Bible Promise for the Day – Turmoil Surrounds, but the Mind Is at Peace

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

Philippians 4:6,7 “Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”

All around us we find turmoil of some kind. Whether it is in the form of crime, war, or hurricanes, peace is not the norm for many people. Others find nothing but turmoil when they go in to work. Cursing, yelling, talking about you behind your back, etc., all leads to a lack of both outer and inner peace. Driving to and from work does not help much, either, or taking a bus or subway.

In spite of all the problems surrounding us and in the world, we are reminded to think of the inner peace that Christ had. It was incredible. When accused, or confronted, He responded with kindness. Make no mistake about it, He vehemently hated sin and its effects, especially when others were turned away from Him because of it. He even made a whip and overturned tables because God’s house was being defiled by greed. Still, He never lost control – even when wrongly being nailed to a Cross, He forgave those doing it.

The verse for today gives us a clue as to how we can have His peace – even in turmoil. Jesus said that He would give us His peace, in John 14:27: “Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.”

Peace is a fruit of the Spirit, and when we are in fellowship with God, peace will be there. We can help keep it there by bringing all the things that bother us to the Lord. What should we bring to Him? Big things only? No, we are to bring anything that concerns us, or causes us worry us, to Him. He said: “Be careful for nothing.”

As believers, the more we learn to bring to Him, the more we will see that He really does want us to be concerned about nothing – because He can handle it. He does want you to ask Him about it, though, and tell Him. Why tell Him? Is it because He does not know? No, it’s because He wants you to learn to pray and talk to Him often. He enjoys it when you do, just like any parent likes their children to talk to them. When you do, and in faith leave it with Him, you will discover that in the place of worry, He will put His peace that even passes our ability to understand it. Nothing can shake it.

Are there concerns you need to bring to Him that are disturbing your peace now?

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

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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 Good Thoughts Toward You

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

Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.”

Because of trouble in their life, many people think that God is harsh, or out to get them. Others wonder why it is that life is hard, and conclude that either there is no God, or that He does not care. Of course, neither view is correct.

To the unsaved world, Satan is glad to get them to think wrong thoughts toward God. He knows that wrong thinking can keep people from turning toward Him – which is just what he wants. The truth is that “For God so loved the world, that he gave His only begotten Son.” That is certainly more love than any of us can imagine or understand.

During an occasion when God had to deal hard with Israel because of their sin, God told them that He did not want to hurt them. Instead, all His thoughts were toward them for good, as the verse above states, but a lack of repentance called for stronger measures.

As believers, we also may wonder why times can be hard. Sometimes, it may seem like we do not get the breaks we think we ought to get, or answers to our prayers seem long in coming.

This verse reveals the truth of God’s attitude toward His children. He always loves you, and never ceases to do so. He does have an overriding purpose, however, and that is that He aims to conform His children to be like His Son Jesus Christ (Romans 8:29).

Knowing now that He loves you with a constant love, can you thank Him for the things He permits to enter your life? He loves you, and the closer you draw toward Him, the more you will experience His peace and love. Does such love help you to trust Him more and serve Him better? The “expected end” refers to the blessings in life we expect to get from serving God. The truth is, though, that He will give us much more than we could ever ask or think – but we do have to wait for it a little while.

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 – Peace in the Midst of Trouble

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God’s Promises Are Ever Faithful

Psalm 119:165 “Great peace have they which love thy law: and nothing shall offend them.”

There is trouble all around the world. Turmoil, rebellion, and evil abound. Many people are stressed out about it, and political leaders are wringing their hands because there are no easy solutions in sight. The amount of pills and drugs being used, and growing, , along with crime and violence, testifies loudly that there is no peace.

The ones that are capable of keeping a cool head in the midst of trouble ought to be the child of God. This Bible verse reveals that God will enable them to have “great peace”, and it is incapable of being disturbed: “nothing shall offend them.” It certainly is real, as many believers will gladly testify.

No, the verse does not apply to just anyone that calls themselves a Christian, although it is available to all. They must love “thy law.” Of course, this is speaking of the law of God. Not just the Ten Commandments, but all of His principles.

Many believers, unfortunately, have picked up the spirit of the world, which is rebellion. All too often, when a preacher preaches the plain and clear Word of God, some believers will walk away and dismiss those precious truths with: “Well, that is just his opinion.” They never bothered to ask if that is what the Bible teaches or not. In so doing, or with similar statements, they cannot know the “great peace” this verse promises.

People are restless today. They seek entertainment, activity, popularity, drugs, etc., because they are bored and have no peace within. The Christian that loves God and the Word of God can have it every day. From frequent reading of the Word they can understand that the world is not without God’s control – He is still in charge, and He still cares for His own! For those who face the “valley of the shadow of death,” they can find peace there, too.

Christian, the peace of God this verse promises can be yours today. Why not talk to God about it right now, surrender afresh to do His will, and you will discover that it can be yours, too?

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.

Bible Promise for the Day #3

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

Psalm 23:3 “He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.”

One of the greatest blessings of having a Shepherd like the Lord Jesus Christ is that He is able to put calm into a heart that is troubled. When we get troubled or disturbed, we can go to Him, and He will remedy the problem. He is able to give peace even in the midst of a storm. David, the writer of this Psalm, and of many others, often speaks of the Lord’s ability to calm the soul, such as that of Psalm 42:8: “Yet the LORD will command his lovingkindness in the daytime, and in the night his song shall be with me, and my prayer unto the God of my life.”

Whether the trouble is caused by sin, or hurt from problems in relationships, or anxiety over circumstances, He is able to restore your soul and our faith. The problems need to be brought to Him, or perhaps sin needs to be confessed to Him with a true desire to forsake them, and you will discover that He can quickly bring back the peace of mind and heart. Personally, I find this to be a tremendous blessing.

The last part of this verse gives us the general direction of His leading – it is in “paths of righteousness.” He gives believers peace and joy when they serve Him, that each one might be encouraged to keep on going for Him, to draw closer to Him, and less close to the world.