I have had 20 Years of Blessings!

November 14, 2017

Be Still . . .
Devotionals for Daily Living

Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.
(2 Corinthians 9:7 (NIV))

Do you like to give?

I realize that this is a touchy subject for many people. Our finances are probably the most divisive element in our lives. Money problems lead to all kinds of issue including divorce, yet money is something that we all need. Sadly, people can become obsessed with money to the point that it becomes the treasure that they hide in their hearts.

For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
(Matthew 6:21 (NIV))

Money is simply a tool. It is the means of trade. It is the means of doing business, but when it becomes the treasure that you seek, it is the downfall of many.

For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs.
(1 Timothy 6:10 (NIV))

Personally, I have never made money a priority. It is not what I seek. There is a far greater treasure that I have found and that I have been sharing. 2018 will mark the 20th year that I have been writing and sharing these devotionals. I pray that they have touched your lives in ways that only the Lord knows. I pray that they have drawn you closer to Jesus in your daily walk. I pray that they have been able to deposit things into your lives that have allowed you to store up treasures in heaven.

But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal.
(Matthew 6:20 (NIV))

Your continued encouragement and support has truly been a blessing to me. I treasure the feedback that is received. I treasure the questions that are asked. I treasure the times when I have questioned whether I should continue with this ministry, only to have someone tell me that what I had sent out was exactly what they needed to hear.

It is with humble heart that this is being sent out.

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In Jesus’ name,
Dennis Smock

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Do you offer God only your second best?

March 3, 2017

Be Still . . .
Devotionals for Daily Living
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“When you offer blind animals for sacrifice, is that not wrong? When you sacrifice lame or diseased animals, is that not wrong? Try offering them to your governor! Would he be pleased with you? Would he accept you?” says the Lord Almighty.
(Malachi 1:8 (NIV))

Let’s put this in a modern context.

When you give out of what you have left, is that truly giving with a cheerful heart?

When you give out of your rejects, are you truly giving or are you throwing away what you don’t want?

When you do less than what is expected, even though you can do much more that what is expected, is that right?

When you allow others to do for you and you take the credit, is that right?

When you give to God as an afterthought, what does that say about your motives and your heart?

I hope that you know exactly how God feels about this type of giving. Would you treat your family in this manner? Would you treat your friends in this manner? What if God had treated us in his manner? What if God had given us His second best? What if He had decided not to send His Son, Jesus, to walk among us and to be an atoning sacrifice for our sins?

What if God had decided that we weren’t worth His best?

Think about that. Where would that leave each of us? It took God’s best to atone for our sins. Why do we think that we can give less than our best to thank God for giving us His best?

Copyright 1998 – 2017 Dennis J. Smock
Daily Living Ministries, Inc.
http://www.dailylivingministries.org
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Can you tell someone? Will you tell someone?

June 4, 2014

Be Still . . .
Devotionals for Daily Living
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But in your hearts set apart Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect.
(1 Peter 3:15 (NIV))

Have you ever seen people who always seem to be cheerful? I know that you have probably seen people who always seems to be depressed and gloom and doom sayers. What do you suppose makes the difference in the outlook of these two types of people?

If you asked these people why they are the way they are, what do you think would be the answer of the gloomy people? Could it be that they have no hope in this life or for anything beyond this life? The words of 1 Peter 3:15 start to take on an interesting new meaning when read with this knowledge. Once again, God has pointed out to us that those people who actively seek after Him and accept His Son, Jesus, as their personal Lord and Savior, they are the ones who are truly at peace.

Are you truly at peace? Are you prepared to tell anyone and everyone whom you meet why you have such an unusual peace and hope? Could you tell someone about Jesus in such a way that they would not only understand what makes you the way you are, but they would also want it for themselves? The words do not have to be elaborate. They do not have to be lofty and full of Biblical references. They must simply tell what Jesus has done in your life and why it has made such a difference. Why do you have a hope that cannot be shaken? Why do you have a peace that passes all understanding?

Can you tell someone? Will you tell someone?

Copyright 1998 – 2014 Dennis J. Smock
Daily Living Ministries, Inc.
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