Bible Promise for the Day – Seeking God for Salvation

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

Isaiah 55:6,7 “Seek ye the LORD while he may be found, call ye upon him while he is near: Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto the LORD, and he will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon.”

This Bible verse from Isaiah reveals that God will not always be found of those who seek Him. A time will come when it is just plain too late.

The first reason for this is that sin hardens the heart. If you feel that you need to get saved, then do it. You only feel it because God is trying to get your attention. If you keep on in sin, you will desire salvation less and less. You are continuing to resist the Holy Spirit. This is why the verse declares: “call ye upon him while he is near.”

If you have a desire to seek Him it is because He is already seeking you. He is drawing you to be saved, but He will never save you without your asking for it, and turning from sin.

Another reason that you need to be saved now is because when people come to your door, they will not wait forever for you to answer. While this illustration may seem strange, Christ Himself uses it in Revelation 3:20: “Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.”

Christ, although He is Lord of all, knocks at your heart’s door. He waits for you to respond to Him – but He will not wait forever. This is why the Bible says that you need to seek Him while He can still be found.

There is no one who cannot be saved. No matter what the sin, God will hear and save if you seek and call on Him to do so. This verse promises it.

The reason Christ can save anyone is because He has already paid the price for all our sin on the Cross. God sent Him to do it because He loved you and me. All we need to do is to say, “Yes Lord, I recognize that Christ died for me. I deserve to perish in my sin. I turn from my sin now and ask you to forgive me. I accept Christ as my only Savior. Please help me to serve you now. Thank You. Amen.”

As you can see, there is nothing hard about it. If you are sincere, this Bible verse, and many others, says that He will save you instantly. God has promised: “he will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon.” Have you called on Him for salvation yet?

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The Second Step Toward Revival

Yesterday, I presented the first step toward a real revival. It involved humbling ourselves before a holy God and confessing our sins before Him.

Today, I want to talk about the next step toward revival. There are no shortcuts, and there are no substitutes. The formula I am using is the one that God gave us 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.”

The second step is found in the phrase: “and pray, and seek my face.” Some of you reading this might think it is two phrases. After thinking about it, though, I think we will see that they go together to form the second requirement for national revival.

Let me gently remind you that in this verse that God is talking to His people, not to unbelievers. True revival always starts in the hearts of the people of God.

The primary reason I believe these two statements are really one is because of the nature of prayer. If we examine our hearts, I think we will find that there are times when we pray but are not really serious about it. We pray to be able to say we prayed. We did a duty and that is all.

In that kind of praying we really did not care to talk to God. We conducted a ritual – made a performance without heart. Of course, I am not saying that this is always the case, or that it is even often the case; but it reveals a lack of sincerity in talking to God.

God is not One to be played with. He often called the bluff of His people. Jesus testified against the religious leaders of His day by saying: “This people draweth nigh unto me with their mouth, and honoureth me with their lips; but their heart is far from me” (Mt. 15:8). The Son of God was saying that they have the words – but there is no heart behind those words. In essence He said: Their worship is worthless!

Here is what God really wants, as said by David in Psalm 51:16,17. This was said by him in his confession of his sin with Bathsheba, and with the inspiration of the Holy Spirit: “For thou desirest not sacrifice; else would I give it: thou delightest not in burnt offering. The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise.” God is more interested in your heart’s attitude toward Him than in your service or sacrifice.

Believers everywhere need to get serious about seeking God. Churches used to have Wednesday prayer meetings and even all-night prayer meetings. They were determined to get God’s mercy and blessing on their church, their homes, and their nation, and to see the lost around them saved. No wonder God blessed! Some of them even fasted while seeking Him! Now, however, people think it is asking too much to go to prayer meeting and seek God. They want His blessings, but not God!

When people want something today, they save up for it (or buy it on credit). They fix their minds on it and do not let anything distract them from their purpose. Yet how easily we are distracted from God and sincere praying! This is sin, and needs to be confessed to Him!

I realize I am speaking quite plainly. Some readers may not be used to it. However, I aim to speak God’s truth, in love, but please realize, my friend, that someone who only speaks sweet words is like a person trying to rearrange the furniture on the deck when the Titanic is going down! There is no time for it! The ship called America is sinking – and the churches with it! In reality, it is sinking because Christians are not fervently praying!

God wants to hear our prayers. He also wants our hearts and our love. If people only liked you because of your gifts to them, would you really think they were true friends? No you wouldn’t! God also knows very well who it is that really wants to be around Him and talk to Him.

The second step toward genuine revival is to seek God’s face – until He revives you! He wants to cleanse, strengthen and use you in His service. Will you start seeking Him today in confession, dedication, and fresh Holy Spirit powered service? May God help us all to do just that.

God Bless; For Real Revival,
Evangelist Mike Valles

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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!

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God Bless,
Evangelist Mike Valles

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