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GROWING IN CHRIST

"Who Has the Title"

Date published: 02/15/2016
Psalm 146:5 “Blessed is he whose help is the God of Jacob, whose hope is in the LORD his God.” (NIV)  

   I hear this said often: “Nothing is ever as easy as it seems.” Another comment I hear repeated: “Everything today is so much harder.” Whether these are true statements are open for debate; everyone has their share of difficulties. This verse gives two simple truths that provide great resilience in the difficulties you face: 1) Seek God’s help. 2) Place you hope in God. Doing these two things result in God’s blessing. Reading this promise is refreshing. Yes, I may be in a difficult situation, but God will help me through it. As long as I maintain my hope in God and trust Him, I am blessed! 

   Difficulties can be a giant vacuum that suck you into a well of frustration, hopelessness, and discouragement, or they can be a wonderful magnification of seeing God’s hand in your life situations. Every difficulty is an opportunity for God to make His presence and work known to you. Psalm 147:10-11 reveals one of the traps that can thwart God’s promise, “His pleasure is not in the strength of the horse, nor His delight in the legs of a man; the LORD delights in those who fear Him, who put their hope in His unfailing love.” (NIV) Every problem presents you with the choice of trusting self or trusting God. Human nature wants to use the means at its disposal and exert its great human ingenuity.  God’s delight is not in you using your resources and exercising ingenuity to solve your difficulties, but it is in those who fear (honor and revere) Him and trust Him. Place your hope in God. Trusting Him transfers your burdens to God. When you do this you must still accomplish the things that must be done, but you allow God to still be in charge. God will see you through the difficulty so that you can experience His love and presence – what a blessing! Delight in knowing that living this way results in God’s blessings. 

Jeremiah 17:7-8 "But blessed is the man who trusts in the LORD, whose confidence is in Him. He will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream. It does not fear when heat comes; its leaves are always green. It has no worries in a year of drought and never fails to bear fruit." (NIV) 

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Here are some Bible studies from Growing in Christ to help your transformative experience: “Deeper With God” and “Hard Times.” 

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