Bible Promise for the Day – Getting God’s Daily Guidance

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

Psalm 37:23 “The steps of a good man are ordered by the LORD: and he delighteth in his way.”

As Christians, there will be times in your life when you do not know which way to turn. Our Lord has promised guidance, as we see in the above Scripture verse for today’s daily devotional.

David is a good example of this. There were times he clearly had God’s guidance, and there were other times when he did not know what to do. We also see that he usually waited on the Lord whenever he could.

On other occasions, decisions had to be made on the spot – sometimes they were life and death decisions. At those times, he did not receive clear and conscience guidance from the Lord, but looking over his life, it is undeniable that God was often guiding even in those decisions.

The key is that David lived to accomplish God’s will and to please God. He prayed often and stayed in the Word. When it came time for decisions, he sought God’s will carefully. At other times, his knowledge of the Word helped him to make the right decisions – and God guided him through those rough times.

Our verse for today tells us that God delights in the individual who is following His will. Yes, that includes regularly going to church, daily Bible reading, living a godly life, praying, etc. That individual has the promise that God will guide you through thick or thin times.

Can Your Church Give You Salvation?

Christ Saves - not Churches
A Church Cannot Save You – Christ Can

Being that today is Sunday, I am sure that many people will be going to church. This is a good thing, and I hope that many more people will go, too, even those who have not been in a church for a long time.

The thing that I want to focus on this morning is the issue of “why” some people go to church. Of course, many people have been brought up in church. They plan on going and are often faithful to every service. Again, I think this is a good thing.

For those who may look at going to church as a part of going to Heaven, however, I want you to pay attention to this post. Salvation does not come to people through the local church.

Don’t get me wrong. It certainly can be valuable in showing people how to go to Heaven – but it cannot confer the gift of salvation to you.

I have met a number of people who have gone to church all their lives. They thought they were saved and on their way to Heaven, but one day they discovered they were wrong. What brought them to this conclusion?

A number of them just thought it was kind of automatic. They knew the lingo, the songs, were faithful and some had even been serving actively in the church for years. Others around them thought they were saved, too.

The plain truth, however, is different than that. You see, just because you go to a pool or lake and start swimming, does not at all make you a fish. Walking into a garage won’t make you a car either. Likewise, going to church, no matter how often, will not make you a Christian.

The Lord Jesus tells us how to be saved. He said in John 3:3 that every person needs to have a new birth. We were born into the wrong family and our sin proves it. We love to go against the laws of God. Every one of us is guilty of breaking His laws. God’s Word tells us: “As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one” (Romans 3:10). Because of our sin, we all are on our way to Hell: “For the wages of sin is death” (Romans 6:23).

The only way this situation could be changed was for God to do something about it. He loved us, and proved “his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us” (Romans 5:8). Notice that Christ, the Son of God died for us. Not the church.

Participating in religious ceremonies and services cannot wash away sin. Only the blood of Jesus can do that. It can wash away all your sin.

In order to be saved, you need to come straight to God. You must confess your sinfulness to God and be willing to turn from it. There is no one else Who can save you: “For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus” (I Timothy 2:5).

The reason the church members I mentioned earlier were not saved is because they realized they had never actually asked God to forgive them and save them. They had been baptized, joined the church, and did more – but this cannot save you.

Salvation comes only by believing on the Lord Jesus Christ. This must be a deliberate decision on your part and it takes places at a specific point of time. Have you deliberately chosen to trust Christ to be your Savior. Can you point to a time when you did that? Consider what Christ said: “He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God” (John 3:18).

I hope and pray that you have called on Him for salvation – or will do it now.

Evangelist Mike Valles

P.S. – If you have still questions about salvation, I encourage you to download my free eBook: How to Be Saved and Know It and read it carefully. It will answer many questions.