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I long to be a little child in the arms of the Lord!


Be Still . . .
Devotionals for Daily Living ©


Jesus said, "Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these."
(Matthew 19:14 (NIV))


I am in shock!

I recently moved my parents closer to me so that I could be more help to them. It wasn't easy, but I know that it was the right thing to do. This has been confirmed multiple times in the last few months with things such as shootings less than two miles from their old house and shootings right outside of the hospital that my father has been in several times. Today, my heart is heavy. I am sick to my stomach.

They found a dead baby in a trash can at a Wal-Mart not too far from where they used to live!

What have we become?

Life has no value. Evil is called good and good is called evil. Don't get me started on the wars and rumors of wars, or nation rising against nation.

I am so tired of the evil in this world.

I am so tired of the sin in this world.

I don't know about you, but I honestly believe that all of these events are breaking the very heart of God.

When I hear of the sins of this world, my heart breaks. None of us are innocent, but little children come the closest to that innocence. How could a society allow such things? How could a society embrace evil to this extent?

I am ready for Jesus to return!

Are you looking up?

I know that I am!

I long to be a little child in the arms of the Lord!


Copyright 1998 - 2024 Dennis J. Smock
Daily Living Ministries, Inc.
https://www.dailylivingministries.org

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Is Jesus the Messiah, the Son of the living God?


Be Still . . .
Devotionals for Daily Living ©


"But what about you?" he asked. "Who do you say I am?"
Simon Peter answered, "You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God."
(Matthew 16:15-16 (NIV))


It all comes down to one simple answer, and that answer will determine your eternity!

Who do you say that Jesus is?

I know that I haven't said anything lately about the events transpiring in the world, but things are strange. It seems that we no longer pay any attention to the wars and rumors of wars, even though they are still raging on. We are only focused on the latest distractions that our society sends our way. Things are not going to return to what we used to call normal. With that said, how you see Jesus is crucial.

Do you stand firm in the promises that He is the Son of God?

Do you stand firm in the promises that if you believe in Jesus, you will be redeemed from the consequences of sin and death?

Do you believe that He is our Rock, our Firm Foundation and all other ground is sinking sand?

With the current state of the world, we cannot, we should not, place our faith in the things of this world. We must turn our hearts toward Jesus. We must look up when things are looking down. We must rest firmly in this truth.

For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because they have not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son.
(John 3:16-18 (NIV))

We are not guaranteed anything in this sinful, fallen world. We are drowning in a sea of sin and death. Jesus is the lifeline that we have been given to have salvation. Salvation is a gift, but we must ask to receive it. It is as easy as ABC.

A is for admit that you are a sinner in need of a savior.

B is for believe in your heart that Jesus Christ died for your sins, was buried, and that God raised Him from the dead.

C is for confess that Jesus is Lord!

Is Jesus the Messiah, the Son of the living God?


Copyright 1998 - 2024 Dennis J. Smock
Daily Living Ministries, Inc.
https://www.dailylivingministries.org

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Have you chosen the way of faithfulness?


Be Still . . .
Devotionals for Daily Living ©


I have chosen the way of faithfulness;
I have set my heart on your laws.
(Psalm 119:30 (NIV))


Do you profess a faith in Jesus as your personal Lord and Savior?

I pray that your answer to that question is "Yes," however, I have a few more questions for you that may require some in-depth reflection and possible repentance.

Do you believe and follow everything that we are told to do as His followers? Are there some of His teachings that you simply choose to ignore because you don't agree with them? If that is you, does that make you faithful, or does that make you a hypocrite? Will this result in a well done good and faithful servant, or will it result in something much different?

"Not everyone who says to me, 'Lord, Lord,' will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. Many will say to me on that day, 'Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name and in your name drive out demons and in your name perform many miracles?' Then I will tell them plainly, 'I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!'
(Matthew 7:21-23 (NIV))

When you choose to follow Jesus, you must accept His Lordship over your life. You must accept Him in totality, even the things that make you uneasy. If you aren't willing to accept the things that make you uneasy, then you are as those described in the following passages from the parable of the Sower.

Then he told them many things in parables, saying: "A farmer went out to sow his seed. As he was scattering the seed, some fell along the path, and the birds came and ate it up. Some fell on rocky places, where it did not have much soil. It sprang up quickly, because the soil was shallow. But when the sun came up, the plants were scorched, and they withered because they had no root. Other seed fell among thorns, which grew up and choked the plants.
(Matthew 13:3-7 (NIV))

We are to choose complete faithfulness. We are to set our hearts on His laws.

Still other seed fell on good soil, where it produced a crop—a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown.
(Matthew 13:8 (NIV))

This is the example that yields a harvest!

Have you chosen the way of faithfulness?


Copyright 1998 - 2024 Dennis J. Smock
Daily Living Ministries, Inc.
https://www.dailylivingministries.org

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Are you able to give these things?


Be Still . . .
Devotionals for Daily Living ©


My sacrifice, O God, is a broken spirit;
a broken and contrite heart
you, God, will not despise.
(Psalm 51:17 (NIV))


What do you give to the God of all creation?

What do you give when all that exists is His?

for every animal of the forest is mine,
and the cattle on a thousand hills.
I know every bird in the mountains,
and the insects in the fields are mine.
If I were hungry I would not tell you,
for the world is mine, and all that is in it.
(Psalm 50:10-12 (NIV))

If you truly stop to think about it, the only thing that you can give is yourself. In order to give yourself completely, you must be willing to surrender your will. You must recognize that you are a sinner in need of a savior. You must be willing to humble yourself. Don't stop with a willingness. You must humble yourself!

Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and He will lift you up.
(James 4:10 (NKJV))

We are to sacrifice our sinful nature. We are to sacrifice our human pride. We are to sacrifice our will and accept His Will.

Are you able to give these things?


Copyright 1998 - 2024 Dennis J. Smock
Daily Living Ministries, Inc.
https://www.dailylivingministries.org

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Are you willing to be bold for Jesus?


Be Still . . .
Devotionals for Daily Living ©


For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes: first to the Jew, then to the Gentile.
(Romans 1:16 (NIV))


Have you ever been in a situation that was uncomfortable to acknowledge Jesus?

I want you to think about something for a moment, if you will. At present, we still live in a society that allows believers to publicly acknowledge Jesus, but there is coming a time that will make the days of persecution in the Roman Colosseum seem tame.

Are you ready?

If you can't acknowledge Jesus now, how will you be able to do it when it will mean severe persecution or even death? Is your faith strong enough to face what none of us want to face, but what we probably will face? Let me put it another way. If someone held a gun to your head and told you that you will be killed if you are a Christian, what would your answer be? Would you lie to save your physical life and lose eternal life, or would you boldly proclaim that Jesus is Lord? Are you secure in your faith to die for your faith?

I realize that nobody wants to think about this, but we don't know what tomorrow may hold for us. What we do know is the one who holds tomorrow in His hands. We must place our faith in Jesus and trust that all of His promises are "Yes" and "Amen" through the cross!

It is time to take a serious look at your faith.

Are you willing to be bold for Jesus?


Copyright 1998 - 2024 Dennis J. Smock
Daily Living Ministries, Inc.
https://www.dailylivingministries.org

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