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A Picture of a Blessed Man

June 25, 2011

We have spent some time on what the Bible says is a cursed man but looks look at what the Bible says is a blessed man.  Slightly after the chapter in Jeremiah where he talks about a cursed man he states that a blessed man is one who trusts in the Lord and whose hope is in the Lord.  He also states that a blesses man will not have fear when the heat comes and his leafs will be green and will not be anxious in times of a drought and will never stop yielding fruit.

When man puts focus on his own efforts it is impossible to be strong, not be anxious and to yield fruit during a drought.  Our world panics during a drought or a crisis and we are continuously trying to stay out of a drought because in a drought in this world we will suffer.  In the Lord however this is not true.  When we are in the Lord we continue to flourish and be blessed even during a drought.  When we trust in ourselves we will have stress, anxiety and fail at some point.  However, if we truly put our trust in the Lord and our hope is based on the Lord then we can be truly confident that we will be taken care of no matter what our surroundings are.  See the difference?  In this world we try and control our circumstances and surroundings, however, in the Lord we let the circumstances and surroundings come our way because we know the Lord will lead us through whatever our circumstances and surroundings are.  He will lead us through and we will continue to be blessed and will have favor and love irregardless of what we are facing.  My friends, that is grace, that is love and that is a Lord I love to worship and serve.  That is my God!!!

The tree described I think of a blessed man is an evergreen.  It is green no matter what; it flourishes no matter what it’s surroundings are.  It is still green in a drought.  Jeremiah says that a cursed man is a shrub in a dessert.  YUCK!  That is depressing.  I want to be an evergreen, I want to flourish and be green no matter what my surroundings are.  Do you think an evergreen does anything to be green all the time?  Do you think it is green because of it’s efforts?  No it is green because that is what God has done for that tree.  It is no different for us my friends.  The Lord directs our steps, He is the source of our blessings and when we trust in Him and hope in Him, irregardless of our surroundings we are blessed, favored and loved just like the evergreen.  Not because we did anything but because He did it all.  The difference is we walk through life void of stress and fear when we are focused on the Lord.

The main difference between the blessed man and the cursed man in scripture is that the cursed man cannot see good when it comes, the blessed man will not fear even heat when it comes!  This is very important:  Heat comes to even the blessed man, but he is not conscious of the seasons of the heat, but continues to be strong and flourish.  Let me say again that fear and stress are not from the Lord.  The Lord does not guarantee that tough things won’t happen, but He does guarantee that you will not have fear or stress and that He will carry you through.  This means you will enjoy divine health, youthfulness, vitality and dynamism.  Your only thing is to believe appropriately, trust and have hope in Him.

The blessed man will not be anxious in the drought.  Look around you and the meltdowns currently happening.  While it may be bad news for the world, the blessed man can remain at rest and not be anxious because God has promised that even in the midst of a crisis, he will not “cease from yielding fruit.”  Beloved, you are that blessed man or woman, choose to believe that and watch fear and stress leave your life.

Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, and whose hope is 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 form yielding fruit.   —   Jeremiah 17:7-8

The blessed man is not conscious of seasons of heat, but continues to be strong to flourish.

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