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SAGACITY AND SCRIPTURE (86)

     Most parents are concerned about their children’s welfare as they grow up. They want them to become socially successful, physically attractive, healthy, and outstanding scholastically and athletically. Christian parents are especially concerned about their children’s spiritual growth and maturity knowing that the real reward of success is eternal salvation. The most you can do is to encourage your child(ren) to live a dedicated Christian life which will lead to greater happiness on earth and a home in heaven. Take a moment and read Mt. 16:26. With sagacity, make the application to your life!

 

 

 

SAGACITY AND SCRIPTURE (87)

     Hate is destructive. If you hate someone you become unhappy every time you think of them. They may not even be concerned about your dislike for them. You are the only one who is miserable because you have hate in your heart. Christian people who put God first in their lives, are told to eliminate hate by asking God for forgiveness and requesting His help in changing that hate into Christian love. Take a minute and read Matthew 5:44. Hate always brings misery. Love brings happiness. Don’t waste any more of your valuable time in hating someone—you are the only one getting hurt! With sagacity, make the application to your life!

 

 

 

SAGACITY AND SCRIPTURE (88)

     The Christian has nothing to fear in growing old. Probably no single desire or wish is more cherished than that of being able to live a carefree, happy life many years beyond the normal life span. Many people upon reaching old age would gladly give all they have to be young again. The greatest miracle of all times is that this wish can come true! The God that made the world and everything in it has promised that when this life is over, Jesus will lead His people into a land of exquisite beauty and supreme delight which they can enjoy forever! Read 1Jn. 2:25. With sagacity, make the application to your life!

 

 

 

SAGACITY AND SCRIPTURE (89)

     God loves you more than you may think. God made man superior to all His creation, even the angels. He gave us eyes to enjoy His handiwork; hands to work with His world; a mind that can think and reason, the ability to love and be loved; and the ability to choose between right and wrong. He even gave knowledge of Himself to mankind through the Bible. And above all, He gave Jesus Christ to the world that everyone might be saved. With all of this in mind, doesn’t God deserve the very best from us? Should we not live as He has directed in the world He has provided for us? I think so! With sagacity, make the application to your life!

 

 

 

SAGACITY AND SCRIPTURE (90)

     This week many are going back to school. No doubt parents and guardians spent a lot of money getting their kids ready for class. And while this is a good thing, I wonder how much time and effort parents will expend in taking their children to Bible school. Since the Bible is the greatest book a person can know, it is a shame to see so many put a heavy emphasis on secular learning and ignore spiritual pursuits through the knowledge of the Bible. Let me encourage you to attend Sunday school and get to know Jesus through the Bible. With sagacity, make the application to your life!

 

 

 

SAGACITY AND SCRIPTURE (91)

     Without faith it is impossible to please God. That is the testimony of Hebrews 11:6. To be pleasing to God means being full of faith. One part of that faith is simply believing that God exists. It is an intellectual acknowledgement of His presence. Another part is much more difficult, and that part is to put your trust in Him as your provider and guide. Since no one can “prove” the existence of God, He must be approached and served by faith. So if you believe God exists that is good! But you are ready to take the next step — putting your life in His care and keeping. With sagacity, make the application to your life!

 

 

 

SAGACITY AND SCRIPTURE (92)

     Repentance may not be a word you hear very often. It is used mostly in religious circles to talk about a lifestyle change that is necessary for salvation. Jesus said that unless a person repents they will perish (Luke 13:3,5). To repent means to turn, and when a person repents of sin, they turn away from an ungodly way of life, to that which God rewards. Repentance is difficult because it demands a change from the inside out—a complete overhaul of thinking and lifestyle. But to those who do it, they find blessings, forgiveness, and peace of mind. With sagacity, make the application to your life!

 

 

 

SAGACITY AND SCRIPTURE (93)

     Confession is to be made unto salvation (Rom. 10:9,10). A person must confess their faith in Jesus Christ as the Son of God to be saved (Mt. 10:32,33). This confession must be heart-felt; mere lip service is not acceptable. One must back up their confession with the appropriate actions for that confession to be worth anything. Jesus said not to call Him Lord and not do the things He says (Mt. 7:21). If you are ready to confess the name of Christ that is a good thing, but before you do remember that the good confession is not good if it is not accompanied by works. With sagacity, make the application to your life!

 

 

 

SAGACITY AND SCRIPTURE (94)

     Baptism has been debated over the years. Some believe that it is necessary for salvation, others believe it is a good thing to do for all who truly want to be pleasing to God, and others believe it is not necessary at all. So what is a person to think about being baptized? Let me encourage you not to take man’s word for it, but see what Jesus and His apostles said about baptism. Search out, think through, and pray over these scriptures; Mk. 16:16; Ac. 2:38; 22:16; 1Cor. 12:13; 1Pet. 3:21. With sagacity, make the application to your life!

 

 

 

SAGACITY AND SCRIPTURE (95)

     Too many people become Christians and for whatever ‘reason’ they give up on trying to live a faithful life. One cannot become a child of God, reject the life Christ wants them to live, and hope to retain their salvation (Mt. 26:15). Patience, endurance, and faithfulness are necessary components to becoming what God wants us to become. Satan will do whatever he can to discourage people from living a faithful Christian life. But it is possible to overcome all the trials and troubles of life. Think through 1Cor. 10:12,13 and Rev. 2:10. With sagacity, make the application to your life!

 

 

 

SAGACITY AND SCRIPTURE (96)

     Have you heard someone say, “I tried that once and it didn’t work.” Sometimes people say that about religion. They have tried to live the Christian life, failed in one way or another, and have given up. If you fit into this category I have good news! God hasn’t given up on you. You can try again! And just maybe with the right encouragement from fellow Christians you can make it this time. Don’t allow a setback or two to become spiritual failure! God has blessed you with another day and opportunity to get your life right. Come back to Christ and the church for which He died. With sagacity, make the application to your life!

 

 

 

SAGACITY AND SCRIPTURE (97)

     The old song says, “Heaven will be worth it all.” How true that is. To miss the eternal blessings and glories of heaven is to miss the greatest of all things. Jesus left the earth to go and prepare a place for His people (Jn. 14:1-3). He wants to save as many as possible and there is plenty of room for all who want to go. Don’t allow the temptations of the world cloud your thinking. There is nothing the world has to offer that is better than the blessings of heaven. Sin takes you where you don’t want to go, keeps you longer than you want to stay, and makes you pay more than you ever thought you would. With sagacity, make the application to your life!