Wisdom For Each Day – November 20, 2014

Jesus Christ isn’t just the center of the Bible; He is the center of our lives.  By believing in Him, John says, we “have life in his name.”  What does this mean?  First, it means eternal life.  Without Christ we have no hope of Heaven; as the Bible says, “the wages of sin is death” (Romans 6:23).  But when we yield our lives to Christ and trust Him alone for our salvation, we know we will be with Him through all eternity.

But Jesus Christ also gives us life right now – not the artificial, unstable life the world offers, but a life of purpose and peace and joy.  Is Christ the center of your life?

But these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name.

John 20:31

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Wisdom For Each Day – November 19, 2014

Without Barzillai the history of God’s people might have been vastly different.  In one of the saddest events in the Bible, King David’s son Absalom revolted against his father and attempted to take the throne by force.  David and his men had to flee for their lives, and by the time they reached the vicinity of Barzillai’s home they were out of supplies and in danger of starvation.  But Barzillai came to their aid and David’s army was saved.

Barzillai was eighty when this happened, and he easily could have said, “I’m too old to do anything,” or “It’s too risky; what if Absalom wins?”  But he didn’t.

Now Barzillai was a very old man, eighty years of age.  He had provided for the king during his stay in Mahanaim.

2 Samuel 19:32

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Wisdom For Each Day – November 18, 2014

Is faith illogical, as some would have you believe?  No, not at all.  Some of the most brilliant people I have ever known were also men and women of deep faith in Christ, and without exception they said they believed in the Gospel because it made sense.  Believing our intricate world happened by accident, they said, takes more faith than believing in God!

But there was another reason for their faith: They were convinced Jesus Christ was who He claimed to be: God in human flesh, sent to save us from our sins.

For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities – his eternal power and divine nature – have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made.

Romans 1:20

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Wisdom For Each Day – November 17, 2014

Once we come to Christ we are no longer just individuals.  We are now members of His family – what the Bible here calls “the church, his body”.  We are now part of that vast group of people throughout the ages who have trusted Christ and are our brothers and sisters in His family.  Although we’ll never meet most of them this side of eternity, we’re still united spiritually with them.  This transcends any local church or denomination; it includes all who truly belong to Christ.

Christ is the head of the church, his body, of which he is the Savior.

Ephesians 5:23

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Wisdom For Each Day – November 16, 2014

Being a parent is hard; every child is different and every day brings fresh challenges.

First, see your children as a gift from God.  He entrusted them to you; take them as a gift (and responsibility) from His hands.  Second, let them know you love them.  Show affection for them; teach them right and wrong; spend time with them.  Third, be an example of faith.  Pray with them, read the Bible to them, and let them see that Christ is important to you.  With God’s help, you can be the kind of parent they need.

Train a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it.

Proverbs 22:6

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Wisdom For Each Day – November 15, 2014

Life is hard, and our years on earth are marked by “trouble and sorrow.”  As someone has said, there is no false advertising in the Bible!

We wish it weren’t so, of course; maybe that’s why we’re so quick to believe the advertisements that promise happiness if we’ll only use their product.

We live in a world that is broken because of sin, and we share in its brokenness.

What difference should this make?  First, it should give us greater compassion for others.  Second, it should make us yearn for Heaven.

The length of our days is seventy years…yet their span is but trouble and sorrow.

Psalm 90:10

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Wisdom For Each Day – November 14, 2014

We all experience discouragement, and sometimes it can be almost overwhelming.

Elijah…had been one of God’s most faithful servants, never wavering in the face of disaster.  God used Elijah to overcome the pagan prophets of Baal and demonstrate to all the nation that God alone was worthy of their worship.

But now, only days later, discouragement and depression have almost overwhelmed him.  …Elijah flees into the desert and concludes he is a failure.

God showed Him His glory, reminding Elijah of the greatness of the God he served.  When discouragement comes and you wonder if you can go on, remember Elijah – and be encouraged.

[Elijah] came to a broom tree, sat down under it and prayed that he might die.  “I have had enough, Lord,” he said.

1 Kings 19:4

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