Our Bible verse for today: “When I am afraid, I will trust in you. In God, whose word I praise, in God I trust; I will not be afraid. What can mere mortals do to me?” Psalm 56:3-4 (CSB)
Our thought for today: “Remember His promises to you.”
Having the knowledge of God’s perfect love for you is good for starters, but in order to be an actual practical help in daily living that knowledge needs to make a vital eighteen-inch journey from your head to your heart. Knowledge by itself isn’t very helpful if it doesn’t have a practical impact in the real world.
One of the best ways for a promise from God to become a heartfelt reality in your life rather than simple head knowledge, is to memorize it, recite it numerous times, meditate upon it, and then recognize the fulfillment of that promise in your life. A great tool to help us quickly identify God’s promises is “The Bible Promise Book: One thousand promises from God’s Word” published by Barbour Books. We give them away free at Oak Hill Baptist Church but you can easily get a copy at Amazon.com.
This little book arranges 1000 promises from God, by category, for quick and easy reference. I encourage you to get a copy, open it to page one, and then put a check mark next to each promise of God that you know has already come true in your life. You’ll be amazed at how many of God’s promises have already been fulfilled in your life. I also encourage you to select promises that are special to you at this time in your life, write it down on an index card, and carry it with you. Memorize that verse and recite it to yourself over and over and over again. As you do that the verse will be embedded deep in your heart. It will quickly go from being simple head knowledge to a heartfelt reality. With respect to the perfect love of God driving fear out of your life (1 John 4:18), here are a couple of other promises from God you can memorize, recite, and meditate on:
“Haven’t I commanded you: be strong and courageous? Do not be afraid or discouraged, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9
“Do not fear, for I am with you; do not be afraid, for I am your God. I will strengthen you; I will help you; I will hold on to you with my righteous right hand.” Isaiah 41:10
“Even to your old age and gray hairs I am he, I am he who will sustain you. I have made you and I will carry you; I will sustain you and I will rescue you.” Isaiah 46:4 (NIV)
“But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be provided for you.” Matthew 6:33 (Read the entire passage 6:25-34)
I encourage you to remember His promises to you. His love for you is perfect and His promises are always true. A heartfelt understanding of that truth will help to drive fear from your life.