Have you embraced the Lord’s great love?

January 3, 2019


Be Still . . .
Devotionals for Daily Living

Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.
(Lamentations 3:22 (NIV))

When we hear these words, can we honestly claim them as our own?

It is not always easy to claim them because of the burdens of the world and the things that we face every “morning.” Yet, all we have to do is stop and reflect on God’s promises to see that He has gotten us through another day and that we were indeed not consumed by the burdens of this world.

Each day that we have is a gift from God and should be approached with thankfulness and joy for the enemy is all around. Through God’s great love and mercy, we have escaped the enemy to see another day. The enemy that I speak of is death. Death through sin. Physical death and spiritual death are both a part of the enemy’s arsenal of weapons. The spiritual death is the consumption of our souls by the enemy.

Through God’s compassion, He sent His Son Jesus Christ to face the ultimate “consumption” for our behalf. Even though Satan tried to consume Jesus, Jesus defeated Satan, and through this act, we have the ability to claim that we will not be consumed by the enemy, but covered in grace and “compassion.”

What better gift can we receive?

Have you embraced the Lord’s great love?

Copyright 1998 – 2019 Dennis J. Smock
Daily Living Ministries, Inc.
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What do your actions show?

April 17, 2013

Be Still . . .
Devotionals for Daily Living

Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God – this is your spiritual act of worship.
(Romans 12:1 (NIV))

We are God’s creation. We have been bought by the Blood of Jesus Christ, therefore, we are not our own. God has paid the price for us twice, yet, we continue to act as if we are solely responsible and accountable only for and to ourselves.

This “ownership” is not one of servitude, but one of faith and salvation. In many societies, if someone saves another person’s life, the person who was saved “belongs” to the person who saved them. This is a “belonging” of gratitude and thankfulness, and not a “belonging” of bondage. If these societies can claim such an act as rightful, how can we, who have been saved far beyond the capabilities of any human savior, do any less for the One who has saved us? This is accomplished through the instructions that Paul wrote to the Romans.

We ARE living sacrifices. People see our daily sacrifices. What do you show to God and to the world on a daily basis?

Copyright 1998 – 2013 Dennis J. Smock
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What are you thankful for?

November 24, 2010

Be Still . . .
Devotionals for Daily Living

I will praise God’s name in song
and glorify him with thanksgiving.
(Psalms 69:30 (NIV))

This is the attitude the Pilgrims had when they had their first Thanksgiving feast. They had suffered through a harsh winter, and with the help of new friends and by God’s grace, they had made it through their first harvest. They truly had something to be thankful for. They knew who to thank. They had come to this country to have the freedom to worship God the way they knew they should, not as a government dictated, and for that they were thankful.

Today, we need to be thankful for our freedom to worship God. However, if we are not careful, we will lose the spirit that the Pilgrims had. Our government, and others, are trying to tell us how, when and where we can worship. We are becoming just like the government that the Pilgrims left England to escape.

We need to be thankful to God, and not let others dictate to us where, when and how God can be worshipped. After all, this country was founded on this very freedom. If we don’t keep God as the center, then God will be missing from our society as we allow others to push Him more and more off to the side.

What are you thankful for?

Copyright 1998 – 2010 Dennis J. Smock
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What are you truly thankful for?

November 24, 2009

Be Still . . .
Devotionals for Daily Living©

Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom, and as you sing psalms, hymns and spiritual songs with gratitude in your hearts to God. And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.
(Colossians 3:15-17 (NIV))

And be thankful !

I honestly believe that our society has forgotten how to be thankful.

We have replaced the welfare of others with the welfare system. We have replaced love your neighbor with not knowing our neighbors. We have removed the Bible from being the foundation of our society. We have become an arrogant society that cares little for anything except ourselves.

Where did we go wrong?

It may be hard to pinpoint the exact time. Perhaps it was when we removed prayer from our schools. Perhaps it was when we decided that it was ok to kill unborn children in the name of convenience. Perhaps it was so many points along the way that we have forgotten how each one transpired.

Fortunately, we can repent. We can turn our hearts toward God and accept the grace freely offered through His Son, Jesus. We can seek the guidance of the Holy Spirit, and we can pray.

if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land.
(2 Chronicles 7:14 (NIV))

Be thankful that we have a loving God who is willing to allow us to repent. Be thankful that there is nowhere that we can go that God is not there to hear our prayers. Be thankful that He sent His Son, Jesus, to offer us grace and mercy. Be thankful for the country in which we live. Be thankful for family and friends.

This Thanksgiving, I pray that we can all offer more than the customary lip service and earnestly and sincerely confess our thankfulness. I pray that our nation will turn toward God and return to the foundations of our society. I pray that we will all be thankful for the opportunity to turn our hearts toward God and I pray that we will follow through with that desire.

This Thanksgiving, what are you truly thankful for? Is it a selfish reason or is it a righteous reason?

Copyright 1998 – 2009 Dennis J. Smock
Daily Living Ministries, Inc.
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