Bible Promise for the Day – God’s Good Thoughts Toward You

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

Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.”

Because of trouble in their life, many people think that God is harsh, or out to get them. Others wonder why it is that life is hard, and conclude that either there is no God, or that He does not care. Of course, neither view is correct.

To the unsaved world, Satan is glad to get them to think wrong thoughts toward God. He knows that wrong thinking can keep people from turning toward Him – which is just what he wants. The truth is that “For God so loved the world, that he gave His only begotten Son.” That is certainly more love than any of us can imagine or understand.

During an occasion when God had to deal hard with Israel because of their sin, God told them that He did not want to hurt them. Instead, all His thoughts were toward them for good, as the verse above states, but a lack of repentance called for stronger measures.

As believers, we also may wonder why times can be hard. Sometimes, it may seem like we do not get the breaks we think we ought to get, or answers to our prayers seem long in coming.

This verse reveals the truth of God’s attitude toward His children. He always loves you, and never ceases to do so. He does have an overriding purpose, however, and that is that He aims to conform His children to be like His Son Jesus Christ (Romans 8:29).

Knowing now that He loves you with a constant love, can you thank Him for the things He permits to enter your life? He loves you, and the closer you draw toward Him, the more you will experience His peace and love. Does such love help you to trust Him more and serve Him better? The “expected end” refers to the blessings in life we expect to get from serving God. The truth is, though, that He will give us much more than we could ever ask or think – but we do have to wait for it a little while.

Bible Promise for the Day – The Retirement Plan That Cannot Fail

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

Matthew 6:20,21 “But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal: For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.”

There is no doubt that the economy is currently unpredictable and unstable right now. Gas prices are changing, large companies are shutting down stores or declaring bankruptcy (Hanjin and SunEdison), politics continues to show little promise of a better tomorrow. Social security is running out and stocks and bonds just aren’t that reliable anymore. Health problems, often unpredictable, can also eat away at life savings.

The believer, however, has a very sure future. It is based on the faithfulness of God Himself. While earthly banks can break and investments can fail, even in gold, but investing in God’s work and serving Him will produce a guaranteed manifold return in the future.

God wants each believer to bank on Him. He cannot fail, or be overthrown. What He promises He will deliver – it’s just a matter of time. Everything around you that you see will be gone one day. Even today, possessions and riches can quickly be lost due to crime, inflation, cyber crime, and more.

It’s time to take stock, Christian, in the things that really matter. You cannot take anything from here with you, in the way of riches or rewards. Even if you could – it would not be worth anything up there.

Jesus once told a parable of a rich fool (Luke 12:16-21). The man said he would build bigger barns to keep his bumper crops in, and that he would eat, drink, and be merry from then on. That is exactly what many people want today. They want to retire early and take it easy. The problem with this, Jesus said, was that the man did not take eternity into account. He had absolutely nothing laid up in Heaven waiting for him – and he lost his own soul, too! He lived as though this world was all that there is – how wrong he was!

How true it is that where our treasure is, there will our hearts be also. If your heart is inclined to seek for riches which cannot last, then you will have no time to build up riches in glory, either. It is one or the other.

A missionary of the past, Jim Elliot, said: “He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain that which he cannot lose.” Will your retirement plan extend beyond this life?

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Bible Promise for the Day – Power Over the Enemy Called Satan

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

James 4:7 “Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.”

In a day when many people fear the Devil, and when Hollywood takes advantage of this fear for the sake of the dollar, the true child of God needs no such fear. Many people around the world fear the wicked one more than the Creator of all. Let me also add that Satan cannot be stopped by any earthly object – a Hollywood invention.

When a person gets saved by believing in Christ for salvation, the child of God gains a new Father – God Himself. The Holy Spirit moves within, and being God, He is infinitely more powerful than the created being called Satan.

This Bible verse is very clear in what it teaches. There are three statements in it, and the end result, seen in the last statement, is that Satan “will flee” when the terms are met. Of course, once he does that, he is defeated in his evil intent at that moment. Be aware, though, that he or his evil servants will be back.

Christian, the first term is to “submit” or surrender to God. This means a wholehearted surrender. Be genuinely surrendered to God to do His will. Really seek first the Kingdom of God and let His indwelling Spirit guide you.

Then, be sure to stand up to and “resist” Satan’s devices (temptations), and do not yield to them. Ask God to protect you and let Him take care of Satan. Keep your eyes on Christ and His great strength, and when you do, victory will be yours because of Christ’s power which already defeated Satan on the Cross two Millennia ago. Faith in Christ’s ability to deliver is the answer to Christian victory.

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Bible Promise for the Day – Faith Is the Key to Salvation

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

John 3:18 “He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.”

This verse makes it plain that whether or not an individual is condemned to Hell depends on belief, or faith. Let me point out now that the word “faith” in this verse does not refer to the doctrinal points of what you hold to, as in a creed.

Many people today have this kind of “faith,” but it is not the kind of faith that saves from Hell. In fact, the Bible tells us that the devils believe, too, but you can be sure that they will not escape the wrath of God in Hell! The devils believe because they were at one time in Heaven. They knew God and dwelt with Him. They have no doubt about His existence or power. Yes, you can be sure that they have those facts straight, and they even tremble over that knowledge: “Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble” (James 2:19).

God is much more interested in what you do about those facts about Him and about His Son, Jesus Christ. If your “knowledge” does not cause you to change your ways, then what you call “faith” won’t do you any more good than what the devils know about God.

When Christ first started preaching, His message was to declare: “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand: repent ye, and believe the gospel” (Mark 1:15). This word “repent” means to change your mind about sin. Whereas you loved it before, hate it now, because it is sending you to Hell. Turn from it and tell God you are sorry for it.

After a child learns what “hot” means, they understand that they should not touch a “hot” stove. They believed it, and it altered their actions. This is the way saving faith works. Once you understand sin is sending you to Hell, it is time to not touch it anymore.

Christ needs to be the object of your faith, and not your works, or what you can do to save yourself. He died for your sins and now wants you to trust (believe) in Him alone for salvation. There is no other way to Heaven. Call on Him in prayer for forgiveness and salvation. Do it today. Make sure you have genuine faith in Christ, and are not merely trusting in a set of facts about Christ.

Notice again what the verse for today declares: “He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.” Hell is the price for a wrong kind of faith, but faith in the Lord Jesus Christ to save you leads to a real and eternal salvation.

Bible Promise for the Day – Guided by the Word of God for Stability of Life

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

Psalm 37:31 “The law of his God is in his heart; none of his steps shall slide.”

A lot of things around us are unstable. Besides the unpredictableness of the weather, jobs and economy are certainly two other big areas of instability. Politics… well I don’t even need to talk about that – you already know.

Life is filled with a large degree of uncertainty. None of us is guaranteed tomorrow. The Bible speaks of this unpredictability in Proverbs 27:1: “Boast not thyself of to morrow; for thou knowest not what a day may bring forth.”

Mistakes in life can be very costly, and you can come to regret wrong decisions for a long time – sometimes for a lifetime. The Christian, however, has a way to alter that uncertainty of life – and the regrets, too.

Instead of rambling about in life and hoping for the best, or trying to be happy, the true child of God has a Guidebook that is infallible. It is an infallible and a reliable Guidebook for life because it has an infallible Author – God Himself.

It is true that God does have a plan for every believer’s life. His plan for your life is perfect and good; but it is not a pain-free, successful beyond imagination kind of life. Also, popularity and riches may not be included in that plan. However, it is a plan that includes peace of heart and mind, real joy, victory over sin, confidence that God does not fail, and a life with no regrets. God’s presence and power will also accompany that life. Riches may not be included in the plan’s half for this world, but there can be unbelievable riches and power in the next.

As the above verse states, the key is to know the Word and have it in your heart. Yes, this means good old-fashioned memorization of important Scriptures. Your steps will be secure because God upholds those who serve Him faithfully according to His Word. It also may not be the most popular position to take in life; but if God is behind you – what does it matter what others say?

If you want a stable life, Christian, it’s time to get in the Word, read, study, memorize, and obey it – with God’s help. Go forward, and don’t look back. Let God prove that “none of his steps shall slide.”

Bible Promise for the Day – The Power of Grace Limits Sin

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

Romans 6:14 “For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace.”

It was mentioned in yesterday’s daily devotional that grace is God providing an enabling to His people. This enablement gives believers the power to do all that God desires us to do, as well as to be what He wants us to be.

Grace enables the believer because it is literally God moving within and providing the necessary power. His grace must be obtained hourly, and even minute by minute. We are not ever independent of it, and when we try or forget this principle, we only fall flat on our face.

When we are submitted to Him, just as the verse promises, sin will not have power over you. While this verse refers to salvation, it is not only talking about salvation when it mentions the Law. It means sin cannot bring the believer back into a position of condemnation – even if you do sin again; and it also means that when Christ rules the heart, and the Spirit fills you, that sin will not have the victory.

Christ’s power truly cancels the power of sin. It frees the believer from its power, and believers need to recognize His power over it, and then act on it. Paul says in the verses following this one that grace enables us to serve God as we ought because we have been loosed from sin’s power.

The choice of who or what we serve after salvation is up to the believer. Although the power for victory over sin is available, the believer does have a choice. You can choose to serve Christ and walk in His power, or, ignore it and walk in the flesh (sin).

In the previous verse, Paul exhorts the believer to: “Neither yield ye your members as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin: but yield yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness unto God.”  Let’s go on and walk in His grace and power for His glory, that others may see what we have is real!

Bible Promise of the Day – Sufficiency When You Need It

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

II Corinthians 9:8 “And God is able to make all grace abound toward you; that ye, always having all sufficiency in all things, may abound to every good work.”

Grace is God giving to His own just what they need to enable them to do beyond what is humanly possible. In salvation, God’s grace is revealed in Christ’s dying for us to pay for our sins that we might be able to receive forgiveness.

For some Christians, this is the only grace they know. Grace is much more than just salvation – although that is a necessary starting place. The above verse is directed toward people who are already believers. It speaks of God giving us what we need to be able to do whatever God wants us to do for Him.

This is a powerful verse. It reveals that we can do much more for God than we realize, and also that there is no room for excuses. God will never tell us to do something that is impossible. This means that if He commands it, then He will also give us grace to accomplish it. He can enable a believer to get control of the tongue and thoughts, of the lusts, of the greed and covetousness, to help us show love toward the unlovely, to gain self-control, and much more.

As Jesus told His disciples, there are some things that are impossible for mankind, but there is nothing impossible for God. His grace means an enabling beyond our ability to even think it. No, we will not become supermen or superwomen. Just ordinary human beings letting the Holy Spirit work through them.

All of God’s work can only be accomplished by His Spirit. No matter how talented an individual is, it is the Spirit that makes the difference. The flesh can only produce fleshly results, and only His Spirit can produce spiritual results. We must draw on His power and grace if His work is to be done at all; and this verse makes it plain that there is more than enough grace available for every need.