A Daily Word from the Word for Wednesday, February 18, 2015
“He who is of a proud heart stirs up strife, but he who trusts in the Lord will be prospered.” – Proverbs 28:25
To “trust” (rachhab, pr. raw-khawb), as used in this verse, means “to put confidence in” (Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance). In whom or where do you place your confidence, my brother? Who do you make your source, my sister? Webster defines “proud” as “having or showing the attitude of people who think that they are better or more important than others, having or displaying excessive self-esteem.” When we are too full of ourselves, we don’t leave much room, if any, for God.
Proverbs 3:5-6 places us in the palm of our Creator’s hand as it testifies “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make straight your paths.” Do you need some things in your life straightened out? Then trust in the Lord.
Lasting prosperity only comes from God. The prosperity spoken of here is dashen (pr. daw-shane), which is “to fatten, to satisfy.” There are so many people who are never truly satisfied. As much as they may have, they are still living in great lack, because they always want more. No matter how much riches one may have, if they are not satisfied, then they are lacking. And lack is a state of poverty. It’s like always being thirsty no matter how much water you drink.
Jesus said to the Samaritan woman at the well “Whoever drinks of this water will thirst again, but whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him will never thirst.” The Son of God and Son of Man was referring to the water of the world, which would always leave us lacking, versus placing our confidence in the eternal provision of the Savior Who is our portion, Who makes us lie down in green pastures and secures our lot (John 4:13-14, Psalm 23:3, Psalm 16:5).
How secure is your lot in life, my brother? Is that balancing act you’re trying to steady wearing you down, my sister? 1 Corinthians 3:7 gives us rest, providing assurance that “neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is anything, but only God, who makes things grow [provides the increase].”
A very wealthy man, worth hundreds of millions of dollars, once said to me “Every night I go to bed afraid that I will lose it all and wake up poor.” My heart broke for him, because He didn’t have Jesus. This poor soul was already poor, because he put his confidence in a temporary currency. His faith was bankrupt because he attached it to a dead source.
Where is your faith attached to, family? Hopefully, attached to the eternal, life-giving, supercharged Risen Savior! Jesus will never run out, nor will He ever run out on you! 1st and 2nd Corinthians (1:30 and 8:9) testify of these truths: “It is because of God that you are in Christ Jesus, who has become for us wisdom from God–that is, our righteousness, holiness and redemption. For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though He was rich, yet for your sakes He became poor, that you through His poverty might become rich.” The Hope against hope guarantees us “Never will I leave you nor forsake you” (Hebrews 13:5). Now that’s some powerful currency printed on providential papyrus!
Father, we repent for being proud and self-reliant. Forgive us for thinking we are more important than You, and for falsely believing we know better than You concerning ourselves and our lives. We rebuke and come out of agreement with self-reliance, and come into agreement with God-reliance. We bind our will to Your Sovereign Will, and we bind our ways to Your perfect Way, Who is Jesus Christ. We thank You that our feet are securely and permanently fastened to the steps You have ordered for us, and that You will not allow anyone or anything, not even us, to take us out of the steps you have prepared for each and every one of us. In Jesus Name, we thank You that we find every good and lasting thing in You. Amen and Amen.
Take action! Challenge your thinking! Choose to forsake the deceptive, fleeting, and stale provision of the world, for the true, sustaining, and eternal provision of the Lord. Determine to make God, through Jesus Christ, your True Source, by allowing Him to graft you into His Son (John 15:5). And continue to fight the good fight of trusting in the Lord; for God, your Tested, Tried, True, and Eternal Storehouse, has already given you the victory!
If you have never received Jesus Christ as your personal Lord and Savior, I encourage you to do it today, right now, by saying this prayer out loud: “Jesus, forgive me for my sins. I am sorry. I truly desire to be saved and reconciled back to God, my Father, through You. I receive Your sinless Blood as payment in full for my sins—past, present, and future. I now call You my Lord and Savior, and invite You to live within my heart, and to permanently live within me. I make You Lord over me and over my life from this moment on. Amen.” Congratulations! You are now a child of God, made whole and made new, by the Blood of Jesus Christ!
God tells us that we are blessed to be a blessing (Genesis 12:2). Be a blessing to someone by sending them this word of encouragement. If God did not already put someone in your spirit and on your heart that needs to read this uplifting message from above, simply ask your Heavenly Father who to bless on today. Forward this message right now by email, facebook, or twitter.
Jesus is coming soon!
May God Bless you and keep you always.
With warmest regards,
And, in service of The Most High King,
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Matthew is founder of HMD Ministries, and sits under the leadership of Apostle Dr. Don Lyon of Faith Center Ministries International in Rockford, Illinois, where he serves as an associate pastor.
All references to Hebrew and Greek words and meanings, unless otherwise noted, are taken from the New Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance © 1990 by Thomas Nelson Publishing. All dictionary references are taken from the Merriam-Webster online dictionary © 2015, unless otherwise noted.