Wisdom for Each Day – May 23

What is your fear?  Do you fear the future?  Do you fear life’s burdens that sometimes seem almost overwhelming?  Do you fear death?  Most of us fear everything except God – yet it is God whom we should fear most of all!

Jesus can put an end to fear for all who trust Him.  He is the answer to any fear you have.  After all, God’s power is greater than the powers of evil, and “neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future…nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 8:38-39).

There is no fear in love.  But perfect love drives out fear.  1 John 4:18

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Wisdom for Each Day – May 22

The Bible says that in Heaven there are two sets of books.  One set records every detail of our lives: everything we have done since the day we were born.  All of that will be held against us at the judgment.  But Scripture tells us there is another book in Heaven: the Book of Life.

When we come to Christ…when we believe that He is risen and we receive Him into our lives – our names are blotted out of the first set of books.  God no longer even remembers our sins because they have been blotted out by the blood of Christ, shed on the cross for us.

If anyone’s name was not found written in the book of life, he was thrown into the lake of fire.  Revelation 20:15

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Wisdom for Each Day – May 21

Astronomers tell us that every star moves with precision along its celestial path.  To ignore the detailed rules of the universe would spell ruin to a star.  The laws of nature are fixed, and for a star to ignore those laws would be folly – if it were even possible.

If the laws in His material realm are so fixed and exact, would God be haphazard in the spiritual realm, where the eternal destinies of billions of people are at stake?  No!  Just as God has equations and rules in the material realm, He also has equations and rules in the spiritual realm.

It is by grace that you have been saved, through faith – and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God.  Ephesians 2:8

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Wisdom for Each Day – May 20

First, the sobering news.

When Jesus returns, there will be an accounting given, a judgment held.  Every person outside of Christ will give an account not only of the things done and the things said, but also an account of all their thoughts and motives.

Now for the glorious news.  When Jesus returns, all evil  will be destroyed.  There will be worldwide justice, and complete safety and security.  There will be no more war, no more  fighting – for Jesus Christ will rule as King of kings and Lord of lords, and “his kingdom will never end” (Luke 1:33).

They will beat their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning hooks.  Nation will not take up sword against nation, nor will they train for war anymore.  Micah 4:3

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Wisdom for Each Day – May 19

There are three reasons why people don’t want to believe in the return of Christ.

First, they claim that Jesus’ return did not take place as the early church hoped – so it must be a myth.

Second, the theory of inevitable progress keeps some people from believing that Jesus is coming back.  Why do we need Christ to come back if we can reach perfection on our own?

Third, the teaching of Christ’s return cuts across the plans and dreams of millions of people.  They want to eat, drink, and be merry and have their pleasures endlessly.  Christ’s return would interrupt what they are doing.

But Jesus will return despite these denials.

I will come back and take you to be with me.  John 14:3

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Wisdom for Each Day – May 18

The Holy Spirit comes to convict us of our sin.  He makes us admit to ourselves that we are sinners.  We cannot come to Christ unless the Holy Spirit convicts us of our sin.  He also convinces us of the truth about Christ as the Savior.

In addition, the Holy Spirit gives us new life.  When we give our lives to Jesus and trust Him as our Savior and Lord, the Spirit renews our souls and brings the life of God into us.  We have joy and peace, and we have a new direction to our lives because the Spirit of God has imparted to us the very life of God.

When [the Holy Spirit] has come, He will convict the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment.  John 16:8 NKJV

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Wisdom for Each Day – May 17

Blind Bartimaeus probably never expected to be able to see – and then Jesus Christ came to town.

When He did, Bartimaeus cried out, and he cried out for the right thing.  He cried for mercy.  He needed other things, but what he – like you and I – needed most of all was God’s mercy.  Bartimaeus also cried out to the right Person.  He cried to the Lord Jesus Christ, the only One in all the world who could help him.

Third, Bartimaeus cried out at the right time.  The Bible says, “Now is the time of God’s favor, now is the day of salvation” (2 Cor 6:2).

When [blind Bartimaeus] heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to shout, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!”  Mark 10:47

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