Wisdom For Each Day – May 30, 2014

You can seldom argue a person into the kingdom of God.  That’s because the real reason for disbelief in God usually has nothing to do with logic.  [It] has to do with their emotions and their will.  In other words, people don’t believe in God because they don’t want to believe – and they don’t want to believe because they want to run their own lives.

We must do our best to answer – with gentleness and respect – any question we’re asked, even if we think it isn’t sincere or is only meant to put us on the spot.  But the most important thing we can do is to show by our life and love that Jesus is real.

Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone.

Colossians 4:6

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Wisdom For Each Day – May 29, 2014

I find it very encouraging that God included real-life, flesh-and-blood sinful people in His Word.  David committed adultery, Abraham lied about his wife – the list goes on and on.  Why are they in the Bible?  So we will learn from their wrongdoings.

One lesson is that sin always has consequences.  God has much to teach us from the examples of His people who failed.  But most of all His Word points us to Christ, who alone can forgive us and set our feet on the right path.

These things happened to them as examples and were written down as warnings for us.

1 Corinthians 10:11

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Wisdom For Each Day – May 28, 2014

God’s standard is nothing less than perfection.  That means we can’t make it into Heaven on our own, for no matter how good we are, we still aren’t perfect.  Even the best person sins in words and actions, as well as in thoughts and motives.  God’s standard is perfection and even one sin will keep us out of Heaven.

So if you know someone who thinks good deeds are their ticket to Heaven, urge them not to gamble with their soul.  Instead, urge them to repent of their pride and trust in Jesus alone for their salvation.

There is no one righteous, not even one.

Romans 3:10

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Wisdom For Each Day – May 27, 2014

I have to admit that I do not know why some people suffer more than others do.  This world is not the way God meant it to be; it is in the grip of “spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms” (Ephesians 6:12).

In light of that truth, we must not blame God for everything that happens in our life, especially the bad things.  Instead, we need to remember that God has already entered the battle against evil – and some day His victory will be complete.  In His death and resurrection, Jesus Christ confronted Satan and won!  That is our hope – and that is our comfort.

In this world you will have trouble.  But take heart!  I have overcome the world!

John 16:33

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Wisdom For Each Day – May 26, 2014

Do people who have died and gone to Heaven know what happens on the earth?  The Bible doesn’t give us an absolutely clear answer about this, but it does hint that they may be aware of what takes place here on earth.

[In Hebrews 11] the writer paints a picture for us – a picture of a stadium filled with spectators, perhaps watching us as we live out our life and cheering us on as we stretch toward the finish line.  What we do know for sure is that God sees us – and that should be enough to encourage us to live for Christ and do what is right.

Nothing in all creation is hidden from God’s sight.

Hebrews 4:13

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Wisdom For Each Day – May 25, 2014

God gave us the book of Revelation to encourage us and show us there is hope for the future – and the reason is because the future is in His hands.

Look at it this way: How would you feel if you only read the daily headlines?  You’d probably conclude that the world is caught in a never-ending cycle of war, crime,and violence; it would be easy to become cynical and discouraged.

But Revelation gives us a different picture.  Someday, it says, Jesus will triumph over all the forces of death and Hell and Satan.  All evil and death will be destroyed, and His victory over sin and Satan will be complete.

Blessed is the one who reads the words of this prophecy, and blessed are those who hear it and take to heart what is written in it, because the time is near.

Revelation 1:3

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Wisdom For Each Day – May 24, 2014

You’ll never be good enough to go to Heaven.  Does that mean there is no hope?  No! Because of Jesus, you and I have hope.  God loves us and wants us to be with Him in Heaven forever.  To make that possible, He sent Christ into the world.  Jesus, who was God in human flesh, was without sin – but on the cross all our sins were transferred to Him and He died in our place.  We deserve to die for our sins, but Christ took our death and our Hell.  Now we can be forgiven!  Now we can enter Heaven!

God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.

2 Corinthians 5:21

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