Is your heart free?

April 11, 2012

Be Still . . .
Devotionals for Daily Living
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He guides me in paths of righteousness
for his name’s sake.
(Psalms 23:3b (NIV))

Is this your proclamation?

Do you allow God to guide you and to set your feet upon the path that He desires for you to walk?

If you are like everyone else, human nature takes over. Pride gets in the way and, just like in the Garden of Eden, we fall prey to a nature that we were not created to possess. We fall into sin!

Will you keep to the old path
that evil men have trod?
(Job 22:15 (NIV))

We are not called to walk the path of sin. We are called to salvation and grace through the atoning blood of Jesus Christ. He has given us a path that we may walk. He has given us a path that we don’t walk in our own strength. Jesus sets us upon that path. God sends His Holy Spirit to walk it with us, guiding us every step of the way if we will only listen.

You have made known to me the path of life;
you will fill me with joy in your presence,
with eternal pleasures at your right hand.
(Psalms 16:11 (NIV))

God loves us and desires to save us and to guide us. He has set the path before us. Satan sets diversions along the path. In order to follow God’s path, we must know God’s heart. We must know God’s Word. God’s Word provides the instructions for staying on the right path. When we know the instructions by heart, we can also proclaim what is proclaimed by the Psalmist.

I run in the path of your commands,
for you have set my heart free.
(Psalms 119:32 (NIV))

Is your heart free?

Copyright 1998 – 2012 Dennis J. Smock
Daily Living Ministries, Inc.
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What money cannot buy!

February 20, 2012

Be Still . . .
Devotionals for Daily Living
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Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said,

“Never will I leave you;
never will I forsake you.”

So we say with confidence,

“The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid.
What can man do to me?”
(Hebrews 13:5-6 (NIV))

In today’s society, it is socially acceptable to love money. All day we are bombarded by evidence of this. Big houses, expensive cars, expensive toys. All of society is money driven. It is easy to say that we do not love money, but see how long you last without the luxuries that money brings. Even in this money crazed world, the most precious thing that we can possess is one that comes free. All we have to do is ask for it. What is this thing?

Salvation.

God knew from the beginning that we would be absorbed in money. The world belongs to Satan at this point, and Satan is pushing a lie. God works contrary to the way the world works. It is for this reason that Salvation is free. Even before Jesus came, God had it planned.

For this is what the LORD says:
“You were sold for nothing,
and without money you will be redeemed.”
(Isaiah 53:3)

Salvation is not something that we can buy or earn, but is something that is freely given so that all may partake if they choose.

Have you made your choice to receive what money cannot buy?

Copyright 1998 – 2012 Dennis J. Smock
Daily Living Ministries, Inc.
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Are you free from the condemnation of sin?

November 18, 2011

Be Still . . .
Devotionals for Daily Living
 ©

For what the law was powerless to do in that it was weakened by the sinful nature, God did by sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful man to be a sin offering. And so he condemned sin in sinful man, in order that the righteous requirements of the law might be fully met in us, who do not live according to the sinful nature but according to the Spirit.
(Romans 8:3-4 (NIV))

Did you catch this in the middle of all that Paul wrote to the Romans?

God condemned sin in us, sinful man, so that we could be made righteous!

Think about that statement. It is a rather unique way to explain what we have been given.

We were condemned because of sin. We were held accountable to the laws that explained what sin is. We were found guilty because sin was free to condemn us.

for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God
(Romans 3:23 (NIV))

Here is the interesting twist to this that I had never thought of before, and that is if sin could be condemned and its power removed, then all who had been condemned by sin would have nothing to condemn them. Sin, in all of its arrogant, God defying nature had the tables turned upon itself. God condemned sin to an eternity of separation and death.

Think about that in different terms. Suppose that you are being held accountable for something that was done and you are being threatened by someone to expose you. You are being judged and condemned as a result. Now, lets take this one step further and the police arrest the person who was threatening you. This person is jailed. He has been condemned for his actions. He no longer has control over you because of your actions.

You are free!

Jesus came to teach, to die on the cross and to be resurrected. He came to set us free by condemning the power of sin. Sin has no authority over those who call upon the name of Jesus as their personal Lord and Savior. He has set us free and condemned the sin that condemned us. Our accuser has no authority if we accept the atoning blood of Jesus Christ and the grace and mercy that it brings.

Are you free from the condemnation of sin?

Copyright 1998 – 2011 Dennis J. Smock
Daily Living Ministries, Inc.
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