Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, And whose hope is in the Lord, For he shall be like a tree planted by the waters, Which spreads out its roots by the river, And will not fear when heat comes; But its leaf will be green And will not be anxious in the year of drought, Nor will cease from yielding fruit. Jeremiah 17:7 NKJV
God calls people whose hearts depart from Him cursed. They will be like shrubs in the desert. They will not see good when it comes upon the land. They will inhabit parched places in the wilderness. They will live in an unfruitful uninhabited land.
God makes a distinction between people who trust Him and people who put trust in their own resources. God promises to bless people who fear Him and honor Him.
I was a real estate broker. When the market was hot I made a lot of money. My family and I lived an extravagant lifestyle. What goes up must come down. The exuberance of the market faded. Our lifestyle did as well. Our resources dried up. Our spirits did not!
A short time later I was on my computer glorifying God. People all over the world started receiving these messages.
When we seek the Kingdom of God and His Righteousness before all other things we are blessed regardless of our circumstances. God reveals the power of His anointing and blessing during seasons of trials and hardship.
People who trust Jesus and make Him their hope are not fearful in seasons drought and famine!
If we trust Jesus will be blessed with prosperity of spirit. The Lord will produce fruits of righteousness through our witness of Jesus. We will be blessed because God is eternally faithful and true to His Word!
We will be like trees planted by rivers of living water. Living in a world scorched by sin and death will not make us fearful. We will not be fearful because our hope is in the Lord of Heaven and Earth. Our future is an eternity in the presence of Jesus!
We can have joy during times of economic decline. We can have hope in seasons of trial and hardship. Sin and death cannot defeat us as we journey through life in a fallen world if we build our lives on the solid rock of faith in Jesus Christ!
Our circumstances do not change God’s character. The blessings of God are eternal. They can never be taken away from us. If you put your hope in Jesus you will be blessed in this life and throughout eternity!
The bible tells us a wise man looks to the end of the matter. You do not look down at your feet when you walk. You look toward the direction you are walking.
If you are struggling through a season of hardship and trial take your eyes off your circumstances. Look ahead to the glory that awaits you when Jesus takes you home!
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