Wisdom For Each Day – Bonus

Of all the people in the Bible, Manasseh may have been the most wicked.

So God’s judgment fell: the Assyrians captured Jerusalem, and Manasseh was bound in chains and taken hundreds of miles away to Babylon.  In prison he had time to think, and he began to pray.  In that dungeon this wicked man who only deserved Hell cried out to God for forgiveness – and God answered.

The Bible teaches that God is a God of mercy.  His mercy is so vast and beyond our comprehension that no matter what sin we have committed, if we truly repent, God will forgive.

“…The Lord your God is gracious and compassionate.  He will not turn his face from you if you turn to him.”

2 Chronicles 30:9

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Wisdom For Each Day – February 28, 2014

Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego were Jewish captives in Babylon – and they refused to worship the golden image set up by King Nebuchadnezzar.

Instead, they risked the tyrant’s rage and refused to bow before the idol.  They proclaimed, “We take our stand for the living God, even if it means death.”  Then, calm, self-possessed, joyful, they were condemned and thrown into the fiery furnace, but God was with them and delivered them.  God is with His people in the fiery furnaces of life – our times of temptation, trouble, and trial.  And people notice the difference His presence makes.

Be faithful, even to the point of death, and I will give you the crown of life.

Revelation 2:10

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Wisdom For Each Day – February 27, 2014

The risen Christ commands His followers to “go into all the world and preach the good news” (Mark 16:15).  God doesn’t promise that obedience will be easy or glamorous or romantic.  Oh, I know it’s exciting to get on a plane and travel to another land.  And perhaps while we’re flying God will fill us with His Spirit so that when we reach our destination, we will be prepared to serve Him.  But if we are not winning people to Christ here, if we are not witnessing here, if we are not serving Christ here, God can’t use us there.  We must be faithful here first.

How can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard?  And how can they hear without someone preaching to them?

Romans 10:14

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Wisdom For Each Day – February 26, 2014

Just as the bows and arrows used in warfare centuries ago are useless against today’s highly sophisticated weapons, so the carnal weapons that we try to use in spiritual warfare against the devil have no power against his cunning schemes and fierce attacks.  Instead, the greatest hindrance to Satan’s destructive efforts is our standing strong in the knowledge and fear of the Lord.  The greatest roadblock to Satan’s work is the Christian who, above all else, lives for God, walks with integrity, is filled with the Spirit, and is obedient to God’s truth.

Be self-controlled and alert.  Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.  Resist him, standing firm in the faith.

1 Peter 5:8-9

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Wisdom For Each Day – February 25, 2014

We Christians ought to carry written on our hearts the solemn truth of how short a time we have to witness for God.  Whatever we are going to do for Christ we had better do now.

We had better be sharing our testimony while we have the power.  If we are ever to study the Scriptures, if we are ever to spend time in prayer, if we are ever to win souls for Christ, if we are ever to invest our finances for His kingdom, it must be now.

You may not have tomorrow – but you do have today.

As long as it is day, we must do the work of him who sent me.  Night is coming, when no one can work.

John 9:4

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Widsom For Each Day – February 24, 2014

In Genesis, Jesus is the Seed of the Woman.  In Exodus, He is the Passover Lamb.  In Leviticus, He is the atoning Sacrifice.  In Numbers, the Smitten Rock.  In Deuteronomy, the Prophet.  In Joshua, the Captain of the Lord’s hosts.  In Judges, the Deliverer.  In Ruth, the Heavenly Kinsman.  In Esther, the Advocate.  In Job, my Redeemer.  In Psalms, my Strength.  In Proverbs, my Pattern.  In Ecclesiastes, my Goal.  In the Song of Solomon, my Satisfier.  In the prophets, the Coming Prince of Peace.  In the Gospels, He is the Christ who came to seek and to save.  In Acts, He is the Christ risen.  In the epistles, He is Christ exalted.  In Revelation, He is Christ returning and reigning.

I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End.

Revelation 22:13

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Wisdom For Each Day – February 23, 2014

It took sixteen hundred years to write.  More than thirty authors acting as secretaries for God wrote its sixty-six books.  Over those sixteen hundred years, these individual authors wrote the same message, and so unified is the message that the sixty-six books actually comprise one book.

In the pages of the Bible, the sins of small and great are frankly addressed, the weakness of human nature are admitted, and life is presented as it actually is found.  The message in every book is straightforward: that message is Jesus Christ.  The Bible is primarily concerned with the story of God’s redemption of sinful humanity through Jesus Christ.

Righteous are you, O Lord, and your laws are right.  The statutes you have laid down are righteous; they are fully trustworthy.

Psalm 119:137-138

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