Bible Promise for the Day – Faith Is the Key to Salvation

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

John 3:18 “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.”

This verse makes it plain that whether or not an individual is condemned to Hell depends on belief, or faith. Let me point out now that the word “faith” in this verse does not refer to the doctrinal points of what you hold to, as in a creed.

Many people today have this kind of “faith,” but it is not the kind of faith that saves from Hell. In fact, the Bible tells us that the devils believe, too, but you can be sure that they will not escape the wrath of God in Hell! The devils believe because they were at one time in Heaven. They knew God and dwelt with Him. They have no doubt about His existence or power. Yes, you can be sure that they have those facts straight, and they even tremble over that knowledge: “Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble” (James 2:19).

God is much more interested in what you do about those facts about Him and about His Son, Jesus Christ. If your “knowledge” does not cause you to change your ways, then what you call “faith” won’t do you any more good than what the devils know about God.

When Christ first started preaching, His message was to declare: “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand: repent ye, and believe the gospel” (Mark 1:15). This word “repent” means to change your mind about sin. Whereas you loved it before, hate it now, because it is sending you to Hell. Turn from it and tell God you are sorry for it.

After a child learns what “hot” means, they understand that they should not touch a “hot” stove. They believed it, and it altered their actions. This is the way saving faith works. Once you understand sin is sending you to Hell, it is time to not touch it anymore.

Christ needs to be the object of your faith, and not your works, or what you can do to save yourself. He died for your sins and now wants you to trust (believe) in Him alone for salvation. There is no other way to Heaven. Call on Him in prayer for forgiveness and salvation. Do it today. Make sure you have genuine faith in Christ, and are not merely trusting in a set of facts about Christ.

Notice again what the verse for today declares: “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.” Hell is the price for a wrong kind of faith, but faith in the Lord Jesus Christ to save you leads to a real and eternal salvation.

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.

If you would like to know more about God’s sure salvation, I invite you to download my eBook for free: it’s entitled How to Be Saved and Know It (no log-in required, PDF). It explains Bible salvation in clear detail.

Bible Promise for the Day – Getting Close to God

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

James 4:8 “Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded.”

The desire of God, ever since creation, has been to walk with and fellowship with humans. This overall purpose of God has never changed.

This is why He created Heaven. For those who will enjoy Him, He has reserved many special future blessings. Those who choose to walk with Him on earth already know and experience many of those blessings.

God, however, is very different from humans. In the beginning, man was created perfect and was able to walk with God. Sin entered, and so did separation from God, Who is infinitely holy.

Because of His love for us, God did not let this disruption in our relationship with Him remain constant. He took the first step to heal that broken fellowship by sending His own Son, Jesus, to die for us. That was the ultimate Sacrifice, as well as the necessary payment for the penalty of our sin.

The above Bible verse summarizes His promise to us. There is no need to continue to wonder “Is God real?” If we seek to find Him and desire to know Him, He will reciprocate. Remember, He wants you to know Him. He has promised: “Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you.”

The issue of sin, though, is a serious one. He cannot let it go or overlook it. So, God tells the individual seeking Him: “Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded.” In plain English, this means stop sinning (repent). In prayer to God, admit you were wrong by breaking His commandments. Ask Him to forgive and to save you because of what Christ did on the Cross, and to help you serve Him the way He wants you to – according to the Bible.

This is certainly the greatest invitation ever given at any time, from the Creator of all, to you and me. He invites you to know and fellowship with Him. How will you respond today?

America’s Desperate Need for Revival!

America needs the Bible and Revival
The Bible is the Answer to America’s Dilemma

Hi. This is Evangelist Mike Valles, an ordained independent Baptist preacher in Tennessee. I am starting this blog to talk about three main things greatly needed across America today: Salvation, Revival, and Real Discipleship. Of course, this also includes the state of the church today, and my text will be the Bible (KJV). I also aim to take a stand against some things, too. My greatest concern is the fulfilling of the Great Commission and the growth of believers.

Most believers know that there is a very great need in our land today for God’s real truth. It used to abound. Most politicians don’t even seem to know what truth is anymore. Not only were churches to be found most everywhere in this country in the past, but many of them could even be counted on to preach the truth of the Word of God.

Unfortunately, it is not so today. In addition to the problem of many churches closing their doors for lack of interest, many of them which remain open are no longer preaching the plain, unadulterated Word of God, or being careful to live and present it as God desires. God wants holy living according to His Divine plan! Some of them don’t even want to identify themselves as being churches anymore! The result of this dearth of God’s Word in many churches (and so-called churches) today is clearly evident: little saving truth, little guidance, and little power. No wonder America is in the present mess!

God’s real power in the church is often substituted by various activities. Instead of prayer meetings we have planning committees, instead of fasting we have feasts, and instead of witnessing we have sports and drama – but little fishing! The primary task of the church is not being carried out faithfully in most churches, and most Christians have not won any souls to Christ (let alone even know how to)!

May God help us to get back to the old ways of God’s Word – it worked! When followed properly, souls were saved, churches and Christians grew numerically and spiritually, and our whole nation was affected powerfully by it. Other nations also recognized that this land was blessed by God!

It is time for God’s true people – born-again Christians to get back to God and God’s way. Yes, it may be a little old-fashioned – but God blessed it! He always blesses when His truth is followed wholeheartedly! His Word needs no revisions or updates. God never changes!

God’s people need to humbly come back to Him and seek His face in prayer while there is still time! It seems to be running out! God, however, can turn things around at will! Remember that He said, in II Chronicles 7:14: “If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.” He has never rescinded His promise! Remember that in the Old Testament that whenever God’s people were truly repentant of their sin and really sought His face and pleasure – that God always forgave them and judgment was averted – time and time again!

Like many Christians today, I personally believe that time is running out, not only for America but also for our world as we know it. Our liberty to do our task as Christians and as churches is being limited. Now is the time to seek God and revival. Every Christian needs to be asking God to let the revival in America begin in their heart!

Thank God that there is forgiveness through our precious Savior the Lord Jesus Christ! He paid for all our sins and will gladly forgive if we truly repent of indifference, lackadaisicalness, and worldliness. We need broken hearts and healing from sin. He is willing to help you hate it, too.

Will you join me in prayer for revival – which means a fresh and personal commitment to serve Christ with all your heart?

If you would like to know more about how to have a true revival in your life, I invite you to get a copy of my new in-print book: “Let the Fire Burn: A Prescription for Revival.” Learn more about it by going to Revival.

Let’s seek God together that He may work through each of us for His glory!


If you are interested in obtaining helps to grow in Christ, I invite you to visit my webpage.

God Bless,
Evangelist Mike Valles

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