What is your inheritance?

August 3, 2017

Be Still . . .
Devotionals for Daily Living

The acts of the flesh are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God.
(Galatians 5:19-21 (NIV))

How do you live?

Do any of these acts of the flesh still have a hold on your life? To be honest with you, we are only human and are not capable of perfection on our own. Chances are extremely good that all of us fall prey to some of these on a regular basis. Hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions and envy all seem to sneak up on us more often than we care to admit, even if we have the other issues in control. Even when we desire to live a righteous life, our human nature seems to drag us down. For those who have professed a faith in Jesus, we have an advocate who sits at the right hand of God, the Father. I can picture Jesus shaking His head whenever we do something less than what He intends. I can almost picture this as a parent would react when trying to teach their young child how to ride a bike. I can hear Jesus saying to get up and try again, and that we will eventually get the hang of living a life according to His calling. I can also picture each of us, when we do fall, turning to Jesus and saying, “Help me! It’s too difficult. I can’t do it on my own!”

Sadly, too many of us seem to want to hold on to our terrible twos and all of the moments when we defiantly claimed, “I’ll do it!” When you were growing up, how many times did you get spanked because of this defiant attitude?

We have two clearly defined options. One is to turn to Jesus as our personal Lord and Savior. With this option, we inherit the kingdom of God. The other option is that we defiantly claim “I’ll do it!” and we inherit an eternity being separated from God.

What is your inheritance?

Copyright 1998 – 2017 Dennis J. Smock
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Will you inherit the kingdom of God?

October 26, 2016

Be Still . . .
Devotionals for Daily Living
 ©

The acts of the sinful nature are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God.
(Galatians 5:19-21 (NIV))

This list is rather long.

Did you see yourself in any of these sinful behaviors?

I realize that this question is one that we all want to avoid.

for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,
(Romans 3:23 (NIV))

It is human nature to be a sinner. We cannot help but live out the results of the fall from grace. We all have our own “pet sins” that we struggle with. On our own, we are lost to sin. On our own, we can do nothing that will save us from the consequences of our sin. It is for this very reason that our loving Father sent His Son, Jesus, to die on the cross to save us from our sins. That salvation is not automatic. We cannot simply get to heaven because Jesus died for us. We cannot simply continue in our sin and get to heaven. There is a reciprocity. We must ask for forgiveness. We must accept Jesus as our personal Lord and Savior, and we must repent of our sinful ways.

Repentance is not a one time occurrence. Once you accept Jesus, you will face things daily where you will need to ask for forgiveness. There will be days where you will be tempted, where you will feel hatred, and where you will feel jealousy and envy. Strive to overcome these through the power of the Blood of Jesus. Since we are only human, we will falter and when we do, ask for forgiveness and ask for the strength and wisdom to turn away from this in the future.

Priorities are an interesting thing. We all have them. We need to make sure that truly following Jesus is our top priority. To use an old saying, the rewards are out of this world!

Copyright 1998 – 2016 Dennis J. Smock
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American or not, do not cling to idolatry

February 5, 2010

Be Still . . .
Devotionals for Daily Living©

Therefore, my dear friends, flee from idolatry.
(1 Corinthians 10:14 (NIV))

The dictionary defines idolatry as the worship of a physical object as a god.

Is there anything in your life that could qualify? Think about that for a moment. We can create our own little gods out of just about anything. Our houses. Our cars. Our jobs. Our recreational vehicles. Our toys of any shape and size. Any of these can become our god if we place them about the true God of this universe. All that has to happen is we become so attached to these things that we begin to believe that we cannot live without them. Perhaps we even begin to believe that they are the very reason that we live.

Is there anything in your life that has taken this place of unmerited worship? Could there be a fine line between washing that new car and having a fit because of a bird’s target practice?

Perhaps there is a human characteristic that simply is trying to fill a void. We long to have someone or something that we focus our existence upon. To some people, it is family. To others, it is God. To far too many of us, that focus is something that is man-made. It is fleeting and can offer nothing in return. The newest, fanciest car will soon grow old and rust. The biggest, most expensive house will soon become run-down. Nothing that we possess can grant us the fulfillment that we long for. Far too often, they soon possess us. We become bound to these idols and forget who truly is worthy of our worship and praise.

Faith is a choice. God does not force us to turn to Him. He allows us to walk down the path of our own making. He offers guidance and repentance, but He allows free will. That free will means that we have choices. We can choose to worship idols of our own creation or we can choose to worship the one who created us.

Have you allowed something to come between you and God? Has it become your idol?

Copyright 1998 – 2010 Dennis J. Smock
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