Bible Promise for the Day – Making God’s Power Known

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

Psalm 106:8 “Nevertheless he saved them for his name’s sake, that he might make his mighty power to be known.”

Israel had once again gotten into a place of trouble. They had forgotten what God had done for them in the past and now they were in despair.

As the Psalmist recalls what led to Israel’s troubles in the wilderness, we see that in spite of their short-sightedness, God acted anyway. There is a “nevertheless,” in this verse that says that God did what needed to be done. He still cared for His own, yes, even though they had wandered away.

Why did God do it? This verse gives us two reasons:

  1. “for His name’s sake” – Whatever they did brought honor or dishonor to God, because they were called by His Name. The same is true today, Christians are called such because they are to be “like Christ.” In fact, that is what the word “Christian” means. What we do as believers is either bringing honor or dishonor to Him.
  1. “that he might make his mighty power to be known” – God was concerned that both His people and the world know of His power. Not just power to destroy, but also power to help, to heal, to keep, and to provide.

In Israel’s day, the next generation after they arrived in the land forgot His power. Many Christians also fail to see God working in their lives.

It does not need to be that way. If you stay in the Word, in church, and in prayer, you also can see His power working in your life and on your behalf. God does it so that you might praise Him before the unsaved that they might want to know and serve Him, too.

God is good to those who love and serve Him. He wants to make his mighty power known, but it will have to come through the lips of those that love Him.

Bible Promise for the Day – Putting on God’s Armor for Victory

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

Ephesians 6:10,11 “Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.”

In the Apostle Paul’s day, times were tough in some places. The people in some areas treated him badly, and in other places there were almost no problems.

Paul knew very well that no matter what a community was like, it was not the people that were the problem. It was an enemy every believer deals with called Satan. He could stir up trouble anywhere, or cause people to relax – which often tends to make Christians relax, too.

In either case, strength was needed from God to be able to stand against the pressure that others may cause. Just as important, though, is that His strength is needed to be able to say no to the devices of the evil one, as he tries to tempt us in our minds.

Note that this verse emphasizes the need for His strength – not our strength. A believer cannot stand against an enemy we cannot see on our own, nor will your strength enable you to defeat him.

The good news is that God is willing to encourage and strengthen you. He is also quite able to give you the victory that He wants you to have and to fulfill His will.

One more important thing these verses tell us: we must put on the “whole armour of God” in order to stand. In other words, you must get dressed right first thing in the day or you are headed for spiritual defeat.

This means preparing for the spiritual battle in advance. Half-hearted attempts will never get the job done. We must meet with God first thing in the day, read our Bibles and pray, surrender afresh to Him for His will in our lives, and determine to stand against the world, the flesh, and the Devil.

Christian, are you serious about getting the victory today?

Bible Promise for the Day – Why There Is an Eternal Gospel

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

I Peter 1:24,25 “For all flesh is as grass, and all the glory of man as the flower of grass. The grass withereth, and the flower thereof falleth away: But the word of the Lord endureth for ever. And this is the word which by the gospel is preached unto you.”

In these two verses, God compares people to the Word of God. People are only going to be here for a short time – and then they will be gone from this planet. Even those with the most glory or fame are still not here longer than others, although their memory or works may be remembered for some time. Certainly this is a good reason why believers ought to make sure that what they do is worthwhile, largely because they will be rewarded accordingly.

The primary point of this text, though, is the durability of God’s Word in comparison to our short lives. God honors His Word and He tells us that it will endure forever. This means its Gospel message cannot change and its message will never need an upgrade! The all-knowing God made it perfect from the start and it is complete in its message, in its perfection, and in its ability to save. Now, it is up to believers everywhere to know it, believe it, and get the message out to those who need it.

As believers, we do not need a new Gospel, and we certainly do not need to dress it up. It still is “the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth” (Romans 1:16). We do, however, need God’s power to proclaim it as we should – and He is more than willing to give it to those who will do His perfect will.

The Gospel is eternal, because as long as there are lost people, there is still a need for the same grand old message that makes sinners into sons of God!

Bible Promise for the Day – A Reason to Be Bold

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

Isaiah 41:10 “Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.”

There are many occasions in the Word of God where the Lord tells His people, whether as a nation, or to individuals, to “fear not.” The times in which we live now certainly provide many reasons for some people to fear.

There is a lot of uncertainty on the horizon, as I mentioned yesterday, and events are lining up for even gloomier days – depending on how you look at it. Things like debates between presidential candidates are not always very helpful, either.

In spite of these things, God repeated His intention and command that His people should not be afraid. Why? There are three reasons given in this Bible verse:

  1. His Guaranteed Presence – “I am with thee”

If anyone should ask, what good will that do? His answer reminds us that He is our God – and He has unlimited power and wisdom!

  1. His Guaranteed Help – “I will strengthen thee”

Even though we may at times be weak in ourselves, or in our resolution to serve Him, yet He will give us strength, even when we have none.

  1. His Guaranteed Support – “I will uphold thee”

As long as God has a purpose for you and me on this planet, if you are saved, He can be counted on to uphold us as we do His work.

The results of His strength to undergird us should greatly embolden us to continue to go forward for Him. We must learn to draw nigh to Him first, wait on His perfect will for you, and then be sure to do it in His power and leading – not your own.

Too many Christians are silent for Christ today. Very few people around them, if anyone, even know they are believers in Christ. Many, I’m afraid, have been more converted by the world, than vice versa.

With promises like this, and by feeding frequently and daily on His Word, we ought to be like the Apostles who “turned the world upside down” for Christ. We have far more tools available to us to help spread the Gospel than they ever dreamed of, yet we fail to tell others. The difference is that they loved Christ with all their hearts and were filled with the same Holy Spirit Who is available to us today.

With promises like these of His support and help, let me ask: What are you doing for Christ today?

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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 – The Power of Grace Limits Sin

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

Romans 6:14 “For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace.”

It was mentioned in yesterday’s daily devotional that grace is God providing an enabling to His people. This enablement gives believers the power to do all that God desires us to do, as well as to be what He wants us to be.

Grace enables the believer because it is literally God moving within and providing the necessary power. His grace must be obtained hourly, and even minute by minute. We are not ever independent of it, and when we try or forget this principle, we only fall flat on our face.

When we are submitted to Him, just as the verse promises, sin will not have power over you. While this verse refers to salvation, it is not only talking about salvation when it mentions the Law. It means sin cannot bring the believer back into a position of condemnation – even if you do sin again; and it also means that when Christ rules the heart, and the Spirit fills you, that sin will not have the victory.

Christ’s power truly cancels the power of sin. It frees the believer from its power, and believers need to recognize His power over it, and then act on it. Paul says in the verses following this one that grace enables us to serve God as we ought because we have been loosed from sin’s power.

The choice of who or what we serve after salvation is up to the believer. Although the power for victory over sin is available, the believer does have a choice. You can choose to serve Christ and walk in His power, or, ignore it and walk in the flesh (sin).

In the previous verse, Paul exhorts the believer to: “Neither yield ye your members as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin: but yield yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness unto God.”  Let’s go on and walk in His grace and power for His glory, that others may see what we have is real!

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.