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 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 #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.

The Key to a Future Strong America

Proverbs 14:34 “Righteousness exalteth a nation: but sin is a reproach to any people.”

As I was thinking about the state of affairs in America and the problems often seen in our daily nation’s news media headlines, and wondering what would make it a better nation, the above verse came to mind. The answer, of course, really is not hard to come up with, once an open mind is applied.

Part of the problem today is the place where people often look to find their solutions. They are looking at sources of help to provide temporary solutions. Things that may have provided temporary solutions in the past are being sought out to provide more patches on ever larger problems – which are sure to eventually totally collapse. This usually means they look to politicians, legislation, technology, or finances.

In order to stop this forward-looking attitude that is sure to contain corruption and further degradation, including current political candidates, a different outlook is desperately needed. The answer to America’s problems is found in the question: What is it that made America great in the first place?

Some historians have observed that other nations in the western world were started by those who came seeking for gold. They sought riches, and their pursuit of them often drove them to live selfishly. The governments they created often followed that same pattern, and some of those nations even today frequently have miscarriages of justice by officials who just don’t care.

America was different. Sure there were undoubtedly some who fell into that same category in those early days of establishing colonies. Instead of searching for gold, many of the first settlers here were seeking religious freedom from persecution and oppression in the East. They wanted to be able to worship God as they believed the Bible and their conscience directed.

Later on, in the formative days, the Constitution and Bill of Rights were written largely based on the Bible. These documents are still among the greatest and fairest laws and guidelines held by any nation.

The founders and writers of those documents realized that fair and just laws can only be used to govern people who enjoy righteousness. Like the above verse declares, adopting sinful principles and practices does not merely increase personal pleasure, as some suppose, but it “is a reproach to any people.” It brings shame and degradation to any nation who practices those things. Rome was eventually destroyed by this very problem.

A statesman and historian of the past, Alexis de Tocqueville, who came to America from France around 1830 to discover what made America great, said this in his book – Democracy in America (please note that some say this quote may have been written by someone else):

“America is great because America is good, and if America ever ceases to be good, America will cease to be great.”

He also said this about his discovery of the secret of America’s greatness:

“I sought for the key to the greatness and genius of America in her harbors…; in her fertile fields and boundless forests; in her rich mines and vast world commerce; in her public school system and institutions of learning. I sought for it in her democratic Congress and in her matchless Constitution.

“Not until I went into the churches of America and heard her pulpits flame with righteousness did I understand the secret of her genius and power.”

True righteousness comes from a higher and unchanging standard – not an evolving one. The Bible is the highest standard possible because it has the purest Author possible. God’s laws not only establish righteousness, but the Spirit of God also enables righteousness in believers. Its effect and capabilities to produce a righteous and great nation have already been tested and proven beyond any doubt. This is why real revival is so necessary to preserve the greatness of this country.

Every Christian is either part of the problem or part of the solution. My fellow Christian, are you truly seeking revival? Isn’t it time?

Evangelist Mike Valles

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