Are you a new creation or do you still worry?

June 29, 2018

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Be Still . . .
Devotionals for Daily Living

“And why do you worry about clothes? See how the lilies of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? So do not worry, saying, `What shall we eat?’ or `What shall we drink?’ or `What shall we wear?’ For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.
(Matthew 6:28-34 (NIV))

God created us to enjoy life! Life is not yesterday. Life is not tomorrow. Life is today! Once this moment is gone it can never come back.

We do not need to worry for worry takes away from today. God gave us the ultimate relief from worry when He sent His Son, Jesus Christ to die for our sins. Once we accept this gift, we no longer have to worry about tomorrow and the consequences of sin.

If we have accepted this gift, we have died to our sin and are new creations through Jesus Christ!

Are you a new creation or do you still worry?

Copyright 1998 – 2018 Dennis J. Smock
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Can you truthfully proclaim that God is your strength?

May 2, 2017

Be Still . . .
Devotionals for Daily Living

My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.
(Psalms 73:26 (NIV))

When we are young, we feel that we are invincible. As we age, we start to experience things that we would have never expected when we were younger. We soon find that our physical bodies start to slow down. We experience aches and pains that we used to not have. In other words, our flesh starts to fail. We find that we have changed as does everything in this physical world.

The life of mortals is like grass,
they flourish like a flower of the field;
the wind blows over it and it is gone,
and its place remembers it no more.
(Psalms 103:15-16 (NIV))

Where do you turn when your heart is failing?

Where do you turn when your flesh is aging?

When do you turn when your eyes grow dim?

There is only one place to turn. Turn to Him!

God should be our strength when we are young. He should be our strength when we are growing old and gray. We should learn to trust in God in all circumstances no matter where we are in life, for He is the one who gave us life.

Can you truthfully proclaim that God is your strength?

Copyright 1998 – 2017 Dennis J. Smock
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How long do you think that you will live?

January 29, 2015

Be Still . . .
Devotionals for Daily Living
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For, “All men are like grass, and all their glory is like the flowers of the field; the grass withers and the flowers fall, but the word of the Lord stands forever.” And this is the word that was preached to you.
(1 Peter 1:24-25 (NIV))

How long do you think that you will live? If you are one of the rare few who make it to see one hundred years, you will probably wonder why you are still around.

Let’s face the truth. We, as humans, do not have a long life span in comparison to eternity. We don’t even have a long life span in comparison to world events. If you are like me, it probably seems like only yesterday that you were impatiently waiting for the day that you would graduate from high school. Now, thirty years later, it doesn’t seem possible that it has been that long. Time passes and things change. Only God is the same.

One day, each of us will only be a memory. How you are remembered will be the only thing that matters. Will you be remembered as a person who followed the word of the Lord? Will you be remembered as a person who pointed others to God? Hopefully, none of us will be remembered as that grumpy person that hated everybody. How will God remember you? I pray that it will not be as Jesus spoke.

Then I will tell them plainly, `I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!’
(Matthew 7:23 (NIV))

What makes the difference between being grumpy and being a loving person who is kindly remembered and known by Jesus? It is a simple matter. Allow Jesus into your heart. Allow the word of God to take root and to grow within you. God’s Word is eternal. God’s Word, through Jesus, is our only hope of breaking the bonds of sin and death. Even though our physical days may be as grass that withers, through Jesus, our spiritual life is forever.

Copyright 1998 – 2014 Dennis J. Smock
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