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ARE YOU TRUSTING IN THE LORD?

Psalm 125: 1-2: "Those who trust in the Lord are like Mount Zion, which cannot be shaken but endures forever. As the mountains surround Jerusalem, so the Lord surrounds his people both now and forevermore."

I looked up the word trust and discovered it is used 96 times in the NIV Bible. In these 96 verses I found a list of things we are specifically warned not to trust in, another list of what we should trust in and finally a list of the reasons we should put our trust in the Lord. My first emotion was one of excitement as I realized this would make a great sermon or series of sermons and was reminded of those times when God put the sermon outline very plainly in the verses I was about to preach on.

It is easy to trust in the wrong things or the wrong people. We learn at a young age that we can't always trust those around us, sometimes even our friends and family. Another disappointment in life are the many things we think we need and once obtained we find they don't bring lasting happiness. I encourage you to look up these verses and find for yourselves the nineteen things that promise to leave you unfulfilled or without defense.

The second list is much shorter because we are told to put our trust in one person only, that is, the Lord Jesus Christ, His Word, His unfailing love and His righteousness for our salvation.

Why should we trust in the Lord? Mount Zion was a fortress on the highest point in ancient Jerusalem, it's name means fortification. Like Mount Zion, the Lord is our fortress, our rock eternal, our salvation, our defense, our security, our refuge, our strong tower, our help and our shield. Finally, the Lord surrounds his people, both now and forevermore. How much safer could we be?

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ONE BAD APPLE

Today’s reading in Proverbs states, “When the righteous increase the people rejoice, but when a wicked man rules, people groan.” (29:2). Rejoicing and groaning are opposite reactions to the behavior of righteous people and a wicked ruler. Righteous people bless the culture/society they are a part of because they are honest in their dealings. They tell the truth. They protect others’ possessions. They are servants to their fellow man. They live quiet lives. They do not gossip about their neighbors. They submit to authority. And so much more!

Note, however, that only ONE unrighteousness ruler...one wicked leader...can cause the people to groan. They groan because he uses them for his own purposes. He disregards their needs. He is unconcerned about whether they are protected or hungry or hurting. He lines his pockets financially while they struggle to make ends meet. He lords it over them while disregarding his owns laws. And so much more.

Do people in your city who you have a relationship with want more of you or less? Does your life bless your community or does it cause your neighbors to groan? Do people who know you by reputation only know of a generous servant or an arrogant individual? Would the leaders of your city say they see Jesus’ character in your words and actions? As our cities rejoice this Christmas season because of the birth of the Savior, let’s also aid that rejoicing as a result of them seeing His righteousness in us!

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