John 5:39 “Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me.”
The preacher asked, “What promise in the Word of God are you most thankful for?”
I said ‘Heaven’. Then I thought:
John 3:16 “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”
John 14:3 “Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.”
I can deal with only so much at a time. Yet, when I get overwhelmed, God has promises for me as well.
1 Corinthians 10:13 “There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.”
The sweet psalmist of God expressed it so eloquently:
Psalms 61:1-4 “(To the chief Musician upon Neginah, A Psalm of David.) Hear my cry, O God; attend unto my prayer. From the end of the earth will I cry unto thee, when my heart is overwhelmed: lead me to the rock that is higher than I. For thou hast been a shelter for me, and a strong tower from the enemy. I will abide in thy tabernacle for ever: I will trust in the covert of thy wings. Selah.”
I have lived long enough to know that to trust in man – even myself – will bring failure. But I have known as well, that to trust in the Word of God is sure, solid and the Author is more than trustworthy.
Often, we squabble over religious affiliations, denominations, and associations trying to justify our doctrine, our practice and our salvation. We all must come to the same question: “What does the Word of God say?” Then, we invoke a whole separate arena that the devil has attacked as well – “WHICH” Word of God?
With literally hundreds of versions of the English bible alone (let alone the thousands of different languages it to which it has been translated), one can be quite overwhelmed with understanding which Bible.
Jesus was tested by the devil in this area as well. After fasting forty days and forty nights, the devil came and tested in the area of which authority Jesus was subject unto:
Matthew 4:3 “And when the tempter came to him, he said, If thou be the Son of God, command that these stones be made bread.”
Jesus helps us in our quest by saying:
Matthew 4:4 “But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.”
It is not for this devotion today, but as a child of God, you need to find yourself and ‘every word’ bible. I will say this, that through much study, research and prayer that I am unequivocally, wholeheartedly, and resolutely set that the King James Bible IS the every Word Bible for me.
Even the Word of God gives promise about itself:
Isaiah 55:11 “So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.”
If I need comfort, God shows where to get this comfort:
1 Thessalonians 4:16-18 “For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. Wherefore comfort one another with these words.”
So, dear reader, I challenge you today to set out to memorize at least one promise from the Word of God this week. Memorize the scripture, not the thought. I am saved; born-again by the Word of God. When I come before God, I can claim His promise that I have trusted His Son as my Savior for the forgiveness of all my sins.
My salvation is sure. It is secure. He promised.
One last thought…
In His Word He tells me:
Psalms 16:11 “Thou wilt shew me the path of life: in thy presence is fulness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore.”
I can honestly say that there has not been, nor will there ever be one thing to compare to His presence. There are no worldly pleasures or possessions that can compare or to be desired than to be in the presence of Almighty God.
2 Corinthians 5:8 “We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord.”
Look at the things you are chasing in your life. Are they God-honoring? Are there blessings from His Word that govern what it is you are looking for?
Find them. Believe Him.