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Monthly Archives: February 2012

  • Love is Kind

    “Love is kind”… 1 Corinthians 13:4


    Kindness is a natural application of love because it makes one feel loved. It is the ability to be accepting when everything within you wants to be rejecting. It is a strategy for forgiveness when you are wronged or when someone takes advantage of you. When your trusting spirit has been violated, you still love by being kind; you stop fighting, and you start forgiving.

    Kindness means you are pleasant to be around because your countenance is inviting and shows interest. It is as much an attitude as anything, and it is the ability to see beyond the immediate to the potential. Kindness means you go out of your way to love someone. People who are unlovable become prime candidates for your kindness. A family member who is far from God, deep down desires unconditional love and kindness.
    Love keeps you kind, especially toward those who are closest to you. They do not deserve your dredging up hurtful, bitter, and unforgiving words from the past. Love is kind in its conversations. Harsh and abrasive speech is absent from kind conversation. Love produces words that are “kind and tenderhearted” (Ephesians 4:32). Love is able to extend kind words that cheer up heavy hearts (Proverbs 16:24). Pray to God for kindness to reign in your relationships with kids and teenagers. Children translate kindness into love, for it is their language of love.

    We all have blown up and lost our temper over disrespectful attitudes and actions from our offspring. The temptation is to disrespect them when we have been disrespected, and the natural response is to become angry when someone else spews out his or her frustrations on us. But God has not called us to natural responses but supernatural ones. Kindness in the face of frustration is a fruit of the Spirit, and only through submission to your Savior will kindness come front and center. The fullness of the Holy Spirit in your life is what causes kindness to come forth.
    Lastly, loving others with kindness does not preclude difficult decisions. Kindness is not patronizing, but it is authentic care and concern, and it is able to deliver hard truth that softens hard hearts. You can dismiss an employee with kindness. Likewise, you can disagree with kindness in a heated debate. Harshness has no hold on those who are controlled by Christ.

    Therefore, kindly love people through difficult situations. Serve those who are experiencing financial difficulties, for example. Kindness is king for followers of King Jesus, so love with kindness and watch them come around and embrace Christ. Kindness kills sin and sadness, and brings to life love, forgiveness, and hope. Allow Jesus’ loving kindness to flow through you, for kindness toward the needy honors God (Proverbs 14:31). Kindness resides where love is applied, because love is kind.

    Taken from the February 9th reading in the 365-day devotional book, “Seeking Daily the Heart of God”… http://bit.ly/bQHNIE

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  • Gift of Wisdom


    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. After much prayer and planning with our 19-member Advisory Board, we believe the Lord is leading us in the following ways:

    Connect people to Christ through God’s Word.

    Applying unchanging truth to a changing world.

    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)
    Just wanted to pass on that I really appreciate and value the amazing gift of writing that God has entrusted you. You are truly a blessing to me, my family, and the many acquaintances who receive the regular forwards from me. Wishing you continued growth and Godly success in your ministry. God bless, Jim … “Strength in God” devo: http://bit.ly/p8COTs

    Needs for 2012

    By God’s Grace Wisdom Hunters 2012 Objectives
    • Increase countries that read the daily email devotional from 73 to 125
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    • 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
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    • 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: $38,750

    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:

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    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).

  • Attention To Details

    “Then the angel said to him, "Put on your clothes and sandals." And Peter did so. "Wrap your cloak around you and follow me," the angel told him.” Acts 12:8


    Almighty God is in the details, because He knows the details define a clear path for His will. Like Peter, His angel sometimes has to shake us out of the slumber of our sleepy self. We can nap in our pitiful prison of fear and forget God is still at work. He wants us to welcome His sudden shake up, so that we can see Christ’s course for our life more clearly.

    Perhaps the Holy Spirit is shifting us so that we will see the details of what He is doing. When Christ crashes into our circumstances it is certainly wise to wake up and wonder what He is doing. Pay attention to His work around you, and listen to the Lord’s leading. The smile of an infant may be just the small sign you need that shows He is pleased with you.

    “Paul greeted them and reported in detail what God had done among the Gentiles through his ministry.” Acts 21:19

    Jesus gives attention to details in your life because He cares. He cares if you have a career you are passionate about. He cares if your son or daughter gets into their school of  choice. He cares if you make it through financial chaos to a cash position that is calm and predictable. So, look for the Lord in the details of your everyday life, and thank Him for His great love. Praise Him when He gives you perception into solving problems and understanding people.

    Furthermore, slow down and take the time to engage in the details of people’s passions around you. It honors them when you can ask intelligent questions that communicate you care and understand. God’s got the details covered, so seek Him first for His discernment and He will lead you through every important step along the way. However, don’t drown in the details; stay moving, empowered by Him for the results. 

    “In the eleventh year in the month of Bul, the eighth month, the temple was finished in all its details according to its specifications. He had spent seven years building it” (I Kings 6:38).

    In what area of my life am I responsible to pay more attention to details as God’s steward?

    Related Readings: I Chronicles 28:19; Matthew 6:25-34; Hebrews 9:5

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  • Benefits Of Repentance

    “If you had responded to my rebuke, I would have poured out my heart to you and made my thoughts known to you.” Proverbs 1:23


    There are benefits that belong to real repentance. When you and I respond to correction in humility and teachability, we are in a position to be blessed by wisdom. Another’s rebuke causes our pride to bristle, but defensiveness is not where wisdom resides. Wisdom is attracted to the man or woman who comes clean with their sins and shortcomings.

    It is when our spouse or supervisor uncovers inconsistencies in our words and actions that we are wise to listen and learn. Even when someone rebukes us with raw emotion, we are to receive it and repent of our wrong. Moreover, pray for messengers with mixed motives, and the Almighty will give them the necessary attitude adjustment. Your part is to repent and trust Him with the rest. Indeed, God reveals His heart to those responsive to rebuke.

    “God has granted repentance that leads to life.” Acts 18:11b

    Lastly, repentance is a racetrack for wisdom, as it traffics on the streets of a soul who continually turns to Christ, and turns away from man-centered methods. The world’s standards may allow you to attack an antagonist, but not Jesus. The confrontation of a friend or enemy is at a crossroad for Christ’s wisdom. Instruction is an ally that grows your understanding of, and intimacy with, Almighty God. So seek out the mature of faith, and give them permission to encounter any erroneous actions in your life.

    For example, once you are aware of a dishonorable or disrespectful attitude, by God’s grace, replace it with honor and respect. Perhaps you invite a money management expert to provide you wisdom and accountability in financial stewardship, or ask a seasoned couple to mentor you and your spouse in marriage. God trusts the teachable with His thoughts. Therefore, listen and learn from the Lord and others; ask them to guide you in wisdom.

    “Listen, my son, accept what I say, and the years of your life will be many. I guide you in the way of wisdom and lead you along straight paths. When you walk, your steps will not be hampered; when you run, you will not stumble” (Proverbs 4:10-12).

    What actions and attitudes do I need to repent of, and ask for wisdom on what to do next?

    Related Readings: Job 36:10-12; Jeremiah 15:19; Luke 13:3-5; Revelation 3:19

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  • Promise of Hell

    “The time came when the beggar died and the angels carried him to Abraham’s side. The rich man also died and was buried. In Hades, where he was in torment, he looked up and saw Abraham far away, with Lazarus by his side. So he called to him, ‘Father Abraham, have pity on me and send Lazarus to dip the tip of his finger in water and cool my tongue, because I am in agony in this fire.” Luke 16:22-24


    The promise of hell is not fun to talk about, but is a somber reality relayed by our Savior Jesus. He is our Savior because He saves us from our sins and from eternal damnation in hell. Hell brings separation—Jesus brings reconciliation. Hell brings torment—Jesus brings peace. Hell brings darkness—Jesus brings light. Hell hurts—Heaven heals.

    Our same loving Lord who promises heaven, also promises hell. Indeed, heaven is sweeter, because of the sour taste eternal separation from God leaves on the lips of our soul. We begin our experience of hell on earth when we choose our own way, in contrast to Christ’s way. Separation on earth from God is a precursor to separation from the Almighty in eternity. It is a fearful place of loneliness that lacks love and security.

    “But I will show you whom you should fear: Fear Him who, after He has killed, has power to cast into hell; yes, I say to you, fear Him!” Luke 12:5

    It is the fear of the Lord that brings focus to His holiness and our unholy condition outside of Christ. You may experience the wrath of men, because you chose to fear God. But, better to be known as a God-fearing man or woman than to experience the wrath of God. The power of man looks powerless in the presence of the One who has the power to cast the unsaved into hell. Sinners in the hands of a holy God desperately need His grace.

    So, you and I are blessed to have the opportunity to appropriate belief in Jesus Christ as the Son of the living God. He not only saves us from hell, but He saves us from our sins, and from ourselves. By His sacrificial love, He replaces eternity in an unrighteous hell with a righteous heaven. Yes, you can repent on your deathbed, but why not start heaven’s journey now? Hell’s fury is for the faithless, but when you walk by faith, you have only the Lord to fear.

    “Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit who gives life has set you free from the law of sin and death.” Romans 8:1-2

    Lord, how can I grow in my gratitude to You that there is no condemnation in Christ?

    Related Readings: Matthew 23:33; Mark 9:43-47; James 3:6; 2 Peter 2:4

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  • Promise of Heaven

    “Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God; believe also in me. My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am. You know the way to the place where I am going.” John 14:1-4


    Jesus extends the promise of heaven to all who come to Him by faith. Eternal life with Him is reason enough to receive the gift of God’s grace in His Son. Jesus prepares a place in heaven for those who have prepared for heaven. His preparations are intentional for people who are intentional in their faith preparations. Heaven is prepared for the prepared.

    Are you prepared for heaven? Are you standing on the promises of your Savior Jesus? His promises are profound: forgiveness of sin, eternal life with Him, grace to live life, sweet fellowship with the Holy Spirit, answered prayer, the Spirit’s leading in God’s will, peace, joy, patience, self-control and love from the Spirit’s fullness. Love is the greatest.

    “We are punished justly, for we are getting what our deeds deserve. But this man has done nothing wrong.” Then he said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.” Jesus answered him, “Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in paradise.” Luke 23:41-42

    Paradise with Jesus is the promise He makes to all those who come to Him in repentance and faith. Christ was punished for doing right, so that our wrongs could be made right by His death. Our hearts need not be troubled, because the Lord has already gone to the trouble of paving the way for heaven. His father’s house is furnished for all His faithful followers.

    You can trust the preparations of your Savior Jesus. He knows exactly what you want and need. Your assignment on earth is to love others on heaven’s behalf. Once you make your righteous reservations with Jesus, prayerfully help others prepare for heaven. Seekers still must personally engage by faith in Christ, but you can be their travel agent of trust in the Almighty. The promise of heaven is for the prepared, so prepare and help others prepare.

    “Go out quickly into the streets and alleys of the town and bring in the poor, the crippled, the blind and the lame.’ “‘Sir,’ the servant said, ‘what you ordered has been done, but there is still room.’ “Then the master told his servant, ‘Go out to the roads and country lanes and compel them to come in, so that my house will be full.” Luke 14:21b-23

    Lord, how can I best prepare for Your promise of heaven and also help others prepare?

    Related Readings: Matthew 4:17; 16:17; Philippians 3:14, 20; 1 Thessalonians 1:10

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  • He Cares

    “Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.” 1 Peter 5:7


    God cares about you. He cares about your job. He cares about your fears. He cares about your wife. He cares about your husband. He cares about your children. He cares about your parents. He cares about your worries. He cares about your finances. He cares about your car and your house. He also cares about your character.

    He cares about you caring about Him and caring for others. He is a caring God. You cannot out-care God. His capacity to care is infinite, and His competence to care is matchless. You can care because He cares. There is no care of yours that God does not care about. If it is important to you, then God cares about it.

    Yes, you will experience misdirected cares. But God’s desire is to come along side you and realign your cares with what He cares about the most. This is the beauty of your caring heavenly Father. He cares enough to bear your anxieties and to replace them with His peace and assurance. When you give God your worries, you in turn receive His calming presence. God’s system of care is countercultural. God transforms your cares into what He cares about. However, there is one word of caution.

    Be careful and do not fall into the comparison trap. Your measurement on how to behave is not another person’s measurement. We all have our struggles with sin and life. God has wired us all differently. Equally, spiritual people may cast their cares on God in polar opposite ways. One may find release in a quiet, written prayer, while another may feel cared for by God through lively worship. Let another’s processing of anxiety be a guide and not a guilty comparison.

    You know that God cares immensely, so how do you cast your cares on
    Him? By faith, you let Him care. It is all about trust. He cares and He can be trusted, therefore allow Him to do what He does best. You allow Him to care for you. This does take humility on your part. You are acknowledging a desperate need for God.

    Your declaration of dependence is two-fold. First, you admit you are anxious and that you can’t handle your worry alone. And second, you submit to the fact that only God can handle this level of concern. Hence, your submission to God allows His care to consume your anxieties. This is a process. Your care giving to God is recurring. Over time He helps bring your feeble faith and misguided mind into focus on Him. What started as a burden, He transforms into a blessing. Pain becomes productive.

    You become free to care for others, because you have been freely cared for by Him. Your perspective takes on a heavenly flavor. Do not wait until matters get worse before you off-load your cares on God. Go to God first, because He cares the most. Let bad news travel fast, because He already knows. A carefree attitude is cultivated by resting in an all-caring God. The more you allow Him to care about your worries, the less you have to care. Then you can focus your cares on people and eternal issues. Let God be consumed with your cares, so that you are not. Then you are positioned to care for others.

    You can lead others to your all-caring Christ. Care for them like Jesus. Your care will lead to His care. This is the beauty of the circle of care. You do it right, and they will want your God. You care for others, and they will want the God that cares for you. Keep your caring Christ-centered. You care because He cares. You can care because you have let Him care for you. Keep the circle of care rotating. Do not grow weary of caring. He doesn’t. He cares for you. Therefore, give Him your cares and experience His care. He is your #1 caregiver!

    Taken from Dose 83 in the 90-day devotional book, “Infusion”… http://bit.ly/bQHNIE

  • Faith Versus Fear

    “When I am afraid, I will trust in you. In God, whose word I praise, in God I trust; I will not be afraid. What can mortal man do to me?” Psalm 56:3-4


    Fear is a formidable foe of faith. It lurks about, looking for ways to lead us into distrust of our Lord. Fear is subtle with its sneak attacks on our attitudes and bold in its frontal barrage on our beliefs. Fear always fights back, even when we extinguish it for a time with our total trust in God.  And it doesn’t let up until we get to heaven. Fear is like fire ants.  You can eliminate their unholy mound with a baby powder-like deterrent, but they regroup and rebuild nearby. 

    Trust in the Lord is the terminator of fear, but fear seems to recreate itself with whatever appendage of doubt is left. It grows within the next uncertain circumstance that comes our way. Fear thinks it has us in check on the chessboard of our life, but the truth is that Jesus checkmated fear on the cross. Now it is up to us to appropriate His triumph by trusting in God.

    There are many times when we are in transition from fear to faith. It’s in the transition of trust in God that our cares co-mingle with Christ’s care. There is a holy tension that transpires in our transition into trust. It is in this dawn of trust that light gradually overcomes darkness. Faith dissolves doubts as the sun drives away the mist. Your mind may be a little murky, but you renew your thinking (Romans 12:2) with the truth that God is ever present.

    Your confidence may be crumbling, but you keep your eyes on your Savior. Your prayers may be clumsy, but you still cling to Christ. Your relationships may be reluctant, but you rely on the Lord. Use this transition from fear to faith to grow your mercy and compassion. Indeed, doubting can drive us to God, and it grows us into more patient and humble human beings. It strengthens our trust and makes us hold fast to heaven. Hope trusts in this transition from fear to faith.

    Moreover, mortal man has not made a permanent impression on the saints of God. Immortal and Almighty God is your new insignia. Embedded on the coins of your character is the faith-filled inscription, “In God I Trust.” Followers of Jesus have the eternal seal of their Savior as their newfound identity (Ephesians 4:30). Do not allow the patterns of your old life to feed any fading fears in your new one (Romans 6:6). The fears of your proud past have been replaced with faith, love, and hope in your humble here and now. Faith has banished fear.

    Therefore, you can continually celebrate. Praise points you to Providence. After all, it’s all about Him. This is why faith brings forth praise. When you trust, you can’t help but sing from your soul. Indeed, faith in the Lord facilitates praise and is a product of praise. It is in our praise of God that our fears fade and our faith flourishes. So praise Him, trust Him, and fear no one. No one can take from you what you have already given to Him. Faith is a fear-killer; it overcomes.

    Taken from the February 5th reading in the 365-day devotional book, “Seeking Daily the Heart of God”… http://bit.ly/bQHNIE

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  • Love and Honor

    “Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves.” Romans 12:10


    What does it mean to be devoted in love and to honor another above myself? It is much more than being selfless—I gladly prefer to put another’s needs ahead of my own. Because I hold the relationship in such high esteem, I want them to feel the power of being preferred over my agenda or expectations. In marriage devoted love matters most.

    Husbands who love by engaging their wife’s emotions grow in patience and understanding. The insensitive coldly dismiss and dishonor a loved one’s concerns, but a true lover looks for ways to work things out for their spouse’s benefit. A wife honors her husband when she seeks to know his work world and empathize with his challenges. Only you, with love and honor, can uniquely meet certain God-given needs in your spouse.

    “Like an apple tree among the trees of the forest is my beloved among the young men. I delight to sit in his shade, and his fruit is sweet to my taste. Let him lead me to the banquet hall, and let his banner over me be love.” Song of Songs 2:3-4

    Devotion to one another flows out of our devotion to the Lord. The more we allow Jesus to love us, the more we have capacity to love others. Our heavenly Father waits patiently to hear our hearts and then opens His heart of healing grace, insightful wisdom, caring conviction and patient forgiveness. We honor Him to honor others.

    Is your devotion to the almighty dollar or to Almighty God? Do you honor heaven’s agenda over the ways of the world? Your selfless devotion to family, friends and faith forever marks them with your Master’s fingerprints of love and honor. Therefore, make it your goal to grow your relationships in love, honor and glad service for God. A sense of superiority has no home in relationships—love esteems others above themselves.

    “Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.” Philippians 2:3-4

    How can I love and honor my spouse at their current point of need?

    Related Readings: Proverbs 21:21; Isaiah 43:4; 1 Peter 2:17; 2 Peter 1:17

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  • Leaders of Integrity

    “But select capable men from all the people—men who fear God, trustworthy men who hate dishonest gain—and appoint them as officials over thousands, hundreds, fifties and tens.” Exodus 18:21


    Leaders with integrity are a rare breed within a group of citizens, whose utmost concern is, “What is in it for me?” A selfish society does not always select a leader for their integrity, but for their ability to manipulate a quick fix for chronic problems It is this short sightedness that can set back a generation, because of their leader’s greed and corruption.

    However, men and women of integrity understand the big picture of principled leadership, and they value fear of God, trustworthiness and honest economics. A leader of integrity looks out over the long term, and discovers what is best for the culture, its citizens, churches and families. There is a resolve to do the right things, with the right people, for the right reasons. Leaders of integrity integrate uprightness with their quiet influence.

    “Then the LORD said to Satan, “Have you considered my servant Job? There is no one on earth like him; he is blameless and upright, a man who fears God and shuns evil. And he still maintains his integrity, though you incited me against him to ruin him without any reason.” Job 2:3

    Therefore, select capable men and women who hold Christ and His commands in high esteem, who you can trust to do and say the right things, implemented in the right way. Leaders of integrity surround themselves with leaders of integrity. There is a high standard in their selection of leaders, because they want to represent the people extremely well. Competence and character are valued over loyal but incompetent friends with suspicious standards of behavior. A leader of integrity delegates to capable leaders.

    So, select your leaders in government and church prayerfully, and only after extensive due diligence of their policies, integrity and track record. Blindly betting on one person is a bad process. Instead, select statesmen who will serve the people in the best interests of the country—who surround themselves with the best and the brightest, full of character. Most importantly, choose those who will submit to the accountability of God and man.

    The early church experienced a similar selection process of leaders: “Brothers, choose seven men from among you who are known to be full of the Spirit and wisdom. We will turn this responsibility over to them and will give our attention to prayer and the ministry of the word (Acts 6:3-4)”.

    Who will I select as a leader that is best for my country, my family and my God?

    Related Readings: 1 Kings 9:3-5; Psalm 25:21; 78:72; Mark 12:14; 2 Corinthians 1:12

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