Wisdom For Each Day – March 29, 2014

Gluttony is a perversion of a natural, God-given appetite.  The gratification of our fleshly appetites is not to receive first importance in our lives.  When we cater to the appetites of the flesh – when a normal hunger is extended into abnormality so that it harms the body, dulls the mind, and causes us to neglect the soul – we become guilty of the sin of gluttony.

When we acknowledge that sin and confess it, Jesus will forgive the past and provide the power of self-discipline, temperance, and restraint for the days ahead.

So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.

1 Corinthians 10:31

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Wisdom For Each Day – March 28, 2014

Purity is considered smug, but impurity is considered smart – and the consequences of this vicious sin are played down.  Satan fails to speak of the remorse, the futility, the loneliness, and the spiritual devastation that go hand in hand with immorality.

Christ can do only one thing with the sin of impurity – and every other sin.  Jesus neither condones sin nor condemns it; He forgives it.  He will also cleanse you and give you victory over your sin.  Jesus said to the immoral woman, “Go now and leave your life of sin” (John 8:11).  He says that to you as well – and He never told anyone to do something without offering them the power to do it.

Among you there must not be even a hint of sexual immorality, or of any kind of impurity…because these are improper for God’s holy people.

Ephesians 5:3

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Wisdom For Each Day – March 27, 2014

Envy dethrones God.  Envy destroys our spiritual health, and it takes the joy, happiness, and contentment out of living.  Envy becomes a spiritual leprosy, isolating us from both God and other human beings.  No wonder God ranks envy on the same level as sexual immorality, idolatry, witchcraft, and drunkenness (see Galatians 5:19-21).

To get rid of this devastating poison, first recognize that you have it.  Then confess your sin to God and renounce it.  Finally, since envy cannot be overcome in your own strength, open your heart to the transforming power of Christ.

A heart at peace gives life to the body, but envy rots the bones.

Proverbs 14:30

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Wisdom For Each Day – March 26, 2014

Anger is one sin that everyone is capable of committing.  Anger brings out the animal nature of human beings.  It hinders our Christian testimony, and causes people to lose the joy of living.   Too many of us excuse our anger by blaming our natural disposition, but anger is sin.

The first step in finding victory over anger is to want to get rid of it.  Next comes confession.  Then comes a yielding to God.  His Spirit can tame your tongue and your passions when you surrender your heart to Jesus.  He who calmed the turbulent Sea of Galilee can calm the tempestuous sea of your anger with His love.

A fool gives full vent to his anger.

Proverbs 29:11

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Wisdom For Each Day – March 25, 2014

The pride that God loathes is not a healthy self-respect or a legitimate sense of personal dignity.  It is the haughty, undue self-esteem out of all proportion to our actual worth.  It is the repugnant egotism that is repulsive to both man and God.  It is that revolting conceit which swaggers before men and struts in the presence of the Almighty.  And God hates it.

What can you do about it?  Confess your pride.  Humble yourself in the sight of God.  Look then at Christ, who “humbled himself and became obedient to death – even death on a cross!” (Philippians 2:8).

The Lord detests all the proud of heart.  Be sure of this: They will not go unpunished.

Proverbs 16:5

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Wisdom For Each Day – March 24, 2014

The name of Pontius Pilate will be forever linked to…the final order condemning Jesus to death by crucifixion.

But the name of Pontius Pilate will also stand forever as a prime example of someone who knew what was right – but failed to do it.  He caved in to the pressures of the crowd and ordered Jesus’ death.  How often do you cave in to the pressures of the crowd, seeking the approval of others instead of the approval of God?  Make it your goal to live for Christ and be faithful to Him, regardless of what the crowd demands.

Then Pilate announced… “I find no basis for a charge against this man”  … But with loud shouts they insistently demanded that he be crucified, and their shouts prevailed.

Luke 23:4, 23

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Wisdom For Each Day – March 23, 2014

[A] minister went to his medicine shelf and brought back a bottle of strychnine marked “Poison.”  He said, “…Suppose I take this ‘Poison’ label off the bottle and put on a label like ‘Peppermint Candy.’  Can’t you see the problem?  The milder you make the label, the more dangerous the poison’s presence.”

It is high time we put a “Poison” label back on the poison of sin.  We must to not be afraid to be as plain as the Bible is about the tragic consequences of sin – or about the antidote for that poison: the blood of Christ.

For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Romans 6:23

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