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 – 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.