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Have Confidence In The Unmerited Favor Of Jesus

This is another short but sweet devotion but the message is powerful.  There are countless examples in the Bible and in the world today about being in the right place at the right time.  I have had countless examples looking back in my past were I have not been able to explain it but I just have been in the right place at the right time.  I have had countless times where my plans have not worked out because God had different plans for me and positioned me in the perfect place in the perfect timing.  My plans are generally the wrong timing at the wrong place and it is why my plans generally do not work.  However, I have learned that if I simply trust in the Lord that I will be positioned to have success in His perfect timing and His perfect placing.

In the bible I love the story of Ruth.  She was a poor widow who had nothing.  Her mother-in-law Naomi left their family and were in extreme poverty.  They did not even have grain.  Ruth said to Naomi, “Please let me go to the field, and glean heads of grain after him in whose sight I may find favor.”  Ruth was confident that God would give her favor even though she was a foreigner and had no connections with anyone in the field.  She didn’t even know whose part of the field she would be able to glean in.

Ok so let’s look at what happened.  Ruth went in the field with her “hap” and went into the part of the field that belonged to Boaz.  The word “hap” is an old English word it means “to happen” to be at the right place.  However, in the original Hebrew text, the root of this word is the word qarah! (as we talked about yesterday).  The Lord’s perfect timing and placing put Ruth in that field.  Boaz saw her and fell in love with her and they married.  Before the meeting she was in her lowest point with everything in the natural against her.  But, Ruth trusted in the Lord and He positioned Her in His timing and His placing that was perfect for her.  It was so perfect in fact that she was named in the genealogy of Jesus in Matthew.  Wow, that is awesome!!!

No matter what natural circumstances may be against you today, have confidence in the grace of Jesus and He will give you what I call “qarah success.”  He will cause you to be positioned at the right place at the right time to experience His protection and success in your relationships, career, finances and health!!!

And she went, and came, and gleaned in the field after the reapers; and her hap was to light on a part of the field belonging unto Boaz; who was of the kindred of Elimelech.   —   Ruth 2:3

Have confidence in the unmerited favor of Jesus and He will cause you to be positioned at the right place at the right time to experience success.

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A Picture of a Blessed Man

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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