Bible Promise for the Day – Why There Is an Eternal Gospel

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

I Peter 1:24,25 “For all flesh is as grass, and all the glory of man as the flower of grass. The grass withereth, and the flower thereof falleth away: But the word of the Lord endureth for ever. And this is the word which by the gospel is preached unto you.”

In these two verses, God compares people to the Word of God. People are only going to be here for a short time – and then they will be gone from this planet. Even those with the most glory or fame are still not here longer than others, although their memory or works may be remembered for some time. Certainly this is a good reason why believers ought to make sure that what they do is worthwhile, largely because they will be rewarded accordingly.

The primary point of this text, though, is the durability of God’s Word in comparison to our short lives. God honors His Word and He tells us that it will endure forever. This means its Gospel message cannot change and its message will never need an upgrade! The all-knowing God made it perfect from the start and it is complete in its message, in its perfection, and in its ability to save. Now, it is up to believers everywhere to know it, believe it, and get the message out to those who need it.

As believers, we do not need a new Gospel, and we certainly do not need to dress it up. It still is “the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth” (Romans 1:16). We do, however, need God’s power to proclaim it as we should – and He is more than willing to give it to those who will do His perfect will.

The Gospel is eternal, because as long as there are lost people, there is still a need for the same grand old message that makes sinners into sons of God!

Bible Promise for the Day – The Secret Behind Successful Prayer

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

I John 3:22 “And whatsoever we ask, we receive of him, because we keep his commandments, and do those things that are pleasing in his sight.”

There is a lot of talk about prayer these days. It is, after all, easier to talk about it than to actually engage in serious praying. Even then, there is a big difference between praying and getting those prayers answered.

Christ told His disciples that there really is no limit to what prayer can do. In His example to them, no mountain is safe, because prayer can move it. This is because true prayer engages God’s unlimited power to accomplish a specific task.

Notice that there is a condition in this verse. I need to mention that this verse only deals with prayer and not salvation. God gladly answers prayer from His children who are sincere about pleasing Him. They want to obey Him and fulfill His will in their life.

All the saints of the Old Testament who accomplished marvelous things in prayer were people who wanted to please God. They sought Him and His blessing even when others around them did not. They often walked alone as far as people were concerned, but they knew that God was with them. That was what mattered most to them.

As this verse shows, prayer gets answered when there is a right life behind it. Other verses bring out a few other conditions, too, but this one is very important. He knows our life, minds, and hearts. He also knows whether we really want to walk with Him and live holy or just get His blessings.

Christian, do you pray like you should? If you are not getting the answers you seek, could there be a problem with simple obedience and wanting to please Him first of all?

Bible Promise for the Day – A Reason to Be Bold

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

Isaiah 41:10 “Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.”

There are many occasions in the Word of God where the Lord tells His people, whether as a nation, or to individuals, to “fear not.” The times in which we live now certainly provide many reasons for some people to fear.

There is a lot of uncertainty on the horizon, as I mentioned yesterday, and events are lining up for even gloomier days – depending on how you look at it. Things like debates between presidential candidates are not always very helpful, either.

In spite of these things, God repeated His intention and command that His people should not be afraid. Why? There are three reasons given in this Bible verse:

  1. His Guaranteed Presence – “I am with thee”

If anyone should ask, what good will that do? His answer reminds us that He is our God – and He has unlimited power and wisdom!

  1. His Guaranteed Help – “I will strengthen thee”

Even though we may at times be weak in ourselves, or in our resolution to serve Him, yet He will give us strength, even when we have none.

  1. His Guaranteed Support – “I will uphold thee”

As long as God has a purpose for you and me on this planet, if you are saved, He can be counted on to uphold us as we do His work.

The results of His strength to undergird us should greatly embolden us to continue to go forward for Him. We must learn to draw nigh to Him first, wait on His perfect will for you, and then be sure to do it in His power and leading – not your own.

Too many Christians are silent for Christ today. Very few people around them, if anyone, even know they are believers in Christ. Many, I’m afraid, have been more converted by the world, than vice versa.

With promises like this, and by feeding frequently and daily on His Word, we ought to be like the Apostles who “turned the world upside down” for Christ. We have far more tools available to us to help spread the Gospel than they ever dreamed of, yet we fail to tell others. The difference is that they loved Christ with all their hearts and were filled with the same Holy Spirit Who is available to us today.

With promises like these of His support and help, let me ask: What are you doing for Christ today?

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Bible Promise for the Day – Boldness and Love in a Troubled World

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

II Timothy 1:7 “For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.”

In today’s world, many people are afraid. The world situation really is not getting much better either, and prospects are not looking that great. Politicians are making promises, but they can do little without God’s help.

We certainly are living in a day when there are wars and rumors of wars, as the Bible tells us will be in the last days. On the other hand, the good thing is that it means that Christ could be coming very soon – possibly even today.

In spite of what is happening around us, it is the child of God who should be enjoying the greatest peace. This Bible verse tells us that if we fear, we are not as close to God as we should be.

Fear is a tool of the Satan, and he uses it to intimidate believers into silence. Instead of succumbing to fear, we need to go to God, submit to Him, and ask for boldness, as the apostles did in Acts 4. There are many people around us who do not yet know the message of the Gospel – that Jesus still saves the lost!

The apostles were threatened in Acts 4, but they were determined to obey God rather than men. The Holy Spirit empowered them with boldness, which does not mean being cocky, or rude. As a result of a fresh anointing of the Holy Ghost, the apostles spoke out in love, and under the guidance of the Spirit.

I also want to point out that the verse talks about a sound mind.” We cannot think or act as God wants if we are afraid. He will give us peace, and in that peace, we will be able to hear Him guiding us into His perfect will.

Bible Promise of the Day – The Power of Regular Worship

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

Psalm 84:4 “Blessed are they that dwell in thy house: they will be still praising thee. Selah.”

As I walk around some large stores on occasion, I always like to see who I believe is really happy. Even here in the more “Christian” South, I see very few people who appear to be happy, although some have a genuine appearance of being happy. Being that there are so few disappoints me greatly.

The Bible verse for today starts with the word “Blessed.” This is another word for “happy.” I have no idea how many people in those stores actually go to church, or are saved, but I strongly believe there is somewhat of a correlation between being happy and worshiping the Lord.

David, by experience, knew that being around God and the people of God in regular worship leads to a joyous heart. Of course, this assumes that the individual is willing to forsake sin and truly worship God from the heart.

Christ Saves - not a Church
Going to Church Can Make You A Blessed Christian

David said it like this, in Psalm 16:11: “Thou wilt shew me the path of life: in thy presence is fulness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore.” He found incredible joy from really being in God’s presence – which is different from merely being in a church building.

I find that this Bible promise is still true. I enjoy being around God’s people, and worshiping and fellowshipping with Him. So do true Christians.

Some Christians, or some people who like to think they are Christians, apparently have not found this to be true – or they have forgotten it. This must be one reason so few have real joy in their hearts.

What David is saying in the verse for the text today is that if you will continue to serve and honor God in church, you will be enabled to still have a song in your heart that honors God. People will never be perfect and may disappoint, not even pastors.

If you, as a Christian, have lost your joy and praise for God, is it because you stopped going to church? If for some reason there is a problem at a particular church, find another one. Don’t be a defeated and unhappy (unblessed) Christian any more. If you are saved, love God, and prove to yourself and to the world that He is still worth serving! Find that blessedness of dwelling in His house again! Praise His eternal Name!

I trust that you will be in church this morning – or perhaps tonight or next Sunday. Don’t put it off. May our Lord bless you as you are faithful to His place of worship – with the people of God. Be one of those that others can tell are genuinely happy; and when they ask what makes you happy, be sure to tell them!

Bible Promise for the Day – Receiving a Full Reward

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

Hebrews 10:35,36 “Cast not away therefore your confidence, which hath great recompence of reward. For ye have need of patience, that, after ye have done the will of God, ye might receive the promise.”

In this verse, the Apostle Paul talks about the possibility of losing rewards. In the Bible, salvation is never considered a reward for believers – that comes by faith in Christ.

Rewards are given for faithful service and there are several of them. They include crowns and positions of authority. While many people are focused on being able to go to Heaven because of Christ, many do not realize that there are rewards that can be obtained, too. Because many are not working for them, they are apt to lose out.

Paul indicates that a believer needs to be careful to maintain faith, and continue living for God with their whole life. He tells the believer to be patient. Things may not always be grand and wonderful, some hardships will come. But, don’t turn back or turn aside, and you can receive a full reward. When you do, you will instantly discover that it was worth it.

You will also discover that God will help you every step of the way. It will be a challenge, but you can earn a full reward. You will need to start that journey toward a full reward by making a commitment to serve Christ from now on, and start immediately following the Word of God.

Bible Promise for the Day – Confession and the Promise of Salvation

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

Romans 10:9,10 “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.”

In the book of Romans, Paul the Apostle makes a lot of spiritual truth very clear. He talks much about salvation in the book, and reveals why Christ is the key to our salvation.

The two verses for our text today reveal a short summary of that salvation that God so freely offers to us. You will probably notice how very simple it really is. Some church groups make it much more complex – but that is distorting the truth of God’s Word.

The first word is the one that some religious groups distort so badly. It is the word “confess,” and it simply means “to admit.” This confession is not to be made to men (no matter what their title or position is), but is made directly to God in prayer. The Bible tells us that: “For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus” (1Ti 2:5).

  1. A New Lord

That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus.”

What this first part of the verse is saying is that you must admit that Jesus Christ is Lord to you, or, your new Boss. Before that time, you were simply your own boss – not God, and that is what sin is in its raw form. Now that you recognize your need of His salvation and forgiveness, salvation can occur by changing bosses of your life!

  1. A New Belief

“and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead.”

This part is just as important as the confession. In addition to recognizing Christ as Lord, you also need to recognize that God put His Son to death for your sins. He did it because there was no other way of salvation. Afterwards, God raised Him from the dead to give us assurance of two things:

  1. That Jesus was indeed the Son of God.
  2. That our sins were truly paid for. If they weren’t, Jesus would still be paying for them.

Note that belief is necessary for salvation. A baby does not believe anything. This kind of Bible belief can only take place after understanding what Jesus did for us on the Cross. It must be a voluntary belief, or faith.

  1. A New and Complete Salvation

The verse states that after you have confessed that you will now serve Christ, and that you understand He died for you, then you are saved. Please note this is not just my interpretation – read it again for yourself. It is not me, a man, saying you are saved, but God Who wrote these verses.

Notice also that the verse states that “thou shalt be saved.” That is pretty clear. Not maybe will be saved; or can hope to be saved, but you shall be saved. This also implies you cannot lose it, like some falsely say. Eternal life can be yours because of what Christ did for you.

The second verse, verse 10, repeats it, so that the reader can be sure to understand what is being said. Belief and confession will save you today, if you call on Him in prayer – from right where you are now.

I’d like to hear from some of you today. If you are saved and reading this, why not let me know by making a comment. Comments are hidden, so no one will see it but me.