Wisdom For Each Day – August 5, 2014

Young children can ask the most amazing questions about God and Heaven!  And when they do, we shouldn’t ignore them or act like their questions aren’t important – because they are.

When children ask you about God, do your best to answer simply and honestly in terms they can understand. Of course they don’t need deep and complicated answers, but just because they can’t understand everything about God doesn’t mean they can’t understand something about Him.  I don’t understand electricity, but that doesn’t mean I can’t turn on a light switch.

Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these.

Mark 10:14

Billy Graham – Wisdom For Each Day

Wisdom for Each Day – August 4, 2014

Why doesn’t [Satan] just give up and stop bothering us?  Perhaps he still expects to win.  After all, Satan totally rejects everything about God – including His promises.  But Satan also persists because he has one main goal: to block God’s work in any way he can.  As long as he is active, people will be deceived into following his way instead of God’s way.  Even believers can be diverted from God’s plan for their life and be content with a lukewarm faith that makes little impact on others.

Yes, some day Satan will be defeated.

Thrown into the lake of burning sulfur…[and] tormented day and night forever.

Revelation 20:10

Billy Graham – Wisdom For Each Day

Wisdom For Each Day – August 3, 2014

Has it ever bothered you that some people who turn their backs on God seem to go through life without ever having anything bad happen to them?

We don’t know their hearts.  We also need to remember that God sees the whole picture, while we see only a little part.  God knows what He is doing, and He can be trusted to do what is right according to His perfect plan.  Sadly, these people will one day die and face God.  God’s goodness to them should have caused them to turn to Him in thankfulness and trust – but instead they ignored His blessings and lived only for themselves.  How tragic to enter eternity unprepared.

Do you show contempt for the riches of his kindness, tolerance and patience, not realizing that God’s kindness leads you toward repentance?

Romans 2:4

Billy Graham – Wisdom For Each Day

Wisdom For Each Day – August 2, 2014

The only thing that counts as far as our salvation is concerned is our relationship to Jesus Christ.  If you have acknowledged your sinfulness and truly trusted Christ to save you, then nothing can take away your salvation.

If we are committed to Jesus, however, God also wants us to become part of a fellowship of believers.  God wants us to grow in our faith, and one of the ways we do this is through our fellowship with other believers.  Ask God to lead you to a church – to a body of believers – when you can grow spiritually.

For we are members of [Christ’s] body.

Ephesians 5:30

Billy Graham – Wisdom For Each Day

Wisdom For Each Day – August 1, 2014

If you could know beyond a shadow of a doubt that God had completely forgiven you, what reason would you have to keep feeling guilty?  Absolutely none.

And God offers you exactly that: complete and total forgiveness, no matter what you have done.  Jesus willingly took your sins and mine upon Himself, and He paid the penalty we deserved.  We don’t need to wonder if we’ve been forgiven; we don’t need to carry around a burden of guilt.

As far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us.

Psalm 103:12

Billy Graham – Wisdom For Each Day

Wisdom For Each Day – July 31, 2014

Some day we each will die and stand before God to give an account of our lives – and if we have ignored God and turned away from His offer of salvation, we can only expect His judgment.  The Bible is clear: “Man is destined to die once, and after that to face judgment” (Hebrews 9:27).

Those are sobering words that we ignore at our peril.

But the Bible warns us that God also brings judgment upon us in this life.  The Bible says, “You may be sure that your sin will find you out” (Numbers 32:23).

For it is time for judgment to begin with the family of God, and it it begins with us, what will the outcome be for those who do not obey the gospel of God?

1 Peter 4:17

Billy Graham – Wisdom For Each Day

Wisdom For Each Day – July 30, 2014

The Bible’s message is centered in Jesus Christ, God’s one and only Son – who He is and what He has done for us by His death and resurrection.  When we read its pages, we discover that Jesus was not only a great man, but He was God in human flesh, “the exact representation of [God’s] being.”

Why is this important?  Because only a divine Savior can save us from our sins.  We cannot save ourselves; even one sin, the Bible teaches, would be enough to keep us out of Heaven.

The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of his being.

Hebrews 1:3

Billy Graham – Wisdom For Each Day