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 – 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 – Be Courageous and Get Strengthened!

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

Psalm 31:24 “Be of good courage, and he shall strengthen your heart, all ye that hope in the LORD.”

There is no doubt that being one who goes forward against challenges will face some opposition. Every competitor in the Olympics knows this. Someone would tell them you aren’t good enough. Others might say that you would be better off living for a different goal. In spite of that, and with some encouragement, they kept on.

Serving Christ in a world of unbelief also has its challenges. There are others who do not believe in the life we live, and they wonder why we do it. They do not understand why we serve Christ, or why we do not do the things they do. Some will criticize us and try to make us miserable.

In spite of that, we know that God’s own Son died for us and He now lives within our hearts. He has changed us, and we are glad He did.

Discouragement will come from time to time, and we may become disheartened. It may also seem like very few people are going the same direction we are going. These feelings do not come from God.

God tells us, in this Bible verse, to be courageous. This will come from one place – time spent in Bible reading in the presence of God. He wants to give us courage and boldness to live and speak for Him.

As the verse says, if we will determine to serve Him, He will strengthen our hearts so that we can. There is no need to turn back. Remember God’s lesson to Paul: “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” (II Corinthians 12:9). We will often discover we are strongest in Him when we feel our own weakness the most!

Bible Promise of the Day – The Promise of Guidance

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

Psalm 32:8,9 “I will instruct thee and teach thee in the way which thou shalt go: I will guide thee with mine eye. Be ye not as the horse, or as the mule, which have no understanding: whose mouth must be held in with bit and bridle, lest they come near unto thee.”

Many times in the Bible believers are given the promise that God will guide. The above Bible verses are merely one example.

As the verses teach, a believer can expect God to guide them through the day. This does not mean an audible voice or a roadmap. He speaks primarily through the Scriptures, and in our hearts, and sometimes through the circumstances we face.

The only way a Christian can hear Him speaking, however, is to walk close to Him. This means putting away known sin and making yourself available for service – all day long. As you know, it is easy to get too busy to hear Him speaking in your heart, and then opportunities are missed.

The Christian that wants God’s guidance can have it. As God tells us in this verse, don’t be like a horse or other animal that has to be forced to go this way or that. God loves us and he does not force us to obey Him. The child of God should love the Lord and gladly want to do His will, since it leads to blessing.

Oftentimes, when you do not know what to do, it is good to stop and ask for guidance and sit down and spend some extra time reading the Bible. If an answer does not come right away, you may need to wait for it – but stay in the Word and prayer. Be careful not to make decisions before praying about them and making sure you really want His will alone.

Bible Promise for the Day

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

My Cup Runneth Over

Psalm 23:5 “Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.”

The primary theme of the 23rd Psalm is that God takes care of His own. Each daily devotional so far from this chapter has shown that fact. There is no doubt that He will permit some trouble, and sometimes it may even seem like He is not in control. However, if He permits it, and if you are serving Him as you ought, then you can be sure that nothing that comes your way is not without His Divine reason.

Perhaps you may even be wondering where your next meal may come from – I have been there. You may also wonder what steps you should take next. When there was a need, He met that need; although, I must admit it was not always as I had hoped or expected. Yet, He was faithful.

Even when we get into the direst of circumstances, as David sometimes was – “in the presence of mine enemies,” you can be sure that He will still provide. Do not doubt Him, but be certain to go to Him for guidance and wisdom – as well as for provision. He is more than able to give you what you need. He can and He will provide. He has given us more than one promise of this, as in Matthew 6:33: “But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.”

While in the trial, things may appear a little dark and uncertain. Remember, though, trials are only temporary, and God will put praise on your lips for Him if you just continue to wait on Him and do His will. David adds that “my cup runneth over.” This means more than enough; it overflows. How good God is to His own!

Bible Promise for the Day

Provision for the Day

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

Psalm 23:2 “He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters.”

Once saved, the child of God has promises from God that He will provide the needs of His own. This Psalm continues to use the illustration of God’s people being sheep who are led by a loving Shepherd.

This verse tells us that God leads His sheep to “green pastures,” which simply refers to a place of sufficiency. Plenty of grass for them to eat. Our shepherd is concerned that we get enough to eat. It may not mean steak everyday, but we will have what we need.

This Bible verse also tells us that He will lead us beside “still waters.” This is a reference to the fact that literal sheep are afraid of rapidly moving water. They need to be able to drink out of still water, where they will have calmness of mind and heart. Christ the Shepherd does the leading to the things we need, we just need to be sure that we are following closely.