Would you be convicted?

June 19, 2012

Be Still . . .
Devotionals for Daily Living
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You shall not murder.
(Exodus 20:13 (NIV))

You have heard that it was said to the people long ago, `Do not murder, and anyone who murders will be subject to judgment.’ But I tell you that anyone who is angry with his brother will be subject to judgment. Again, anyone who says to his brother, `Raca, ‘ is answerable to the Sanhedrin. But anyone who says, `You fool!’ will be in danger of the fire of hell.
(Matthew 5:21-22(NIV))

God clearly defined for us that to take another life is a sin, yet, how many times have we said things in anger that could convict us just the same? We may have learned to put up a front to society and to ourselves, yet, our thoughts can be just as sinful, if not more so, than our actual actions.

Sin is a matter of the heart. A heart that longs to do the Will of God will still sin, but it will not be as sinful as someone who does not long to be like God. Their thoughts will focus on God and the things that are righteous in nature. Someone who does not focus on God focuses on themselves. I have heard it said that sin has as its basis the human desire to be at the center of all things. Sin focuses on “me” and what “I” can get from things quickly. It is this type of an attitude that makes a person’s thoughts stray from what God would have you think about. “Me” turns to anger and anger into actions. The only difference is the physical act, yet, the heart still had the very same intentions. Perhaps it is the intention that convicts us of our sins.

What thoughts have you had recently? Would you be convicted?

Copyright 1998 – 2012 Dennis J. Smock
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Be a tea pot!

August 2, 2011

Be Still . . .
Devotionals for Daily Living
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For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because he has not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son.
(John 3:16-18 (NIV))

This passage never gets old!

If you are like me, this passage brings great peace, hope and joy for it reassures us of our faith and where it is placed.

Yet, at the same time, it turns and brings sorrow in the midst of the joy. It turns our focus from our joy to the condemnation of those who have not believed in Jesus.

Do you know someone who has not accepted Jesus as their personal Lord and Savior? Perhaps they are a loved one or a friend, or perhaps a coworker. Now, ask yourself this simple question.

“How will it feel to never see them for all eternity?”

How will you feel if they are taken from us this very day, and you had not even mentioned Jesus to them? How will you feel if their salvation was your sole reason for living and you had failed? How will you feel if you hear another friend or family member saying, “No one had the nerve to bring up Jesus. Now it is too late.”

John 3:16 is an amazingly reassuring passage when it comes to our own salvation. But we have a tendency to stop there. Once again, we fail to look beyond our own circumstances. We fail to see the opportunities that God has placed right in front of us. Opportunities that could very well mean whether someone will spend eternity with God or eternal separation from God.

We must read beyond our own perspective. We must see the world through God’s eyes and not ours. We must realize that grace is a gift that is free to spread.

I once heard someone say that they were a vessel to catch God’s grace. They then went on to say that they did not wish to be a pot or jar, for these were used for collecting for a later time. They wanted to be a tea pot or a watering pot, for these collect and hold just long enough to pass it on to where it is needed.

Don’t be a jar. Be a tea pot so that the grace and blessings that have been given to you may flow out to all those around you. Make it your goal to share grace with all who will hear so that they will be saved from the condemnation that is to come for those who have not believed in Jesus.

Be a tea pot!

Copyright 1998 – 2011 Dennis J. Smock
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What do you believe?

May 5, 2011

Be Still . . .
Devotionals for Daily Living
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I tell you, my friends, do not be afraid of those who kill the body and after that can do no more. But I will show you whom you should fear: Fear him who, after the killing of the body, has power to throw you into hell. Yes, I tell you, fear him.
(Luke 12:4-5 (NIV))

Do you believe Jesus when He tells us of heaven and what the kingdom of heaven is like?

Do you believe that Jesus is the Son of God?

Do you believe that Jesus died on the cross to save you from your sins?

Do you believe that you are a sinner?

And, now, do you believe what Jesus tells us about hell? Do you believe that there is a hell?

It is sad, but far too many people draw the line at the concept of hell. They simply cannot believe that such a place exists, however, we have the recorded words of Jesus telling us of just a place.

How can people pick and choose what they believe in and don’t believe in? I bet that these very same people accept every single principle and application of the law of gravity without even thinking twice about it.

What is the difference?

Just because it is not a pleasant thought does not make it go away. If that were the case, we could simply ignore cancer and it wouldn’t be real. We could simply ignore death and go on living forever. We could ignore murder and live in an ideal society.

Just because we choose to ignore something does not make it any less true or real.

Jesus never said that there is no hell. In fact, he said to fear the one who has the power to throw us into hell.

I recently have read about a well known preacher who is now saying that hell does not exist. If hell does not exist, why did Jesus have to come into this world? Why did He have to die to save us from our sins? Why is the eternal plan of God now wrong?

But there were also false prophets among the people, just as there will be false teachers among you. They will secretly introduce destructive heresies, even denying the sovereign Lord who bought them–bringing swift destruction on themselves.
(2 Peter 2:1 (NIV))

Test everything against God’s Word. Be careful that you do not fall for lies that do not adhere to what has been written. God’s Word is either completely true or it is completely false. You cannot be in the middle. You cannot be lukewarm.

Personally, I have the faith that it is completely true. If that makes me ignorant in the eyes of the world, then I am proud to be ignorant of the lies of the enemy.

Copyright 1998 – 2010 Dennis J. Smock
Daily Living Ministries, Inc.
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