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  • Life Giving Peace

    “A heart at peace gives life to the body, but envy rots the bones.” Proverbs 14:30


    Peace produces life for a life surrendered to God. But it is in conflict with Christ that a life’s internal harmony is replaced with unrest. However, the fruit of peace is life: life giving energy in relationships, life giving words at work, life giving attitudes at home and life giving community with other Jesus followers. Spiritual peace gives physical life.

    If peace is such an essential ingredient for life, why can it be so allusive? Guilt has a way of grinding away at the goodness of God that lies dormant in a heart unaffected by discipleship. Conversion to Christ does not guarantee that His peace will have preeminence, but it does position us for easy access to His grace. Like an orphan adopted by loving parents—acceptance of our heavenly Father’s love creates peaceful security.

    “Love and faithfulness meet together; righteousness and peace kiss each other.” Psalm 85:10

    What competes with your peace? Has your peace-less heart contributed to your unhealthy emotional and physical condition? Pride fights against peace, because it can’t rest until it proves itself to be right. Greed is an enemy of peace, because it cannot be content unless it has a little bit more. Fear tosses and turns us awake in bed because it forgets faith’s calm.

    Fortunately, your heavenly Father is your peace provider. Your welfare is His primary care and concern. There is no circumstance, individual or spiritual enemy that has the power to rob you of the Lord’s long-standing serenity found in your savior Jesus. Indeed, use His peace as a shield against Satan’s schemes of discouragement and disappointment. You don’t have to look far for life giving peace; it is already yours in God’s son Jesus.

    “Do you now believe?” Jesus replied. “A time is coming and in fact has come when you will be scattered, each to your own home. You will leave Me all alone. Yet I am not alone, for My Father is with Me. “I have told you these things, so that in Me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” John 16:31-33
    How can I better apply the life giving peace of God that I already possess in Jesus?

    Related Readings: Psalm 119:165; Isaiah 54:10; 2 Corinthians 13:11; Ephesians 6:23

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  • Sick Unto Death

    “For indeed he was sick almost unto death; but God had mercy on him, and not only on him but on me also, lest I should have sorrow upon sorrow” (Philippians 2:27).


    Friends and family who suffer from chronic illnesses are candidates for God’s grace, and our love and attention. It is extremely difficult to see a loved one languish through cancer, Alzheimer’s and dementia. Once they smiled with joy, now they ache in pain. Once their body was hefty and healthy, now they are hollow and disfigured. The person we once knew now seems nonexistent.

    They may be physically alive, but emotionally and mentally detached. However, it is in their weak condition that you honor them by providing strength. Even if they lived a self-serving life, continue to serve them as a testimony to your siblings, spouse and children, and in obedience to Christ’s command. Service to the sick is an opportunity to be like Jesus, so by God’s grace represent Him well.

    “For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.” Matthew 25:35-36

    God may not heal them in this life, but He does provide mercy and grace for comfort and endurance. I do not like the smell of the sick, it makes me nauseous and nervous, but serving the sick is not about my hang-ups. It is about heaven’s help, salvation’s cure and prayer’s path to peace. Inconvenient illness is an opportunity for us to illustrate other centered living.

    Be very patient with your spouse who is unable to care for you as well because they are in a season of extreme service to their parent. You can help by seeking out experts in law and finance to assist your dying loved one and help them steward well their departure. Sickness is the Lord’s pause to ponder what’s really important in life. So enjoy any time of interruption to love your loved ones and friends who are sick unto death.

    “When Jesus saw her weeping, and the Jews who had come along with her also weeping, He was deeply moved in spirit and troubled. "Where have you laid him?" He asked. "Come and see, Lord," they replied. Jesus wept. Then the Jews said, "See how He loved him!” (John 11:33-36)
    Who is at the point of death that I can support with a card, call, visit or prayer?

    Related Readings: Exodus 23:25; Psalm 41:3; Luke 5:15-17; James 5:14-15

    Post/Tweet this today: Self wants the attention when afflicted, but it’s the glory of God that deserves the recognition. #glory

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  • Suffering Teaches Obedience

    “During the days of Jesus’ life on earth, He offered up prayers and petitions with fervent cries and tears to the One who could save Him from death, and He was heard because of His reverent submission. Son though He was, He learned obedience from what He suffered and, once made perfect, He became the source of eternal salvation for all who obey Him.” Hebrews 5:7-9


    Very few Christians invite or enjoy suffering, but it is during this somber season that obedience to Almighty God ascends in superiority to sincere saints. Sorrow seeks to torment a soul’s trust in its Savior Jesus. Self wants the attention when afflicted, but it’s the glory of God that deserves the recognition. Obedience to Christ is the central concern. 

    Yes, with fervency we cry and weep to the One who saved us—the One who will save us—and the One who can save us from our momentary affliction. But the Lord’s school of suffering is meant to shape us into sharp students of His word and instant applicants of His principles for living. Our graduation occurs once we transition into His glorious presence.

    “But rejoice inasmuch as you participate in the sufferings of Christ, so that you may be overjoyed when His glory is revealed.” 1 Peter 4:13

    What hurts your heart or afflicts your body? If it is a break up, then break down before your heavenly Father and He will comfort your loss. If cancer is attacking your body, then cast your cares on Christ for He will sustain you through this scary time. Obedience is meant to thrive, not dive, during difficult times. So, aggressively seek the Savior of your soul.

    Obedience stretches our faith to forgive where we have been offended. It leads us to kindly accept those who harshly reject us. We obey, because Jesus obeyed in reverent submission. Even as the privileged Son of God, He learned obedience from what He suffered. Suffering is a prerequisite to being made perfect in compliance to Christ. Thus, embrace your disease or emotional upheaval as an opportunity to let His light shine.

    “So then, those who suffer according to God’s will should commit themselves to their faithful Creator and continue to do good.” 1 Peter 4:19

    Where is the Lord teaching me to be obedient during my time of suffering?

    Related Readings: James 5:10-11; 1 Peter 4:1-19; 5:1-10; Revelation 2:10

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  • Connecting People to Christ


    Dear Fellow Wisdom Hunter,

    We are extremely grateful to God for your faithful readership of the daily devotional, your prayers and your financial support. Wisdom Hunters is a non-profit Christ-centered ministry blessed with a prayerful Board of Directors, who steward well this—the Lord’s work. Thank you for your year-end gifts that exceeded our goal by $20,000. After much prayer and planning with our 19-member Advisory Board, we believe the Lord is leading us in the following ways:

    Vision Connect people to Christ through God’s Word.

    Mission Applying unchanging truth to a changing world.

    Goal Trust God for 200,000 global and U.S. readers of the daily devotional by year-end 2012.

    Testimony (click here for more: http://bit.ly/ggJzWk) Thank you for this wonderful bit of wisdom… we opened this up this after finding our dear mother had walked into the arms of Jesus this morning… How wonderful the gifts God hands us… one being this devotion to assure us He is with us during trying times… Marilyn… “Time for Transition” devo: http://bit.ly/qw0STL

    Needs for 2012

    By God’s Grace Wisdom Hunters 2012 Objectives
    • Increase countries that read the daily email devotional from 73 to 125
    • Continue to reduce costs per reader to just over $1.00 per reader.
    • Chinese and Spanish translations of the daily email devotional posted on web site
    • Write and publish eBooks Wisdom for Life, Wisdom for Marriage, Wisdom for Work
    • Write and publish 90-day devotional book Seeking God in the Proverbs
    • Write and publish 365-day devotional book Seeking Daily the Heart of God, vol. 2
    • Begin “Wisdom Minute” radio spots and video blogs
    • Update the Wisdom Hunters web site for an ease of searching by topics and Scripture
    • Create and distribute Wisdom Hunters app for iPhone, iPad and Android
    • Increase eBook and book sales to 25,000 units

    Total financial costs for 2012- $225,000 / given year-to-date: $21,250

    Prayer If you have been a regular reader for six months or longer, please join us in prayer in how the Lord might lead you to participate financially. If you are being blessed by the daily writings and could help us reach others for Jesus Christ then you can give online (monthly gifts help most and no gift is too small) by clicking http://bit.ly/fPxiWr or mail your check to:

    Wisdom Hunters PO Box 800062 Roswell, GA 30075

    Thanks so much for your prayerful consideration.

    In Christ,

    Boyd Bailey President, Wisdom Hunters

    “I pray that your partnership with us in the faith may be effective in deepening your understanding of every good thing we share for the sake of Christ” (Philemon 1:6).

  • Falsely Accused

    “The high priest stood up and said to Him, “Do You not answer? What is it that these men are testifying against You?” But Jesus kept silent. Matthew 26:62-63a (NASB)


    It is hard and hurtful when you are falsely accused. Someone may cast doubt on your character, or type cast your motives in an inaccurate way. People who falsely accuse represent a variety of motivations. Perhaps it fuels a feeling of superiority and power; the desire to control may be all consuming, or they may be on a crusade to clean house. Their worldview is the worse case scenario, and you may be the target of their attacks.

    False accusers issue criticism not compliments, problems not solutions, directives not collaboration, and blame not responsibility. If you are the object of false accusations it is imperative you not lower yourself to use similar innuendos and insinuations. By faith you can stay above the fray of false accusations, as their consequences eventually come.

    “At the king’s command, the men who had falsely accused Daniel were brought in and thrown into the lions’ den, along with their wives and children. And before they reached the floor of the den, the lions overpowered them and crushed all their bones.” Daniel 6:24

    Jesus understands false accusations, as He was abused mercilessly; but He remained silent and submitted to His Heavenly Father. It is in the heat of unfair questions, or senseless slurs that we remain surrendered to Jesus. The Holy Spirit will help you handle the heat of false accusations. Remain in Christ, and by His power you will keep your cool.

    God is at work in a much bigger way than one person’s outlandish agenda. Pray for your accuser, serve and love them for Christ’s sake. They are probably unaware of the harm they are inflicting on themselves and those around them. Value the relationship though you do not feel valued. In prayer and forgiveness you release the feelings of anger and defensiveness. Unjust charges will come when you follow hard after Jesus, so die to your need to be right, and trust God to work out His will—His way—in His time.

    “Blessed are you when people insult you and persecute you, and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of Me” (Matthew 5:11, NASB).

    Who is falsely accusing me that I need to love and release to the Lord?

    Related Readings: Numbers 35:24-28; Deuteronomy 19:15; Matthew 27:12

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  • Pay Down Debt

    “The rich rule over the poor, and the borrower is servant to the lender.” Proverbs 22:7


    A nation, business or home built on debt is owned and controlled by outside forces. There is no freedom or liberty to be found in leveraged ownership, only obligations and payment plans. Debt is unemotional and uncaring when it decides to call your loan, or make new demands you are unable to fulfill. Debt is deceptive in its ability to draw us into its pleasures in exchange for our time, energy and focus. 

    Short-term borrowing is subtle, because it can easily become a shortcut that only satisfies our immediate gratifications but with long-term ramifications. I have missed God’s best because I got in a hurry, and thought I had to make things happen, so I presumed on the future. Ease of credit can lead us to grow impatient with prayer and make purchases pre-maturely. However, blessings come from waiting on God’s prayerful provision.

    “LORD, I wait for you; you will answer, Lord my God.” Psalm 38:15

    Thus, start immediately and implement a plan to pay down your debt. Begin by paying off the credit card with the smallest balance, and cease from spending with the convenience of credit’s plastic purchases. Eradicate your mortgage by the time your children start college and you will have added margin for their extra educational expenses. Delayed gratification is a discipline God blesses. Like a hiker with a light backpack, without the weight of debt you are able to freely follow the Lord’s call.

    Turn to Christ instead of credit, and watch Him create opportunities you never conceived. Waiting to pay in cash is an exercise in faith, and a refraining of the flesh. A smaller home and older car, with peace and contentment, is much better than more, with regret and restless nights. Debt free living liberates your life and increases your generous giving. Therefore, pay down debt so you are free to love and serve others more effectively.

    “Owe no one anything except to love one another, for he who loves another has fulfilled the law” (Romans 13:8, NASB).

    Where can I begin to aggressively pay down my debt and increase my giving?

    Related Readings: Isaiah 30:18; 64:4; Micah 7:7; Hebrews 11:8-12

    Post/Tweet this today: Waiting to pay in cash is an exercise in faith, and a refraining of the flesh. #money

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  • Virtuous Woman

    “A wife of noble character who can find? She is worth far more than rubies.” Proverbs 31:10


    A woman of character is not easily found. She is rare and valuable. Because of her appealing attributes, she is a gift from God. Thank Him often if you are blessed with this quality of woman in your life. She is rare because we live in a self-crazed culture, yet a woman of character is others-focused. For the follower of Christ, selflessness is expected. But for our society as a whole, it is an anomaly. She refuses to demean herself to a standard of mediocrity. 

    Her goal is excellence in living. Duplicity is far from her thinking as she serves with authenticity and industry. No skills or gifts remain dormant in her active life. She channels her energies into the welfare of her family and is resourceful with financial opportunities. A woman of character is an anchor for her family. Her character provides stability when challenges creep into her home. She is determined to do the right thing regardless of the difficulties it may require. Character is more important than compromise, therefore she models the way for her friends and family. She is a rock of hope and consistency because God’s Word has become that for her.

    However, be careful to not take the world on your shoulders—that is God’s job. Also, do not hold a standard of perfection over your head. Leave yourself some wiggle room for mistakes. You will make mistakes. Let mistakes be a reminder of what to do and what not to do in the future. They are reminders of your dependence on God. Your goal is not to live a mistake-free life but a life that loves God and loves people. Let Him continue to develop your character and grow you into a mentor of other women. Don’t waste your wonderful experiences. Share them with younger women so that they can grow in their character.

    Husband, love your wife of character. Tell her often how proud you are of her. Do not be intimidated by her level of spirituality. On the contrary, celebrate her passion for life and her spiritual maturity. Allow her life to challenge you and inspire you to the same level of character development. Your virtuous woman is a tremendous asset. Your best and most strategic business decision occurred when you married a woman of character. Her wisdom is unparalleled. Her discernment of human nature borders on the divine. She is uncanny in seeing things you do not see—and saving you a ton of money and time (that is if you listen to her).

    Her influence is ever-present in her work and home. Encourage her burgeoning influence and opportunities. Become her biggest cheerleader. If she wants to start a business, help her start a business. If she needs some help with the house and lawn, make that investment. Free her to do what she does best. It may be teaching, mentoring, being a mom, sewing or serving in a variety of capacities. It may be to take care of her parents during the latter stages of life.

    Allow her to reach her full potential. Give her the cash, confidence and resources to reach for her dreams. Be grateful. A woman of character is not to be taken for granted. Yet this is easy to do. Make a big deal out of her accomplishments, because they are a big deal. Help her to pace herself and protect her from the encroachment of those with warped motives. Her character is a valued asset that needs to be managed with care. Care for her as she cares for you!

    Taken from Dose 81 in the 90-day devotional book, “Infusion”… http://bit.ly/bQHNIE

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  • God Backfills

    “I will repay you for the years the locusts have eaten—the great locust and the young locust, the other locusts and the locust swarm—my great army that I sent among you.” Joel 2:25


    God can make up for wasted time. He specializes in redeeming rough seasons in our lives. What has become a torturous transition, He can use to love you into a closer relationship with Him. Where else can you go for eternal life than to the one who is eternal (John 6:68)? Allow God to backfill this blot on your past. He can rebuild what has been broken, and even destroyed. 

    You may have been embarrassed and humiliated, but nothing is beyond God’s long arm of restoration. Injustice may have invaded your unsuspecting life. Unaware and unexpecting, you lost everything you had spent a lifetime building. Poof, in a twinkle of an eye, it was gone. Your career was gone. Your family teetered on division. Your reputation was tattered and all but obliterated. Your joy was gone, your finances depleted, your energy sapped. And your faith was shot full of holes. Your desire to move forward in life was severely stalled. Worst of all, you wondered where the Lord was in all this reversal of fortune. You were on the fast track to bitterness because of your feelings of betrayal. You may have hit rock bottom, and now there is nowhere to look but up.

    Look up to Jesus. He is your hope, your rock, and your refuge. Look up to the Lord, even though He may seem a million miles away. Now is the time to practice what you told others all those years. Trust God during this time of turmoil. God wants to backfill your loss. He can fill your pit of pity with hope (Psalm 40:2). Your broken relationships that are buried in a cistern of hurt, He can retrieve with forgiveness. Into your financial black hole, He can shine the light of His provision and opportunity.

    In Christ, your best days lie ahead. Submit to His healing. Let go of your hurt and pride, and hang on to Him. He is the best thing you have going for you. Let these failures forge a stronger faith in you and in your family. Face the fact that you are forgiven, and move forward in the power of the Holy Spirit. Lean on the Lord. He can handle it. He is your stability in this storm of insanity. God is there for you to rebuild your reputation, and to give you daily doses of hope and encouragement. Your eruption of raw emotion will cultivate you into a more sensitive and compassionate follower of Christ.

    He has brought you through this crisis of faith to allow you to coach others through the same. You are a living and breathing testimony of the grace and love of God. Project His faithfulness onto other fledgling followers of Jesus. Let the Lord backfill the hole in your heart and life with His love and faithfulness. His filling of right attitudes and actions will bar the door of your mind from bitterness and backstabbing. Invite the Holy Spirit to backfill your soul with His fruit of love, joy, peace, self-control, purity, forgiveness, and humility. What God fills proves faithful. What God fills, He controls and comforts. Use the lessons of the past as a reminder for the Holy Spirit’s filling in the present. His backfilling results in faithfulness going forward.

    Taken from the January 19th reading in the 365-day devotional book, “Seeking Daily the Heart of God… http://bit.ly/bQHNIE

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  • Illness Is Painful

    “Now Elisha was suffering from the illness from which he died. Jehoash king of Israel went down to see him and wept over him”. 2 Kings 13:14a


    Illness is painful to the sick person and to the ones who love them. It is painful to experience and it is painful to watch. Illness does not discriminate. It afflicts the spiritual and the unspiritual, rich and poor, young and old. Sickness is a result of living in a sin cursed world and occupying an environment that has been infiltrated by decay.

    Some diseases can be treated with medicine, but others cannot. Medication may slow down the effects of illness, but some ailments cannot be stopped. They are terminal. You may be living on borrowed time. This is hard. I struggle when a young man in his prime with small children becomes stricken with a fatal illness. This doesn’t seem right, or close to fair. Where is God? What is God up to? Yet we are all terminal. We will all experience death. But why do some die much sooner that others?

    I have to remember, that this world is not our home. God has us here on a temporary assignment. We are on earth to glorify our Heavenly Father, by doing His will. His will is clear. His passion is to make disciples. However, while we are in the process of making disciples, there is an enemy to contend with. And one of the enemy’s weapons is illness.

    The devil’s strategy is to sideline you from God’s mission by using crippling and even terminal illness as a deterrent and a distraction. But God has a different plan. Because of, not in spite of, your illness is God drawing you and others closer to Christ. You are privileged to glory in the sufferings of Christ. “Now if we are children, then we are heirs—heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory” (Romans 8:17).

    Your great faith in God in the middle of adversity is compelling. Your Savior’s serenity challenges others to look again at this Jesus who is your rock and refuge in the middle of physical imperfection. The elevation of your faith lifts the faith of all those around you. God is drawing you and all those around you to Himself.

    Dying can be a more powerful witness than living. Therefore, cling to Christ, love Him and praise Him. He is the great physician who will give you the ultimate healing in His time. In the meantime, before you go home, invite many people to join you. They will listen, because you have something they both need and want: peace with God and the peace of God. Illness is painful, but it is not wasted pain, it has an eternal purpose.

    “I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us” (Romans 8:18).

    Who can I encourage that is entangled by illness? How can I use illness for His glory?

    Related Readings: Ephesians 3:13; Philippians 3:10; Hebrews 2:10; 1 Peter 4:13

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  • God or Money

    “No servant can serve two masters. Either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and Money." The Pharisees, who loved money, heard all this and were sneering at Jesus. He said to them, "You are the ones who justify yourselves in the eyes of men, but God knows your hearts. What is highly valued among men is detestable in God's sight”. Luke 16:13-15


    There is a servitude that accompanies the love of God or money, for we serve what we love. In the case of Christ and cash you cannot serve both at the same time. The service of one cancels out the service of the other. It is the subtle service of money that short circuits service to my Savior Jesus. I cannot love Him and stuff at the same time, Jesus says, ‘I will hate the one and love the other’. 

    If we are not careful our actions build an altar to the almighty dollar, and we ignore Almighty God, unless things go wrong and then we long for the Lord, our first love. Holy God is jealous over love affairs outside of Himself, especially when money becomes our mistress, a demanding one at that.

    Jesus says love of money replaces love for Him, so how do you know if you are unfaithful? To defend or justify excessive amounts of time thinking or worrying about money is a sure bet it has captured your love. To scheme about, manipulate for more, or be consumed with running out makes you a likely candidate of a lover of money. However, there is a remedy for our love affair with stuff, and that is to give it away.

    Replace getting with giving, and then your love of God and people will excommunicate your love/hate relationship with money. Generosity frees you from being owned by money, and cash cannot control what it does not have. Make money a servant of your Savior Jesus and you will certainly serve Him in the process. The reason many financially poor followers of Christ are faithful and free is because money has not become their master. Therefore, go with Christ over cash and you will find fulfillment.

    “For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many grief’s” (I Timothy 6:10).

    How can I increase my love for God and people, and eradicate my love of money?

    Related Readings: Proverbs 23:5; Romans 13:8; Acts 5:8; 8:20; Hebrews 13:5

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