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 – Getting Ready for Christ’s Return

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

Matthew 24:44 “Therefore be ye also ready: for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of man cometh.”

Even though Christ lived on earth about 2,000 years ago, He told His disciples to be ready for His return. It appears that it was going to be after a long period of time, and that His disciples would be tempted to relax their guard.

This is exactly what has happened and the very things that Christ did not want to happen. Christians today are all too often living comfortably in the world. If Christ were to come back today, there is little doubt that they would be disappointed because they would miss the things they had accumulated. They have not been looking for Him at all.

Being ready for His return means several things. Preparation needs to be made because Christ gave a Commission to the Church that they were to carry out in His absence.

Believers are to be light in the world, and salt. We also are to live holy lives. Love is to be our motive and our uniqueness. We also are not to lay up treasures here, but make sure our true treasure is in Heaven, and in the eternal city we seek.

Our verse also says that Christ’s return will not be when expected. It will be a surprise. This is why we need to seek to be ready today.

Paul the Apostle knew that he was ready to meet the Lord. After he was saved, he did his best to constantly serve God. Certainly, though challenging, his life is a powerful example of someone who was fully committed to serving God. Because he had this mindset, he knew that his full reward was waiting for him.

Are you ready for His appearing today – if He should come? If not, what spiritual things can you take care of today to be ready?

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 – Getting Close to God

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

James 4:8 “Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded.”

The desire of God, ever since creation, has been to walk with and fellowship with humans. This overall purpose of God has never changed.

This is why He created Heaven. For those who will enjoy Him, He has reserved many special future blessings. Those who choose to walk with Him on earth already know and experience many of those blessings.

God, however, is very different from humans. In the beginning, man was created perfect and was able to walk with God. Sin entered, and so did separation from God, Who is infinitely holy.

Because of His love for us, God did not let this disruption in our relationship with Him remain constant. He took the first step to heal that broken fellowship by sending His own Son, Jesus, to die for us. That was the ultimate Sacrifice, as well as the necessary payment for the penalty of our sin.

The above Bible verse summarizes His promise to us. There is no need to continue to wonder “Is God real?” If we seek to find Him and desire to know Him, He will reciprocate. Remember, He wants you to know Him. He has promised: “Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you.”

The issue of sin, though, is a serious one. He cannot let it go or overlook it. So, God tells the individual seeking Him: “Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded.” In plain English, this means stop sinning (repent). In prayer to God, admit you were wrong by breaking His commandments. Ask Him to forgive and to save you because of what Christ did on the Cross, and to help you serve Him the way He wants you to – according to the Bible.

This is certainly the greatest invitation ever given at any time, from the Creator of all, to you and me. He invites you to know and fellowship with Him. How will you respond today?

Bible Promise for the Day – God’s Promise of Love and Eternal Salvation

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

John 3:16 “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”

This verse is probably one of the most popular in the world, and it contains tremendous truths for the entire world. The first truth that all need to hear is that, in spite of all the trouble in the world today, God loves everyone in the world.

God’s end goal of that love is not to relieve the world of trouble or grief, as some people think He should – not yet, anyway, but it is to reconcile the world to Himself. Sin had caused an immense rift between God and mankind. Everyone is in the same boat. Many Bible verses tell us of this sin problem, such as this one in Romans 3:10: “As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one.”

Because God loved us, and wanted to bring us willingly back to Himself, He sent His Son to live with us, and then to die for us. Jesus’ death has paid for all our sin, but it must be accepted as payment for your sin. Anyone can be saved.

Since the full debt for your sins and mine has already been paid, all that is left is to receive God’s gift of pardon. The verse sums it up very well when it declares “that whosoever believeth in him should not perish.” They will escape Hell altogether and go to Heaven when they die – they are given eternal life.

Why will this happen? Simply because they received the forgiveness and pardon that God offered. Notice that the verse does not say that they will have eternal life if they keep the commandments, or if they join a certain church, or give up specific sins. No, all that is needed is to believe on Christ for the payment of their sins and their salvation. It is all in Jesus Christ. He became the Substitute that was needed.

Have you asked Him to forgive you, told Him you want to turn from sin and serve Him, and give you salvation? Today would be a good day for it.

Bible Promise for the Day

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

Getting God’s Grace When You Need It

Hebrews 4:16 “Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.”

In writing about Christ in the Bible verses just before this one, the Apostle Paul tells believers how they can avail themselves of the priesthood of Christ – now that He has ascended. Since Christ become a human like us, but without sin, we know that He cares for us and is prepared to help us when we need it.

Verse 15 tells us that Christ experienced life as we experience it, and all the things that go with it. Because of this, we should not feel strange in coming to Him for help – even in the little things.

Christ’s life on earth was partly so that He could help those believers that need it. He offers help in the form of mercy and grace, and He gives it from the Throne of Grace. Note that it is not a Throne of Judgment, or of wrath – but of mercy and grace towards those who have been washed in the blood of the Lamb!

He invites you to come, dear Christian, in faith, when you need His help. The truth is that the more you seek and obtain His help, the stronger you will be spiritually, able to experience greater victory, and capable of even better service for Him. Do not ever fear that you will come too often.

Bible Promise for the Day

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

Dwelling in God’s House Forever!

Psalm 23:6 “Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the LORD for ever.”

David’s conclusion to this beautiful chapter is most excellent. It really would be hard to find a way to ask for more. It is also important to remember that this verse, along with the rest of the Bible, was inspired by God.

As we consider who is saying this, we realize that it was David – who suffered many things during his life that most people would consider evil. In spite of that, David chalked it up as “goodness and mercy” – when he was confident that God was his Shepherd. Although much of what he went through was certainly painful, he understood that God would never allow anything to happen to him that God did not permit. Yes, David even experienced some chastening, but he confessed it made him a better servant of God.

As a believer learns to stay in the Word of God, he or she learns that God gives faith through it. The Word can enable us to see more of what God is doing than those who don’t spend much time in it. This gives us confidence in His love, even when we can’t see His work on our behalf. As we read, we find verses such as Romans 8:32, which tells us: “He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things?” When He is the Shepherd, and we are closely following Him, He does indeed provide all we need, and He is eternally good.

Perhaps the best part of David’s conclusion is in the last part of the verse: “and I will dwell in the house of the LORD for ever.” Yes, David knew where he was going. There was no doubt in his mind. He had eternal life and he knew it. It was a great source of comfort to him, just as it can be to you, too. I hope and pray that you know that you have eternal life in Christ.

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