From the Kitchen Table
Victorious Living Day 8
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.” The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately sick; who can understand it? “I the Lord search the heart and test the mind, to give every man according to his ways, according to the fruit of his deeds.” Jeremiah 17:5-10
We have a choice and He has compassion. We get to choose today to live under the curse or in the blessing. We can live in our own strength and power, which the Bible calls a curse, or we can live by God’s strength and power which the Bible says is a blessing. We can know where we’re living by what we’re living in, fear or fearlessness. And here’s the thing, God knows our hearts and minds better than we do and He gives us what we live for, not necessarily what we think we want. Our Father has set up a world, a life, where we work and walk with Him to live this life. He gives us what we want, what we live for. We must understand that truth. God loves us and will lead us but He won’t lean on us. We get to choose how we will live with or without Him. Thank goodness He doesn’t give us just what we think or feel but according to how we live, according to the fruit of our deeds. We’re not cursed or blessed just by the thoughts and feelings that swim through our minds but we find ourselves among the cursed or with the blessed by how we chose to live. Live in God’s love and out of God’s love and we will live from God’s love and by God’s love.