Wisdom For Each Day – April 30, 2014

In this world all of us have trials and tribulations, and each one is an opportunity to pray.  But far too often we Christians close our conversation with someone who is struggling with “I’ll pray for you” – and, sadly, that’s the last of it.  We need to be true to our word; we need to live according to the Golden Rule and actually pray for our brothers and sisters the way we would want them to pray for us.  But the blessing of such prayer isn’t just for the other person.

Far be it from me that I should sin against the Lord by failing to pray for you.

1 Samuel 12:23

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Wisdom For Each Day – April 29, 2014

Jesus teaches…the victorious assurance that God answers every true petition (although not always the way we wish He would).  We need to trust in the promise of John 15:7 and in the complementary intercession of the Holy Spirit (Romans 8:27).

We also need to remember that with God nothing is impossible.  No task is to arduous, no problem too difficult, no burden too heavy for Him.  Do not, however, put your will above His.  Do not insist on your way.  And don’t expect an immediate answer to come in exactly the way, the place, and the manner that you are seeking.  Rather, learn to pray as Jesus Himself prayed.

If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be given you.

John 15:7

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Wisdom For Each Day – April 28, 2014

Observe carefully the prayer life of Jesus, and notice the earnestness with which He prayed.  In Gethsemane He cried out with a loud voice, and in the intensity of His supplication He fell headlong on the damp ground and pleaded before His Father until “his sweat was like drops of blood falling to the ground” (Luke 22:44).  Too often – and in very sharp contrast – you and I use petty petitions, oratorical exercises, and the same words we have used for years rather than the cries of our inmost being.

Also, too often when we pray, our thoughts roam.  We insult God by speaking to Him with our lips while our minds and hearts are far from Him.

When you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans.

Matthew 6:7

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Wisdom For Each Day – April 27, 2014

Christ…will come back.  Jesus said that only the Father in heaven knows exactly when – and this should keep us from wild speculations.  But Jesus did say that we should watch for certain signs.

We should, for instance, be on guard against false Christs and false prophets.  Scripture also teaches that there will be “wars and rumors of war” (Matthew 24:6), as well as unprecedented natural disasters.  Christians will be persecuted for their faith.

Another sign of Christ’s return will be that hearts once passionate for Jesus will become cold toward Him.  This loss of fervent love will contribute to a breakdown of morals, another sign the end is near.

This gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all other nations, and then the end will come.

Matthew 24:14

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Wisdom For Each Day – April 26, 2014

We are to serve God alone.  Whatever our heart clings to is our “god,” and when we cling to anything or anyone other than God we are guilty of idolatry.  God alone must be in our heart and our life.  Next, we are to avoid anything that excludes or obscures the divine nature of God.  We are also to honor His name and enter His presence with reverence and respect.  In addition, we are to set aside one day in seven for rest and the worship of God.

And God spoke all these words: “I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of Egypt, out of the hand of slavery.”

Exodus 20: 1-2

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Wisdom For Each Day – April 25, 2014

The Bible is filled with promises of that coming day of glory.  Its pages indicate that when Christ returns, the world will not be expecting Him.  Just as the people in Noah’s day did not believe that a flood was coming, multitudes today do not believe that God’s judgment is coming.  The flood did come, though, and so will His judgment.

Jesus calls us who know Him to wait in expectation.  Our hands should be busy with His work – but our eyes should be looking up.  May your watching for Jesus make you even more active in His service!

Keep watch, because you do not know on what day your Lord will come.

Matthew 24:42

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Wisdom For Each Day – April 24, 2014

When Israel was entering the Promised Land, the two tribes of Reuben and Gad saw that the already-conquered territory on the east side of the Jordan was good for their herds and flocks.  Thinking only of themselves…they approached Moses with a request: “Let this land be given to your servants as our possession.  Do not make us cross the Jordan.” (Numbers 32:5).

Moses was an old man, but his eyes blazed, his jaw set, anger came to his face.  Moses said, “Shall your countrymen go to war while you sit here?…[If so,] you may be sure your sin will find you out” (Numbers 32:6, 23).  Over the years his words proved to be true.

Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others.

Philippians 2:4

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