What is your answer to His question?

August 30, 2013

Be Still . . .
Devotionals for Daily Living
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Once when Jesus was praying in private and his disciples were with him, he asked them, “Who do the crowds say I am?”
(Luke 9:18 (NIV))

It all boils down to this simple question.

Jesus asked it when He walked the earth. He has asked it to millions of people since His crucifixion and resurrection. He is asking it to each of us today.

“Who do the crowds say that I am?”

Let’s get a little more personal and ask it as if Jesus were asking you.

“Who do you say that I am?”

That single question has caused so much division throughout history. You either believe that Jesus was a lunatic, a liar, a good man, or who He claimed to be. Your answer to this single question will determine not only how you spend the rest of your life, but it will also determine how you spend eternity.

If Jesus was a lunatic or a liar, He went to the cross out of a deranged desire to die and you are lost in your sins and have no hope.

If Jesus were simply a good man, then, once again, we have no hope, for a good man cannot atone for the sins of many. All throughout history, many “good” men have sacrificed themselves for others, yet the ones they made the sacrifice for have still perished.

If Jesus is who He claimed to be, then He knew exactly what He was doing and how it would end. His every action was a part of God’s plan of salvation and grace. If Jesus is who He claimed to be, then we have a hope that cannot be destroyed.

Jesus asked an important question two thousand years ago. He is still asking it today..

What is your answer to His question?

Copyright 1998 – 2013 Dennis J. Smock
Daily Living Ministries, Inc.
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Follow the Good Shepherd

January 31, 2013

Be Still . . .
Devotionals for Daily Living
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My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me.
(John 10:27 (NIV))

What do you think of when you read this passage?

Do you think of someone blindly following a master or do you think of someone who knows the loving voice and trusts that voice?

In our society, we have developed the term “sheeple” to mean someone who blindly follows. Jesus does not want us to blindly follow. We follow Jesus because we know His teachings and God’s Word. We are told to test everything against God’s Word. We are told that if a teaching does not follow God’s Word, then we are to stay away from it. This is in stark contrast to what the world thinks of Christians. Those who have an honest relationship with Jesus will listen for His voice. They will confirm that what they hear does not contradict God’s Word.

Let’s use an example as reference. This comes straight from today’s headlines and the big discussions about the 2nd Amendment to the Constitution. What if, instead of the government wanting to register guns, they wanted to register Bibles? Would you comply? Would you trust in the power that the information would give to the holder? Would we listen to this voice and be the “sheeple” or would we listen to Jesus and hide God’s Word?

We, as the Body of Christ, must listen with all that we are to discern the voice of Jesus. We do not want to be lead astray because of a lie from the enemy. We do not want to hear Jesus speak these words to us.

You belong to your father, the devil, and you want to carry out your father’s desire. He was a murderer from the beginning, not holding to the truth, for there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies.
(John 8:44 (NIV))

We must be able to discern what Jesus is telling us and verify this against God’s Word.

We, as the Body of Christ, want to follow the good shepherd.

“I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. The hired hand is not the shepherd who owns the sheep. So when he sees the wolf coming, he abandons the sheep and runs away. Then the wolf attacks the flock and scatters it. The man runs away because he is a hired hand and cares nothing for the sheep.
(John 10:11-13 (NIV))

Copyright 1998 – 2013 Dennis J. Smock
Daily Living Ministries, Inc.
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How do you love?

June 7, 2012

Be Still . . .
Devotionals for Daily Living
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If someone says, “I love God,” and hates his brother, he is a liar; for the one who does not love his brother whom he has seen, cannot love God whom he has not seen.
(1 John 4:20 (NAS))

Just as God can see into the hearts of men, we must see into our own heart. God can see our hearts better than we can, yet we unceasingly try to tell God that we love Him. Jesus told us when asked:

“Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?”

Jesus replied: “ ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’

This is the first and greatest commandment.

And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’

All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”
(Matthew 22:36-40)

If we have been instructed to love our neighbor as ourself, yet hate your brother, then we are not doing the Will of God. Those who truly love God will earnestly seek to do His Will in all that they do, including loving those whom the world says we should not love.

Do you love as the world loves or as God loves?

Copyright 1998 – 2012 Dennis J. Smock
Daily Living Ministries, Inc.
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