Category Archives: Bible Promises

00. How to Establish a Daily Quiet Time – Introduction

The simple habit of spending quiet time alone with God daily takes only minutes, yet we resist it. This investment pays rich dividends when we dare to accept the challenge.

Have you spent time with God today?

The best Bible teacher

I learned the value of spending time alone with God when I was in high school. A beloved pastor, who was like a father to me, encouraged us to look up and read the Scripture references for the Daily Bible Readings listed in our Sunday School Quarterly each week. The only Bible we had back then was the King James Version, but I enjoyed the challenge of understanding it. While we were left to ourselves to comprehend the meaning, we really were not alone. I soon learned that the Holy Spirit is the best Bible teacher. I loved using my concordance to research and compare Scriptures. I fell in love with God’s Word during this time.

Flyleaves are for promises

I began finding answers for my daily needs in the Scriptures, and looked forward to reading my Bible before I went to sleep each night. I was amazed to find that this book, written so many years ago, is relevant to the difficulties I experience each day. I began writing promises from my Bible study into the flyleaves of the Bible I received for Christmas in 1960, the year I entered high school. I knew that some day God would answer those promises for me but, even then, I understood that the answers might not come immediately. My daily time with God in his Word sustained me as I waited for the fulfillment of promise.

The leather is crumbling on my old high school Bible now, and I have it encased in plastic. But I love to look through its pages, especially the flyleaves where I penciled promises from that dear Book so many years ago. Every promise I wrote in those flyleaves has been fulfilled many times over.

I knew I had found a special treasure Book when I began my daily time with God. But the bounty I continue to find in God’s Word each day has proven to be more valuable than I ever imagined back then. I’ve found answers to why, and how, and when, and all the questions we ask about life. I’ve learned that God has it all figured out, always does it best, and that I can depend upon the the truths he shows me each day in his Word.

Why I wrote these Quiet Time lessons

In the late 1990’s, I sometimes talked with women in chat room ministry about the importance of spending personal time in God’s Word. I set up my first website to provide a reference I could refer other women to and, In 1998, I wrote the How to Establish a Daily Quiet Time lessons to place on that site. In 1999, we became Hope in a House Divided, and I have updated these lessons as I moved them to this, our newest Hope in a House Divided site, in April of 2009.

Many blessings await you as you establish a daily “Quiet Time.” Have you spent time with God today? If not, there’s no better time to get started!

God bless you,
Lois

How to Establish a Daily Quiet Time

Contents
00. How to establish a daily quiet time – Introduction
01. What is a quiet time, and why do I need it?
02. Finding time for daily devotions and Bible study
03. Selecting a Bible translation for daily study.
04. Ideas for daily devotions and Bible reading
05. Online resources for your daily Bible study

04. A promise for every problem: God’s substance of faith

God’s promises are the substance of faith. Rather than trust God to meet needs our resources are insufficient to manage, we blame God for not providing more resources.

“Now faith is the substance of things hoped for….” (Hebrews 11:1 KJV).

“Just trust God?” How easy is that?

“Just trust God and it will be alright!” Has anyone ever given you this empty advice?

Empty? Yes, that statement is empty. It gives you no reason to trust God. There is nothing in that statement to base trust upon. For Christians who have learned faith by walking hand in hand with God through many trials, that gentle reminder may be appropriate. But for the Christian whose faith has not yet been developed, the encouragement to “just trust God” is unreasonable.

God never requires blind faith. God went out of his way in the Scriptures to prove himself. He provided miracle after miracle throughout the Old and New Testaments, and he recorded them as evidence of his trustworthiness. For those who are willing to take the time to learn to trust him, God will develop a foundation of faith that will outlast any storm. Trust is something we learn.

Competitors to faith: job security, financial stability, medical insurance…

We have the faith to believe that God can meet our needs. But do we have the faith to trust him to do it? There are many things that compete for our trust. Job security, financial stability, disaster preparedness, medical insurance, and retirement planning are some of the major competitors to our faith. Each of us could add other competitors as well, such as people we depend on, etc.

“Are you saying it is wrong to seek a secure job and stable finances, and to prepare for the future?” you ask. No, not at all. But it is wrong to trust in these things.

“Then he said, `This is what I’ll do. I will tear down my barns and build bigger ones, and there I will store all my grain and my goods. And I’ll say to myself, “You have plenty of good things laid up for many years. Take life easy; eat, drink and be merry.”‘ But God said to him, `You fool! This very night your life will be demanded from you. Then who will get what you have prepared for yourself?’ This is how it will be with anyone who stores up things for himself but is not rich toward God.” (Luke 12:18-21 NIV)

When things go awry, what do you think of first? Most of us do a quick assessment of our resources. For the Christian, God sees to it that our resources are never enough, for he wants to be our loving supplier. But we forget that. When we see our failing resources, we panic. Instead of trusting God to meet the needs our resources are insufficient to meet, we blame God for not providing us more resources!

We proceed to tell God how to supply our needs: “Lord, send me a job that will provide enough money to pay the rent.” God doesn’t need jobs and he doesn’t need money, though he often uses both to meet our needs. But he can work through any means at any time to be there for us. Don’t limit him!

God’s promises make our faith tangible

How do we get beyond the empty admonition to “just trust God” and apply it into a dynamic living part of our life? We can only “get there” by taking the time to allow God to develop this faith in us.

“So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God” (Romans 10:17 NKJV).

The promises have always been my favorite part of the Word of God. I’ve learned that for every problem we encounter, there is a promise. If we will take the time to find the promise God wants to give us in his Word for the current problem we encounter, we will discover a faith for this current need that we can never attain by an empty “just trust God.”

“For the word of God is living and active…” (Hebrews 4:12 NIV). God’s Word is what makes our faith tangible.

“Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen” (Hebrews 11:1 KJV). “Substance” is something I can reach out and touch. I can grab it and hold it in my hands and keep it for my own. The only part of the Word of God that we can touch and make our own are the promises.

Think of it. Every Bible story would be meaningless to us personally without the promises. They would ring with the empty, “Just trust God.” Even the most meaningful Bible story of all, the story of how Jesus came to earth to die for our sins and offer forgiveness, would be worthless if God didn’t promise me that when I depend upon what Jesus has done for me I can have eternal life too! Our very salvation is based upon a promise:

“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life” (John 3:16 NIV).

Ask God to give you a promise for your present need. Don’t turn lose of it. God wants you to hold him to his Word. He delights when you come to him and say, “Lord, I will not accept anything less than what you have promised me here!”

Take time to find the promise God has for you in his Word today!

How to find your promise in the Bible

  1. Browse through our Bible Promises topic category.
  2. Look in the concordance of your Bible for a keyword of a need you have: marriage, fear, disease, children, mother, etc. Check out all the references. Not every word will be listed, and you may need to find alternative words.
  3. Look for a promise online. Bible Gateway’s searchable online Bible is my favorite. It is available in over 50 versions and 35 languages. Just type in your keyword, or use the Topical Index.
  4. Purchase an inexpensive Bible promise book and check the topical index to find promises for your needs. My favorite Bible promise book is God’s Promises for Your Every Need
  5. Ask God to lead you to the promise he has for you as you begin to read his Word. There are promises on every page, and he has often led me to a promise for my current need as I have picked up his Word searching for answers to my need.
  6. Find a Scripture reference you can remember that is related in some way to your need and check out the cross-references to other similar Scriptures.
  7. Large Print Thompson Chain Reference Bible-NIV is my favorite study Bible. It is available in several versions, including KJV and NIV, and smaller pint as well. I recently ordered the large print version linked here to accommodate my failing vision. (Some reviewers report poor quality in some Thompson’s versions available now. The one I’ve linked above appears to be of excellent quality. To see more regarding this, click here.)
  8. Sometimes God will give us a Scripture promise through a sermon, a poster, or just sharing among friends.
  9. Topical List of Bible Promises from InTouch Ministries is a wonderful link that provides Bible promises on many topics:

Look now for a promise in God’s Word for your present need!

Ever wonder about doubt? We’ll discuss that next.

Scripture taken from New International Version unless otherwise noted

The Lord will fight for you

These verses were given to me by an online friend near the end of 1999, as I experienced a time of great difficulty. I’ve included his commentary as well.

“Stand firm and you will see the deliverance the Lord will bring you today….”

God promises…

Exodus 14:13 – 14 Moses answered the people, “Do not be afraid. Stand firm and you will see the deliverance the LORD will bring you today. The Egyptians you see today you will never see again. The LORD will fight for you; you need only to be still.”

Exodus 23:27 I will send my terror ahead of you and throw into confusion every nation you encounter. I will make all your enemies turn their backs and run.

2 Chronicles 20:29 The fear of God came upon all the kingdoms of the countries when they heard how the LORD had fought against the enemies of Israel.

2 Kings 6:16 “Don’t be afraid,” the prophet answered. “Those who are with us are more than those who are with them.”

2 Kings 6:17 And Elisha prayed, “O LORD, open his eyes so he may see.” Then the LORD opened the servant’s eyes, and he looked and saw the hills full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha.

Matthew 12:20 A bruised reed he will not break, and a smoldering wick he will not snuff out, till he leads justice to victory.

2 Chronicles 16:9 For the eyes of the LORD range throughout the earth to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to him. You have done a foolish thing, and from now on you will be at war.

Psalms 34:7 The angel of the LORD encamps around those who fear him, and he delivers them.

Psalms 125:2 As the mountains surround Jerusalem, so the LORD surrounds his people both now and forevermore.

Deuteronomy 28:7 The LORD will grant that the enemies who rise up against you will be defeated before you. They will come at you from one direction but flee from you in seven.

Deuteronomy 11:25 No man will be able to stand against you. The LORD your God, as he promised you, will put the terror and fear of you on the whole land, wherever you go.

Commentary: For those who are godly….
God goes out in front and protects against THE WHOLE LAND
Example……

Genesis 35:5 Then they set out, and the terror of God fell upon the towns all around them so that no one pursued them.

Commentary: These are entire towns God shuts down to provide victory for those who follow him.

John 1:5 The light shines in the darkness, but the darkness has not understood it.

Joshua 1:5 No one will be able to stand up against you all the days of your life. As I was with Moses, so I will be with you; I will never leave you nor forsake you.

Joshua 21:44 The LORD gave them rest on every side, just as he had sworn to their forefathers. Not one of their enemies withstood them; the LORD handed all their enemies over to them.

Joshua 23:9 The LORD has driven out before you great and powerful nations; to this day no one has been able to withstand you.

Deuteronomy 7:24 He will give their kings into your hand, and you will wipe out their names from under heaven. No one will be able to stand up against you; you will destroy them.

Psalms 91:4 He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.

Commentary: Here lies the ENTIRE key to this:

Ephesians 6:11 Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes.

Scripture taken from New International Version unless otherwise noted

When I say ‘I can’t,’ God says, ‘I can.’

‘Mind over matter’ is not the key. Meditation on the promises of God and his faithfulness to them brings peace, hope and joy when artificial mind games cannot satisfy.

When I say “I can’t,” God says “I can.”

God’s answers for hopelessness

“It’s impossible”
All things are possible (Luke 18:27)

“I’m too tired”
I will give you rest (Matthew 11:28-30)

“Nobody really loves me”
I love you (John 3:16 & John 13:34)

“I can’t go on”
My grace is sufficient (II Corinthians 12:9 & Psalm 91:15)

“I can’t figure things out”
I will direct your steps (Proverbs 3:5-6)

“I can’t do it”
You can do all things (Phillipians 4:13)

“I’m not able”
I am able (II Corinthians 9:8)

“It’s not worth it”
It will be worth it (Romans 8:28)

“I can’t forgive myself”
I forgive you (I John 1:9 & Romans 8:1)

“I can’t manage”
I will supply all your needs (Phillipians 4:19)

“I’m afraid”
I have not given you a spirit of fear (II Timothy 1:7)

“I’m always worried and frustrated”
Cast all your cares on Me (I Peter 5:7)

“I don’t have enough faith”
I’ve given everyone a measure of faith (Romans 12:3)

“I’m not smart enough”
I give you wisdom (I Corinthians 1:30)

“I feel all alone”
I will never leave you or forsake you (Hebrews 13:5)

–Anonymous

My ‘never again’ list

Free at last from the former lifestyle, we don’t have to worry anymore. We can face the future with confidence in victory as we stand on the Word of God.

Never again will I lose hope.

Never again…

Never again will I confess “I can’t” for “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.” Philippians 4:13

Never again will I confess lack, for “my God shall supply all of my needs according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:19

Never again will I confess fear, for “God hath not given me the spirit of fear, but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.” II Timothy 1:7

Never again will I confess doubt and lack of faith, for “God hath given to every man the measure of faith.” Romans 12:3

Never again will I confess weakness for “The Lord is the strength of my life.” Psalm 27:1

Never again will I confess defeat, for “God always causeth me to triumph in Christ Jesus.” II Corinthians 2:14

Never again will I confess lack of wisdom, for “christ Jesus is made unto me wisdom from God.” I Corinthians 1:30

Never again will I confess worries and frustrations, for I am “casting all my cares upon Him who careth for me.” I Peter 5;7

Never againwill I confess condemnation, for “There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus.” Romans 8:1

–Anonymous