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.

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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.”