Without Trust, we walk alone

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Today’s Manna – Our Daily Bread
http://bible.com/116/hab.2.18.nlt
What good is an idol carved by man,
or a cast image that deceives you?
How foolish to trust in your own creation— a god that can’t even talk!

Life Application Devotional
Idolatry may seem like a sin that modern people need not fear. But idolatry is not just bowing down to idols; it is trusting in what one has made, and therefore, in one’s own power as creator and sustainer. If we say we worship God but put our trust in bank accounts, homes, businesses, and organizations, then we are idolaters. Do you trust God more than you trust what your hands have made?

Observation
Where do we put our trust? What do we desire?

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Be patient, the future is not so far away

Today’s Manna – Our Daily Bread
http://bible.com/116/hab.2.3-5.nlt
This vision is for a future time. It describes the end, and it will be fulfilled. If it seems slow in coming, wait patiently, for it will surely take place. It will not be delayed.
“Look at the proud! They trust in themselves, and their lives are crooked. But the righteous will live by their faithfulness to God. Wealth is treacherous, and the arrogant are never at rest. They open their mouths as wide as the grave, and like death, they are never satisfied. In their greed they have gathered up many nations and swallowed many peoples.”

Observation
If we read the Word of God, if we say,  “Look at the proud!” And we do not set our eyes upon ourselves,  but we think of and point our fingers at others – don’t our deceitful hearts betray that we are the proud? Doesn’t it become very clear that we ate the ones that need to be humbled and laid low?

When we trust in ourselves instead of trusting in the Lord, our crookedness, our twisted natures are revealed. Because faith is not walking by sight,  but stepping out on a limb. It is working without a safety net of self or wealth or the approval of others – but instead trusting in the Lord to catch us.

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Belief & Obedience. This is Faith.

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Only he who believes is obedient,  and only he who is obedient believes.

The truth is that so long as we hold both sides of the proposition together they contain nothing inconsistent with right belief,  but as soon as one is divorced from the other,  it is bound to prove a stumbling-block. “Only those who believe obey” is what we say to that part of a believer’s soul which obeys,  and “only those who obey believe” is what we say to that part of the soul of the obedient which believes. If the first half of the proposition stabs alone, the believer is exposed to the danger of cheap grace, which is another word for damnation. If the second half stands alone, the believer is exposed to the dangers of salvation through works, which is another word for damnation.

– Dietrich Bonhoeffer

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Are you ready to be lifted up? By whom?

http://bible.com/116/amo.5.12.nlt
For I know the vast number of your sins
and the depth of your rebellions.
You oppress good people by taking bribes
and deprive the poor of justice in the courts.

It is an evil time. A time when we run from a lion,  into the hands of a bear, when we escape from the near and are bitten by a snake. Even those who are good at heart fail to follow the Lord’s will because they do not value His advice enough to earnestly seek it.

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Which way you turnt? Up? Or down?

http://bible.com/116/jol.2.12-13.nlt
That is why the Lord says,
“Turn to me now,
while there is time.
Give me your hearts.
Come with fasting,
weeping, and mourning.
Don’t tear your clothing in your grief,
but tear your hearts instead.”
Return to the Lord your God,
for He is merciful and compassionate,
slow to get angry and filled with unfailing love.
He is eager to relent and not punish.

Yes, there is judgement and separation and punishment for many. But the Lord isn’t eager to punish, He doesn’t delight in the deaths of the wicked, He is not controlled by anger or retribution. He is just and fair and righteous. He is merciful and compassionate towards those who seek Him.

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Confusion

Ignorance and misunderstanding create sufficiently enough confusion within this world – that trickery and malice are found far less commonly to be the root cause behind the the pain and suffering imposed by men upon each other.

There is little need for an active supernatural enemy of man, when man has turned so far from God and is so hardened in heart that he becomes a great enemy to his own kind.

We are children of one or the other. We either serve to bring truth and love and mercy and forgiveness to the world, giving of ourselves to build up others. Or we serve the purpose of tearing down others to build up the image of ourselves. We are either seeking to honor God and honor others, or we are expecting honor for ourselves.

Who’s your daddy?

Righteous? Sinner? Who are you?

Today’s Manna – Our Daily Bread
http://bible.com/116/hos.14.9.nlt
Let those who are wise understand these things. Let those with discernment listen carefully. The paths of the Lord are true and right, and righteous people live by walking in them. But in those paths sinners stumble and fall.

Observation
Oh what a sin it is to think ourselves wise, to set ourselves upon the throne of self exaltation in a prideful stance. If we think ourselves so wise,  if we think that we are so understanding, why do we still find ourselves stumbling? Why do we still find ourselves falling short daily of the glory of God?

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Don’t Point

Today’s Manna – Our Daily Bread
http://bible.com/116/hos.4.4.nlt
Don’t point your finger at someone else and try to pass the blame! My complaint, you priests, is with you.

Observation
People are less likely to listen and learn when we point the finger at them in judgement, because when a sword is raised towards us,  we prepare to defend ourselves,  we put up walls and prepare for battle, we run away because we are afraid that we are about to be hurt and plundered.

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