Faith gives hope. Faith gives promise.

May 7, 2014

Be Still . . .
Devotionals for Daily Living

Many deceivers, who do not acknowledge Jesus Christ as coming in the flesh, have gone out into the world. Any such person is the deceiver and the antichrist.
(2 John 1:7 (NIV))

Have you ever heard people say that Jesus was a fictional character and that He never lived? Their reasoning for saying this is simply based on a lack of faith. They know the laws of this physical world and they do not think that it is possible for someone to do the things that are recorded as having been done by Jesus.

I am certain that you have also heard the other sayings about Jesus such as He did live, but the accounts of His miracles were recorded by superstitious people who wanted to control the minds of others. How about the ones who say that He did live and was crucified, but it is physically impossible to be raised from the dead after all of the physical abuse that He endured.

I find it so sad that people will take the most profound moment in human history and try to explain it away based on their limited understanding of how the world works. I am sure that these people simply are not willing to put their faith in anything that they cannot see, smell, touch or taste.

That is a shame.

Those who spread these type of lies lack the ability to step out in faith, to embrace the possibility that there is more to this life and this world than what they can see. They are the ones who have been deceived, and in their deception, fully intend to sway others to their deceptive ways of thinking. A life lived without faith is a sad thing. Faith gives hope. Faith gives promise. Faith gives us an assurance that there is more than meets the eye.

Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.
(Hebrews 11:1 (NIV))

Pray for those who do not possess faith, for they possess nothing of certainty. They possess nothing of hope.

What do you possess?

Copyright 1998 – 2014 Dennis J. Smock
Daily Living Ministries, Inc.
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We must listen and respond!

July 22, 2013

Be Still . . .
Devotionals for Daily Living

Why are you crying out to me? Tell the people to get moving!
(Exodus 14:15 (NLT))

I often wonder if God is saying that to me. How many times has God laid out plans for me and I fail to see them? How many times do I simply sit and wait for God to do something for me when all along He has created a path for me that I fail to see?

I am sure that the times that He has done this is far greater than I want to admit. Let’s face the truth, we are all probably in this predicament more than we care to admit it. If we were capable of discerning God’s call upon our lives every single second of our lives, then we would not find ourselves in the situations that often arise.

Does this lack of action have anything to do with out lack of faith?

We long to hear God tell us what to do. We long to have Him intervene in our lives and provide us direction. We long to be able to discern His still, small voice, yet, we often ignore it when He does speak to us. We are like so many people from the Bible who looked for large, miraculous signs and wonders to provide assurance and to guide them. We need to not look toward these examples, but look to Elijah. He understood how God speaks to us.

The LORD said, “Go out and stand on the mountain in the presence of the LORD, for the LORD is about to pass by.”
Then a great and powerful wind tore the mountains apart and shattered the rocks before the LORD, but the LORD was not in the wind. After the wind there was an earthquake, but the LORD was not in the earthquake. After the earthquake came a fire, but the LORD was not in the fire. And after the fire came a gentle whisper.
(1 Kings 19:11-12 (NIV))

If we are to do what God is calling us to do, then we must learn to recognize His voice and hear when He speaks.

Be still, and know that I am God
(Psalms 46:10a (NIV))

We must listen and respond!

Copyright 1998 – 2013 Dennis J. Smock
Daily Living Ministries, Inc.
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