August 3, 2017 Nehemiah 5,6; Psalm 146; Hebrews 2:14-3:6

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Not Even Me! | Deanna George

S~ Do not put your trust in princes, in human beings, who cannot save. Psalm 146:3 (NIV)

O~ No one is capable of saving my soul, my situation, or my attitude, other than God. Not even me!

A~ I tend to trust in my ability to fix a situation or problem. Reality is ~ I prolong it or make it worse. Then my mind won’t shut off. I dwell on it. I “what if” it to death. It never fails that when I try to be the answer, a feeling of discontent, uneasiness, and doubt weigh heavy on my heart. This tends to happen more frequently in “little” situations. I usually sprint to God when it’s a big situation. I know I am not enough! The little things creep up on me as something I can handle. I need to seek God and trust him in the little things and not just  the big things.

P~ Lord Jesus, as you know my confidence can get in the way of trusting you. As a kid, I learned the hard way that trusting humans is the wrong course of action. It causes so much heartache when they disappoint me. Please help me see when I am cutting you out of the picture, I want to trust you in all areas of my life. I don’t want to be the source of my own disappointment. Life is hard, but it’s even harder when I mess it up! Thank you for being strong enough, smart enough, and willing to guide me and love me through whatever this life brings me. Thank you for saying to trust you!

Confidence | Marisa Tomlinson

S~ Don’t put your confidence in powerful people; there is no help for you there. When they breathe their last, they return to the earth, and all their plans die with them. Psalms 146:3-4 (NLT)

O~ Put your confidence in the only one who is eternal.

A~ It’s popular and easy to follow the example of those in power. In our society, the “powerful” people are politicians, athletes, and celebrities. While I recognize that there are many good role models out there, the majority of the time our media highlights faults. Even the best role models here are human. We ALL sin and fall short. In the search for popularity and acceptance, we follow. My fiancée and I were watching a movie recently where a high school geek paid a popular girl $1000 to pretend to date him. He believed that just being seen with her would make him popular; and it did. He joined the “cool crowd” but lost himself. In the end, he was outed and therefore lost his friends and popularity.  Heart broken, he realized the importance of being careful about who you follow and who you trust. As a Christian, it’s important that I remember who I follow and trust.

“My hope is built on nothing less than Jesus’ blood and righteousness. I dare not trust the sweetest frame but wholly lean on Jesus’ name…”

P~ Lord, thank you for being a steady and constant influence. Thank you for the opportunity to learn from Your word. I will choose to put my trust and confidence in You. Forgive me when I get distracted. I love you. Keep my heart and eyes fixed on You.

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