SEE Him As Your Only Source – Pt. 2

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Can You SEE what God is saying?

This is what the Lord says: “Cursed are those who put their trust in mere humans, who rely on human strength and turn their hearts away from the Lord. They are like stunted shrubs in the desert, with no hope for the future. They will live in the barren wilderness, in an uninhabited salty land. “But blessed are those who trust in the Lord and have made the Lord their hope and confidence. They are like trees planted along a riverbank, with roots that reach deep into the water. Such trees are not bothered by the heat or worried by long months of drought. Their leaves stay green, and they never stop producing fruit. (Jeremiah 17:5-8 New Living Translation)

On yesterday we discussed the cursed man (person) who trusts in human efforts and self-reliance, instead of God. Today, we will discuss the Blessed Man (person). God defines the Blessed Man as one who places all of their hope and confidence in God. In the Hebrew language, “bless(ed)”, means to congratulate, praise, salute, and noteworthy. God shows us a great contrast between the cursed man and the Blessed Man. The cursed man has stunted or restricted progress and no real expectation of good things in the future. The Blessed Man places all of his hope and trust in the Lord and is successful in the worst of times.

Anyone can be successful when the economy is booming, jobs are in abundance, and there is money in savings. However in this world, there are economic cycles that rise and fall affecting people in all walks of life. WE serve a God that lives outside of time and outside of natural systems. He knows that it is only a matter of time before another famine, drought, or recession takes place, so He has made a covenant promise to provide for His people when they trust in Him alone for their provisions.

It is possible to live insulated for the effects of theses natural conditions? Yes!! God requires us to believe in Him and His WORD to the point we act on it. Mere knowledge is not enough; we must become fully persuaded that He will do what he said.

The Gospel of Luke records a woman blessing the child-rearing efforts of the mother of Jesus, but let’s look at how Jesus replied, … He replied, “Yes, but even more blessed are all who hear the Word of God and put it into practice.” (Luke 11:28 Living Bible).

The WORD of God also tells us: The Lord’s blessing is our greatest wealth. All our work adds nothing to it! (Proverbs 10:22 Living Bible)

We must allow knowing and doing God’s WORD to become the priority in our lives. Nothing else will ensure a peace of mind or unceasing provision in the days to come.  Determine today to become the Blessed Man!!

4 thoughts on “SEE Him As Your Only Source – Pt. 2

  1. What an enlightening devotional! This devotional is an awesome Word reminder that our goal is to be a doer of the Word of God and not a hearer only! The bible teaches us plainly on this. The man that has become a doer shall be BLESSED in his doing ( his life of obedience). I am more encouraged to make this a priority!

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  2. Amen! It is in doing the Word that we are actually protected. It’s like planting seed and waiting for the harvest. Knowing the Word alone, just like having seed alone and knowing what to do with it is not enough.

    It has often been said that “Knowledge is power,” but I have found that knowledge is simply an empowerment because you can’t do what you don’t know. But, when you do know but don’t do, nothing happens.

    James 4:17 in the NKJV says,”…to him who knows to do good and does not do it, to him it is sin.” That lets me know God holds us responsible for learning/knowing his Word AND he expects us to do it. (We can reference 2 Tim 2:15, James 1:22, and 1 Peter 4:19 for that.)

    When we see things from this perspective and do not let it slide
    –>which is we do not become forgetful hearers<– I believe we could really accomplish some major things in the Kingdom unto the glory of God.

    That's what I'm working on everyday…
    It takes a lot of discipline.

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  3. I keep hearing the word ‘confidence’. We understand that we act on what we believe and not necessarily what we know. To know is great but without the confidence that God WILL do what He said He will do, leaves the greatest ‘knowers’ just as powerless as the person who doesn’t know at all. True confidence in God is not believing God can do it but that it is all ready done (I spelled ‘all ready’ that way on purpose, because all of it in it’s entirety is complete and ready for release) and the manifestation of it in the physical realm is simply a matter of time. Confidence is the acceptance of something as truthful and reliable regardless of the various and numerous contrary occurrences, instances, and conditions that scream for our attention. When a believer truly believes what God says, they always see what God says as greater than any number of variation of contrary factors combined. In truth, what God says is so much greater than contrary factors that they are completely nullified by what God has said.

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