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.

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.