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Monthly Archives: November 2011

  • Be Courageous

    Posted on November 10, 2011 by Family Christian

    “Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be courageous; be strong.” 1 Corinthians 16:13

     

    Courage is an asset Christ dispenses to His disciples. It is the ability to stand for what’s right in the face of what’s wrong. It is an attitude of hope for someone struck down by illness, who chooses to look up and glorify God in life or death. Courageous Christ followers set boundaries for business or leisure travels and avoid activities that lead them into temptation. Courage is the gumption to get on God’s game plan and not give up. 

    Alertness to courage dismisses dullness to sin and replaces it with energy for eternal matters. Courage from Christ gives confidence in the face of conflict. It provides a quiet assurance that Almighty God is in control and He will carry out His purpose in His time. The Lord gives sufficient courage to stand firm in the faith and remain faithful to Him.

    “I eagerly expect and hope that I will in no way be ashamed, but will have sufficient courage so that now as always Christ will be exalted in my body, whether by life or by death” (Philippians 1:20).

    So, what are you facing that requires you to courageously come through? Is death staring you in the face? Take courage, it is your ticket to transition to be with Christ. Has a financial free fall crushed your net worth? Take courage, Christ is King, not cash. Is there a conflict at work or home that consumes your thoughts? Take courage in your mediator and master Christ Jesus. Courage is a gift from God that gets you through difficulty.

    Courage comes in various forms and functions. It may be a phone call from a trusted friend who listens and affirms your character. A single scripture from the Bible may ring true to your spirit and, in the process, ratchet up your faith. The chorus from a praise song to Jesus can become a capsule of courage, that when ingested in worship soothes your soul. It may be a prayer, a smile, a kind word, a check or a sermon that bolsters belief.

    “When they saw the courage of Peter and John and realized that they were unschooled, ordinary men, they were astonished and they took note that these men had been with Jesus” (Acts 4:13).

    You receive courage so you can give courage. Encouragement is a gift that keeps on giving, not meant to be stored up and ignored. Like manure it can waste away stacked up in a barn or it can be spread around and make things grow. How do you know if someone needs encouragement? You know they need encouragement if they are breathing. Be courageous in Christ and infect others with courage. Indeed, courage creates courage.

    Where do I need to trust Christ for courage? Who do I know who needs my encouraging word and works?

    Related Readings: Joshua 10:25; 2 Samuel 7:27; Mark 6:50; Acts 27:22-25

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  • Connecting People to Christ

    Posted on November 9, 2011 by Family Christian

     

    Dear Fellow Wisdom Hunter,

    We are extremely grateful to God for your faithful readership of the daily devotional. The Lord continues to bless with significant growth from 22,951 readers a year ago to 64,196 readers today. Wisdom Hunters is a non-profit ministry blessed with a prayerful board of directors, who steward well this—the Lord’s ministry. After much prayer and planning we believe He is leading us in the following ways:

    Vision

    Connect people to Christ through God’s Word.

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    By the end of 2012 trust God for 200,000 global and U.S. readers of the daily devotional.

    Testimony (click here for more: http://bit.ly/ggJzWk)

    The “Love Her” and “Respect Him” devotionals absolutely ROCKED MY WORLD. I never had a good example, growing up, of how a husband should treat a wife and how a wife should treat her husband. These two blogs couldn’t have come at a better time. I am SO. VERY. GRATEFUL.—Kim

    Needs for 2011

    Ongoing Needs

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    Total financial costs for 2011- $135,000 / given year-to-date: $112,087

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    In Christ,

    Boyd Bailey
    President, Wisdom Hunters

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  • Live in Unity

    Posted on November 8, 2011 by Family Christian

    “How good and pleasant it is when brothers live together in unity… For there the Lord bestows his blessing, even life forevermore.” Psalm 133:1, 3b

     

    It is good and pleasant to live in unity. It is bad and unpleasant to live in disunity. Unity is Christ-centered. Disunity is man-centered. Unity talks with others. Disunity talks about others. Unity is productive. Disunity is destructive. Unity prays to God. Disunity plays with God. Unity is the place where God’s blessings are bestowed. We are in a position to be blessed by the Lord when we are unified around His will. 

    Envy and agendas are set aside for the greater good of the whole. Fear is marginalized because the focus is on faith in our heavenly Father, not the methods of men. The Holy Spirit is the mediator of diverse perspectives and opinions. There is oneness in Christ when He is the object of our unity. Harmony invites heaven’s blessing.

    “He made known to us the mystery of his will according to his good pleasure, which he purposed in Christ, to be put into effect when the times reach their fulfillment—to bring unity to all things in heaven and on earth under Christ” (Ephesians 1:9-11).

    You may be battling divisive politics in your church, work, family or school. Do not be persuaded by personalities or emotion, instead wait on the truth. Let the facts forge your faith, and do not allow fear to drive you to feud. Accurate information is your ally, so wait on it to back up your beliefs. Let love lead you through the process of unification. Love overcomes petty politics and personality conflicts.

    God blesses a motivation of love, because He is love. When your relationships are one heart and one spirit you are ready to be blessed. Trust the Lord to lead you, your family, your friends and your team members into unity around common principals, values and behaviors. Unity around Christ causes the world to wake up and watch, wanting what you have. It unleashes the opportunity for the Lord to grow you into an influencer for Him.

    Jesus prays for you, “I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one: I in them and you in me. May they be brought to complete unity to let the world know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me” (John 17:22-23).

    How can I be a channel of blessing which the Lord can use to bring unity among diversity?

    Related Readings: 2 Chronicles 30:12; 1 Corinthians 12:12; Ephesians 4:3, 13; Colossians 3:14

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  • God is Great

    Posted on November 7, 2011 by Family Christian

    “But may all who seek you rejoice and be glad in you; may those who long for your saving help always say. “The Lord is great!” Psalm 40:16

     

    God is great. He is greater than the human mind can conceive. Great is His faithfulness for it is new every morning. Great is His love as it crosses all cultures and languages to communicate hope and forgiveness. Great is His salvation for it frees adolescents from the shadow of sin’s influence and rescues adults from the snares of evil’s deceptions. 

    God is great in the beauty of His holiness. His awe invites reverence and respect that can only bow in the presence of greatness. The grandeur of His glory grips a humble heart and fills it with His grace. God’s greatness goes before those who trust and seek Him. It is in the shadow of His greatness that we feel His presence and are able to persevere.

    “Sovereign Lord, you have begun to show to your servant your greatness and your strong hand. For what god is there in heaven or on earth who can do the deeds and mighty works you do?” (Deuteronomy 3:24).

    So, as you seek Him, He infuses your heart with happiness and joy. Your joy is complete in Christ. You are meant to be glad in God. Be glad for He is great. Be glad for He is good. Be glad for He is genuine. Be glad for He is gracious. Be glad for He is glorious. Be glad for He is holy, loving, wise, forgiving, all knowing and all-powerful.

    Gladness gushes from a grateful heart that ponders the greatness of God. It is in recognition and respect of His greatness that Christians desire to live righteously. In the presence of His greatness we desire purity. Thus, as we anticipate His return in His glory one day and when we reflect on His glory today, we are compelled to come clean with Christ.

    “It teaches us to say “No” to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age, while we wait for the blessed hope—the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ, who gave himself for us to redeem us from all wickedness and to purify for himself a people that are his very own, eager to do what is good.” (Titus 2:12-14).

    Your association with Almighty God’s greatness brings out your great qualities. Greatness is gained when influenced by greatness. Indeed, Jesus described greatness as being a servant to all. The greatest one who ever lived modeled greatness by His humble service. So, seek out those who serve and learn from them—then serve your great God.

    “The greatest among you will be your servant” (Matthew 23:11).

    How can the greatness of God cause me to gladly be a servant to all?

    Related Readings: Job 36:26; Psalm 48:1; 95:3; 1 John 5:9; Revelation 11:17

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  • Battle Fatigue

    Posted on November 6, 2011 by Family Christian

    “David went down with his men to fight against the Philistines, and he became exhausted.… But Abishai son of Zeruiah came to David’s rescue; he struck the Philistine down and killed him.” 2 Samuel 21:15b, 17a

     

    “Doing life” is a heavy battle to endure. There are days fatigue takes your faith to its breaking point. You grow weary of financial struggles. The pain of separation has sapped every ounce of energy from your being. The pressures at work have crushed your spirit. It seems like one additional problem could send you over the edge. You may be suffering from spiritual battle fatigue. This is the time to regroup and engage in the encouragement of other Jesus followers. 

    Spiritual battle fatigue is the time you are the most susceptible to sin. Now is not the time to add another initiative, or you could flail away, faithless and vulnerable to unwise decision-making. Indeed, there are friends in your life whom you can trust for counsel and direction. It is imperative for you to get under their accountability. Accountability is something given by you. So, use this time of exposure to submit to their support and good advice. If you plow ahead, however, you are taking unnecessary chances.

    Exhaustion blurs the mind and deceives the heart. When you are spent is not the time to confront conflict. A tired life faces conflict at a disadvantage. Either you lash out in anger over the injustice you are feeling, or you lose your patience and judge others prematurely. Do not be embarrassed to admit that you need a break. This is a time to explicitly trust others for a season and not to teeter on the edge of exhaustion.

    People are waiting in the wings to rescue you. Yes, it is humbling to think we need to be rescued. But without the assistance of a friend or relative, you may very well collapse under the weight of the burden you are bearing. Confess your need and accept their help. Everyone will be blessed as a consequence.

    Battle fatigue also requires reengagement with God. Your sweet time with Jesus is required to gain back your strength in Him. Your inner resolve is renewed by focused time with your heavenly Father. He understands the demands of your world. He is there to renew your mind with the truth of His Word. He is sensitive to your damaged heart, and with His comfort and love He will extract the fiery darts of the enemy and bring healing. He recognizes your frail faith and is positioned to inject it with hope and peace.

    God specializes in “soul care” by giving rest and refuge to exhausted lives. Moreover, while God is strengthening you, Jesus is fighting for you. He is the righteous warrior par excellence! The battle scars of Christ were born out of heated moments of engagement with Satan himself. Jesus understands the wiles of the devil. He has met him face to face and has overcome Him by the Word of God. And so shall you.

    Indeed, you have the privilege of submitting to the Lordship of Jesus so that He can fight for you. In your own strength, especially in your place of exhaustion and fading faith, you are no match for the unseen enemy. He will use mind games and emotional sabotage to get you to give up on God. Now is the time to call upon the name of the Lord. He will save you from yourself. He will save you from Satan. He will save you from sinners. He will save you from success. He will save you from exhaustion.

    God is your righteous rescuer, who is poised to invade the enemy’s territory. Do not be shy to invite Him into the battle with you. Your faith may be waning, but men of flesh and blood are not the foe. Spiritual battles require spiritual resources. Therefore, seek His face and apply His resources well!

    Taken from Dose 73 in the 90-day devotional book, Infusion.

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  • Racial Reconciliation

    Posted on November 5, 2011 by Family Christian

    “Then the Lord said to me, ‘Go; I will send you far away to the Gentiles.’”    Acts 22:21

     

    Race divides. It inherently needs reconciliation. As followers of Jesus Christ, we are expected to be on the forefront of racial reconciliation. Christ is colorblind. There is no preference between Jew and Gentile, black or white, yellow or brown. They are all precious in his sight. Yet, every day, millions are disenfranchised or killed because of their cultural heritage or color of skin. Where pride and ego drive the human race into different geographical and racial directions, Christ reunites. He is the racial reconciler. 

    The feet of Jesus are level for all races. Sin is the only explanation for one race’s sense of superiority over another. It breaks the heart of God. Jesus went way out of his way to love a racial outcast in the Samaritan woman (John 4). He was compelled by the Holy Spirit to reach out across class, cultural, and racial barriers. In the same spirit, God is leading you to reach out to others different from yourself. He is calling on His disciples to be intentional in healing past hurts and serving current needs. Some will receive your sincere service, and others will question your motive. But when all is said and done, your part is to go and be a blessing, and God’s part is to facilitate trust and healing. You probably do not consider yourself a racist. That is, you do not feel or act better than another human being just because of your race.

    However, to be silent or to not intentionally reach out to another culture is passive racism. It is subtle, but the same ill effects occur. The offended or disillusioned ones are still stuck in their inferior state of mind, economics, and education. It is not the role of government to figure this out. Rather, it is the mandate of the church because Christians know better. We can model the way of racial reconciliation as did Jesus and the early disciples.

    Consider a weekly one-on-one study for a year with someone of a different race. Learn about their culture, history, and hurts. Indeed, racial reconciliation happens one person at a time and it happens relationally. Do not wait for someone else to come to you. You go to them. Yes, it is a little uncomfortable and yes, there will be misunderstanding. But Jesus is the standard bearer and the relational mediator. He represents all races, He created the different races.

    Let the Bible be your foundational source of racial reconciliation. Start today on a cross-cultural mission. It may be someone at work or in your neighborhood. Invite their family into your home for a meal. Serve them every time you get a chance, and watch God work. Then the world will see—in technicolor—that you are truly disciples of Christ because you love one another, races will be reconciled, and God will be glorified. Jesus said, “By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another” (John 13:35).

    Taken from the November 9th reading in the 365-day devotional book, Seeking Daily the Heart of God.

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  • Hardships Endured

    Posted on November 4, 2011 by Family Christian

    “O Lord, remember David and all the hardships he endured.” Psalm 132:1

     

    Hardships are meant to point us to heaven. It is our hope in heaven that helps us through turbulent times. Yes, it can try our trust in the Lord, but He is our one constant support. The foundation of circumstances may shift under our feet from economic earthquakes, but these temporal tremors need not distract our focus on the eternal. 

    Christ does not change. His desire is to change us into becoming more like Him. His promises and character are consistent and a rock of refuge. In our pain it is ok to plead with God for relief, and to remember the sufferings of His son Jesus on our behalf. After all, it’s the merit of Christ’s afflictions and death that we are able to approach the Lord for life and love.

    “But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed” (Isaiah 53:5, KJV).

    Furthermore, see hardships as heaven’s hammer to chip away pride, ego, false beliefs and unbecoming behavior. We are all a work in progress in need of the Lord’s loving but convicting light to shine on our shortcomings. You can endure this downturn in financial fortune, because your security is in your Savior, and not your net worth.

    You will endure this bruising of your reputation because, like Jesus, you are a man or woman of ‘no reputation’: “But made Himself of no reputation, and took upon Him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men” (Philippians 2:7, KJV).

    David endured hardships because he was so busy doing the work of the Lord he did not have time for anxious speculations. Therefore, be consumed with Christ and executing His agenda. You will find little time for worry when all you want is to worship, love and to obey the Lord. Use hardships as an excuse to engage heaven’s resources for His glory.

    Follow the example of Jesus in enduring hardships, “…who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured such opposition from sinful men, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart” (Hebrews 12:2b-3).

    How does Christ want to change me during these changing times?

    Related Readings: Psalm 69:7-10; Proverbs 18:14; 1 Corinthians 10:13; Revelation 2:3

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  • Stilled and Quieted

    Posted on November 3, 2011 by Family Christian

    “But I have stilled and quieted my soul; like a weaned child with its mother, like a weaned child is my soul within me.” Psalm 131:2

     

    The raging waves of the world’s worries crash against the shore of our soul. At work it may be missed deadlines, or mismanagement of money. At home it may be miscommunication, or a monster of a child. At school it may be the misconduct of others, or the misfortune of feeling alone. Life is loud, and, sometimes, its deafening tones tune out our trust in God.

    Only in silence can our soul be resuscitated by our Savior Jesus. He works wonders when we wait before Him. We are clamorous without Christ, but by grace our soul is subdued and soothed. Calm and contentment come forth by faith, when we are stilled and quieted before Christ. One example is the emotional word picture of parental love.

    “As a mother comforts her child, so will I comfort you; and you will be comforted over Jerusalem” (Isaiah 66:13).

    A mother is a comfort to her weaned child, even though she has denied him or her comfort. So as you linger quietly with the Lord in anticipation, it may not be what you want, but what you need that He gives you. You may want to leave, but He knows you need to stay. You may want to start a ministry, but He knows you need to run a business. You may want to marry, but He knows you need to mature more in your faith and grow more stable in your finances. You may want to get, but He knows you need to give.

    You may want a promotion, but He knows you need to learn faithfulness and contentment where you currently work. The Holy Spirit may be weaning you off of someone or something, so you will only want and need Him. So, still and quiet your soul by inviting your heavenly Father’s warm embrace. You can sleep well when He holds you.

    Therefore, by God’s grace, remain childlike in your faith and character. Keep your heart humble and honest under heaven’s hope. Like a child looks to it’s mother for comfort and security, look to your Savior Jesus for His quiet confidence and strength. A heart kept by Christ, lives for Christ. Settle your soul in stillness and solitude with Jesus.

    Jesus says, “I tell you the truth, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven” (Matthew 18:3).

    What routines can I integrate into my daily life, so I can be still and quiet before Christ?
     
    Related Readings: Job 6:24; Psalm 23:2; Isaiah 30:15; Mark 6:31; 1 Thessalonians 4:11

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  • Clean Slate

    Posted on November 2, 2011 by Family Christian

    “If you, O Lord, keep a record of sins, O Lord, who could stand? But with you there is forgiveness; therefore you are feared. Psalm 130:3-4

     

    With our Savior Jesus, there is a clean slate when we bring our sin to the cross. God placed our sin on His son for our salvation. Sinfully exposed, we are at the mercy of Almighty God. His holiness helps us better understand our helplessness outside of heaven. So our King Jesus extends a full pardon to all who believe, for it is His prerogative to forgive.

    Forgiveness is at the forefront of our heavenly Father’s thinking. The power of pardon is permanent with God, and He is ready to forgive in an instant. So go to God with guilt, and leave lust and lies with Him, because He saves and forgives to the uttermost. Invite the grace of God to govern your actions and attitudes. Freed-up people free others to enjoy the fruits of forgiveness.

    “He saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit” (Titus 3:5).

    Moreover, a clean slate from sin is even more reason to fear God. This is the fruit of faith, because you have experienced His redeeming love. The fear of God results from gratitude for the grace given to us by God. There is robust respect and awe for the Almighty, because He does not rain down judgment. God’s grace leads us to have such a holy regard for Him that we fear grieving Him with continued sin.

    Therefore, because you have been forgiven much, forgive much. It is not possible or healthy to keep score with those who have hurt you. So, pardon your parents and your pastor, forgive your friends and enemies, and let go of unmet expectations. Your fear of God and gratitude to God facilitates forgiveness with your fellowman.

    Since Christ has given you a clean slate you can extend a clean slate to those by whom you feel slighted. Wipe clean the slate of sin with the grace of God that has been given to you, and watch Him, by faith, paint a beautiful canvas of forgiveness and love. You can start over with someone, because your Savior Jesus believes in second chances.

    The Bible says, “Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you” (Colossians 3:13).

    How can I best express my gratitude to God for His pardoning of all my sins?

    Related Readings: 1 Corinthians 13:5; Hebrews 10:22; 2 Timothy 1:9

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  • Cut Free

    Posted on November 1, 2011 by Family Christian

    “But the Lord is righteous; he has cut me free from the cords of the wicked”. Psalm 129:4

     

    Christ cuts us free from the cords of wicked oppressors. It may seem like the wicked have won at times, but this is the testing of our trust. The obstinate may be an entity of God’s discipline to break our pride and smooth the edges of our ego. Then we can see those who oppose righteous ways as an instrument of the Lord to instruct us in how to live by faith.

    You may have a family member whose faith is a façade. If so, serve them with authentic and unselfish living. Pray their pretentious life will lose its appeal, and they will be cut free from a caricature of Christian living. We have been cut free by Christ, freed to serve Him and others. Freedom is for those who live by faith and not by sight.

    “For we live by faith, not by sight” (2 Corinthians 5:7).

    Furthermore, the Lord has cut you free from frivolous and irresponsible living for a life of faith. No longer do you have to roam around like an unsure beast, stuck in a purposeless predicament. You have the resources of heaven to help you understand the way. You are cut free from cynicism to hope, from insecurity to security, from greed to generosity, from resentment to forgiveness, and from worry to peace.

    Christ has cut you free from circumstantial faith (based on the economy or anything uncertain), to a trust rooted in unchanging truth; Jesus Himself. So do not allow the cords of your circumstances to choke out your belief in God. By faith invite the sharp scissors of your Savior to slice through your situation, and set you free to live and love the Lord, others and yourself.

    Jesus says, “So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed” (John 8:36).

    Does a secret (or not so secret) sin hold you back from enjoying all that Jesus has to give you? If so, seek out His forgiveness and healing. Submerge yourself in the security and accountability of other Christ followers. You can be unencumbered by earthly weights that hold you down like a helium balloon that’s unable to lift off from its ties to the ground. Therefore, go to God and receive His grace that allows you to fly by faith!

    “But now that you have been set free from sin and have become slaves of God, the benefit you reap leads to holiness, and the result is eternal life” (Romans 6:22).

    From what attitude or actions do I need Christ to cut me free?

    Related Readings: Acts 13:39; Romans 6:7-20; Hebrews 9:15; Revelation 1:5

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