Wisdom For Each Day – July 25, 2014

God’s will is for us to live at peace with everyone – but sometimes the door to a broken relationship seems closed forever.

If someone rejects us and absolutely refuses to have anything to do with us, we can’t force them to change.  But we can – and should – do everything we can to keep the door open to a possible reconciliation.  We shouldn’t strike back or condemn; instead, we should let them know we still care, and that we hope someday his or her attitude will change.  And if we were at fault – even in small ways – we need to admit it and ask for forgiveness.

If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone.

Romans 12:18

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Wisdom For Each Day – July 24, 2014

It is not a sin to long for Heaven.  If we know Jesus, we know that in Heaven all our burdens and pain will be lifted forever.  It is, as the apostle Paul stated, “better by far” to be in Heaven with Jesus than to be suffering on this sin-filled earth.  At the same time, though, God has a purpose in keeping us here until He finally takes us home.  He has things to teach us about Himself, and He can still use us to bless others.

Keep your eyes on eternity – but also seek Christ’s will for you right now, no matter what you are facing.

I desire to depart and be with Christ, which is better by far.

Philippians 1:23

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Wisdom For Each Day – July 23, 2014

Are there some things God cannot do?  The answer may surprise you: Yes, there are some things God can’t do.  God cannot, for instance, tell a lie or go back on His promises.  Neither can He do something evil or have an impure thought.  Why?  Because God cannot do anything that is contrary to His basic character.

Not only is He perfect, but He is also absolutely sovereign and all-powerful.  And because of that – as Jeremiah wrote – nothing is too hard for Him.  If He could bring Jesus back from the dead, can’t He also help you overcome whatever situation you are facing today?

Sovereign Lord, you have made the heavens and the earth by your great power….   Nothing is too hard for you.

Jeremiah 32:17

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Wisdom For Each Day – July 22, 2014

God wants to use you right where you are.  Every day you probably come in contact with people who will never enter a church, or talk with a pastor, or open a Bible – and God wants to use you to point them to Christ.  You may be the “bridge” God would use to bring them to Himself.

Be alert for opportunities to share the Good News of Christ’s love with others – even today.  Never underestimate what God can do through even your smallest effort to reach out to others in the name of Jesus.

Be very careful to…serve him with all your heart and all your soul.

Joshua 22:5

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Wisdom For Each Day – July 21, 2014

We have become like the people of Jeremiah’s day: “They have no shame at all; they do not even know how to blush” (Jeremiah 8:12).  If we are to be pure and holy, we must first commit ourselves – mind, body, and spirit – completely to Christ.  We can’t hold back any area of our life from Him.  Second, we must avoid situations that might encourage impure thoughts or actions.  And, third, we must fill our mind and heart with Christ by feeding our souls on a daily diet of prayer and God’s Word. With God’s help we can keep our way pure, by living according to His Word.

How can a young man keep his way pure?  By living according to your word.

Psalm 119:9

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Wisdom For Each Day – July 20, 2014

From beginning to end, the Bible proclaims this simple truth: God loves you.

Why, then, hasn’t God apparently come into your life?  The key word is apparently.  If you have confessed your sin and acknowledged that Jesus is your Lord, who died on the cross for you and rose again to give you eternal life, then God has promised to forgive you and save you.  God does not lie, and He has promised that if we truly commit our life to Christ, He will save us and come into our life.  Salvation is God’s gift to you – a gift paid for by Christ’s sacrifice of Himself for you.

If you confess with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.

Romans 10:9

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Wisdom For Each Day – July 19, 2014

I find it significant that God placed the young Jesus in a family.  Did you allow anger and bitterness to poison your relationship with your parents – even over things that happened many years ago?  Don’t let your parents’ failures – real or imagined – hold you in their grip any longer.  Instead, ask God to help you forgive the past – and then ask Christ to change you into the person He wants you to be.  And if you are a parent, ask God to help you be a loving and wise guide for your children, and to build your family on Christ and His will.

So [Joseph] got up, took the child and his mother and went to the land of Israel…and he went and lived in town called Nazareth.

Matthew 2:21,23

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