Bible Promise for the Day – Boldness and Love in a Troubled World

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

II Timothy 1:7 “For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.”

In today’s world, many people are afraid. The world situation really is not getting much better either, and prospects are not looking that great. Politicians are making promises, but they can do little without God’s help.

We certainly are living in a day when there are wars and rumors of wars, as the Bible tells us will be in the last days. On the other hand, the good thing is that it means that Christ could be coming very soon – possibly even today.

In spite of what is happening around us, it is the child of God who should be enjoying the greatest peace. This Bible verse tells us that if we fear, we are not as close to God as we should be.

Fear is a tool of the Satan, and he uses it to intimidate believers into silence. Instead of succumbing to fear, we need to go to God, submit to Him, and ask for boldness, as the apostles did in Acts 4. There are many people around us who do not yet know the message of the Gospel – that Jesus still saves the lost!

The apostles were threatened in Acts 4, but they were determined to obey God rather than men. The Holy Spirit empowered them with boldness, which does not mean being cocky, or rude. As a result of a fresh anointing of the Holy Ghost, the apostles spoke out in love, and under the guidance of the Spirit.

I also want to point out that the verse talks about a sound mind.” We cannot think or act as God wants if we are afraid. He will give us peace, and in that peace, we will be able to hear Him guiding us into His perfect will.

Bible Promise for the Day

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

Peace in the Valley

Psalm 23:4 “Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.”

King David was a man that had experienced many evils in his life. Although a great warrior, he had been misunderstood, maligned, and even hunted like a dog. He knew what trouble was in his life, and often found himself in the “valley,” sometimes not sure he would live another day.

Yet he found great comfort and joy in the Lord during those occasions. He saw no need to fear evil, even when in “the valley of the shadow of death.” He learned not to focus on the “shadows,” but on the living Lord.

Why did he have boldness in times of trouble? He came to understand that: “I will fear no evil: for thou art with me.” The One Who is my Shepherd, and Whom I follow, will take care of me, David realized. I follow Him closely, and He can take care of any problems I face. No one is greater than my Shepherd!

Believer, when you enter into that valley next time, or face the “shadows,” be sure to look toward Christ to deliver. As we look at His care and power, we can understand that there is no reason to be afraid of “shadows.” The staff is used to guide the sheep, but the rod is for the enemies.