Wisdom For Each Day – January 31, 2014

How much of your time is used for things that really aren’t important, or may even be morally or spiritually harmful?  Take television or the Internet, for example.  We all need to relax, and I’m not suggesting all entertainment is harmful or bad – not at all.  But how much of your spare time is simply wasted?

How much time did you give to God?  Remember: Satan doesn’t need for us to fall into gross sin in order to defeat us; a large dose of laziness will do the trick just as well.  Put Christ first in your life, and then commit every hour of the day to Him.

Be diligent in these matters; give yourself wholly to them, so that everyone may see your progress.

1 Timothy 4:15

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Wisdom For Each Day – January 30, 2014

When life turns against us and we can’t see any way out of our problems, is He still with us – even if it looks as if He has abandoned us?  Can His promises really be trusted?

Yes, we can trust His promises – because God does not lie, nor does He change His mind.  What if He did?  Then we wouldn’t have any reason to depend on Him; His Word could not  be trusted.  But He doesn’t lie, and He doesn’t change His mind – because He is perfect and holy, and He loves us.

God is not a man, that he should lie, nor a son of man, that the should change his mind.

Hebrews 23:19

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Wisdom For Each Day – January 29, 2014

What spiritual gifts has God given you?  They won’t be the same as someone else’s gifts – but they are the ones God knew you needed.

Don’t say your gifts are insignificant or don’t matter; God didn’t make a mistake when He gave them to you.

You may have a special gift for welcoming visitors to your church, or helping the church’s nursery, or praying for others, or becoming part of a team that does errands for sick people.  It may be helping in a homeless shelter or packing boxes of clothing to ship overseas.

We have different gifts…. If it is serving, let him serve; if it is teaching, let him teach; if it is encouraging, let him encourage…if it is showing mercy, let him do it cheerfully.

Romans 12:6-8

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Wisdom For Each Day – January 28, 2014

Have you ever noticed that if you continue to hate someone, whatever they did will continue to hurt you?  Our anger and hatred just keeps reopening the emotional wounds of the past.

This is one reason why we need to let go of the past and – with God’s help – release our anger and hatred and replace them with His love.  If we don’t our souls will be poisoned the rest of our life by bitterness and resentment, instead of reflecting the love and mercy of Christ.  Remember Jesus’ command: “Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you” (Matthew 5:44).

Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice.

Ephesians 4:31

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Wisdom For Each Day – January 27, 2014

God knows everything about us, even our deepest thoughts and motives.  We can hide them from other people; we may even hide them from ourselves.  But we can’t hide them from God.

This shouldn’t surprise us; after all, God knows everything.  The Bible says, “Nothing in all creation is hidden from God’s sight.  Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of him to whom we must give account” (Hebrews 4:13).  Think back over just the last twenty-four hours at all the thoughts you didn’t want anyone else to know.  But God knew them – every one of them.

You alone know the hearts of all men.

1 Kings 8:39

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Wisdom For Each Day – January 26, 2014

When you were very young and first started speaking, did you talk to your parents in long sentences and for great lengths of time?  I doubt it.  And yet they weren’t disappointed in you; they were delighted by your first attempts to speak.

In the same way, when we truly understand that God is our loving heavenly Father and we are His children, then we won’t worry so much about disappointing Him by our prayers.  Don’t worry about your lack of eloquence; no matter how simple they are, God delights in our prayers when they truly express the feelings and desires of our heart.

Oh that men would praise the Lord for his goodness, and for his wonderful works to the children of men!

Psalm 107:8 KJV

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Wisdom For Each Day – January 25, 2014

It’s significant that after the giving of the commandments is the story of the building of the sacrificial altar.  The Ten Commandments were given first, but the law and the altar go together.  The law reveals that we are sinners and that we need forgiveness.  But the law also reveals that the only path to forgiveness is through sacrifice.  The law enables us to see ourselves as morally dirty and in need of cleansing.  But it also points us to the place of cleansing: the cross of Christ.

No one will be declared righteous in [God’s] sight by observing the law; rather, through the law we become conscious of sin.

Romans 3:20

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