Wisdom For Each Day – June 25, 2014

Most of us are insensitive to the sufferings of others until we experience them ourselves.  We become wrapped up in our own circumstances, and overlook the needs of those around us – even members of our own family.  But this isn’t God’s plan.  We are to show our love by bearing one another’s burdens.

We can’t change the past; it may be too late to apologize to someone for our thoughtlessness.  But we don’t need to carry around a burden of guilt over this.  When Jesus died on the cross, He died for every sin you ever committed, including this one.  If you confess you sin, He will cleanse you (1 John 1:9).

Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.

Galatians 6:2

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Wisdom For Each Day – June 24, 2014

Are we living in the end times?  Will Jesus return soon?  The world does seem to be getting worse, and this should remind us that someday Christ will come again to bring an end to this present world.  Jesus taught that certain events or signs would point to His coming, and we certainly see many of these today.

So is Christ’s coming near?  It may well be – although the Bible warns us not to make precise predictions.  But we must be alert and ready for His coming by being certain of our commitment to Christ, and approaching every day as if it were our last.

Therefore keep watch because you do not know when the owner of the house will come back – whether in the evening, or at midnight, or when the rooster crows, or at dawn.

Mark 13:35

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Wisdom For Each Day – June 23, 2014

The Bible tells us that God is loving and merciful – and this is absolutely true.  That truth, however, makes some people wonder how He could send anyone to Hell.

But do you honestly think God ought to excuse people like Hitler or Stalin, and tell them He doesn’t really care that they killed tens of millions of innocent people?

God can’t simply ignore evil or pretend it doesn’t exist; to do so would be unjust.  If someone hates God and chooses to do evil, God should not overlook their lifelong rebellion.  The Bible is very clear: “He has set a day when he will judge the world with justice” (Acts 17:31).

The Lord our God is righteous in everything he does.

Daniel 9:14

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Wisdom For Each Day – June 22, 2014

Suppose you had a deadly form of cancer, and one day you discovered a cure for it.  Wouldn’t you want other people who had that same disease to know what you had learned?  Wouldn’t you try to point them to the same discovery you had made?  I’m sure you would; it would be monstrous to do otherwise.

The Bible teaches that we all have a spiritual “cancer” – a deadly spiritual disease called sin.  Not only does it cripple us right now morally and spiritually, but it will also destroy us in the future and keep us from the blessings God has for us in Heaven.

Now in Christ Jesus you who once were far away have been brought near through the blood of Christ.

Ephesians 2:13

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Wisdom For Each Day – June 21, 2014

God took upon Himself human flesh and became a man – a fact that should stagger our imagination.  If we want to know what God is like, we only need to look at Jesus, for He was God in human flesh.

Pray for people you know who are seeking God, that they won’t be deceived or led down a path that will only take them away from God.  And ask God to use you to point them to Jesus’ love and truth.  Only Christ can meet the deepest hunger of our souls.

No one has ever seen God, but God the One and Only, who is at the Father’s side, has made him known.

John 1:18

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Wisdom For Each Day – June 20, 2014

It isn’t fashionable today to talk about Hell – but the Bible is clear: God created us with a soul or a spirit that will live forever – and when we die, we we will continue to exist – either in the place the Bible calls Heaven or in the place it calls Hell.

Hell, the Bible says, is reserved for those who reject God and turn their back on Him.  If you want nothing to do with Him in this life, then you will have nothing to do with Him in the next life.

And let me be as clear as possible: you don’t want to go to Hell.  Hell is a place of absolute loneliness and hopelessness.

In hell, where he was in torment, he looked up…and called to him “Father Abraham, have pity on me…because I am in agony in this fire.”

Luke 16:23-24

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Wisdom For Each Day – June 19, 2014

Has God ever tried to get your attention?  Sometimes a narrow escape in a car accident or a false-positive test for cancer or a major surgery can make us realize that we aren’t ready to die – and make us wonder if God is trying to get our attention.

Perhaps, for instance, God is trying to tell you that you are on the wrong road.  You may have chosen a self-centered, self-indulgent path – but where does it lead?

When we know Christ we have joy and peace, because we know our future is secure – and some day we will be with Him forever.

No man knows when his hour will come: As fish are caught in a cruel net…so men are trapped by evil times that fall unexpectedly upon them.

Ecclesiastes 9:12

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