Have you found favor with God?

April 2, 2013

Be Still . . .
Devotionals for Daily Living
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The angel said to Mary, ‘Do not be afraid, you have found favor with God. You will be with child and give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David, and he will reign over the house of Jacob forever; his kingdom will never end.’
(Luke 1:30-33 (NIV))

Can you imagine how Mary must have felt when she heard the words “You have found favor with God?” Take a moment to thing about these word. Too many people simply read them without realizing the ramifications of their meaning.

All throughout the history of man since the creation, we do not hear these words any other time where they are spoken to a person. We read of people asking God to show favor to them, but we do not read of it going from God. Mary was truly blessed to have been chosen to be the mother of Jesus, yet, it appears from these words that she was blessed in many other ways before this. She was also a blessing, for it is difficult to be blessed without sharing that blessing with others.

When you find favor with God, you are doing His Will in your life. You are honest, righteous and Godly in all manner of situations. You do not sway with the wind, but are steadfast in your faith and in your fulfillment of your faith. Nothing can make you swerve from your destination. You are, as Paul wrote, a runner in a race. A runner who has a focus.

Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.
(Hebrews 12:2(NIV))

Have you found favor with God?

Copyright 1998 – 2013 Dennis J. Smock
Daily Living Ministries, Inc.
http://www.dailylivingministries.org
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What is the condition of your heart and spirit?

February 13, 2013

Be Still . . .
Devotionals for Daily Living
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Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.
(Psalms 51:10 (KJV))

Is that your desire? Do you wish for God to create a clean heart within you? Do you long for the things that are of God, or do you only pay “lip service” to God and do whatever you want to the rest of the time.

Acknowledging God does not make you righteous. Acknowledging that Jesus is the only begotten Son of God does not make you a Christian. Satan and his legions acknowledge both of these facts, yet, they continue to do whatever they desire in their sinful, arrogant and prideful hearts. You could even say that they have dirty hearts, for they do exactly opposite of what God desires. Their spirits are evil and bad.

Take a look at yourself. Do you follow after God in all things? Do you desire what God desires? What is the condition of your heart and spirit?

Copyright 1998 – 2013 Dennis J. Smock
Daily Living Ministries, Inc.
http://www.dailylivingministries.org
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