Bible Promise for the Day

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

Getting the Desires of Your Heart

Psalm 37:4 “Delight thyself also in the LORD; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart.”

In Psalm 23:1, we saw the promise that when the Lord is truly leading us that we will be able to say – “I shall not want.” This verse is similar. It promises that the Lord will give us the desires of our heart.

Just like the verse in Psalm 23, this verse is conditional. That means there is a part for the believer to fulfill before God does His part.

The condition is to “delight” in the Lord. Many people are religious, and some are glad to be saved, but not that many truly delight themselves in the Lord. Think about things you really like. Some like football, some like cars, and others may like computer games or making money. Now ask yourself which you would rather do: watch a football game (or whatever you like to do), or read your Bible and pray?  Be honest.

The answer to that question will reveal your real delight. It is likely that other things prevent a real hunger for God and His Word.

Now God made the promise, and He means it. He also tells us, in 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.” This means get close to God, and put away anything that prevents it – then He can be free to give you your heart’s desire, and then He can trust you with it. Drawing close to God is necessary for any kind of real Christian growth.

Remember, though, that as we draw close to Him, we will find that some of those desires will change. After all, what can compare with being able to talk with the Creator of all things, and the Savior Who gave Himself for us?

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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