We must embrace the good that is our God!

April 10, 2015

Be Still . . .
Devotionals for Daily Living
 ©

Seek good, not evil,
that you may live.
Then the LORD God Almighty will be with you,
just as you say he is.
Hate evil, love good;
maintain justice in the courts.
Perhaps the LORD God Almighty will have mercy
on the remnant of Joseph.
(Amos 5:14-15 (NIV))

Is it just me, or has society lost any understanding of what is good and what is evil? I hate to say this, but I have even seen it in the churches in this country as well.

I know that I am going to get some people mad at me. When you have denominations voting to allow things that God calls an abomination, I can’t sit by and accept it. I would prefer to have people mad at me instead of God.

With that said, we are to hate evil. What is evil in the eyes of God? What causes the heart of God to break? Do you truly know the heart of God? Do you earnestly seek to know the heart of God?

If you know the heart of God, then you know what He calls evil and what He calls good. It is not as the world calls things. The world sees a rich man and wants to be like him. God sees a rich man and sees someone who, in most cases, worships their riches. The world sees things as a choice and that we have a right to make that choice. God sees a person who chooses to sin and step even further away from His grace.

Perhaps the best way to define evil in the eyes of God is anything that keeps a person from His redeeming gift of grace and mercy and goes against the fruits of the Spirit. If that is the case, then we, as the Body of Christ, must pray. We must seek God’s face. We must desire to turn from evil.

We must embrace the good that is our God!

We must embrace our God who is our good!

Copyright 1998 – 2015 Dennis J. Smock
Daily Living Ministries, Inc.
http://www.dailylivingministries.org
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Is there such a thing as a deafening silence?

January 22, 2014

Be Still . . .
Devotionals for Daily Living
 ©

When he opened the seventh seal, there was silence in heaven for about half an hour.
(Revelation 8:1 (NIV))

What do you think of when you think of heaven?

I would venture to say that you don’t think of it as a silent place, especially when you consider what is written of in Revelation 4:8.

Each of the four living creatures had six wings and was covered with eyes all around, even under his wings. Day and night they never stop saying:
“Holy, holy, holy
is the Lord God Almighty,
who was, and is, and is to come.”
(Revelation 4:8 (NIV))

We know that God is being praised continually, for heaven is a place of great joy. There is never silence, for silence means that the praise has stopped. It means that something is about to happen that makes all of heaven stop in their tracks.

I can only imagine what heaven will be like, but I cannot bear the thought of what heaven will be like for that half an hour. Nor can I imagine the terrible things that the silence will mark the beginning of. Humanity has fallen hard into our sinful ways. We all deserve what the silence marks. Fortunately, God is a God of love, grace and mercy. He has given each of us a way out of this terrible fate if we will only accept that grace. All that we have to do is proclaim that His Son, Jesus, is our personal Lord and Savior and we shall escape the terrible things that are the judgments upon this sinful world.

Every being in heaven will sit in silence out of awe of the great magnitude of times that will soon begin. New believers will feel the silence. Scoffers will not even notice.

How will you perceive this solemn moment in time?

Copyright 1998 – 2014 Dennis J. Smock
Daily Living Ministries, Inc.
http://www.dailylivingministries.org
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