Are you confident of your rescue?

January 30, 2018

Be Still . . .
Devotionals for Daily Living

The Lord will rescue me from every evil attack and will bring me safely to his heavenly kingdom. To him be glory for ever and ever. Amen.
(2 Timothy 4:18 (NIV))

When Paul wrote these words to Timothy, he had already been through many trials for his work in spreading the Gospel to the Gentiles. Even in the midst of the troubles that he faced, he was confident that he was in good hands. In all of his travels, Paul faced being run out of town. He had been thrown in jail. He had been beaten and stoned. He had been shipwrecked. He faced starvation and would eventually be thrown in a Roman prison. It was from this prison that Paul reached out to Timothy. His words speak of the faith that was used to reach the Gentiles with the Gospel.

I want you to put yourself into Paul’s situation as he sat in the Roman prison.

How would you feel, how would your attitude hold up if you spent what many believe to have been two years locked away in a dungeon? It is believed that where Paul was kept was simply a cold, dark room under the main building. The only access into this room was to be lowered by rope through a hole. Even the Roman guards had to enter and exit in this manner. Would you be able to express the faith that Paul displayed? Would you be able to hold onto the promise that the Lord would rescue you from every evil attack?

Far too many people hold fast to the promise that these words contain, yet when they are faced with any hardship, they quickly lose all faith.

Would we be reading the letters that Paul wrote if he had decided to throw a pity party for himself? What if the letters that he wrote had been self reflections and full of “Why did this happen to me?” Paul was confident in his faith. Paul was an excellent example of faith under pressure. He knew that no matter what the enemy may send his way, the Lord would rescue him and bring him into his heavenly kingdom.

Perhaps you are going through trials in your life. Is you faith strong enough to face what Paul faced?

Are you confident of your rescue?

Copyright 1998 – 2018 Dennis J. Smock
Daily Living Ministries, Inc.
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Overcoming Troubles!

January 13, 2012

Be Still . . .
Devotionals for Daily Living
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“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”
(John 16:33 (NIV))

Is there anything in the world today that does not reek of trouble? Perhaps another way to look at that word is to interpret trouble as pressure. With that in mind, take a serious look at your life and the world in general. It is almost impossible to find areas of your life that do not have pressure or trouble. Terrorism and wars plague nations. Financial problems are now terrorizing nations and individuals in ways that terrorists could only hope to be able to do. People are losing their homes because they have lost their jobs. Many families are beyond a two income household. It is not uncommon for those who can to have two or three incomes. Health problems abound and seem to be on the increase.

Do you clearly get the picture? In this world, we face many hardships and troubles. In our human nature, we can do nothing about them. We can be battered by the troubles and allow them to take their toll or we can firmly ground ourselves in something that is above the troubles.

That something is Jesus !

Unfortunately, too many people believe that relying upon Jesus means that we will have no troubles. When they face troubles, they abandon Jesus. He does not abandon them. They are looking for a magical solution to eliminate all troubles. If they would only realize that Jesus gives us strength through the troubles. He is with us if we will only recognize that He is there.

During these troubling times, we must not abandon Jesus. We must turn to Him and rely upon His strength. When things look bad because you need work, turn to Jesus. When things are good because you have work, turn to Jesus. In all things, turn to Jesus. Seek His guidance in how He will work in your life to overcome your troubles.

Copyright 1998 – 2012 Dennis J. Smock
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The weight of the world

September 9, 2010

Be Still . . .
Devotionals for Daily Living
 ©

Elijah was afraid and ran for his life. When he came to Beersheba in Judah, he left his servant there, while he himself went a day’s journey into the desert. He came to a broom tree, sat down under it and prayed that he might die. “I have had enough, LORD,” he said. “Take my life; I am no better than my ancestors.”
(1 Kings 19:3-4 (NIV))

Wow!

Think about that for a moment. Have you ever felt like this? Have you ever faced a situation that you thought would be the end of you and your life as you know it? Have you ever simply wanted to give up and let the enemy win because the battle was too hard?

Even Elijah had these feelings. He feared for his life. In other words, Elijah saw the world and did not rely on God as he should. He was afraid of what the world would throw at him. He was so afraid that he actually ran away and prayed to die. Elijah was a great prophet of God, yet, he had feelings that were not from God.

How do you feel when you have moments like these? Think about how Elijah must have felt. Still, God did not abandon him. He will not abandon you.

Elijah was a great prophet. He heard God and he obeyed. Yet, in a moment of weakness, even a great prophet of God can lose sight of who is in control. God redeemed Elijah and had him speak His word again. Some would even say that Elijah’s greatest moments with God came after this episode.

Just because you have faltered in your faith, it doesn’t mean that God is not capable of using you for His purposes. I am sure that most of you have heard the old say, “God does not call the equipped. He equips the ones He calls.” He will equip you even when you feel that you are of no use to Him.

Don’t let the world make you lose sight of God’s calling. Focus on God, especially in the moments that you feel are your moments of failure. He will turn them into the seed that produces great things for His Kingdom.

Copyright 1998 – 2010 Dennis J. Smock
Daily Living Ministries, Inc.
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