Christmas is the time we remember that God sent us hope!

December 11, 2014

Be Still . . .
Devotionals for Daily Living

Why are you downcast, O my soul? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Savior and my God.
(Psalms 42:11 (NIV))

Even when it looks like the world is going to win, look again. God is with us.

What, then, shall we say in response to this? If God is for us, who can be against us?
(Romans 8:31)

If we follow after God’s own heart, then God will not dessert us. He is our hope. Through Him we shall overcome. The world may appear to win as we judge things according to the world, but take heart, God IS in control. Knowing this, we must not stop praising God for what He has done and for what He is going to do.

For no matter how many promises God has made, they are “Yes” in Christ. And so through him the “Amen” is spoken by us to the glory of God.
(2 Corinthians 1:20)

Do you still have hope?

Christmas is the time we remember that God sent us hope!

Copyright 1998 – 2014 Dennis J. Smock
Daily Living Ministries, Inc.
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Stay firmly rooted in God’s Word

January 16, 2013

Be Still . . .
Devotionals for Daily Living

He also forced everyone, small and great, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on his right hand or on his forehead, so that no one could buy or sell unless he had the mark, which is the name of the beast or the number of his name.
(Revelation 13:16-17 (NIV))

Control . . . and on a global scale.

In order for this to happen, several things must occur. The most important one with respect to this prophecy being able to happen is the adoption of a global currency or a global banking system. It is so much easier to control things when everyone is forced to use the very same thing. Something was pointed out to me that made me stop in my tracks. It sent chills up my spine. It was a news article that reported the world’s top financial experts are urging the adoption of a global standard for currency. Their reasoning is that it would help to overcome the economic issues that the world is facing if everyone was on the same standard.

Think about what is being proposed. If we were told that our national identity was going to be taken and replaced with a global identity, would we accept it? I don’t think that we would. If we were told that Satan’s master plan would come closer to being fulfilled if we went to a global currency, would we allow it to happen? I honestly pray that we wouldn’t.

Satan is the father of lies. He is maneuvering to have humanity do exactly what is told of in Revelation.

Watch the things of this world closely, for many lies are being told and many are believing them as truth. History is being re-written. God’s Word is being ridiculed. Israel is being accused of war crimes for defending themselves. Our own government is about to do something in the guise of making people safer that will actually pave the way for great confrontations. Nothing can be taken at face value.

Deception is the key to what is currently unfolding. Stay firmly rooted in God’s Word. Study so that you may know what the events in the world actually mean. Test everything by God’s Word. Do not accept anything espoused by man as the truth. Only God’s Word is true.

Don’t fall into the traps that are being laid. Keep your eyes focused on Jesus.

Copyright 1998 – 2013 Dennis J. Smock
Daily Living Ministries, Inc.
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Fear or Faith

February 22, 2012

Be Still . . .
Devotionals for Daily Living

For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for me will find it.
(Matthew 16:25 (NIV))

This is difficult for many people to grasp the meaning of. It probably ranks right up there with the old saying, “If you love something, set it free.” Perhaps it is even the same principle that applies to both.

Think about this. If we love something to the point that we cling to it, then do we truly love it? When we cling to something, it is because we are afraid of losing it. Are you afraid of losing your life? Were you ever afraid of losing a special girlfriend or boyfriend? This isn’t love. It is a desire to be in control. We long to keep something around us because we are afraid of what our circumstances would be like without it.

The biggest evidence of this is how we treat our lives. We say that we love Jesus and that we trust Him as our Lord and Savior, but how many of us would cower in fear if we thought that we could lose our lives? Which do we love more, Jesus and the uncertainty that faith requires us to overcome, or our lives which are tangible in our eyes?

We must learn to look at everything from God’s perspective and not from our fear. Fear can cause tremendous loss. It can keep us from giving our lives to Jesus. It can keep us from letting God take control because we want to be in control.

It is a simple matter of fear or faith. Which do you want to live by?

Copyright 1998 – 2012 Dennis J. Smock
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