Who owns the world that you live in?

October 30, 2014

Be Still . . .
Devotionals for Daily Living
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The earth is the LORD’s, and everything in it,
the world, and all who live in it;
(Psalms 24:1 (NIV))

Too many people in our world today seem to have forgotten this simple fact. They go about their daily lives as if they owned everything that they touch. They think that the world was created just for them and that it owes them everything that they can get from it.

Exactly what makes someone forget the truth extolled in Psalms 24:1? What makes someone think that they are the owner of all they see? They have nothing that gives them the rights of ownership. They did not create the world. They did not buy the world. They did not do anything that would entitle them to this belief, for only God can claim any of these actions as His.

for he founded it upon the seas
and established it upon the waters.
(Psalms 24:2 (NIV))

Ownership requires authorship, or at least having paid a high price to take possession of it. God has done both. He is the Creator. After we were given dominion of the world in Genesis, we also gave it away. God, in all of His grace and mercy, paid the price through His Son, Jesus to take possession of it again.

Legally, this would stand up in any court in the land, yet, we treat the world as if it were our own.

We are simply stewards. We must remember who owns everything. God reminds us.

for every animal of the forest is mine,
and the cattle on a thousand hills.
(Psalms 50:10 (NIV))

Who owns the world that you live in?

Copyright 1998 – 2014 Dennis J. Smock
Daily Living Ministries, Inc.
http://www.dailylivingministries.org
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Are you ready to surrender your life for the testimony?

October 4, 2013

Be Still . . .
Devotionals for Daily Living
 ©

They overcame him
by the blood of the Lamb
and by the word of their testimony;
they did not love their lives so much
as to shrink from death.
(Revelation 12:11 (NIV))

It is often thought that those who call upon Jesus as their Lord and Savior are not supposed to love their life. This false belief is based on this passage from Revelation. It is often misquoted or misunderstood to mean that we should not love our life and fully embrace death.

The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.
(John 10:10 (NIV))

If Jesus came that we may have life to the full, then why should we not love our life? Life is a precious gift from God. It is to be loved.

What is in question is not whether we are to love the life that God has given us, but do we love God’s Word and His truth more? Will we be willing to lay down our life, which is a gift from God, for the ultimate gift from God? Can we see beyond our limited perspective and realize that God is capable of so much more than our individual lives? Can we understand the simple truth that God created us and has something far greater in store for us?

Jesus knew this. Jesus lived this.

Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends.
(John 15:13 (NIV))

Do you know it? Are you ready to live it? Are you ready to surrender your life for the testimony?

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