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Meditate on this! July 21, 2008

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Thus says the LORD:”Cursed is the man who trusts in man
   and makes flesh his strength
,
   whose heart turns away from the LORD.
He is like a shrub in the desert,
  and shall not see any good come.
He shall dwell in the parched places of the wilderness,
   in an uninhabited salt land.

“Blessed is the man who trusts in the LORD,
  whose trust is the LORD.

 He is like a tree planted by water,
   that sends out its roots by the stream,
and does not fear when heat comes,
   for its leaves remain green,
and is not anxious in the year of drought,
   for it does not cease to bear fruit.”

 The heart is deceitful above all things,
   and desperately sick;
   who can understand it?
 “I the LORD search the heart
   and test the mind,
 to give every man according to his ways,
   according to the fruit of his deeds.” (Jeremiah 17:5-10 )

We were reading over this passage at church yesterday, and it just grabbed my heart and soul! I need to meditate on scriptures like this one ALL THE TIME! It reminds me of so many things. First, that GOD commands us NOT TO TRUST IN MAN. In fact, it says “cursed is the man”…pretty powerful statement there. You think God means it or what?!? For those on this earth that put there trust in man and not God, justice will be His in the end. This also means ourselves. We read at the end of the verse that the heart is sick and deceiving, who can understand it? Second, that our trust should always and only BE IN GOD. When we have reverential fear (i.e. trust) in God, we produce fruit, whether we are in a difficult time (drought) or a joyous time (plentiful green watered tree by the stream). We know God is always there for us, is a Sovereign God, and we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose. ( Romans 8:28 )

No matter what or who you believe in, God knows all of our hearts, and will have justice on each one of us based on our hearts, not our deeds (good or bad). So, if you say you love God, trust Him with all your heart, never trust man, understand that your heart fails you and cannot be trusted, and love God by obeying His commands! I pray that this passage will mediate in your minds all week long. Be blessed!

Trusting God,

Lauren

More than Love July 18, 2008

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In this world that we live in, so many people claim to know God.  Some of the claimers say they are Christians, some say another religion, but insist it’s the same God. Most everyone says, “God is love”. And He is….but He is so much more.

In fact, God’s character is vast, and love is just one attribute. If you claim to know God, did you know that He is all of the following?…..

God is: Wisdom, Infinitude, Sovereignty, Holiness, Trinity, Omniscience, Faithfulness, Love, Omnipotence, Self-sufficiency, Self-existence, Justice, Immutability, Mercy, Eternal, Goodness, Gracious, Omnipresence

Wow…what a GREAT God we serve! That’s who God is…..and He’s the only God out there. He isn’t a God of many religions. He’s the God who made the heavens and the earth, the Father who sent His son Jesus Christ to live such a meek and humbling life, to be here as a servant and ultimately give His life as a ransom for those who believe. (Matthew 20:28 ) (more…)