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 – How to Grow Your Faith in God

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

Romans 10:17 “So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.”

It is not difficult to know when your faith in God is weak. You find it hard to trust Him to do anything that you cannot do for yourself. This also causes you to leave out a lot of praying because you’re not fully convinced it works, or that God will answer your prayers.

A lack of faith, however, has some rather simple causes – each of which can be remedied rather easily. The first thing you must know is that you are truly a child of God through faith in Christ and the new birth. If you do not know that for sure, then it is time to get saved. Nothing else will help.

Three Causes of a Lack of Faith:

1. Sin Not Being Dealt with

The first cause of a lack of faith is sin. That’s right. If you have unconfessed sin in your heart, faith will be weak. Why? Because faith is a fruit of the Spirit, and if you grieve Him, this fruit will not be manifest strongly. Sin can be in the heart only, or in the life, too.

2. Not Doing the Will of God

The second cause of a weak faith is not doing what you know you ought to do. I mention this because some people may not necessarily consider this to be sin. As Christians, they know they ought to go to church, to read the Bible, to give, to pray, etc. – but they do not.

3. Not Using the God-Given Tools for Faith

A third and primary cause of a lack of faith is not employing the tools God gave you to increase it. After you have dealt with the sin and indifference to God’s commands, then you can start to build your faith. You cannot pray for it, pump it up in your mind, or, wish you had more.

God’s method to give us more faith is found in the Bible verse above. We gain and grow in faith by hearing the Word of God. We “hear” it through Bible teaching, Bible preaching, other Christians giving praise to God for His working in their lives through answered prayer, the singing of the hymns and other songs in church and radio, etc. This is one major reason church attendance is so important.

I also want to add that your faith will usually be in proportion to the time you spend in reading and studying the Bible. Little reading produces little faith. More reading produces more faith, as long as you are willing to obey what you read; and much reading and study produces a much larger amount of faith. This principle is true of any believer – whether a preacher like me or in a layperson.

As you can see, faith is based on a sowing and reaping basis. Those who truly have much faith and often see answers to prayer and are bold for Christ are also those who spend a lot of time in the Word. They see God work in powerful ways.

Now, let’s get down to where the rubber meets the road. The question, How much faith do you want today? can only be answered by: How much time are you willing to spend with God today?

Bible Promise of the Day – Putting God’s Kingdom First

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

Matthew 6:33 “But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.”

When it comes to being sure of having the things we need every day, one of the most well-known verses in the Bible is this one in Matthew 6:33. Its meaning is also well-known.

Knowing the meaning of it, however, is much different than practicing it. We typically want the blessings of this verse – “all these things,” but the conditions somehow are often forgotten.

For instance: many Christians will tell me that they are sure of Heaven, but they may not go to church today. They want the blessing, but not the Blessor – God.

If you are truly seeking “first the kingdom of God,” then following His instructions ought to be most important to you. Not only when it is convenient.

The truth is that God gave the local Bible teaching church to His people so that they can be blessed. In the church, His people have fellowship with like-minded people, encouragement, union of purpose, company in worship, a place to serve and give, and more. Many of their daily needs were meant to come from the church. They also discover that He strengthens those who serve Him.

As you know, today we remember what happened on 911. Many people lost their lives on that horrible day. America was hit by an enemy and people were scared. They found comfort in the church. Why? Because they knew God was there. Many had forgotten Him, but they sought Him on that day.

Seeking first God’s Kingdom is really the same thing as what is behind that well-known commandment: “Thou shalt love the LORD thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might” (Deuteronomy 6:5). Only those who really love God can promote His Kingdom correctly. Unless you have to work, not being in church reveals much more than you might think. It shows that to you other priorities take precedence over seeking God’s Kingdom first.

Receiving the promise of the blessings found in this Bible verse is based on whether or not we are willing to fulfill the first part – seeking to, and actively promoting His Kingdom in all we do. Will you be one of those Christians who will actually seek to promote His Kingdom; and will you do it today? There may not be much time left till He comes.

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.

Why Revival Is Needed

As I look around at churches and at Christians, I sadly must report that I do not believe that most Christians are revived. In fact, I honestly must say that I doubt most Christians today have ever seen one, either, and many other preachers I know agree. While I have attended some revival meetings lately, I cannot honestly say that I felt that there was a true revival in those meetings – the kind that only the Holy Spirit can produce.

I am not seeking in any way to belittle those churches or pastors, and I cannot set myself up as a standard. However, the truth is that we Christians need to see much more happening in our churches and in America than what is happening now. If there is any hope for either, we must get revived.

There is little doubt amongst many Bible-believing preachers that we are in the Laodicean church age, spoken of by John in Revelation 3:17,18: “Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked.”

John’s description (really the Lord’s description) of that particular church age is not a good one. It shows a church where the world seems to have impacted it more than the church impacted those around it. The people in it were more concerned about their own welfare rather than the welfare of those around them. They also had become comfortable in this world, rather than being pilgrims traveling through it.

A pilgrim, like Abraham, sees himself or herself as someone who is merely passing through this life, headed for a better one. They are not trying to earn their way, because Christ has already fully provided it for true believers. Hebrews 11:14,15 tells us that people who call themselves pilgrims or strangers here “declare plainly that they seek a country. And truly, if they had been mindful of that country from whence they came out, they might have had opportunity to have returned.”

If we are truly pilgrims in that sense, then we need a different set of values, goals, and riches than what the world offers. Christ’s solution to the Laodicean church’s problem was: “I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see.”

True pilgrims need to travel light, and not be bogged down with the problems and burdens this world presents to us. As we let Him open our eyes to the things He desires for us to be and to do, and to live for that “better country, that is, an heavenly,” we will discover that “God is not ashamed to be called their God: for he hath prepared for them a city.”

Oh what a day that will be when we see Him, and to know that He is not ashamed of us! If seeing Him does not excite you, my Christian brother or sister, revival is needed. We cannot please Him as we ought, souls will not be won, and rewards will be lost, if we are not revived. If you are not sure what that means, look at how the Christians of the New Testament lived. They boldly proclaimed His Name that others might also be saved and become part of the family of God!

Are you revived? May God help us to seek His face until we are. May He help you and me to not be part of the indifferent Laodicean church where Christ Himself was found to be outside – forgotten, ignored, and wanting to bless but unable to do so.

He waits for us to invite Him to be Lord (Boss), and when He is, He will revive and use you and me to have a greater impact on those around us.

God Bless,
Evangelist Mike Valles

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