What does freedom mean to you?

March 12, 2014

Be Still . . .
Devotionals for Daily Living
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You, my brothers, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the sinful nature; rather, serve one another in love.
(Galatians 5:13 (NIV))

What does freedom mean to you?

To many people, it means that they have the right to do whatever they want to do. They look upon freedom as a blank ticket to indulge in anything and everything. They see freedom as a right that cannot be taken away from them. They see freedom as something that they are due.

Is this your definition of freedom? It isn’t God’s definition of freedom.

Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit of life set me free from the law of sin and death.
(Romans 8:1-2 (NIV))

God defines freedom as escaping the just condemnation that is a result of our sins. God gave us a way to become free. Jesus came into this world to free us from the power of sin and death. When we accept Jesus as our personal Lord and Savior, we accept this freedom. Does that mean that we are free to sin without suffering the consequences of our sin? Contrary to what many believe, we cannot accept the freedom that God has given to us and still desire to sin. When we do, we reject God’s grace.

Freedom has a price. Not many people today are willing to admit this. Jesus paid the price for us to be free from sin and death. We must pay the price to accept it. That price is to leave the old ways behind. We must repent and turn away from our sin.

Have you paid the price for accepting God’s grace and mercy?

Copyright 1998 – 2014 Dennis J. Smock
Daily Living Ministries, Inc.
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Have you allowed God to give you grace?

February 17, 2014

Be Still . . .
Devotionals for Daily Living
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But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

Since we have now been justified by his blood, how much more shall we be saved from God’s wrath through him! For if, when we were God’s enemies, we were reconciled to him through the death of his Son, how much more, having been reconciled, shall we be saved through his life! Not only is this so, but we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation.
(Romans 5:8-11 (NIV))

If God loved us enough to send His Son, Jesus Christ to die for us so that we may be reconciled to Him when we were in sin, how much more will His grace and mercy be poured out upon us after we accept Jesus Christ as our personal Lord and Savior?

Isn’t it amazing that the One who created us saved us from ourselves. We allowed sin into this world, yet, through God’s grace and mercy, He has allowed us to be redeemed from that sin and reconciled to Him.

Have you allowed God the opportunity to allow you to have grace and mercy?

Copyright 1998 – 2014 Dennis J. Smock
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It IS in our job description!

September 18, 2013

Be Still . . .
Devotionals for Daily Living
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He said to them: “It is not for you to know the times or dates the Father has set by his own authority. But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”
(Acts 1:7-8 (NIV))

How many times has it been said that man must wait on God?

This is another example of man’s need to be patient. We must wait on the Father. We must be patient with Him in His perfection, for He has been patient with us in our sin.

Even so, we are not to just sit and wait for God to unfold His plan. We have been given a job. We must tell all that we meet about God’s grace and mercy through the gift of His Son, Jesus Christ. To use today’s terminology, “It IS in our job description.”

If you were to have a job review by Jesus, would you be given a high mark for performance of your assigned duties?

Copyright 1998 – 2013 Dennis J. Smock
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Are you ready, willing and able to let the living waters flow?

August 9, 2013

Be Still . . .
Devotionals for Daily Living
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On the last and greatest day of the Feast, Jesus stood and said in a loud voice, “If anyone is thirsty, let him come to me and drink. Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, streams of living water will flow from within him.” By this he meant the Spirit, whom those who believed in him were later to receive. Up to that time the Spirit had not been given, since Jesus had not yet been glorified.
(John 7:37-39 (NIV))

We have the advantage of being on this side of history were we have the benefit of knowing what has happened since the Spirit has been given. The only problem is that far too few people believe in the Spirit and fewer still who have asked the Holy Spirit into their lives.

Asking Jesus into your heart to be your Lord and Savior is only part of God’s plan. Believing in Jesus will earn you salvation. Asking to be filled with the Holy Spirit will get you much more. The Holy Spirit will guide you. He will give you insight and Godly wisdom. He will give you courage to take you faith to the highest level. Through the Holy Spirit, God will bless you so that you can be a blessing to others. You will learn that your blessings are measured in the rewards that you receive by blessing others. The Holy Spirit will teach you how to reach others for Jesus. He will be your constant companion through all aspects of your life.

The Holy Spirit will pour out living water through your life into the lives of those whom you see. You will become a fountain of God’s grace and mercy.

Are you ready, willing and able to let the living waters flow?

Copyright 1998 – 2013 Dennis J. Smock
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