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You are Blessed

Jeremiah 17:7-8

Blessed is the man who trusts in the LORD, whose confidence indeed is the LORD. He will be like a tree planted by water; it sends its roots out toward a stream, it doesn’t fear when heat comes, and its foliage remains green. It will not worry in a year of drought or cease producing fruit.

To know if we are truly blessed, we need to take a close look at our past to see how we have come through difficult situations. This passage does not promise that adverse times will not come to the blessed person; on the contrary, it includes such times. The blessed person, however, will not be overcome by trying times and circumstances. The blessed continue to produce fruit and remain a life-giving source and a shelter from the heat because they are firmly rooted in God.

The word, “blessed,” here represents the benefits that accrue to the person who is devoted to the LORD and His word. We should all pray to be blessed! Committing ourselves to God, studying His word, and applying the truths of His word to our lives will automatically bring blessing. His word will establish us and ground us – just like the tree that is planted by the water and receiving continual nourishment. We will continue to grow and flourish, even when hard times befall us.

We fail to recognize that we are blessed when we start comparing ourselves to others. We must remember that whenever we see a blessing someone else has, we cannot see what that person endured to receive it. Comparing what we have to what others have is a false comparison of blessing. God promises to make us fruitful, so we simply need to trust that word and remain devoted to Him. Those who have less or nothing at all can see how we are blessed.

 Let us never take our blessings for granted. Today we remember those who lost their lives for our country so we can enjoy freedom and the blessings God has so graciously given us. Take some time to reflect upon the history of this country and how God has brought us through many threats of evil to deny us our freedom. Liberty is won through hard battles, but it can be lost easily if we become distracted and lose the will to fight by failing to appreciate what we have. Thank God for your many blessings today, and know that He will bless you if you remain in Him.

Have a blessed day!

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