Jeremiah 17:7-8 (NKJV) 7 “Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, And whose hope is the Lord. 8 For he shall be like a tree planted by the waters, Which spreads out its roots by the river, And will not fear when heat comes; But its leaf will be green, And will not be anxious in the year of drought, Nor will cease from yielding fruit.

Verse 7 tells us that trusting in God brings blessings. We will be blessed when we trust in God. Verse 8 is the same thought that is found in Psalm 1:2-3 (NKJV), that says, “But his delight is in the law of the Lord, And in His law he meditates day and night. He shall be like a tree Planted by the rivers of water, That brings forth its fruit in its season, Whose leaf also shall not wither; And whatever he does shall prosper.” Notice that our prosperity or joy in life is found in the law of the Lord. In other words, joy in life is linked to joy in the Word of God. My friends, the Word of God clearly tells us, “For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments. And His commandments are not burdensome” (1 John 5:3 NKJV). You, see my friends, the idea that being saved by grace means that you can do whatever you please is not what the Word of God tells us. Jesus said, “If you love Me, keep My commandments” (John 14:15 NKJV). We are not to be lawless, “For you, brethren, have been called to liberty; only do not use liberty as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another” (Galatians 5:13 NKJV). Well, you may say, “but no one can keep the Ten Commandments.” That is true, that is why we need a Savior, we need Christ. But being saved by grace does not mean we are to deliberately sin. After we have been saved by the power of the redemption work of Christ, we are to live our lives for Him. Our lives ought to exhibit the fruit of our salvation. We are to meditate on God’s Word and allow the Word of God to shape our lives. This is the practice of a joyful believer. As born-again believers we are to be planted in the Word of God, so that we may be filled with the Word of God. So that we may give out the Word of God. Again, this is the practice of a joyful believer. To have Christ, to be filled with Christ, and to share Christ with others.

God Bless and have a great dy in God’s Word.