Summary: I. EXORDIUM: Have you ever trusted someone with your life? II. AUDIENCE PROFILE: Believers III. OBJECTIVES: To show what it means to trust the LORD and what are the rewards of trusting the LORD IV. TEXT: Jeremiah 17:7-8 (New Living T
Have you ever trusted someone with your life?
II. AUDIENCE PROFILE:
To show what it means to trust the LORD and what are the rewards of trusting the LORD
Jeremiah 17:7-8 (New Living Translation, Second Edition)
“But blessed are those who trust in the Lord and have made the Lord their hope and confidence.
They are like trees planted along a riverbank, with roots that reach deep into the water. Such trees are not bothered by the heat or worried by long months of drought. Their leaves stay green, and they never stop producing fruit.
What it means to trust in the LORD and reap the rewards
Trust In The LORD
A. Author: Jeremiah
B. Content: biography and message of the weeping prophet
C. Period: Dark days in the kingdom of Judah, from the 13th year of Josiah (last good king) until several years beyond the Captivity.
D. Main Themes: The backsliding, bondage and restoration of the Jews
VIII. MAIN BODY:
A. What it means to trust in the LORD
1. Blessed are those who trust in the LORD (Isaiah 51:2)
Isaiah 51:2 (New Living Translation, Second Edition)
Yes, think about Abraham, your ancestor, and Sarah, who gave birth to your nation. Abraham was only one man when I called him. But when I blessed him, he became a great nation.”
Trusting in the LORD makes you blessed already because you're trusting His unfailing love. For example, when Abraham trusted the LORD, the LORD GOD Himself blessed Abraham and Abraham became a great nation.
2. Make the LORD your hope and confidence
Trusting the LORD means putting your hope and confidence on GOD alone.
Romans 15:13 (New Living Translation, Second Edition)
I pray that God, the source of hope, will fill you completely with joy and peace because you trust in him. Then you will overflow with confident hope through the power of the Holy Spirit.
Hope came from the Hebrew word: mibtach meaning "refuge", "security", "assurance", "confidence", "sure" when you hope in someone, you make him your security, assurance, confidence, for your life. Same with the LORD GOD, we make Him our "refuge", "security", "assurance", "confidence", "sure" when we hope in GOD. If we do this to another human being, they will fail, but when placed on GOD it will fill our lives with joy and peace.
Numbers 23:19 (New Living Translation, Second Edition)
God is not a man, so he does not lie. He is not human, so he does not change his mind. Has he ever spoken and failed to act? Has he ever promised and not carried it through?
Hebrews 7:19 (New Living Translation, Second Edition)
For the law never made anything perfect. But now we have confidence in a better hope, through which we draw near to God.
We have confidence in a better Hope, that is our LORD, the Hope of Glory.
Colossians 1:27 (Modern King James Version)
For to them God would make known what are the riches of the glory of this mystery among the nations, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory,
B. Rewards of trusting in the LORD
These are the major rewards of trusting in the LORD, namely: (1) we will be like trees planted along the riverbank, we will not be thirsty of the Holy Spirit, (2) our foundations are made strong in the Word of God, (3) we are not bothered by the heat, because the LORD GOD is our refuge, (4) we are not bothered by worries in months of drought, brought about by disobediences of this ending world, (5) our leaves stay green, (6) to bear more delicious fruit.
Isaiah 44:3-4 (New Living Translation, Second Edition)
For I will pour out water to quench your thirst and to irrigate your parched fields. And I will pour out my Spirit on your descendants, and my blessing on your children. They will thrive like watered grass, like willows on a riverbank.
Psalms 1:1-3 (New Living Translation, Second Edition)
Oh, the joys of those who do not follow the advice of the wicked, or stand around with sinners, or join in with mockers.
But they delight in the law of the Lord, meditating on it day and night.
They are like trees planted along the riverbank, bearing fruit each season. Their leaves never wither, and they prosper in all they do.
When you trust in the LORD, you don't follow the advice of the wicked but only GOD's advice because you delight in the law of the LORD, even meditating on it day and night.
2. Roots reach deep into the waters
Root came from the Hebrew word "sheresh" meaning "bottom","deep", "heel" referring to your foundation or the way you make yourself stand up.