Wisdom for Each Day – August 24

Our tongues have enormous power – both for good and for evil.  The apostle James put it this way: “The tongue also is a fire, a world of evil among the parts of the body….  With the tongue we praise our Lord and Father, and with it we curse men, who have been made in God’s likeness” (James 3:6, 9).

Commit your tongue to God.  Beyond that, commit your whole inner being to Christ, and ask Him to cleanse you of anger and hate, and fill you instead with His love and patience.

A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.  Proverbs 15:1

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Wisdom for Each Day – August 23

Many Christians lack assurance of their salvation.  The key is to understand that Christ took away all our sins – not part of them, but all of them.  No matter how good we are we can’t save ourselves – because God’s standard is perfection.  But Christ – who was without sin – did for us what we could never do for ourselves: He took all our sins upon Himself, and He took the death and Hell we deserve.  Depend solely on Christ for your salvation.  He paid the price – and now you owe nothing!

My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all; no one can snatch them out of my Father’s hand.  John 10:29

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Wisdom for Each Day – August 22

Often those who seem to be the strongest on the outside are often the weakest on the inside.

But God sees our weaknesses, and He sees the weaknesses in others as well.  And just as He wants to help us deal with our own weaknesses, so He wants to use us to help others deal with theirs.  Ask God to make you sensitive to those around you who are weak – whatever their weakness may be – and to help them, both in practical ways and by pointing them to Christ and His transforming power and love.

Blessed is he who has regard for the weak.  Psalm 41:1

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Wisdom for Each Day – August 21

When we have problems, they have a way of blocking out everything (and everyone) else.  And it’s not necessarily wrong to give attention to our own problems and – with God’s help – to overcome them if we can.  But when our problems deafen us to the hurts of others…when they make us fail to reach out to someone we could help…then we have become part of the darkness instead of shining like stars and holding out the word of life as we should.

[Be] blameless and pure, children of God without fault in a crooked and depraved generation, in which you shine like stars in the universe as you hold out the word of life.  Philippians 2:15-16

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Wisdom for Each Day – August 20

The most common charge leveled against the Christian faith is that Christians are “just a bunch of hypocrites.”

Sadly, those who make such a charge often have someone in mind who claimed to be a Christian, but didn’t act like it.

What they may not know, however, is that some of Jesus’ strongest words were reserved for hypocrites – for people who claimed to believe in God and follow His laws, but in reality lived only for themselves.  He compared them to “whitewashed tombs, which look beautiful on the outside but inside are full of dead men’s bones and everything unclean” (Matthew 23:27).

If you love me, you will obey what I command.  John 14:15

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Wisdom for Each Day – August 19

Jesus Himself claimed He was divine.  “I and the Father are one,” he stated (John 10:30).  His miracles backed up His claim, as did His assertion that He could forgive sins – something only God can do (see Luke 5:20-25).

In addition, repeatedly the Gospel writers pointed out the way He fulfilled the Old testament’s prophecies concerning the Messiah, who was to be called “Immanuel – which means, ‘God with us'” (Matthew 1:23).  But Jesus’ divinity was demonstrated most of all by His resurrection from the dead and His ascension into Heaven – events that were witnessed by hundreds.

The gospel he promised beforehand through his prophets in the Holy Scriptures regarding his Son…who through the Spirit of holiness was declared with power to be the Son of God by his resurrection from the dead: Jesus Christ our Lord.  Romans 1:2-4

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Wisdom for Each Day – August 18

Have you ever stopped to think about all the things you accept by faith every day?  By faith we assume the pharmacist filled the prescription correctly.  By faith you assumed that when you put your feet on the floor this morning it wouldn’t collapse.  Faith is a much greater part of life than most of us realize.

A skeptic may protest that these are things we can see and touch, whereas God is not.  But look at the world around you, with all its beauty and complexity.  Isn’t it more logical to believe that behind it is an all-powerful and all-wise Creator, than to think it happened by chance?

This righteousness from God comes through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe.  Romans 3:22

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