Is the return of Jesus your biggest hope or biggest fear?

May 12, 2015

Be Still . . .
Devotionals for Daily Living
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Behold, I am coming soon! My reward is with me, and I will give to everyone according to what he has done.
(Revelation 22:12 (NIV))

This either is a blessed hope or a cause of extreme fear. How you look upon it is how you look upon Jesus Christ.

Even though these words speak of His return to bind Satan and judge those left on the earth or who have died without accepting Him, it is still a cause of fear or denial for many. True followers of Jesus will not have to face the judgement that He will dish out. Their judgement has been one of complete pardon by accepting Jesus Christ as their personal Lord and Savior. All others who will face the judgement will have no where to turn to escape the consequences of what they have done in their lives, “for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23).

Knowing that no one has lead a perfect, sinless life, how do you want to be judged? Do you have the hope and assurance of a complete pardon or do you have the fear of damnation?

Copyright 1998 – 2015 Dennis J. Smock
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There is a final sentence that we all must face!

May 13, 2014

Be Still . . .
Devotionals for Daily Living
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Because the sentence against an evil deed is not executed quickly, therefore the hearts of the sons of men among them are given fully to do evil.
(Ecclesiastes 8:11 (NAS))

There is much more truth to this than most people would like to admit. Even those who fully profess to believe in God and follow His Laws and claim Jesus Christ as their personal Lord and Savior are prone to do things because no one will find out.

Has humanity sunk to the point where we are afraid of nothing because we no longer have to even consider facing punishment for our deeds?

There is a final sentence that we all must face. There is a judgement that no one can escape. We must all stand before God and have our lives examined in detail. God will expose all of our sins and condemn us for our actions. No one is exempt from this judgement. There is a bright ray of hope in all of this. His name is Jesus Christ.

Calling upon the name of Jesus Christ as your personal Lord and Savior pays for the best legal counsel that anyone could ever have. We will still stand accused and rightly so. The only difference is that we will have Jesus Christ as our defense. He will claim us as His own and by His stripes we will be healed of our transgressions.

Those who do not have Jesus at their side will suffer the full consequences of their sins.

Copyright 1998 – 2014 Dennis J. Smock
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What is your reaction?

July 6, 2012

Be Still . . .
Devotionals for Daily Living
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She caught him by his cloak and said, “Come to bed with me!” But he left his cloak in her hand and ran out of the house.
(Genesis 39:12 (NIV))

I think that we are all familiar with the story of Joseph in Potiphar’s house. How many of us would put forth such an effort to escape from the presence of sin?

Today’s society puts forth a belief system that truth is relative and that if two people consent to something, then it cannot be wrong. We, as the church, must stand firm in our faith just as Joseph stood firm in his. He knew how God called each of us to live and Joseph had made a commitment to stay true to that calling. Even when sin presented itself in such a way that he probably would never have gotten caught, Joseph knew that it was wrong. He wasted no time in removing himself from the situation. He was more concerned about doing what was right in the eyes of God than he was about the immediate gratification.

Are we like Joseph?

Would we run from sin? Would we leave all modesty behind us because it is the lesser of the options? In other words, are we willing to humiliate ourselves in the eyes of the world because we desire to remain sin free in the eyes of God?

When confronted with the opportunity to sin, what is your reaction? Do you think to yourself that no one will ever know, or do you stand firm in your faith regardless of the consequences?

Copyright 1998 – 2012 Dennis J. Smock
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Grace is not a license to sin

January 27, 2011

Be Still . . .
Devotionals for Daily Living
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For certain men whose condemnation was written about long ago have secretly slipped in among you. They are godless men, who change the grace of our God into a license for immorality and deny Jesus Christ our only Sovereign and Lord.
(Jude 1:4 (NIV))

Be very careful what teachings you follow. The enemy has followers who have even claimed to be followers of Jesus so that they can spread division and lies within the Body of Christ.

Test everything against the Word of God for His Word never changes. What was once considered sin is still a sin in the eyes of God. Contrary to what some may teach, God’s love and mercy does not mean that you can commit any sin and then be saved. Grace is a forgiveness of the sins that have been committed in the past. It is not a license to sin indefinitely.

When we accept the grace and mercy freely given to us through the sacrifice that Jesus made at the cross, we make a commitment to repent and turn away from our sin. That is the path that God intended. Nothing in the teaching of Jesus indicates that we can continue to sin and still follow Him.

Jesus straightened up and asked her, “Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?”
“No one, sir,” she said.
“Then neither do I condemn you,” Jesus declared. “Go now and leave your life of sin.”
(John 8:10-11 (NIV))

Don’t fall for the false teachings of those that are spoken of in Jude. Keep your eyes focused on Jesus. He did not suffer and die on the cross so that you can continue to sin. He died to free us from that sin.

God’s grace is a grace to escape from sin, and not a license to continue to sin.

Copyright 1998 – 2010 Dennis J. Smock
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