Hope and confidence

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DAILY DEVOTIONAL – Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Scripture reading:

Two kinds of people are contrasted here: those who trust in human beings and those who trust in the Lord.   The people of Judah were trusting in false gods and military alliances instead of God, and thus they were barren and unfruitful. In contrast, those who trust in the Lord flourish like trees planted along a riverbank. In times of trouble, those who trust in human beings will be impoverished and spiritually weak, so they will have no strength to draw on. But those who trust in the Lord will have abundant strength, not only for their own needs, but even for the needs of others. Are you satisfied with being unfruitful, or do you, like a well-watered tree, have strength for times of crisis and even some to share as you bear fruit for the Lord? (NLT)

Jeremiah 17:5-8 – This is what the Lord says: “Cursed are those who put their trust in mere humans and turn their hearts away from the Lord. They are like stunted shrubs in the desert, with no hope for the future. They will live in the barren wilderness, on the salty flats where no one lives.

“But blessed are those who trust in the Lord and have made the Lord their hope and confidence. They are like trees planted along a riverbank, with roots that reach deep into the water. Such trees are not bothered by the heat or worried by long months of drought. Their leaves stay green and they go right on producing delicious fruit.”

Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not rely on your insight. – Proverbs 3:5 (NRSV)

Phyllis W. Howard (Missouri) titled her story “ZIP UPSIDE DOWN!” Here is a portion of Phyllis’s story:

“. . . Later I realized why I had been unsuccessful; I had not trusted enough in myself to ‘let go’ of the overhead cable. How true that is of life, I thought. To fully enjoy our life with God, we must ‘let go’ – let go of our old life with its worries, old habits, and old pursuits. Then we will be free to enjoy the adventure of the abundant life God intends for us.”

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY – We can trust God to lead us to an abundant life. (See John 10:101.)

Prayer: Dear Lord, help us trust you in not only the big things but also the small, everyday things, as we pray, “Our Father which are in heaven, Hallowed by thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen” (Matthew 6:9-13, KVJ).

Prayer Focus: SOMEONE HOLDING ON TO DESTRUCTIVE HABITS

To read the rest of the story in The Upper Room, click on the following link: http://devotional.upperroom.org/

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HOPE: https://helpfulinspirationalblog.wordpress.com/hope/

CONFIDENCE: https://helpfulinspirationalblog.wordpress.com/confidence/

ABUNDANCE, ABUNDANT: https://helpfulinspirationalblog.wordpress.com/abundance-abundant/

STRENGTH, STRENGTHS: https://helpfulinspirationalblog.wordpress.com/strength-strengths/

TRUST: https://helpfulinspirationalblog.wordpress.com/trust/

PAST: https://helpfulinspirationalblog.wordpress.com/past/

DESPAIR: https://helpfulinspirationalblog.wordpress.com/despair/

REFUGE: https://helpfulinspirationalblog.wordpress.com/refuge/

REPUTATION: https://helpfulinspirationalblog.wordpress.com/reputation/

JUSTICE: https://helpfulinspirationalblog.wordpress.com/justice/

ACCOMPLISHMENTS: https://helpfulinspirationalblog.wordpress.com/accomplishments/

TRUTH: https://helpfulinspirationalblog.wordpress.com/truth/

POWER: https://helpfulinspirationalblog.wordpress.com/power/

DEPEND, DEPENDENCE: https://helpfulinspirationalblog.wordpress.com/depend-dependence/

PATIENCE: https://helpfulinspirationalblog.wordpress.com/patience/

GUIDANCE: https://helpfulinspirationalblog.wordpress.com/guidance/

ASSURANCE: https://helpfulinspirationalblog.wordpress.com/assurance/

COMPLAINING: https://helpfulinspirationalblog.wordpress.com/complaining/

LIFESTYLE: https://helpfulinspirationalblog.wordpress.com/lifestyle/

DISCOURAGEMENT: https://helpfulinspirationalblog.wordpress.com/discouragement/

COMMITMENT: https://helpfulinspirationalblog.wordpress.com/commitment/

GOD’S WILL: https://helpfulinspirationalblog.wordpress.com/gods-will/

PANIC: https://helpfulinspirationalblog.wordpress.com/panic/

PRAYER: https://helpfulinspirationalblog.wordpress.com/prayer/

FAITH: https://helpfulinspirationalblog.wordpress.com/faith/

1 In contrast to the thief who takes life, Jesus gives life. The life he gives right now is abundantly rich and full. It is eternal, yet it begins immediately. Life in Christ is lived on a higher plane because of his overflowing forgiveness, love, and guidance. Have you taken Christ’s offer of life? (NLT)

John 10:10 – [Jesus said] “The thief’s purpose is to steal and kill and destroy. My purpose is to give life in all its fullness.”

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