Bible Promise for the Day – Turmoil Surrounds, but the Mind Is at Peace

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

Philippians 4:6,7 “Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”

All around us we find turmoil of some kind. Whether it is in the form of crime, war, or hurricanes, peace is not the norm for many people. Others find nothing but turmoil when they go in to work. Cursing, yelling, talking about you behind your back, etc., all leads to a lack of both outer and inner peace. Driving to and from work does not help much, either, or taking a bus or subway.

In spite of all the problems surrounding us and in the world, we are reminded to think of the inner peace that Christ had. It was incredible. When accused, or confronted, He responded with kindness. Make no mistake about it, He vehemently hated sin and its effects, especially when others were turned away from Him because of it. He even made a whip and overturned tables because God’s house was being defiled by greed. Still, He never lost control – even when wrongly being nailed to a Cross, He forgave those doing it.

The verse for today gives us a clue as to how we can have His peace – even in turmoil. Jesus said that He would give us His peace, in John 14:27: “Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.”

Peace is a fruit of the Spirit, and when we are in fellowship with God, peace will be there. We can help keep it there by bringing all the things that bother us to the Lord. What should we bring to Him? Big things only? No, we are to bring anything that concerns us, or causes us worry us, to Him. He said: “Be careful for nothing.”

As believers, the more we learn to bring to Him, the more we will see that He really does want us to be concerned about nothing – because He can handle it. He does want you to ask Him about it, though, and tell Him. Why tell Him? Is it because He does not know? No, it’s because He wants you to learn to pray and talk to Him often. He enjoys it when you do, just like any parent likes their children to talk to them. When you do, and in faith leave it with Him, you will discover that in the place of worry, He will put His peace that even passes our ability to understand it. Nothing can shake it.

Are there concerns you need to bring to Him that are disturbing your peace now?

Bible Promise for the Day – Boldness and Love in a Troubled World

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

II Timothy 1:7 “For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.”

In today’s world, many people are afraid. The world situation really is not getting much better either, and prospects are not looking that great. Politicians are making promises, but they can do little without God’s help.

We certainly are living in a day when there are wars and rumors of wars, as the Bible tells us will be in the last days. On the other hand, the good thing is that it means that Christ could be coming very soon – possibly even today.

In spite of what is happening around us, it is the child of God who should be enjoying the greatest peace. This Bible verse tells us that if we fear, we are not as close to God as we should be.

Fear is a tool of the Satan, and he uses it to intimidate believers into silence. Instead of succumbing to fear, we need to go to God, submit to Him, and ask for boldness, as the apostles did in Acts 4. There are many people around us who do not yet know the message of the Gospel – that Jesus still saves the lost!

The apostles were threatened in Acts 4, but they were determined to obey God rather than men. The Holy Spirit empowered them with boldness, which does not mean being cocky, or rude. As a result of a fresh anointing of the Holy Ghost, the apostles spoke out in love, and under the guidance of the Spirit.

I also want to point out that the verse talks about a sound mind.” We cannot think or act as God wants if we are afraid. He will give us peace, and in that peace, we will be able to hear Him guiding us into His perfect will.

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.