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Bible Study ~ Blessed Are Those Who Trust In The Lord


Jeremiah 17:7-8 NLT

"Blessed are those who trust in the Lord.....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."


What a wonderful passage from the Word of God! There are a few things I would like us to take notice of in this passage of Scripture.


The first thing I would like us to notice is the section that reads "bothered by heat." Heat here means: Pressure, Affliction, Tribulation, and Persecution.


How many of us are not bothered when we feel pressured? Honestly? If we were honest with ourselves and God, we would admit that this is an area where we truly struggle.


Our first definition for the word "heat" is: Pressure.


It could be pressure to make a decision, or pressure to conform with our friends and family, where it would be easier to be silent and just go with the flow rather than making a stand for our convictions, our beliefs, or God.


It could be pressure at our jobs, being made to feel that we need to do the job of two people in excellence and on time.


It could be pressure that we are feeling from our spouses by being shut out, or not counted as someone who has something of value to say, or by being condemned for our beliefs and therefore being laughed at, belittled or ridiculed.


These are all real examples of how we can feel pressure. How we react to that pressure, determines our outcome. Whether it will be an outcome of defeat or an outcome of victory, depends on you and me.


What are the things that are bothering you today? What are the things in your life that are bringing you great pressure? Are you willing to lay them at the feet of Jesus, and to ask Him to help you with them? Do you understand and realize that Jesus does not want you to be bothered by all these things?


One of the greatest ways to overcome pressure and not to be bothered by it, is by walking in love. Not the world-kind of love, but the God-kind of Love. If you are struggling with pressures today, I encourage you to read 1 Corinthians 13:4-8 in the Amplified Bible. Personalize it and make it part of your daily confessions. If you will do this, you will find a spiritual supply of God's Love flowing through you, and the things that bothered you before, will not bother you anymore. You will find joy in the midst of any kind of pressure you go through. Remember, it's how we react to the situation,  that determines our outcome.


The second definition for the word "heat" in the above verse is: Affliction.


Affliction can take on many forms. It could be illness, disease, or any kind of sickness that produces pain, suffering or distress. It could be prolonged. It could also be spiritual as in spiritual refining, or chastisement.


Whether it is physical affliction or spiritual, we can find relief from it from the Word of God. Why does the Lord tell us not to be bothered by these things? When we are bothered and focused on these things, we are putting more faith in whatever the affliction is, instead of having faith in our Father and His power, ability, and Love for us. When we focus on affliction in any form, everything in us is centered in what we are feeling or experiencing. When we focus on God, rather than the affliction, then God is able to move on our behalf and do for us what we need to have done. Remember, we have to believe we receive from God before we see it manifested here. (Mark 11:23-24). Your faith and my faith need to be stronger in God than in anything else!


When we are focused on the affliction so much that we can barely think of anything else, then we are tying God's hands and He is not able to touch us or heal us, and even if He did, I fear we would not even notice that He had.


We need to give more credence to the power and willingness of God to heal us, than to the power of sickness to kill us.


O Church, beloved in Christ, I beseech you to stand on what the Word of God says above all else! It is the only way we will see victory and receive our much needed healing. Whether it is physical, spiritual, mental, emotional, or financial healing that you need today, accept from the hand of Almighty God what He is reaching out and offering you today! Don't be bothered by affliction, receive your healing!


The third definition of "heat" in our verse is: Tribulation.


Tribulation, thlipsis (thlip-sis) is defined as pressure, oppression, stress, anguish, adversity, crushing, squashing, squeezing, and distress. Imagine placing your hand on a stack of loose items and manually compressing them. That is thlipsis, putting a lot of pressure on that which is free and unfettered. Thlipsis is like spiritual bench-pressing. The word is used of crushing grapes or olives in a press.


How is it possible not to be bothered by all of this? By having our focus on God and His abilities to save and deliver us. By having our faith in our Defender over and above any kind of tribulation that we may have here in this world.


O Church, beloved in Christ, look to the hills from where your help comes. Your help comes from the Lord. Rise up and shine for the glory of the Lord is risen upon you.


The fourth and last definition for the word "heat" is: Persecution.


Persecution means the hatred and affliction that follows the witness and holy life of God's people in a hostile world. The New Testament teaches that God's people will suffer persecution. Jesus taught that God's prophets always faced persecution (Matthew 5:12), so His disciples should expect the same (Matthew 10:23).


We are to stand strong and not compromise with the world. We are to stand out, not to blend in. If people cannot tell that there is a difference between us and them, then we are doing something wrong.


We are to be salt and light in the world. With this said, we must understand that there will be those who want to stop us. They cannot understand us, therefore they either fear us or hate us. But we are not to be moved, we are not to be fearful, timid, or shy about who we are or what we believe. We are to be bold, brave, courageous, gracious, and secure in who we are and in Who we represent.


Why are we not to be bothered by persecution? Because we have been given a mandate by God! We have a job to do that no one else can do. We are on a mission from God. I am accountable to God for what I do with what I have been given. So are you.


We can succeed in not being bothered if we keep our focus on God and why we are here. We are here to bring God pleasure and to glorify and honor Him in this gift of life that we have been given.


I encourage you to not be bothered today by the heat of pressure, affliction, tribulation or persecution. Stand strong in your calling and stand strong in who you are and do it in Christ and through Christ. He has made the way!


The next part of that verse I want us to take notice of is the word "drought."


Drought means quietness or silence from God. We have all experienced silence from God at different seasons of our lives and walks.


Silence can be very scary, and very uncomfortable. It can produce fear, doubt, second-guessing what we are doing. Wondering if God is mad at us or if we have done something wrong.


There was a period of time when I was literally crying out to God to hear Him speak to me, to know He was near me. Yes, I know HE has promised to never leave me or forsake me (Hebrews 13:5-6), but sometimes you can know the Word without really believing it in your heart.


I even remember the date I cried out to God. It was March 10, 1998. I so desperately needed to hear from Him. HE so graciously blessed me with a verse to hold onto in these silent times. It has brought me much comfort over the years and continues to be one of my favorite verses. It is found in Isaiah 58:11 in the Amplified Bible. It reads:


"And the Lord shall guide you continually and satisfy you in "drought" and in dry places and make strong your bones. And you shall be like a watered garden and like a spring of water whose waters fail not." (emphasis mine)


See! Even when God is silent, He is guiding you. Even when God is silent, HE will satisfy you. HE will nourish you. He will supply your needs, make you healthy and strong. Healing waters will flow to you and from you. The life-giving power of God will continue to flow even when He is silent.


So please don't believe doubt, don't listen to lies, don't automatically think you have done something wrong. If you know in your heart you have sinned, repent now so that there will be nothing separating you from the Presence of God. (1 John 1:9). If however, you know that you are right with God, then take heart and stand on the promises of God found in the Word of God!


O Church, beloved in Christ, what I truly desire for you to see today, is that we do not need to be bothered by anything we face today. As long as we stay focused on God we will succeed. Don't be defeated today, be victorious today and every day. Hide yourself in Him!


As we saw in the beginning of our study today: "Blessed are those who trust in the Lord."


Be delivered, healed, helped, encouraged, comforted and strengthened today.


Please, if you don't know which promise of God to stand on, please email me and I will help you find the verse you need. Everything we need for this life is found in God's Word, but if we don't look or don't know where to find it, we will struggle. I will help you in whatever way I can. Just email me.


Let’s look again at our foundation verse for today:

Jeremiah 17:7-8 NLT

"Blessed are those who trust in the Lord.....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."


We will not be bothered or worried! Let’s all be like a flourishing tree today that always produces delicious fruit!


I will close with this wonderful passage from the Word of God:


Romans 15:4-6 Amplified Bible

"For whatever was thus written in former days was written for our instruction, that by our steadfast and patient endurance and encouragement drawn from the Scriptures we might hold fast to and cherish hope.

Now may the God Who gives the power of patient endurance (steadfastness) and Who supplies encouragement, grant you to live in such mutual harmony and such full sympathy with one another in accord with Christ Jesus, That together you may unanimously with united hearts and one voice, praise and glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ the Messiah."


Know that you are loved, valued, and appreciated today and every day, by God and by me.

Your Sister in Christ, Naomi




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