Wisdom For Each Day – September 30, 2014

The world was indeed a perfect place – before Adam and Eve chose to believe Satan’s lies instead of God’s truth.  Adam and Eve had everything they needed, and they walked in perfect harmony with God – until they turned their backs on Him.  Suddenly  sin – like a deadly cancer – took root in the human heart, and even the plants and animals became ravaged by sin and death.

The Bible tells us, however, that this sin-sick, fallen world won’t last forever.  At the end of time God will intervene, and the new heaven and new earth He will create will be free from all evil and pain.

God saw all that he had made, and it was very good.

Genesis 1:31

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Wisdom For Each Day – September 29, 2014

Birth is only the beginning for a newborn baby; that child isn’t meant to be a baby forever, but to grow and become strong and eventually reach adulthood.  The same is true for us.  When we first come to Christ we are “spiritual newborns” – but we aren’t meant to remain that way.  God’s plan is for us to grow strong in our faith and become mature in our understanding of God’s will.

Are you growing in your faith?  If not, why not?  Make God’s “pure spiritual milk” part of your soul’s diet every day.

Like newborn babies, crave pure spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow up in your salvation.

1 Peter 2:2

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Wisdom For Each Day – September 28, 2014

Nothing will help us grow spiritually more than spending time alone with God every day, reading His Word and praying.  I know our lives are busy today, but time alone with God is essential to our spiritual welfare.  Most of us wouldn’t think of missing a meal, yet we miss our spiritual “meals” when we neglect God’s Word – and we end up spiritually weak.

Many years ago I heard a speaker say something I have never forgotten: “Either sin will keep you from God’s Word, or God’s Word will keep you from sin.”  Even five minutes alone with God each day can renew and strengthen your soul.

Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path.

Psalm 119:105

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Wisdom For Each Day – September 27, 2014

Do you need to swallow your pride?  Do you need to apologize or admit you were wrong about something?  Do you need to work to restore your relationship with a brother or sister in Christ – especially if you were the one at fault?  Or…do you need to get back into a fellowship of believers?

If so, confess your pride and seek God’s wisdom and strength for the future.  Let go of your pride – and then patiently wait to see how God will work to restore and change your heart and your life.

Patience is better than pride.

Ecclesiastes 7:8

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Wisdom For Each Day – September 26, 2014

The Bible makes it clear that Satan is real, and that he is ultimately behind all the evil that goes on in the world.  Before he rebelled against God (long before the human race was created), the world was perfect; sin and evil didn’t exist.  But now we live in a fallen, twisted, sin-infested world – and Satan is the reason.

But on the other hand, Satan is not all-powerful, nor does he directly cause every bad thing that happens to us.

By His death and resurrection, Jesus triumphed over all the forces of evil – those in our heart and those in the world.

Each one is tempted when, by his own evil desire, he is dragged away and enticed.  Then, after desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin.

James 1:14-15

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Wisdom For Each Day – September 25, 2014

The Incarnation – God’s taking upon Himself our humanity and becoming a man – is an amazing truth – and one that gives us a solid foundation for our faith.

Both Jesus and the very first Christians clearly asserted that He was fully divine, and over the centuries this truth has remained central to the Christian faith.  Long before Jesus’ miraculous birth, the Old Testament foretold that God would enter this world in human form: “‘The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel’ – which means, ‘God with us'” (Matthew 1:23).

[Jesus] is the image of the invisible God.

Colossians 1:15

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Wisdom For Each Day – September 24, 2014

Which wing of an airplane is more important?  Obviously both are equally necessary, and therefore both are equally important.

Which is more important: what we believe about God or what kind of life we live?  Again, both are equally necessary, and therefore both are equally important.

In fact, the Bible says that if we claim to believe in Christ but it doesn’t make any difference in the way we live, then our faith isn’t really genuine.  This doesn’t mean we must be perfect…but it does warn us about the dangers of a shallow belief in Christ that isn’t honest or real.

What good is it, my brothers, if a man claims to have faith but has no deeds? … Faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.

James 2:14, 17

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