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Daily Devotion

  • Sound Judgment

    Posted on March 15, 2012 by Family Christian

    “My son preserve sound judgment and discernment, do not let them out of your sight; they will be life for you, and an ornament to grace your neck”. Proverbs 3:21-22


    Sound judgment leads to the best decisions, which leads to wise living. It is sound judgment that keeps you from being sucked into the schemes of fools. It is sound judgment that resists spending all now, so you can save for the future. It is sound judgment that does not run ahead of God, but trusts His timing at work and home.

    Sound judgment plans a wise sequence of steps before it invests time and money. What gets us into trouble is when we forget to do what we set out to do in the first place. I often ask myself, ‘Have my motives drifted from their original intent to glorify God?’ If not be careful, instead of preserving sound judgment, I allow it to expire for lack of attention.

    “These are the things you are to do: Speak the truth to each other, and render true and sound judgment in your courts.” Zechariah 8:16

    Therefore, stay focused with both eyes fixed on your Heavenly Father’s eternal wisdom. Do not allow one lazy eye to drift toward the expedient way of the world. It is the Holy Spirit’s discernment within you that keeps you riveted on the truth. So, regularly romance God’s Word, and your affections will remain keenly aware of the Almighty’s agenda. Life for your soul is the fruit of wise focus.

    The Holy Spirit gives you the inner energy to execute His plan with discernment. For example, as you prepare, listen intently to the voices clamoring for your attention and weed out the ones void of humility. Lastly, His grace adorns the actions of those who walk in wisdom and sound judgment. Graciousness governs wise behavior. So, seek the Lord for discernment and insight. Wait on God, for sound judgment rests in a wise and discerning heart.

    “I am your servant; give me discernment that I may understand your statutes” (Psalm 119:125).

    Where do I need to patiently wait on the Holy Spirit’s discernment, so I can wisely apply sound judgment?

    Related Readings: Job 28:12-28; Joshua 1:8; John 15:6-7; Hebrews 2:1-3

    Post/Tweet this today: By faith, stay focused on the eternal and not the expedient way of the world. #faith #focus

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  • Preemptive Physical Care

    Posted on March 14, 2012 by Family Christian

    “Daniel then said to the guard… “Please test your servants for ten days: Give us nothing but vegetables to eat and water to drink… At the end of the ten days they looked healthier and better nourished than any of the young men who ate the royal food. Daniel 1:11a-12, 15


    There is a physical stewardship for every soul saved by Jesus Christ. In the same sensitive way, the spirit of a person is cared for, and their body given proper attention. As age increases with time, it is from a platform of physical care that spiritual opportunities continue. Yes, some are called to physically suffer for Christ’s sake, but the Lord does not want His children to ignorantly neglect their health. Bodies need intentional care.

    Our body is a finely tuned complexity of cells, tissues and organs with Almighty God as the architect. Divine DNA determines the genes, but individuals write their medical history. This is why prayer and modern medicine are a responsible combination. We educate ourselves in what our bodies need to function best in a fallen world. We look to medical experts—learn from them—and ask the Lord for the wisest treatment for us.

    “For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.” Psalm 139:13-14

    Furthermore, prayerfully find a doctor you can trust and confide your fears in. See an internist as your friend and partner in healthy living. Do not be afraid of physical facts that require you to begin healthy habits. It’s better to accept the truth of current health issues than to later discover an ounce of prevention could have saved a pound of cure.

    Like Daniel, be different from the crowd and surround yourself with friends who have the conviction to eat right and exercise. Food and drink, to the extreme, limit your influence for the Lord. But a disciplined lifestyle leans into a routine of allowing past your lips only groceries untainted from man’s toxic preservatives. Your body stays fresh when it is nourished by fresh foods. Slow down, plan healthy meals and see how much better you feel.

    You are wise not to wait for disease to attack before you change. It is easier to take wise measures now, before it’s much too late later. So, schedule your annual physical, write out your menu for the week, increase your grocery budget, eat out less and learn to see your health as a stewardship. Jesus expects you to love Him with your body and soul!

    “And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment.” Mark 12:30, KJV

    Lord how would you have me take care of the body you have given me for Your glory?

    Related Readings: Deuteronomy 8:16; Leviticus 25:7; Galatians 2:20; Ephesians 5:29

    Post/Tweet this today: Your body stays fresh when it is nourished by fresh foods. #food #healthy #body

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  • Depend on God

    Posted on March 13, 2012 by Family Christian

    “I am the vine you are the branches. If a man remains in me, and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.” John 15:5


    What does it mean to depend on God, and do I practice dependency daily? It is faith and confidence in Christ, but sometimes it is a struggle to see, because dependence is deployed from our soul and spirit. It seems easier to depend on the Lord when disease deteriorates the body, than when anger allies with my attitude. Dependence on God means we need Him, and we understand that without Him we are unable to accomplish anything of Kingdom significance.

    Reliance on Jesus is the door to faithful and fruitful living. It means we are transformed by what the Lord says and thinks; therefore we can depend on Him for wisdom and insight. Perhaps, He will guide you over the next year to pay down debt, decrease spending, and increase saving and giving. Indeed, we can depend on Him for the fruit of frugality and generosity. Dependence on the Lord deepens your determination.

    “This is what the LORD says: “Cursed are those who trust in mortals, who depend on flesh for their strength and whose hearts turn away from the LORD.” Jeremiah 17:5

    Moreover, another reason you depend on the Lord is because you feel the pressure of others depending on you. You can crumble under the expectations of people, unless you have the inner strength of your Savior to sustain you. Like a branch draws sap from the vine for sustenance, so He energizes you for sustainability. Dependence is a continual connection to Christ that results in a harvest of holiness.

    Pride is purged away, and humility grows in its place. Fear is purged away, and faith grows in its place. Anger is purged away, and forgiveness grows in its place. Lust is purged away, and love grows in its place. We depend on God because we are desperate and detached without Him. Jesus is our source of strength and our hope in hard times.

    Dependence starts by acknowledging Almighty God as the owner of everything, and the controller of every circumstance. Nothing is impossible with God, and everything is within His reach. Your part is to trust and obey, and His part is to do the rest. Dependency depends on Him working in and through you.

    “For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them” (Ephesians 2:10, NKJV).

    What area of my life do I need to surrender in complete dependence on Christ?

    Related Readings: 2 Kings 18:22; Psalm 62:7 Romans 9:16; Galatians 3:18

    Post/Tweet this today: Reliance on Jesus is the door to faithful and fruitful living. #reliance #trust

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  • Public Affirmation-Private Correction

    Posted on March 12, 2012 by Family Christian

    “The words of the reckless pierce like swords, but the tongue of the wise brings healing.” Proverbs 12:18


    Men and women alike feel encouraged by public affirmation and respected by private correction. Men especially have needs facilitated by their egos that are sensitive to these two scenarios. In fact, a husband who is publically corrected by his spouse can feel angry and ashamed. Thus, wise is the woman who builds him up and trusts God to keep him humble. Her words of affirmation are an assurance of love, affection and respect.

    We all respond much better to words delivered with respect in a relational way. It’s when our hearts hurt that we lose perspective and sometimes unknowingly tear down someone dear to us. Healing comes from being known and loved, not from dishonor and shame. So, we are wise to offer love and forgiveness in the form of public affirmation and private correction with those we deeply care about. Love seeks to understand a beloved’s needs.

    “Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.” Ephesians 4:29

    What is your process for processing your emotional needs? Are you able to verbalize what you are feeling, so that your spouse can better support you? One way to grow in your communication skills is to become a student of your spouse’s needs. What do they value? Their top three God-given needs may be security, attention and comfort—or they may thrive on affection, encouragement and respect. Love listens to and speaks another’s love language.

    “Then Nathan said to David, “You are the man!” 2 Samuel 12:7a

    Above all, look to the Lord for eternal encouragement that is able to triumph over earthly disappointments. Like Nathan privately illustrated to David in caring correction, the Lord, with divinely inspired compassion, lovingly rebukes your unrighteous attitudes and actions. The Spirit quietly seeks to set you straight, so that your public steps are on the straight and narrow path of humble obedience. What God builds up no man can tear down.

    “I will set my eyes upon them for good. I will build them up, and not tear them down; I will plant them, and not pluck them up.” Jeremiah 24:6

    Who do I need to privately confront in love and publicly affirm them with respect?

    Related Readings: Isaiah 57:14; Jeremiah 22:13; Acts 20:32; Ephesians 4:16

    Post/Tweet this today: Love listens to and speaks another’s love language. #love #relationships

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  • Distractions Divide

    Posted on March 11, 2012 by Family Christian

    “As Saul and his forces were closing in on David and his men to capture them, a messenger came to Saul, saying, ‘Come quickly! The Philistines are raiding the land.’ Then Saul broke off his pursuit of David and went to meet the Philistines. This is why they call this place Sela Hammahlekoth.” I Samuel 23:26b-28


    Distractions—good or bad—can get you off track. This is the nature of a distraction. It causes you to become double minded. You are unable to give full attention to the matter at hand, and thus you water down your effectiveness. It may be a personal or a professional distraction that currently has you preoccupied.

    Personally, it may be a relationship that is sucking an inordinate amount of time and energy. Is it really worth it? The hours of “high maintenance” relational care may mean that it’s not meant to be. The attention to this individual has become laborious and highly intense. Without any relief in sight, it may be time to walk away for a season. Let it rest until there can be more normalcy to the relationship.

    For example, a person’s drug, alcohol or sexual addiction needs professional attention. Your tolerance is only enabling their bad behavior. They are distracting you from being the parent or the spouse God intended you to be. Their destructive behavior requires tough love. Otherwise, you may lose everything in the process. Do not allow someone’s premeditated distraction to lead your family into destruction. It may be time for bold intervention.

    On the other hand, you may be experiencing a professional distraction. The mission of your organization may be compromised because of your well-meaning activities outside the scope of your job description. Do an audit of your time and energy. Be honest with yourself. Either cease feeding your distractions by aligning your personal and professional missions, or choose to jeopardize the integrity and success of both initiatives.

    Indeed, our worst outcome from distractions is the neglect of our time with our heavenly Father. He deserves our full attention and focus. If life has become too busy for God, then we are too busy. Nothing is important enough to distract us from having time with the Lord. It may even be that your service for God has become a distraction. Ironically, you cannot spend time with God, because you are serving God. This is a great deception.

    Service for God, which substitutes activity for your time with God, is a distraction of the worst kind. You drift into a performance-based relationship with your heavenly Father, which is full of pressure and missed expectations. You are distracted by doing and have no margin for being. You are unable to know Him because you are too busy working for Him. It may be time to modify your doing so that you can take time for being.

    Be loved by God. Be accepted by God. Be encouraged by God. Be led by God.
    A distracted life is susceptible to imbalance. Remove those “good” distractions, and replace them with intimacy with God. He will make up for any lost time and accomplish even more in your absence. Distractions can divide us from our Maker. Therefore, defuse distractions before they arrive. Then you are in a position to be united with your Lord. By His grace, push back on distraction’s pull!

    Taken from Dose 88 in the 90-day devotional book, “Infusion”… http://bit.ly/bQHNIE

    Post/Tweet this today: Avoid your service for God, replacing your time with God. #service #prayer

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  • Hopeful Waiting

    Posted on March 10, 2012 by Family Christian

    “But as for me, I watch in hope for the LORD, I wait for my Savior; my God will hear me.” Micah 7:7


    Hope allows you to wait patiently on the Lord. It is hope in Him that is heaven’s guarantee of grace. Because of the things that are out of your control, it is wise to practice hopeful waiting. Otherwise, you will live in frustration and fear over matters you cannot mandate or manipulate. This is where hopeful waiting pays great dividends. You choose to hope in Christ rather than place your trust in ever-changing circumstances.

    This is a wise bet. If, however, your hope is in an organization or institution, all bets are off. Both can and will fail to meet your expectations, but hopeful waiting trumps the company’s broken promises. It gets you to place your trust and hope in God’s provision rather than in the corporation’s ever-changing commitments.
    The same can be said of what we should expect from people They can be fickle and undependable. Indeed, some people hurry away when things get tough. They make excuses or excuse themselves from responsibilities. Difficult times raise up heroes and bring down imposters. Therefore, patient people learn hopeful waiting in their dealings with others. They wait on people, not in a naïve and irresponsible way, but in a way that honors them and Christ.

    They are hopeful while waiting for him or her to follow through with their original commitment. If there is no progress on their part, then there are consequences to their concessions. If there is a pattern of non-productive living and working, then hopeful waiting is trumped by wise stewardship. You always wait on the Lord, but as you wait, be an excellent steward of His resources. Waiting does not mean wasting. As did the faithful manager, you work wisely while you wait on your Master (Matthew 25:15-28).
    Wait on Him and hope in Him, for this is a wise sequence of activity and thinking. God is not going anywhere without you (Deuteronomy 31:6). Circumstances change and people leave, but He is still there for you to trust and obey. There is no need to run away and hide, for God has revealed Himself just for you. His wisdom is there for the asking. Your Savior gives you stability because a firm footing is found by faithfully waiting on Him in hope. Do not be shaken. Stay put until He tells you differently.

    All hell may break loose around you, but heaven is still in control within you. Allow the Holy Spirit to lead you even while people swirl out of control. God is listening, so speak to Him often in prayer. It may be difficult to get an audience with your adversary, but you can always meet with your Savior. So go to Him quickly. This is what hope does. It depends on Christ. He will come through, as He has in the past.

    You can wait hopefully in Him because He fulfills His promises with pleasure. Be patient and hopeful as you wait on Him. He will do what He originally set out to accomplish. Trust Him with this and do not be overwhelmed by inactivity. His hope is certain and true. Therefore, remain faithful to the One who is most trustworthy. Wait on Him and hope in Him, for this prayerful sequence with your Savior is security indeed. Watch, wait, and hope, for He hears your heart and feels your pain.

    Taken from March 12th reading in the 365-day devotional book, “Seeking Daily the Heart of God”… http://bit.ly/bQHNIE

    Post/Tweet this today: Waiting does not mean wasting time. #waiting #patience

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  • Gift of Wisdom

    Posted on March 9, 2012 by Family Christian


    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 readers (currently-73,335) globally and in the U.S. of the daily devotional.

    Testimony (click here for more: http://bit.ly/ggJzWk) Wow. What a well said and thought out message. And true, we are all put here to glorify God and spread the good news of the gospel. We are living testimonies, however, it is easy to lose sight of that when we or our loved ones are going through tragedies such as illness and death but God, Meachta… “Illness is Painful” devo: http://bit.ly/An5xRw

    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
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    • Increase eBook and book sales to 25,000 units

    Total financial costs for 2012- $225,000 / given year-to-date: $49,750

    If you have been a regular reader for six months or longer, please prayerfully join us 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’s help most, start at $2) by clicking http://bit.ly/fPxiWr or mail your check to:

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    “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).

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  • Honorable Wealth

    Posted on March 8, 2012 by Family Christian

    “Honor the Lord with your wealth, with the firstfruits of all your crops; then your barns will be filled to overflowing, and your vats will brim over with new wine.” Proverbs 3:9-10


    Why do we honor the Lord with our wealth? We honor Him because He is the giver of all good things, the author of our abundance. As our estate grows so should the honor of our Heavenly Father. Otherwise, we are tempted to take credit for our success, and honor ourselves. The Bible says, “You may say in your heart, ‘My power and the strength of my hand made me this wealth” (Deuteronomy 8:17).

    In some seasons our net worth decreases, and we are reminded that Christ controls cash flow. Wealth is not an end in itself, but the means to a greater goal of honoring God. Peace and contentment flow from wealth that honors the Lord, while fear and insecurity consumes the heart that honors itself. The Bible says, “If riches increase, do not set your heart upon them” (Psalm 62:10b).

    So, how do you honor the Lord with your wealth? One way is to remain faithful and give Him the firstfruits of your fortune. Small or large as it may be, His primary concern is your faithfulness to give. You give out of obedience not abundance. People see Christ when you keep your cash commitments, especially when it costs you. This is honorable in heaven and on earth. Give to your church, the poor and needy, widows, orphans, family and ministries who align with your passions.

    The results of your generous giving in the middle of downward financial pressures will be an upward blessing to you and the recipients. Your honorable use of wealth for Jesus’ sake may mean food, clothing, shelter and medical supplies for a village, or Bibles translated into the foreign tongue of a remote people half way around the world. The best time to aggressively give is when the need is the greatest. You take care of honoring Christ with generous giving, and He will take care of you. What you give now, you still have in abundance later.

    “And you will be blessed, since they do not have the means to repay you; for you will be repaid at the resurrection of the righteous” (Luke 14:14, NASB).

    How can I be honorable, and remain faithful to my financial commitments to Christ?

    Related Readings: Deuteronomy 26:2-15; Luke 12:18-24; I Corinthians 15:20; Philippians 4:17-18

    Post/Tweet this today: What you give now, you have in abundant blessings later. #money #honor

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  • Comparisons Crazy Cycle

    Posted on March 7, 2012 by Family Christian

    “When Peter saw him, he asked, “Lord, what about him?” Jesus answered, “If I want him to remain alive until I return, what is that to you? You must follow me.” John 21:21-22


    No one wins when comparison is the criteria for being valued. If people are the plumb line for a sense of success—then there are always those who are smarter, prettier and richer. An unrealistic appraisal of others feeds a feeling of failure. On the other hand, pride puffs up with a subtle notion of superiority when it looks to others as a standard for living. Jesus smiles and says, “What is that to you?” Comparison is not a win for anyone.

    Yes, we can be inspired and instructed by a life that seeks to emulate the Lord, but we are not to idolize any individual. Of course we are wise to learn from the mistakes of others, but not with a secret delight that believes we look better, when the unfortunate look bad. Our discontent is compounded under the demanding nature of comparison. We cannot enjoy what we have for the allure of what we don’t have. Comparison kills contentment.

    “And I saw that all toil and all achievement spring from one person’s envy of another. This too is meaningless, a chasing after the wind.” Ecclesiastes 4:4

    However, a heart that is focused on following hard after Christ has no room for looking to others for affirmation of worth. Our heavenly Father does not have favorites among His children—He loves them all the same. What God expects is for us to be faithful with the gifts and opportunities He has given us. Jesus whispers, “You have all you need in Me.” The Lord is enough for a surrendered life. His grace is an extension of His blessings.

    Therefore, look to Christ alone for your sense of worth. He loves you for who you are: His precious child created in His image. He loves your looks, your smile, and He is attracted to your tender heart. He is proud of your ability to relate well to people and your desire to grow in grace. He affirms your vocation that brings Him glory by your excellent work. So, ask what Jesus thinks of you, and then rest in His caring confirmation.

    “We do not dare to classify or compare ourselves with some who commend themselves. When they measure themselves by themselves and compare themselves with themselves, they are not wise.” 2 Corinthians 10:12

    Where do I need to stop comparing and start receiving Christ’s caring commendations?

    Related Readings: Proverbs 8:11; Ecclesiastes 4:5-6; Romans 12:15; James 3:14-16

    Post/Tweet this today: Comparison kills contentment. #comparison #contentment

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  • Disciplined Disciple

    Posted on March 6, 2012 by Family Christian

    “Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training.”  I Corinthians 9:25


    Discipline is a prerequisite for a disciple of Jesus Christ. A wise disciplined person knows how to stay focused on the most important, and trusts other urgent matters will take care of themselves in the right time. Paul uses the illustration of athletic training to motivate us to discipline. A compelling motivation for the athlete is the reward at the end.

    The reward at the finish line makes worthwhile the sometimes painful workout process and regimented routine. This is why we memorize scripture now, for wisdom later. We exercise now, for energy later. We rise early now in prayer, for peace later. We give generously now, for rewards later. Discipline in the now creates benefits for the future.

    “Since an overseer manages God’s household, he must be blameless—not overbearing, not quick-tempered, not given to drunkenness, not violent, not pursuing dishonest gain. Rather, he must be hospitable, one who loves what is good, who is self-controlled, upright, holy and disciplined.” Titus 1:7-8

    Discipline becomes a habit of life when there are clearly defined goals and steps to achieve them. Discipline provides laser beam focus through structure and accountability. However, it is not all altruistic, there is progress and fruit along the way to enjoy. You feed discipline when you are able to enjoy its fruit with like-minded friends.

    Disciplined people make discipline infectious. Surround yourself with people of discipline and you will become better disciplined. A parent, friend, mentor, teacher and other role models can coach and encourage you through a disciplined process. Disciples are disciplined and people who are disciplined can be effective disciples of Jesus Christ.

    “For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love and of self-discipline” (2 Timothy 1:7).

    What areas of my life can I apply discipline to better reflect being a disciple of Christ?

    Related Readings: Deuteronomy 29:6; Proverbs 25:16; 2 Corinthians 5:14

    Post/Tweet this today: Maturing disciples create habits of spiritual disciplines. #disciple #discipline

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