Today's Bible Readings
     Exodus 13
     Job 31
     Luke 16
     II Corinthians 1
''For all the promises of God in Him are Yes, and in Him Amen, to the glory of God through us." (II Corinthians 1:20)
            The Bible is filled with the promises of God. I have heard many different numbers suggested as to how many promises God has given us. We know we have at least one for every day of the year. Many of these promises have a condition. The promises of God are of no value to us until, through obedience, we come to understand the nature of God.
            Over a period of time we may read some things in the Bible and they mean nothing to us. Then, because we have been obedient to God in some small detail, we suddenly see what God means and His nature is instantly opened up to us. We say yes to Him and experience His power. By obedience we ratify the promises of God by saying ''Amen," or ''so be it." That promise then becomes ours.
            Often God gives us something difficult to do. It seems that every time I ask God for new challenges or new opportunities He places a difficult task before me. Thank God He does give us difficult things to do. His salvation is a joyous thing. It is also something that requires bravery, courage and holiness. It tests us for all that we are worth. Jesus is ''bringing many sons to glory." (Hebrews 2: 10) God will not shield us from the requirements of sonship. God's grace produces many men and women with a strong family likeness to Jesus Christ, not pampered, spoiled weaklings.
            It takes a tremendous amount of discipline to claim the promises of God and to enjoy their benefits. When God called me into a ministry that would serve many nations with the Gospel, He promised to give His anointing and blessing.  My obedience was required.
            Never forget that our capacity in spiritual matters is measured by, and based on, the promises of God. Is God able to fulfill His promises? Our answer depends on whether or not we have received the Holy Spirit and are willing to be obedient. His promises are conditional.
            May your answer and response to His promises be, Yes and Amen!
            The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland with its 60 million inhabitants is very familiar to the people of the United States. Until recent years, with immigration flooding the United States from all over the world, this is where most Americans have had their roots. In fact, our spiritual heritage is mostly from this part of the world. The tragedy is, however, that these nations have become one of the greatest challenges of prayer for evangelical Christians throughout the world.
            Tolerance has become the ''in'' word in most all of Western Europe, and particularly in Britain. The influx of non Christian religions has affected the worldview of the population. The spokesmen for Islam, Buddhism, Hinduism, etc., push for legislation that will favor their religions and demand freedoms they would never grant Christians in their lands of origin.
            The future of the Church of England is crucial for the country. As the mother church of the world's 80 million Anglicans, the only hope for them and every other Christian movement in Britain is to experience a genuine awakening among God's people that will spread out and change the culture. Pray that in England, the church would be more influenced by the Bible than by the culture.
''No promise is of private interpretation. Whatever God has said to any one saint, He has said to all. When He opens a well for one, it is that all may drink. When He opens a granary door to give food, there may be some one starving man who is the occasion of it being open, that all hungry saints may come and feed too."
Charles Spurgeon