Have you turned God’s Word into something less?

November 7, 2018

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Be Still . . .
Devotionals for Daily Living

“You shall have no other gods before me.

“You shall not make for yourself an idol in the form of anything in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the waters below. You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for I, the LORD your God, am a jealous God, punishing the children for the sin of the fathers to the third and fourth generation of those who hate me, but showing love to a thousand generations of those who love me and keep my commandments.

“You shall not misuse the name of the LORD your God, for the LORD will not hold anyone guiltless who misuses his name.

“Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy. Six days you shall labor and do all your work, but the seventh day is a Sabbath to the LORD your God. On it you shall not do any work, neither you, nor your son or daughter, nor your manservant or maidservant, nor your animals, nor the alien within your gates. For in six days the LORD made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, but he rested on the seventh day. Therefore the LORD blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy.

“Honor your father and your mother, so that you may live long in the land the LORD your God is giving you.

“You shall not murder.

“You shall not commit adultery.

“You shall not steal.

“You shall not give false testimony against your neighbor.

“You shall not covet your neighbor’s house. You shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, or his manservant or maidservant, his ox or donkey, or anything that belongs to your neighbor.”
(Exodus 20:3-17 (NIV))

Controversy surrounds these simple, yet profound statements in today’s society. All of the Judeo-Christian ethic lies on this foundation which states that there is only one God, life is sacred and to respect others. Many people do not wish to acknowledge these truths as truths, or, even worse, that they even exist at all. They have tried to turn them into the 10 suggestions. Let’s take a look at the wording and how it’s meaning would change if they were not stated as they are.

You shall not murder.

Simple enough! But what would be the ramifications if it were worded differently? Try to remove the “negative” aspect of the Commandment. It might read something like this: Respect all human life.

It doesn’t carry the same impact as “You shall not murder.” Try to restate the others in a positive aspect and see what the meanings sound like when you are through. They do not carry the same message. They become what society has tried to turn them into, the 10 suggestions and not the 10 Commandments.

We, as believers, have a responsibility to uphold these basic premises of faith and life. Truth is not relevant. Truth is always the truth, no matter when and where it may apply.

Have you turned God’s Word into something less?

Copyright 1998 – 2018 Dennis J. Smock
Daily Living Ministries, Inc.
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Against such things there is no law!

October 27, 2015

Be Still . . .
Devotionals for Daily Living
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But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.
(Galatians 5:22-23 (NIV))

Against such things there is no law!

Why are there laws to begin with?

Basically, the laws are there to tell us the things that we should not do. Sometimes, laws are disguised in such a way that it appears that they tell us what we must do, but in essence, even these laws tell us what we cannot do. Consider a speed limit sign. When the speed is posted as 55 MPH, does that mean that you can go 75 MPH? In essence, the law tells us what we can’t do by posting what we are supposed to do.

What about God’s laws? What about the Ten Commandments? These laws are there to tell us to stay away from sin and things that are contrary to God’s Will. We are told directly not to do certain things. We are told not to steal. We are told not to lie. We are told not to covet. All of these are characteristics and actions that lead us away from God and into a sinful nature.

Re-read Galatians 5:22-23. Have you ever heard of anyone being told not to have love? What about joy and peace? Have you ever been told not to be patient and kind? I seriously doubt that you have ever been told not to be good. I could take each one of these fruits of the Spirit and address each one, but I believe that you understand where I am going with this. We do not have to be told not to possess these traits because they are what God created us to possess. He did not create us to steal. He did not create us to lie. He did not create us to covet. He created us to love, have joy, be kind and gentle and to have faith in Him.

Against such things there is no law!

Are your actions governed by law or by love?

Copyright 1998 – 2015 Dennis J. Smock
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Do you have reason to rejoice?

July 9, 2012

Be Still . . .
Devotionals for Daily Living
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Blessed are you when men hate you,
when they exclude you and insult you
and reject your name as evil,
because of the Son of Man.

“Rejoice in that day and leap for joy, because great is your reward in heaven. For that is how their fathers treated the prophets.
(Luke 6:22-23 (NIV))

In this day and age when good is considered evil and what is evil in the sight of God is considered good, hold fast to the truth that comes from God!

When believers face persecution because we take a stand for the Ten Commandments, we are living out the words of Luke 6:22. When we are labeled as old-fashioned and bigoted because we take a stand against what is wrong in God’s eyes, we are living out the words of Luke 6:22. Don’t give in to what the world says is correct. Stay focused on the Word of God and what He calls you to do and remember that we are told that we can rejoice when this happens. Our reward awaits us in heaven from God the Father for we did not buckle under the pressure that the world sends our way.

Do you have reason to rejoice?

Copyright 1998 – 2012 Dennis J. Smock
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America, bless God!

July 2, 2012

Be Still . . .
Devotionals for Daily Living
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‘If you follow my decrees and are careful to obey my commands, I will send you rain in its season, and the ground will yield its crops and the trees of the field their fruit. Your threshing will continue until grape harvest and the grape harvest will continue until planting, and you will eat all the food you want and live in safety in your land.

‘I will grant peace in the land, and you will lie down and no one will make you afraid. I will remove savage beasts from the land, and the sword will not pass through your country. You will pursue your enemies, and they will fall by the sword before you. Five of you will chase a hundred, and a hundred of you will chase ten thousand, and your enemies will fall by the sword before you.
(Leviticus 26:3-8 (NIV))

Too many people are asking why our society is in the shape that it is in. This is no surprise when you consider that we have banned God’s laws and commandments from our public society. It is now a bigger crime to publicly display the Ten Commandments than it is to display pornography. In fact, our laws protect the pornographer because of freedom of speech, yet they ban God because of “freedom of religion,” or what has actually turned into freedom from religion.

There is no wonder why we have high crime, high prices, an economy that is sluggish at best, and an ever-present fear of an unseen enemy attacking us in our own homes. We have taken God out of everything except our money, and, it is my understanding that someone is actually trying to have the words “In God We Trust” removed from our legal tender as well.

How can we expect God to bless us if we ban Him from our society. I am sure that everyone has seen signs, bumper stickers and billboards saying “God Bless America.” Is He really going to bless us when we curse Him? Perhaps the other bumper stickers are correct in their message. I think you know which ones I am talking about where it says “America Bless God.” It is a Biblical principle that if “America Bless God,” then God WILL bless America.

What can you do that will bless God today?

Copyright 1998 – 2012 Dennis J. Smock
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