Trust in man or in God?

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Jeremiah 17:5-8 ESV

“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.”

This here is not just Old Testament teaching. It is what is taught in the New Testament, too, just in different words, perhaps. For there are two types of people in the world, and they are not (1) those who profess faith in Jesus Christ, and (2) those who don’t profess faith in Jesus Christ. They are (1) those who walk in the ways of the flesh and in sin, and whose trust is in man (in human beings) and in the flesh, and it is (2) those whose trust is in the Lord, and not in the flesh, and who walk in the ways of the Lord, in obedience to the Lord, and in walks of holiness and in righteousness, and not in sin.

For, contrary to what many people are teaching these days, we cannot just make a profession of faith in Jesus Christ and then have all our sins forgiven and be on our way to heaven, regardless of how we live. If our faith in Jesus Christ does not result in changed hearts and lives, then it is of the flesh of man and not of God. For genuine faith in Jesus Christ dies with Christ to sin and lives to God and to his righteousness. For the faith to believe in Jesus is not of our own doing, but it is gifted to us by God, and we can’t even believe in Jesus unless God the Father draws us to faith in Jesus Christ.

[Romans 6:1-23; Luke 9:23-26; Ephesians 2:8-10; Ephesians 4:17-24; Titus 2:11-14; Romans 8:1-14; Hebrews 12:1-2; John 6:44]

So, if we are still living in sin, according to the flesh, and if we are not walking in obedience to our Lord and to his commands, but we are making sin our practice, instead, and if righteousness and holiness are not what we practice, then we are still under the curse of sin, we do not know the Lord Jesus, we are not saved from our sins, and we will not inherit eternal life with God. For we are not born of God, but we are still of the flesh, and so we are of the devil, instead. And Jesus Christ is not the strength of our lives, but other human beings are who we are following, instead.

But we are blessed of the Lord and we are freed from the curse of sin if we, by God-given faith in Jesus Christ, have died with Christ to sin, and if daily by the Spirit we are continuing to put sin to death, and if we are now living to him and to his righteousness in obedience to his commands. And that is because our trust is in the Lord and not in the flesh of man, and we are feeding on the word of the Lord, and we are obeying what the Lord, by his Spirit, is teaching us from his word. For this is what it means to believe in Jesus Christ to be Lord (Owner-Master) and Savior of our lives.

[Matt 7:21-23; Matt 24:9-14; Lu 9:23-26; Rom 1:18-32; Rom 2:6-8; Rom 6:1-23; Rom 8:1-14,24; Rom 12:1-2; Rom 13:11; 1 Co 6:9-10,19-20; 2 Co 5:10,15,21; 1 Co 1:18; 1 Co 15:1-2; 2 Tim 1:8-9; Heb 9:28; 1 Pet 1:5; Gal 5:16-21; Gal 6:7-8; Eph 2:8-10; Eph 4:17-32; Eph 5:3-6; Col 1:21-23; Col 3:5-17; 1 Pet 2:24; Tit 2:11-14; 1 Jn 1:5-9; 1 Jn 2:3-6,24-25; 1 Jn 3:4-10; Heb 3:6,14-15; Heb 10:23-31; Heb 12:1-2; Rev 21:8,27; Rev 22:14-15]

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For Our Nation

An Original Work / September 11, 2012

Bombs are bursting. Night is falling.
Jesus Christ is gently calling
You to follow Him in all ways.
Trust Him with your life today.
Make Him your Lord and your Savior.
Turn from your sin. Follow Jesus.
He will forgive you of your sin;
Cleanse your heart, made new within.

Men betraying: Our trust fraying.
On our knees to God we’re praying,
Seeking God to give us answers
That are only found in Him.
God is sovereign over all things.
Nothing from His mind escaping.
He has all things under His command,
And will work all for good.

Jesus Christ is gently calling
You to follow Him in all ways.

Men deceiving: We’re believing
In our Lord, and interceding
For our nation and its people
To obey their God today.
He is our hope for our future.
For our wounds He offers suture.
He is all we need for this life.
Trust Him with your life today.

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