What Happens When You Trust God? Jeremiah 17:8

This short blog post is about the benefits of faith, with suggestions on how to deepen your personal faith.

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To trust God more it sounds like a good thing but how will it help us in the real world of hard knocks?

"But blessed is the one who trusts in the LORD, whose confidence is in him. They will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream. It does not fear when heat comes; its leaves are always green. It has no worries in a year of drought and never fails to bear fruit." Jeremiah 17:8

BLESSED
To be blessed is to be happy or to have God's favor or grace.

TRUST THE LORD
To trust the Lord is very personal, you don't inherit it from parents or get it from your country, and it doesn't come on you in some magic way in your house of worship.  It is a conscious decision you have to make yourself.

CONFIDENCE
This is trust that does not waver.  It is the result of spending much time getting to know the one you trust in.  As you spend time with God you will not only trust him but also have a trust that is based on God and not based on some lesser thing like human philosophy or even religion.

Tree with roots in a stream.
THE TREE
This blessing is likened to a tree that is well watered.  Since the psalmist lived in an arid country the image of a tree by streams of water is powerful and desirable.
     * It is planted by water and is well nurtured by the roots.
     * It does not fear the desert heat because it has a source of water close by.
     * It's leaves are always green, it will not wither or go dormant.  A tree with green leaves is beautiful.
     * It has no worries in drought because the water is near.
     * It never fails to bear fruit, so it is a blessing to those around it.

It is the picture of everything a tree should be.

THE METAPHOR
As the tree grows deep roots it is protected, nourished, healthy and fruitful; the same can be said for those who develop deep roots in the Lord that we have a source of spiritual nourishment, protection and peace.

YOU CAN BE LIKE THAT TREE
Trusting the Lord blesses you in many ways, like the tree you will be free from worry, have a source of strength, and confidence be a blessing to those around you

A deep faith comes from deep roots in the Lord.  Spend time with God in prayer, thoughtful reading of His Word the Bible, spending time in private and community worship and in acts of serving him.

If you do not know the Lord as savior then see this other post.

(c)Adron Dozat




What is The Secret To Living The Abundant Christian Life? Colossians 2:6

This short post looks at a verse that takes us from finding salvation to living it.

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Some of us receive Jesus as Savior but then become frustrated with the promise of an abundant life and the struggle we experience.  What are we getting wrong?

"So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live your lives in him,Colossians 2:6. 

JUST AS YOU RECEIVED
Our lives are to be consistent.  This salvation and new life is given as a gift and it is the beginning.  Our lives that follow are also received as a gift and are to be lived in the same way of receiving by faith.

CHRIST JESUS AS LORD
Jesus Christ is more than just our Savior, we didn't receive a license to live anyway we want but we received Jesus as Lord as well.  A lord has rights over the servant and we are obligated to obey him.  He is your master and more he is your king.  When we receive him as savior we must receive him as the Alpha and Omega, the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords we must give him our obedience.

CONTINUE
To continue is to not stop but to keep on.  We are to continue to live our Christian life in the same manner in which we came to it.  Faith is personal and there are different ways of expressing it, sometimes when we try to express how we became saved we might say that we asked Jesus into our lives or we accepted the Lord; whatever expression you use to express how you came to be saved it is the same terms that you continue in salvation.  If you think of salvation in terms of trusting the Lord then you may want to express growing in the Lord as trusting in the Lord for growth.  If you express salvation as accepting the Lord then you may want to think of having an abundant Christian life as something you accept in the same way.

Those that do not continue to live in faith will struggle between the world of faith and this present world.  1 John says that those who do not continue with us demonstrate that they were never really on of us. (1 John 2:19).

TO LIVE YOUR LIVES IN HIM
We are given life but we are indebted to the giver of that life.  This salvation and new life is the beginning.  Our lives ever after are also a gift and are to be lived in the same way of receiving by faith.

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What Does It Mean To Wait And Hope For The Lord, Psalm 33:20

I hope this short message is a comfort and encouragement to those who are going through difficulties.

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Sometimes we struggle and then we call on the Lord and expect something to happen but it looks like nothing is going to happen; we wonder if something went wrong with prayer or with our faith.

"We wait in hope for the LORD; he is our help and our shield." Psalm 33:20.

WAIT
It is hard to wait, in these modern times we are conditioned to get things quickly, but it is even harder to wait when we have a crisis or difficulty.  God is not neglectful or slow but He is purposeful, His timing is directed by His love for us.   His delay may have more to do with us becoming ready for the answer than it is about Him taking time to prepare the answer

HOPE
To hope engages waiting with a purpose or an expectation.  Hope is based on understanding who God is and his purposes in our lives.  Not knowing God causes our hope to feel empty, but when you know the Lord and are growing in that knowledge then your hope is bright and full.

LORD
A lord is a governor or ruler, God is not only creator of the all things He is also the ruler who commands and controls all things; if you are going to hope in someone that is the best someone to hope in.  Not only is He the all-powerful creator and ruler of all things He is also the loving Father who sent his son to be the sacrifice to take our sins and offer us eternal life.

HE IS OUR HELP
There is no maybe, wishful thinking, or doubt, but this is a positive affirmation statement, which states a fact that the Lord is our help.

A helper comes alongside you so the two of you can work together.  Imagine what it would be like to move a heavy load with the help of a kind Olympic weight lifter, you know he can do the bigger and harder part, so if the All-powerful One is your help He can do the harder part in your situation too.

SHIELD
This goes beyond helping for God becomes the shield- a wall of protection.  God becomes something we could not become or even help in becoming, He actually is our place of refuge.  We can hide in him in His love and comfort.

CONTINUE
The problem with waiting is that it is not over quickly and we must resolve to continue to wait, but we can go through our trials and struggles knowing that God is beside us.  Our lives are a relationship with God and when we engage Him then the waiting is not only endurable but leads to the blessing of knowing him better.

We can hope and look forward to seeing his deliverance.

If you want to understand more about how to know God see my other post.

(c)Adron Dozat

What Does God Want Me To Give To Him?

This short blog post is an encouragement that we all have something unique to give, I hope it is an encouragement.

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What can you give to God?  You can't give a fortune, or build a monument or do some heroic deed- so what can you do for God that no one else can do?

"Give praise to the LORD, proclaim his name; make known among the nations what he has done." 1 Chronicles 16:8.

GIVE PRAISE
Some translate this as give thanks.  There is some difference between thanks and praise but there is so much in common that they are almost the same; both are expressions of worship.

PROCLAIM
To proclaim is to tell, but not in confidence or in a little way; it means to shout it from the rooftops and to make everybody know.  It is to go out or go ahead with an open public announcement.

AMONG THE NATIONS
The Old Testament teaches that it was God's plan for His people to be a light to all nations.  He wanted them to communicate His truths to the world not just possess those truths.  Jesus brought this teaching into focus when he said, "You are the light of the world," (Matthew 5:14).

WHAT HE HAS DONE
We are to tell what he had done for mankind when He sent His son to become sin on our stead and pay the price for our salvation and freedom from judgment.  We are to tell what He has done in our lives and how we were once lost and far from God but He has brought us near through his son.  We are to proclaim how we were wretched and broken and rejected but He gave us joy peace and acceptance.  When you receive salvation then you have a unique story to proclaim to the nations.

NAME
A name is primary, it is one of the first things we learn about a person and one of the first questions we ask someone when we meet them.  A name is an identity.

We are to make His name known.  We proclaim Him not to boast about our lives but to boast about our Christ.  When we proclaim the Name of the Lord we are introducing someone to God.

Only you can give God your praise, thanksgiving and worship; only you can proclaim what he has done for you.  This is a universal constant no matter what other things God may have in store for you this is one thing that the Bible is clear about.
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To learn more about finding salvation in Christ see my other post.

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Does Anybody See Or Care How Much I Am Going Through?

We all have hard times in life but sometimes it seems like no one sees or knows or cares what we are going through.  Will there ever be anyone who will see and understand and care?

"The eyes of the LORD are on the righteous, his ears are attentive to their cry." Psalm 34:15.

EYES AND EARS
Of all the senses these two are the ones that are able to perceive from the greatest distances. You can hear a thunderclap from many miles away, and you can see a star from light years away. You may think that God is too far away; that the distance and the walls are too big for Him to overcome but this Bible verse says that is not true.

EYES ... ARE ON
The Lord's eyes are already focused on the righteous; He is already watching and seeing.  His attention is set.  There is no need to say, "Hey God look here!" because he is looking already, no matter how far you have fallen he still sees.

EARS ARE ATTENTIVE
The Lord is already listening and He is currently paying attention, and listening for your voice.

We know that God is all-seeing and all-knowing but this verse says something more- that He is on purpose all seeing you specifically and intentionally.  Not only seeing and hearing but the use of the word, attentive, suggest he is waiting for something specific from us.

OUR CRY
He is hearing our sobs and he is watching our tears, but he is waiting for us to cry out to him.  He is waiting for us to ask Him for help in a humble request.

THE RIGHTEOUS
God is the Lord and Creator of everybody but he has a special relationship with the righteous. The Bible teaches that we find righteousness in Jesus, (The Bible, Philippians 3:9).  Jesus lived a perfect life without sin and as God's only son he was able to die for the sins of the world so those who believed in him could have eternal life and righteousness, (The Bible John 3:16).

If you are struggling then cry out to the Lord and He will hear you.

If you want to know more about how to have righteousness with God and a relationship with him see my other post.


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How Can God Keep His Promises To Men? Joshua 21:45.

Is God's word good?  Can He keep His promises when they seem so big and we are so far from him?

"Not one of all the LORD'S good promises to Israel failed; every one was fulfilled." Joshua 21:45. NIV.

A LITTLE BACKGROUND
God made many promises to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob regarding their inheritance, and future generations who would receive the Promised Land.  They lived in Egypt for 400 years during which time they became a great people.  When they were delivered from the oppression of Egypt they returned to the land God had promised them.  This verse is quoted at the conclusion of the book of Joshua which tells of the taking of the land from the Philistines and other peoples.

NOT ONE ... FAILED
God is all knowing and all powerful therefore it is not possible for Him to make a promise He could not keep.  Since God is all knowing He would know not to make such a promise, but being all powerful there is nothing He cannot do so if he promised it he can do it.

If a promise was only partly kept it would undermine God.  It would mean he is not all knowing or all powerful or that he was capricious.  The promises of God must be kept 100% or not at all; if they are only kept in part it would mean He cannot be trusted and we would have reason to doubt.

EVERY ONE
The double emphasis is a method of scripture used often to give what the Bible calls witness or testimony since by the testimony of two or three a thing is established in Levitical law.

None of the promises of God were overlooked, or forgotten.  If you had a list in front of you and you were checking them off you would check them all off.

WAS FULFILLED
God didn't just keep the promises He makes- He abundantly keeps them more than we can imagine.  They were not halfway full but overfull.

God kept the promises in spite of the kind of people they proved to be in the wilderness, where they rebelled and sinned against him on numerous times.

THE LORD'S GOOD PROMISES
God's Word is full of promises to us today just as broad and great as he had given to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. Those promises to us are good and generous; God has no reason to be stingy but to the contrast his gift of his son illustrates his tremendous generosity.

That God kept his promises to Israel should encourage us to search his Word for the promises he has for us so we many learn them, observe their conditions and experience the blessings He has for us.

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