Don’t Trust the President

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I’m sure I’ll take some flak for this post. And that’s okay; I have to share anyway. Now before you go all “conspiracy theory” on me, may I remind you of THIS post? I’m not talking smack about President Obama. This article could be about any president, past or future.

I could’ve even named this post “Don’t Trust Your Mama.” Let me explain.

Today I was reading this passage in Jeremiah:

This is what the Lord says: “Cursed is the one who trusts in man, who draws strength from mere flesh
and whose heart turns away from the Lord.

6 That person will be like a bush in the wastelands; they will not see prosperity when it comes. They will dwell in the parched places of the desert, in a salt land where no one lives.

7 “But blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in him.

8 They will be like a tree planted by the water
that sends out its roots by the stream. It does not fear when heat comes; its leaves are always green. It has no worries in a year of drought
and never fails to bear fruit.” Jeremiah 17:5-8 NIV

People are worried about the future of this country. They are concerned with the way things are going in the White House. They worry about gas prices, unemployment, “entitlement” issues of the up and coming generation. Honestly, they are also worried about zombies and Armageddon. Don’t believe me? Watch an episode of National Geographic’s “Doomsday Preppers” or even better, start a conversation about it on Facebook. You might be surprised how many of your friends are “prepping.”

Now, before you go slamming me, I’m not advocating sticking your head in the sand. I believe it’s your civic duty to keep abreast of such issues. But there is a fine line between keeping up with them and becoming consumed with them. Very fine.

Go back to the passage in Jeremiah and read the first verse. Jeremiah tells us that whoever trusts in man and draws strength from him is cursed. I don’t think God is cursing those people (just my opinion and I’m not a theologian); I believe they curse themselves. Imagine two apples – one good, one rotten. God doesn’t make you choose the rotten apple. He let you choose, and when you chose the rotten one, you cursed yourself.

This is not a dark back alley. Don’t picture me whispering in your ear, “Trust no one.”
This post isn’t a political thriller. It’s biblical truth.

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Humans are just that – human. We are flawed, imperfect individuals. Jeremiah warns not to hinge everything on a person. Don’t expect the next or current president to be the savior of this nation. Don’t expect salvation from your parents, your spouse or even your pastor. Salvation comes from God alone. Period.

The reason we are struggling as a nation is “we” are putting our faith in people. Humans. And because of that, America is thirsty. We are parched as a country and are looking for more. Some search in bottles, in drugs, in brothels, on computer chat rooms and even in work itself. There is another movement of people who are searching for meaning in doing good works.

Part of me wants to applaud and say, “Great job! Way to go!” I’m glad there’s a movement in Hollywood to get involved in saving the world. But hear me, friends. Good works will not provide salvation. Good works are just that. They are good. But those looking for fulfillment in them will, in the end, will still “be like a bush in the wastelands; they will not see prosperity when it comes. They will dwell in the parched places of the desert, in a salt land where no one lives.”

Salvation comes from grace. “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—not by works, so that no one can boast.” (Ephesians 2:8-9) If you want to know how to plug into an eternal source of water, of Living Water, look for God. You’ll find Him in His Word. Place your confidence in Him alone, and you will be blessed.

The last part of that passage says, “It does not fear when heat comes; its leaves are always green. It has no worries in a year of drought
and never fails to bear fruit.” It could say, “it does not fear when Armageddon and zombies come.” When you put your faith in God, fear for the future of our nation, of our world, doesn’t consume you.

If you are worried about the future of America, and I hope you are, then it’s time for a shift of focus. Don’t put your trust in the president. Don’t put it in the 30 pounds of sugar and the generator you’ve stored in the basement for the end of the world. Put it in God. Seek Him alone. Let Him change you in such a way that your life has an effect on all those around you.

The change in America starts with you. The question is: whom do you trust?

*photo credit

Carol

No Fees

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Are you one of those who gets bit by the organizer bug each January? There is something about putting away the Christmas decorations and needing to fit them back into storage that makes me want to clean and purge. After getting new gifts, especially toys for the kids, we have to get rid of old stuff out of necessity. There’s just no room!!

Many people even rent storage units to house their accumulations. Are you one of those? Want to know how many BILLION feet Americans keep in storage?

Join me at the Presidential Prayer Team today to find out. Click HERE to read my devotion today.

Happy Monday!

Carol

All Praise

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In September 2000, the largest meeting to date of world leaders took place in a three-day event called the Millennium Summit. The group, meeting in the United Nations Headquarters in New York City, consisted of 100 heads of state, 47 heads of government, 3 crown princes, 5 Vice Presidents, 3 Deputy Prime Ministers and more…

Join me today at the Presidential Prayer Team where I’m talking about a time the whole world will come together as one. Click HERE to read the devotion.

GREAT NEWS!!!

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Remember the book Couch Rebels: Because Stories Like These Aren’t Told by Potatoes? It was an e-book, but after a high demand for an actual book, you can now order a print copy!! If you are interested, click HERE to order a copy. 🙂

Have a great weekend!

*Remember, the link is only direct today. After today, you will need to select today’s date 10/18 on the drop down menu. 

Carol

R-E-S-P-E-C-T

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Everyone wants a little respect. While some demand it, wise people know you cannot force respect. It is earned – by honoring your word, putting others above yourself, or pitching in when someone needs help…

Join me today at the Presidential Prayer Team. Click HERE to read the rest of today’s devotion.

*Remember, PPT devotion links are only direct today. After today, you’ll need to select 10/11 on the drop down menu. 

Have a fabulous weekend!

Carol

Bright Power

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Although snakes and public speaking rank at the top of a poll of things Americans fear, the survey also shows a full eight percent of adults are still afraid of the dark. For these people, darkness represents a scary unknown. It’s not the actual dark they fear…

Join me today at the Presidential Prayer Team to read the rest of the devotion. Click HERE to go straight to the devotion.

With the government shutdowns and indecision with our nation’s leaders, your prayers are needed now more than ever. If you don’t already, please consider getting a free email subscription from The Presidential Prayer Team. They will send you a daily devotion and some guidance about how to direct your prayers.

*Remember the link to the devotion is only direct today, 10/4. After today, you will need to select this date from the drop-down menu.

Carol