Pray for the peace of Jerusalem

August 3, 2010

Be Still . . .
Devotionals for Daily Living
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Pray for the peace of Jerusalem:
“May those who love you be secure.
May there be peace within your walls
and security within your citadels.”
For the sake of my brothers and friends,
I will say, “Peace be within you.”
For the sake of the house of the LORD our God,
I will seek your prosperity.
(Psalms 122:6-9 (NIV))

Jerusalem is the focal point of all Biblical history; past, present and future. God has used this city for all of His important events. Satan has used this city for all of his copied events. God gave the world the “Chosen People” of Israel through this location. Satan has taken the Arab nations and made them to be a thorn in the side of Israel through this location.

Do not get me wrong, the Arab nations are not the enemy. The enemy is the powers and principalities that have ruled over them since their inception.

God has given us grace and salvation through the actions that have taken place in this city. Satan has attempted to circumvent these actions by creating false religions in this city. Jerusalem is central to the world and how God is drawing history to His desired results. No other city in the world stirs up so much controversy or emotion as Jerusalem does. It is the central focal point of three world religions; Judaism, Christianity, and Islam.

God has always used the most un-obvious for His works. There are greater cities in the eyes of the world. There are bigger cities. There are more modern cities. Jerusalem, itself, is only a small city in comparison to the world, but it is the most important city in the world according to God’s plan. We need to pray for the peace of Jerusalem, but we must also keep in mind that the true peace that this refers to will not happen until Jesus has returned to this earth after the seven years of tribulation in which the Anti-Christ rules the world.

No one knows the day or the hour that God will swing His final plan into action, but we can watch and pray for Jerusalem, knowing that this city and its inhabitants will be the focal point of the world.

Copyright 1998 – 2010 Dennis J. Smock
Daily Living Ministries, Inc.
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Accepting perfection

August 2, 2010

Be Still . . .
Devotionals for Daily Living
 ©

As for God, his way is perfect; the word of the Lord is flawless. He is a shield for all who take refuge in him.
(Psalms 18:30 (NIV))

Can you think of anything in this world that is perfect? Is there anything that has not been touched by the consequences of sin and death? If we take a close look at this thought process, then we can unequivocally state that, since the fall from grace in the Garden of Eden, it has become the natural order for things to degrade and devolve and not evolve.

Why is this? If God is perfect, how can the world be full of imperfection? How can a perfect Creator create something that is imperfect?

God did not create the world in imperfection. He created the world in perfection and gave us free will to choose our own course of action. He did this so that those who seek Him would seek Him out of an honest desire and not out of a “pre-programmed” response. God has a plan. His plan takes into consideration the fact that we have a free will. It also takes into consideration that He will seek to call each of us to Him so that we will turn to Him out of our free will.

Through this plan, God has given us His Son, Jesus Christ as an atoning sacrifice who bridges the gap between ourselves in our sin and the righteousness of God. Again, God allows us free will in whether we accept this plan. Some people feel that they do not need this plan. Others feel that it is too simple and will not work for them. There is a design philosophy that states that less is more. In essence, the simpler things actually take more time to develop and refine in order to get to the point where it is simple.

We do not have to work for salvation. We do not have to suffer for our sins. We do not need to find our own way to salvation, for our salvation has found its way to us. All we have to do is accept the perfect way that God has provided and earnestly take refuge in it.

Have you accepted God’s perfection through Jesus?

Copyright 1998 – 2010 Dennis J. Smock
Daily Living Ministries, Inc.
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