Wisdom For Each Day – October 31, 2014

The Bible doesn’t tell us in detail about Satan and how he works.  After all, our focus should be on God, not on Satan.  (If we concentrate mainly on Satan, we’ll become either overly fearful or overly fascinated – and both are wrong.)

But the Bible does tell us two important truths about Satan, (whose name means “adversary”).  First, he is real, and he will do everything he can to draw us away from Christ.

Second, Satan is a defeated foe.  By His death and resurrection, Jesus conquered Satan, so by the power of His Holy Spirit in us, we can stand against him.

Submit yourselves, then, to God.  Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.  Come near to God and he will come near to you.

James 4:7-8

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Wisdom For Each Day – October 29, 2014

The devil is a master at making us question God and His Word.  God’s command to Adam and Eve had been crystal clear: They could eat of every tree in the Garden – except one.  If they ate of it, death would come upon them.  But now Satan raises the question: “Did God really say…?”  It is the first question in the Bible, and it’s significant that it comes from the mouth of the one whose primary goal is to turn us away from God.

But notice: Satan misquoted God!  That wasn’t what God had told them – as Eve points out in her reply.  Twisting Scripture…deceiving us into thinking God is mean-spirited – these are some of Satan’s favorite tricks.

[Satan] said to the woman, “Did God really say, ‘You must not eat from any tree in the garden’?”

Genesis 3:1

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Wisdom For Each Day – October 28, 2014

Jesus’ first coming passed almost unnoticed: born in a small out-of-the-way town and laid in a manger with only animals and humble shepherds to greet Him on that first night.

How different His second coming will be!  Then “every eye will see Him” (Revelation 1:7), and He will come with glory and power to establish His Kingdom of perfect justice and righteousness.  No one will dismiss Him as insignificant or unimportant; all will acknowledge Him as King of kings and Lord of lords.

At that time men will see the Son of Man coming in clouds with great power and glory.

Mark 13:26

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Wisdom For Each Day – October 27, 2014

What is the opposite of love?

It isn’t hate (although it may take that form).  The opposite of love is selfishness.  When a husband and wife are concerned only about their own individual desires, the stage is set for conflict.

The Bible gives us another way – the way of Christ.  True love, it says, is self-giving, not self-seeking.  True love puts the needs of others first.  This is what Christ did when He left Heaven’s glory and came down to earth for us.

Love is patient, love is kind….  It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.

1 Corinthians 13:4-5

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Wisdom For Each Day – October 26, 2014

Would you like to grow weak?  It’s not difficult, you know; all you have to do is stop eating and exercising.  And yet no one in their right mind would willingly do this.

Why, then, do we fail to see the connection between the weakness of our faith and our lack of spiritual food and exercise?  Faith doesn’t grow automatically; it requires spiritual “food” for its nourishment.  It also requires exercise – seeing God work as we put it into action.  And if we don’t feed and exercise our souls, we shouldn’t be surprised when our faith grows weaker and weaker.

Faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word of Christ.

Romans 10:17

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Wisdom For Each Day – October 25, 2014

Don’t doubt for a moment the devil’s existence, and don’t doubt for a moment that he is your enemy.  Forget the cute cartoon images of an impish figure with a pitchfork and a red suit; he is absolutely malicious and evil, and he has great influence over this world.

He is strong, and he is determined to make you stumble.  But we are not defenseless!  God has provided us with all the armor we need – armor so strong that Satan and his servants cannot penetrate it.  Truth, righteousness, peace, faith, salvation, the Word of God, prayer – every one of these has its part in defeating our adversary.

Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes.

Ephesians 6:11

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Wisdom For Each Day – October 24, 2014

The Bible tells us two important truths about our work.  First, it acknowledges that work – is work!  After Adam and Eve sinned, God cast them out of Eden and declared that “By the sweat of your brow you will eat your food” (Genesis 3:19 NIV).  But the Bible also tells us that God has given our work to us, and it has dignity and importance in His eyes.  It should in our eyes as well.

Whatever your job – no matter how difficult or enjoyable it is – “work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men.”

Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men.

Colossians 3:23

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