How will you preach the Gospel in the coming new year?

December 31, 2014

Be Still . . .
Devotionals for Daily Living
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For it is time for judgment to begin with the household of God; and if it begins with us first, what will be the outcome for those who do not obey the gospel of God?
(1 Peter 4:17 (NAS))

It is said that all must face judgement. As believers, we know that our judgement is mercy and grace through Jesus Christ.

With this great un-merited gift freely given, why do more people not understand and accept it? Are their hearts so hardened that they cannot allow God’s love and mercy to penetrate, or have they hardened their hearts because of ignorance and a focus on worldly matters. Could it be that they have hardened their hearts due to something that they have seen or experienced associated with the church? The last option is that no one has taken the time to soften their hearts.

A heart is softened by love and mercy, not by constant preaching and rebuking. We, as the church, have had a history of preaching instead of loving. Don’t get me wrong! We need to preach the good news, but we also need to live the good news. Remember, actions speak louder than words.

If words have hardened hearts, there is only one way that we can help to soften them.

How will you preach the Gospel in the coming new year?

Copyright 1998 – 2014 Dennis J. Smock
Daily Living Ministries, Inc.
http://www.dailylivingministries.org
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What will you receive in the new year?

December 31, 2012

Be Still . . .
Devotionals for Daily Living
 ©

“No one sews a patch of unshrunk cloth on an old garment, for the patch will pull away from the garment, making the tear worse. Neither do men pour new wine into old wineskins. If they do, the skins will burst, the wine will run out and the wineskins will be ruined. No, they pour new wine into new wineskins, and both are preserved.”
(Matthew 9:16-17 (NIV))

Do you ever feel like the old wineskin, all cracked and brittle, unable to adapt and bend?

Life throws us things that we would rather not have happen. If we let them, these things can harden our hearts and turn us into the very thing that we long not to be. We become the angry man or woman that we all have known in our lives. We become the person that no one desires to be around. We become all bitter and brittle in our lives and in our dealings with others.

Our “wine” has turned to vinegar and we did not even realize it !

Just what is that “wine?” It is a life lived in Jesus. It is the blooming of the grace that He has given us. It is the maturation of the fruit of the spirit, and if we are not careful, our “wine” will become tainted and bitter.

Every wine skin grows old. Every wine skin will loose it’s ability to flex and grow. And just as a wine skin must be replaced, we can replace our hearts. We can renew our hearts. God has given us grace. If we grow bitter, we can repent and receive a new wine skin. A wine skin that will be able to hold all of God’s blessings and grace that He can bestow.

God desires to fill each of us with new “wine.” Are you ready to receive it?

Copyright 1998 – 2012 Dennis J. Smock
Daily Living Ministries, Inc.
http://www.dailylivingministries.org
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