Celebrate Jesus!

December 26, 2013

Be Still . . .
Devotionals for Daily Living
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And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.” Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men on whom his favor rests.”
(Luke 2:8-14 (NIV))

What an honor it must have been to be the first to hear the good news! The shepherds must have been terrified by the presence of the angels, after all, angels were not, and are still not an every day occurance.

Luckily for us, God’s plan does not discriminate against us for not being there. In fact, it is probably with mixed blessings that we are embraced as part of God’s Kingdom. We do not have the first hand experience of having seen the angels, the star, or Jesus’ life. Sometimes, I wonder if I would have believed if I lived at the time of Jesus!

On the other hand, we have the faith of millions of people who have gone before us. We have the New Testament, the hundreds of years of prophesy study that proves Jesus is King of kings, the Messiah. It may be easier for someone today to come to faith than it was in Jesus’ day. Yet, through all of this “historical proof”, I sometimes feel empty. I think it is the desire of every believer to be able to go back in time and be a witness to the miracles and hear the teachings of Jesus first-hand.

Today, we celebrated the birth of Jesus and look back in awe to the miracles. At the same time, we should look around us in awe of what God is doing today and look to the not-to-distant future and know what God is going to do. Today we celebrate the First Coming. Some tomorrow we will celebrate the Second Coming.

Merry Christmas

Copyright 1998 – 2013 Dennis J. Smock
Daily Living Ministries, Inc.
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We can do the same!

November 27, 2012

Be Still . . .
Devotionals for Daily Living
 ©

Yet he did not waver through unbelief regarding the promise of God, but was strengthened in his faith and gave glory to God,
(Romans 4:20 (NIV))

Can we do the same?

How often do we waver?

Perhaps I should get personal and ask how often do you waver?

I know that I am confronted daily with things of this world that make me hesitate. Is this wavering in my faith? I believe that it is, even though I quickly regroup and realize that I have nothing to fear. It is human nature to doubt. It is human nature to question. It is human nature to not trust.

That is the key. We are to break human nature. We are to not do what comes naturally, for what comes naturally is sinful. Jesus lived as we should live. He set the example.

I know that many people say that they can’t do what Jesus did, after all, He was the Son of God. That is true, but we now have His strength to help us when we can’t make it on our own. When I am confronted, I have to stop, take a deep breath and refocus my thoughts on Jesus. If we do not focus on Jesus, we will focus on the world. What we focus on will become our priority. It will become our model of living.

Jesus set the bar very high and I can imagine Him saying, “Come on and follow me. You may stumble and waiver occasionally, but what happens if you choose not to follow me? You will never know what I am calling you to become.”

Jesus showed us the way. He came to give us hope. He came to give us salvation. He came to give us faith so that we, too, could give God the glory.

Jesus did not waiver in his faith.

We can do the same!

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