighty Things”

God's Promises Are Ever Faithful
God’s Promises Are Ever Faithful

Jeremiah 33:3 “Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and shew thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not.”

This Bible verse is one of the great promises of God in relation to prayer. It is practically a challenge to the child of God that if they want to see God work mightily, they need to seek Him and specifically ask for it.

It also reveals that God wants to do great things that we might praise Him for it. The things He wants to do for us, according to the verse, are “great and mighty things.” This means things that will amaze us.

This verse does not stop there, but even goes a step further than that. It says that He wants to do things “which thou knowest not.” This means things that you don’t even think about. He wants to do things that we don’t even dream of. We really do not have any idea of how much God wants to work on our behalf and for His own glory.

I have to wonder how many believers are reading this that see those kind of works of God very often. I doubt that it is very many. By grace, I have seen Him do some things far beyond my expectations – but I would like to see much more.

This Bible verse, however, also contains something we need to think about very carefully. If He primarily only responds when we call and ask for Him to do so, then it means that the reason we do not see those “great and mighty things” more frequently is largely our own fault. James agrees with this, when he says: “Ye have not because ye ask not.”

The work of God is being limited because we fail to ask for those “great and mighty things” more often. Of course, He also wants us to live holy lives. Through those who do so, and who seek Him, His work can mightily go forward.

Bible Promise for the Day – Be Courageous and Get Strengthened!

God's Promises Are Ever Faithful
God’s Promises Are Ever Faithful

Psalm 31:24 “Be of good courage, and he shall strengthen your heart, all ye that hope in the LORD.”

There is no doubt that being one who goes forward against challenges will face some opposition. Every competitor in the Olympics knows this. Someone would tell them you aren’t good enough. Others might say that you would be better off living for a different goal. In spite of that, and with some encouragement, they kept on.

Serving Christ in a world of unbelief also has its challenges. There are others who do not believe in the life we live, and they wonder why we do it. They do not understand why we serve Christ, or why we do not do the things they do. Some will criticize us and try to make us miserable.

In spite of that, we know that God’s own Son died for us and He now lives within our hearts. He has changed us, and we are glad He did.

Discouragement will come from time to time, and we may become disheartened. It may also seem like very few people are going the same direction we are going. These feelings do not come from God.

God tells us, in this Bible verse, to be courageous. This will come from one place – time spent in Bible reading in the presence of God. He wants to give us courage and boldness to live and speak for Him.

As the verse says, if we will determine to serve Him, He will strengthen our hearts so that we can. There is no need to turn back. Remember God’s lesson to Paul: “And he 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” (II Corinthians 12:9). We will often discover we are strongest in Him when we feel our own weakness the most!