Bible Promise for the Day – Power Over the Enemy Called Satan

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

James 4:7 “Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.”

In a day when many people fear the Devil, and when Hollywood takes advantage of this fear for the sake of the dollar, the true child of God needs no such fear. Many people around the world fear the wicked one more than the Creator of all. Let me also add that Satan cannot be stopped by any earthly object – a Hollywood invention.

When a person gets saved by believing in Christ for salvation, the child of God gains a new Father – God Himself. The Holy Spirit moves within, and being God, He is infinitely more powerful than the created being called Satan.

This Bible verse is very clear in what it teaches. There are three statements in it, and the end result, seen in the last statement, is that Satan “will flee” when the terms are met. Of course, once he does that, he is defeated in his evil intent at that moment. Be aware, though, that he or his evil servants will be back.

Christian, the first term is to “submit” or surrender to God. This means a wholehearted surrender. Be genuinely surrendered to God to do His will. Really seek first the Kingdom of God and let His indwelling Spirit guide you.

Then, be sure to stand up to and “resist” Satan’s devices (temptations), and do not yield to them. Ask God to protect you and let Him take care of Satan. Keep your eyes on Christ and His great strength, and when you do, victory will be yours because of Christ’s power which already defeated Satan on the Cross two Millennia ago. Faith in Christ’s ability to deliver is the answer to Christian victory.

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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 – Finding Divine Strength in Weakness

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

II Corinthians 12:9 “And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.”

There are various times when, as a believer, you will find yourself spiritually weak. There are also various ways the weakness will appear, including being weak in being willing to fight the flesh and the devil, weakness to do what is right, weakness to witness, weakness in getting up in time to have a good personal devotions, or go to church.

The weakness is made worse, though, when we are not willing to do anything about it – including praying. This demonstrates complacency in your weakness, revealing you accept it and do not intend to do anything about it; or, you do not believe anything can be done about it.

If you are a born-again believer in Christ, you can do something about spiritual weakness. Christ has already given you the tools.

The above verse is from the apostle Paul coming to God and asking him to take away a particular thorn in the flesh. The thorn was bothersome to Paul and he sought relief from it. In reply, the Lord said “No.”

Out of Paul’s dilemma, God gave us a principle and a verse that reveals many valuable things to believers. Here are some of them:

  1. God does not always intend to provide relief.
  2. God will always give His servants sufficient grace to bear what He in righteousness permits – although He does not necessarily promise we will understand it.
  3. God can best provide and demonstrate His strength in our weakness.
  4. Like Paul, God wants us to “glory in our weaknesses” because that is when God’s power can be most easily seen in our lives.

As humans, we naturally tend to gravitate toward things where our strengths will carry us through. In those instances, however, your own strength is working – and not necessarily God’s. God desires that we rely on Him in faith to provide the things we need – including emotional, and sufficient physical and mental health for the tasks He gives.

Whose strength are you relying on now to accomplish the things God wants you to do? It is true that we must be involved and expend our energies, but we also need Him to work – or we are working in vain.

Bible Promise for the Day – God’s Patience, the World, and Judgment

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

II Peter 3:9 “The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.”

God cares immensely for the people of this world. What is often misunderstood is the role that God has chosen to take in the affairs of mankind. Many think that God should take a more visibly active role in the problems of our world. However, this is not what He is most interested in.

Instead, He is more interested in helping people to get right with Him and to restore a relationship with Him that was broken by sin. Indifference to God and His claims on peoples’ lives are evidence that there is a problem.

Trouble in our world causes people to seek God because their world, whether personal or on a national scale, is shaken. This happened very noticeably when 911 occurred. After that, churches in America were suddenly filled. Once again, however, God must send trouble to disrupt lives so they come back to Him.

The above Bible verse indicates that some people mistakenly think that God either does not exist or does not care about life on planet earth because He seems distant or inactive. Although He has promised to come and straighten out our world, He seems to be taking a long time to do it, they say.

Again, as the verse indicates, they are sadly mistaken. The reason he waits is so that they, and more people, may be saved from Hell and destruction. He does not want to cast them or anyone into Hell, but sin cannot be allowed into Heaven. He has promised a righteous judgment. He is giving them time to repent (turn from sin), and to trust Christ to be their Savior.

Although Christ appears to be patient today, He will not wait for you forever. If you are not saved, the Bible tells us, in II Corinthians 6:2, that now is the best time: “(For he saith, I have heard thee in a time accepted, and in the day of salvation have I succoured thee: behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.)” Won’t you call on Him today for salvation, and have the matter settled forever? There is no need to wait – do it now and ask Him to forgive you, change you so you can do His will, and to save you from Hell. He will do it, according to His promise.

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Bible Promise for the Day – Joy Is on the Way

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

Psalm 30:5 “For his anger endureth but a moment; in his favour is life: weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning.”

As believers, there are times when we may experience God’s anger, or His silence. We do not feel close at all to Him, and may be aware of some sin that has caused the problem.

The good news is that His seeming absence or anger will not last long – if we turn from that sin. All we need to do is to confess it and seek to forsake it, and He will forgive.

In other situations, we may be going through a trial. It may bring tears to our eyes and hurt. It could be physical or emotional pain. The good news, though, is that it will not endure forever – not for the believer.

God never allows us to suffer any more than will accomplish His Divine goal for us. Yes, it could ultimately mean cancer, or death. For the believer, though, death is just a Door into the eternal presence of God. There is nothing sorrowful about that – because there is no sorrow, sickness, or pain in His presence.

When we please Him, we know it. This enables us to desire to continue to do so. He gives us quality of life, and we know and experience that peace that God alone can give.

When our temporary pain is over, there will be joy, along with a bright new day. God gives us seasons of experiences. There is relief coming, and you will be glad when it does. Praise His Name!

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?