Have you returned? Are you still returning?

March 20, 2017

Be Still . . .
Devotionals for Daily Living

“Even now,” declares the Lord, “return to me with all your heart, with fasting and weeping and mourning.” Rend your heart and not your garments. Return to the Lord your God, for he is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and abounding in love, and he relents from sending calamity.
(Joel 2:12-13 (NIV))

Are you ashamed of where you have been?

Perhaps I should ask if you are ashamed of where you are?

Let’s face the hard, unadulterated truth. We are all human, and human nature means that we are not perfect. We have all done things that are far from what Jesus calls us to do. Most of us like to think that this is all in our past, after all, we have accepted Jesus as our personal Lord and Savior! In reality, we still sin. Our human nature doesn’t go away. We must allow the Holy Spirit to influence our lives, to control the sinful nature that lies within all of us.

We must repent daily!

When we repent, we turn away from our sin and return to God. It is an act of obedience that we must do daily, if not more often, for our sinful, human nature will try to make us return to our sin.

Accepting Jesus as your personal Lord and Savior is not the end of your walk with Jesus. It is only the beginning! When you go for a walk, do you ever find yourself making mid-walk corrections and adjustments to make sure that you end up at your ultimate destination. Sometimes you must turn left. Other times you must turn right. Along the way you may have to step over or around obstacles. Sometimes you must turn around or return. Walking with Jesus is much the same way. Our sinful nature will start to lead us down a path that is not right. We must be sure to listen for the call to return to the path that Jesus desires for us to walk.

Have you returned to the Lord to be able to begin anew? Are you returning to Him on a daily basis?

Copyright 1998 – 2017 Dennis J. Smock
Daily Living Ministries, Inc.
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Is God with you wherever you go?

January 10, 2013

Be Still . . .
Devotionals for Daily Living
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Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.
(Joshua 1:9 (NIV))

In these days when it seems that society is attacking anything that is of God and His people, isn’t it good to know that God has not forsaken us. He is there always. All we have to do is call upon His Name.

In certain parts of this country, and the world, it is not “cool” or acceptable to admit that you believe in Jesus and God and that you follow God’s Word. In some places, it is even downright dangerous to proclaim your faith, yet God has stated that He would be with us wherever we go. Even if where we go requires us to lay down our physical life. We, as believers in this country have not had to test our faith in this manner as believers in other parts of the world have. The time may be coming when this is the case. If it does, we need to rely on God always being there.

Is God with you wherever you go?

Copyright 1998 – 2013 Dennis J. Smock
Daily Living Ministries, Inc.
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What is your reason for living?

March 12, 2012

Be Still . . .
Devotionals for Daily Living
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It is the LORD your God you must follow, and him you must revere. Keep his commands and obey him; serve him and hold fast to him.
(Deuteronomy 13:4 (NIV))

It takes dedication to follow someone or something with all of your heart. Too many people don’t possess that dedication in any aspect of their lives. They always complain about how difficult their job is, or how they want out of their marriage, or how they wish they could simply walk away from it all. I feel sorry for these type of people, for they are truly lost. They have not discovered the one thing in their lives that they can become passionate about. They have not discovered the one thing for them that makes life worth living.

What is your one thing that makes life worth living?

Family is important, but what happens when your family faces a situation that could tear it apart? Friends are important, but what happens when your friendship faces something that could cause bitterness and anger? Health is important, but what happens when you are told you have six months to live?

Only one thing can see us through these types of situations. Placing your faith in Jesus and following God with all of your heart will give you the strength to hold your family together. It will give you the grace to mend the bitterness and anger. It will give you the dignity and the hope of eternity when six months is all that you have.

Follow God and not halfheartedly. Make a decision to keep His commands and obey His Word. Hold fast to God and do not let go, and then, when all around you is falling apart, He will not let go of you.

Make God your reason for living.

Copyright 1998 – 2012 Dennis J. Smock
Daily Living Ministries, Inc.
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