Bible Promise for the Day – A Reason to Be Bold

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

Isaiah 41:10 “Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.”

There are many occasions in the Word of God where the Lord tells His people, whether as a nation, or to individuals, to “fear not.” The times in which we live now certainly provide many reasons for some people to fear.

There is a lot of uncertainty on the horizon, as I mentioned yesterday, and events are lining up for even gloomier days – depending on how you look at it. Things like debates between presidential candidates are not always very helpful, either.

In spite of these things, God repeated His intention and command that His people should not be afraid. Why? There are three reasons given in this Bible verse:

  1. His Guaranteed Presence – “I am with thee”

If anyone should ask, what good will that do? His answer reminds us that He is our God – and He has unlimited power and wisdom!

  1. His Guaranteed Help – “I will strengthen thee”

Even though we may at times be weak in ourselves, or in our resolution to serve Him, yet He will give us strength, even when we have none.

  1. His Guaranteed Support – “I will uphold thee”

As long as God has a purpose for you and me on this planet, if you are saved, He can be counted on to uphold us as we do His work.

The results of His strength to undergird us should greatly embolden us to continue to go forward for Him. We must learn to draw nigh to Him first, wait on His perfect will for you, and then be sure to do it in His power and leading – not your own.

Too many Christians are silent for Christ today. Very few people around them, if anyone, even know they are believers in Christ. Many, I’m afraid, have been more converted by the world, than vice versa.

With promises like this, and by feeding frequently and daily on His Word, we ought to be like the Apostles who “turned the world upside down” for Christ. We have far more tools available to us to help spread the Gospel than they ever dreamed of, yet we fail to tell others. The difference is that they loved Christ with all their hearts and were filled with the same Holy Spirit Who is available to us today.

With promises like these of His support and help, let me ask: What are you doing for Christ today?

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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.

Bible Promise for the Day – Getting Strength to Go On for God

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

Isaiah 40:29 “He giveth power to the faint; and to them that have no might he increaseth strength.”

As the Olympics were going on recently, you can be sure that there were some Olympians who were competing almost at the point of complete exhaustion. Their bodies and brains were telling them to stop and quit – but they kept on going.

Depending on their particular sport, some of them found their “second wind” right about the time quitting felt like the thing to do. They kept on, and soon discovered new strength. Of course, Olympians expect this to happen, and instead of quitting too soon, some of them went on and won gold.

This is what the above verse is talking about for the child of God. Just when you feel like giving in to the flesh, or to the world, or to just stop serving God, that is when God is ready to strengthen you – but not before. He wants us to learn to give our all, and to trust Him to give us more strength when our own is just about completely exhausted.

If you are about ready to quit on God, as many have already done, keep on going, and you will discover the strength He promised. Remember that it comes when your strength is just about gone.

As in sports, too many believers quit just a little too soon. Had they kept going and looked for God to provide, they would have discovered that: “they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint” (Isaiah 40:31). This Bible verse repeats the same idea found in our text verse, which appears just two verses earlier.

Our God does not give His strength too early. If He did, we might be tempted to think it was our own strength, and we would not give Him the glory. Because He usually waits until our strength is gone, there is no doubt about the Source, or where the glory belongs. BY remembering this principle, and keeping your eyes on God, you too may be able to win eternal gold!

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 for the Day – Getting Real Help in Temptation

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

I John 4:4 “Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.”

All of us know what temptation is. It comes in different forms to different people, but it works the same way. It pulls on our flesh.

Satan is the source of temptation and he works to try and get the believer’s mind off of God and His will for us. He is the God wannabe – but he is no match for the Almighty and God will not vacate His glorious position.

When Christ was at His weakest (in the eyes of Satan and man), it was then that He also became the strongest. At that moment of time on the Cross, He successfully paid for the sins of all people and He became the Redeemer of the whole human race.  He then rose with power to sit on the right hand of the Father and will never be defeated.

This Mighty One lives in the heart of every believer. He is there to strengthen and comfort you. He wants to give you power over every temptation, and He can.  As believers, we need to first remember that He is there, and secondly, that He is much greater than the enemy.

When faced with temptation, we merely need to ask Christ for the power He wants His children to have. Tell God that you want to serve Him and you will find the strength you need.

Don’t try to resist Satan in your own power. You are not strong enough or able to do it. Christ’s power is more than sufficient, and you will be able to give Christ glory for His help afterwards.

John the Apostle credits these disciples as having already become aware of and using God’s power when he says: “Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them.” They had already found that God’s power could make them “overcomers.”