Bible Promise for the Day – Finding Divine Strength in Weakness

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

II Corinthians 12:9 “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.”

There are various times when, as a believer, you will find yourself spiritually weak. There are also various ways the weakness will appear, including being weak in being willing to fight the flesh and the devil, weakness to do what is right, weakness to witness, weakness in getting up in time to have a good personal devotions, or go to church.

The weakness is made worse, though, when we are not willing to do anything about it – including praying. This demonstrates complacency in your weakness, revealing you accept it and do not intend to do anything about it; or, you do not believe anything can be done about it.

If you are a born-again believer in Christ, you can do something about spiritual weakness. Christ has already given you the tools.

The above verse is from the apostle Paul coming to God and asking him to take away a particular thorn in the flesh. The thorn was bothersome to Paul and he sought relief from it. In reply, the Lord said “No.”

Out of Paul’s dilemma, God gave us a principle and a verse that reveals many valuable things to believers. Here are some of them:

  1. God does not always intend to provide relief.
  2. God will always give His servants sufficient grace to bear what He in righteousness permits – although He does not necessarily promise we will understand it.
  3. God can best provide and demonstrate His strength in our weakness.
  4. Like Paul, God wants us to “glory in our weaknesses” because that is when God’s power can be most easily seen in our lives.

As humans, we naturally tend to gravitate toward things where our strengths will carry us through. In those instances, however, your own strength is working – and not necessarily God’s. God desires that we rely on Him in faith to provide the things we need – including emotional, and sufficient physical and mental health for the tasks He gives.

Whose strength are you relying on now to accomplish the things God wants you to do? It is true that we must be involved and expend our energies, but we also need Him to work – or we are working in vain.

Bible Promise for the Day – Asking and Receiving from God

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

Matthew 7:7,8 “Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.”

Many people are familiar with these two Bible verses, or at least with the idea of asking and receiving. The idea is used in many aspects: between friends, by business leaders, by politicians, and more.

In the spiritual realm, the Lord Jesus taught it to His disciples, not to unbelievers. The key idea here is that God is very interested in providing the needs of His children, and that He has the power to do it. He also does not need to be prodded, or pleaded with in order to give it.

In addition, though, there is also the strong principle here that says that God’s people often go without simply because they don’t ask. God wants you, as a faithful believer, to learn to make a habit of asking Him for needs, and for His will to be accomplished in the lives of specific individuals, families – and nations.

A lack of trust in God’s ability or willingness to deliver is a primary reason some things are not obtained. Asking in faith must lead to seeking that answer, and being watchful for it. Asking may also require knocking on doors so that clear direction may be given.

Faith comes by spending time in reading the Bible, talking to God in prayer, and in obeying God. As you do these things more, you will discover that your vision will be enlarged, and you will be enabled and encouraged to widen your asking – according to the will of God. God will not answer a request that is in violation of His Word.

Could it be said of any of us that we have not only because we aren’t asking? Think about what great things could be done for the Kingdom of God if we would only learn to ask, seek, and knock more?

Bible Promise for the Day – The New Birth and Victory

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

I John 5:4 “For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith.”

Although it can be a struggle sometimes, Christians have something that ordinary religion cannot provide. Other religions must talk about subduing the flesh or learning to ignore it, but the child of God has the Holy Spirit within to help defeat the world, the flesh, and the Devil.

Having the indwelling Holy Spirit is a real game-changer. He is never tempted to sin. In fact, He cannot sin. The key for the believer, then, is to let the Holy Spirit have control. He never forces you to do something against your will, or takes over. Your will always remains intact, which is why some believers have difficulty with sin.

This Bible verse plainly tells us that being “born of God” (or, “born again”) is the victory. We are not what we used to be (thank God!), and we are not yet all that we shall be. In Christ, though, you should be learning how to walk in the Spirit and getting the victory through Him.

One of the fruits of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22,23) is faith. This means that if you will walk with Him, you can have the faith you need to have victory. Throughout the day, in faith look to Christ to provide you with victory and to make you aware of temptations before there is a problem – and a defeat. When faced with difficult situations, always be sure to ask Him in prayer for wisdom, guidance, and strength to do His will.

In the new birth, Christ has made us new creatures. It really is the Holy Spirit within us, and He is more than capable of leading you to victory over sin. Perfection will not occur in this life, however, but there is plenty of opportunity for growth in that direction.

Bible Promise for the Day – Success for the Believer

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

Psalm 1:2,3 “But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night. And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.”

The world talks an awful lot about success today. It seems that many people – leaders, gurus, etc., want to be the ones to charge you a lot of money to tell you how to do it. Many of them actually have succeeded in life and have the money to show for it.

The problem with this is that it is not the goal that God has in mind when He mentions success for the believer. Nor do the world’s methods lead to the riches that God wants to give you. Why such a vast difference? To the world, success means to go after and gain the things this life offers, and they have no thought for eternity.

Some Christian leaders like to talk about a health-wealth Gospel. They teach that if you are saved and right with God that you will be prosperous and wealthy. This teaching, of course, is not found in the Bible. What is promised in the New Testament is that God will take care of your needs as you serve Him faithfully.

Our Bible verses for today, Psalm 1:2,3, talk about meditating on the Word. The word “law” refers to the Bible. God wants us to meditate on His Book so that it will become the focus of our thoughts, which will then become the driving force behind our actions.

The meditation on the Word spoken of here is not like some forms of secular meditation where you focus on nothing and empty your mind. God never wants His children to empty their mind. Instead, He desires that we fill our minds with the pure Word of God and think about Him and His truths. This will often result in:

  • Praise to Him
  • Direction for our lives and service toward God
  • Cleansing of our hearts and minds
  • Leading in our actions toward others.

These two verses tell us that God will bless all we do on the condition that we meditate daily on His Word and conform our lives to it. His Word is powerful and it can change your thoughts and lives – to where God will be able to bless you. Daily meditation is easiest when we memorize key verses, then we can think on them at various times during the day.

Now Christian, there’s the promise. Do you want to have success and blessing from Him? There’s the key! What verse will you memorize and think about today?

Bible Promise for the Day – Getting the Thought Life Under Control

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

Proverbs 16:3 “Commit thy works unto the LORD, and thy thoughts shall be established.”

Christians often find that they have trouble in their thought life. They have difficulty in bringing their thoughts under control, and unpleasant or wrong thoughts can suddenly erupt, and this often occurs when trying to pray or when idle.

Of course, having these thoughts makes it very difficult to honor God in the mind or in the life, since the one follows the other. Until the mind can gain control over the thoughts, there will never be much true victory in the life. Satan is often the source.

This verse provides a clue as to how victory can be obtained. The verse first tells the believer to “Commit thy works unto the LORD,” which means to make a determined decision about serving God. You choose to serve Him and to follow His leading. Make it part of your decision that you are not turning back on that decision, too.

This means it cannot be a half-hearted decision that implies that you will see if you like it – and if not, you will quit. There is no determination there and you are not fooling God. Think about God’s decision to save you. Once Christ was born of Mary – there waited a Cross for Him one day. He did not think twice about giving all for you.

After you make that commitment, God will want you to spend much time in the Word. God will begin to keep the wrong thoughts under control for you, and will help you to get even greater control. As you spend more time in the Word, you will discover that He has changed your thought life altogether.

Old thoughts will return from time to time as Satan throws temptations your way. With God’s help, though, He will give you the victory and you will thank Him for it. Be in prayer along with meditating on the Word, and you will begin to discover a victory you did not think possible.

Remember, God’s Word is plain to those who will believe it. The promises and their answers and blessings are for them, too.

Time to Learn More of the Bible

Christ Wants His Children to Grow Strong
Christ Wants His Children to Grow Strong

I Peter 2:2,3 “As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby.  If so be ye have tasted that the Lord is gracious.”

Parents enjoy watching their little children become bigger, stronger, healthy, and more mature. They naturally want to see their child grow to eventually become a mature adult who is able to take care of themselves and learn to think responsibly.

The Apostle Peter also loved to see Christians grow and become strong in the Lord. In the above verse, he recognizes that just like a human infant must have food to grow, a young Christian must also likewise have a daily diet of spiritual food from the Word of God. Without it, they will only become a big disappointment to their Father. Though saved, they will never be a mature child of God. Their spiritual growth will be stunted.

It is God’s will that every true Christian grow strong in Christ. This means growing in their understanding of the Bible, knowledgeable of how to apply and use the Word in daily life, and eventually become able to teach others. It also is a key to receiving God’s blessings on your life and home.

The first century Christians, even right after they were saved, had a strong hunger for the Word, according to Acts 2. They listened to the teaching and preaching of the Word every day and grew fast spiritually. The church grew fast, too, and God blessed them for it.

Christ and the Word really does have a lot to offer believers. If you are saved, then you have already “tasted that the Lord is gracious.” This means you already know He is good and that He has shown you it is worth learning more about Him. He is willing to guide you and help you grow. As much as possible, I also am willing to help you grow and be a blessing to you.

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God Bless,
Mike Valles, Evangelist

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