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Aug 5th

Rev. E. Anderson


It is good for you to know that the LORD desires that you should live a ‘Carefree Life.’ The promise and assurance that Peter gives is for you in your immediate condition – “Casting all your cares (big and small) upon Him, for He careth for YOU” – 1 Peter 5:7. Instead of going around over-burdened, distressed and desolated, literally throw them heavenward and He will take and deal with them in wisdom in his time. Learn to rest and relax in Him and enjoy His presence and the joyful blessedness that He imparts through His indwelling. You are never alone as He is ever in attendance to render constant, effective service and ministry. You are to have a permanent testimony to His goodness and intervention.


“It is vain for you to rise up early, to sit up late, to eat the bread of sorrows: for so He giveth His beloved sleep” – Psalm 127: 2

What better promise and cause for you to rest and rely on and receive its full benefits!


Whilst there are positive spiritual factors to be introduced into one new nature received from Christ, there are things that belong to the old sinful and carnal nature that have to be put off, removed from one’s being and behaviour. Paul said to the saints at Ephesus “That you put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts – Eph 4:22. It should become obvious that Christ has renewed you and that the Holy Spirit is in charge and that you are conforming to the standards that God’s Word reveal. It is essential to identify them and see that they have no place in our faith and conduct.

“Let all bitterness be put away from you” – Ephesians 4:31. This is one of the awful evils that can destroy a believer’s personality and ministry. When things do not work out as one desires or when someone has performed some act of wickedness on us, it is easy to become bitter and resentful. It has been defined as being harsh, acrid and virulent. It certainly carries an awful virus which can infect and affect others to disadvantage. This kind of spirit and attitude needs to be disposed of as quickly as possible because of damage caused. It needs to be replaced by the grace of sweetness and such comes through a close union with the Holy Spirit who births and release attractiveness and appeal to others. Let others be switched on today by your spiritual charm.



A contrast is drawn in vv5-8 between the life that is cursed and the one that is blessed. The cursed are referred to as stunted shrubs in the desert that really have no significance or worth. The emphasis is on the blessed life and it is likened to that of a tree rightly planted by the riverbank with a source of life that produces great fruitfulness. It yields that which is of value and is a testimony to all that is good. The great thing is, it is of an enduring character and manifests a continual freshness and healthiness. It is something to be enjoyed and envied.

It comes about as a result of placing one’s trust in the Lord. When a person puts their whole confidence in the Lord and reveals it by constant faith, obedience and commitment, it is recognized and honoured by Him. He has His own inimitable way of pouring out His unique blessing on the one that looks only to Him. Jeremiah was in a most wholesome relationship with the Lord and though he had a difficult work to perform, he knew, in a marked degree, the presence and goodness of the Lord. He was not a dried up shrub but an ever-growing fruitful tree.

This has to be a fundamental principle and procedure of life: making the Lord the sole grounds of trust and confidence. The outcome could not be more assured because God’s word affirms it. In revealing this positive and wholesome state of being there is the inevitable manifestation of an individual that is fully and truly blessed. Psalm one endorses this truth to the believer. In your pursuit of God and life, you are to know in a remarkable, divine way what it is to be blessed in an ever-increasing fashion and measure. To be blessed by God is to be blessed indeed!



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