Jeremiah 17:5-8 – “Thus says the LORD:
“Cursed is the man who trusts in man and makes flesh his strength, whose heart departs from the LORD. 6 For he shall be like a shrub in the desert, and shall not see when good comes, but shall inhabit the parched places in the wilderness, in a salt land which is not inhabited.
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.” NKJV
When we TRUST THE FLESH rather than God the natural result is LEGALISM and that is an attempt to achieve righteousness with God by keeping a set of rules. Romans 3:20 rules that out as a viable option. The Law shows us that we do not measure up, that we have sinned, missed the mark, and come short, but it cannot transform us. James 2:10 warns of attempting to follow that pathway. Legalism is the attempt to impose extra conditions for achieving righteousness beyond what God has declared in Scripture.
Romans 4:24-25 gives insight as to the simplicity of God’s Plan and the sufficiency of His Grace. The requirement of Grace is that we “Trust ourselves to Him, believing that what He has and is doing is sufficient.” Jesus died to atone for our sins and rose again that we might be reckoned righteous. THAT’S IT! There is nothing that has to be added. It is not the Cross, the Finished Work of Christ AND… It is Grace and His work is finished. It is completely complete! Paul’s question in Galatians 3:3 is powerful, “Are you so foolish? Having begun by the Spirit are you now being perfected by the flesh?” In Galatians 5:19-21 the apostle lists works of the flesh and makes it clear that not one of them is acceptable to God. In Galatians 3:10 Paul calls the culmination of this A CURSE, the same thought as found in Jeremiah 17:5.
Most believers would never knowingly participate in WITCHCRAFT but sadly some fall prey through Legalism or the Works of the Flesh where they make flesh their strength. They adopt a philosophy that they can EARN IT and it becomes the Cross Plus. John 19:30, as Jesus hung on the Cross He said, “IT IS FINISHED.” What does finished mean? Hebrews 10 teaches us that none of the efforts of man can redeem Him and that Jesus came and gave Himself once for all to REDEEM MAN. Nothing more is required. IT IS FINISHED!
He is Lord! We are Abraham’s seed and heirs according to Promise. We are heirs of God and Joint-heirs with Jesus. We are blessed with ALL Spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ Jesus and the weapons of our warfare are mighty through God. We have been given power and authority over all the power of the devil and we are IN HIM and He is IN US and His Promises are great and precious. We are SAVED by the Blood of Jesus by Grace through Faith! All we need to do is say THANK YOU!
Therefore, I encourage you as a child of God to know your inheritance and realize:
- Trust the Flesh and you are limited and defeated.
- Trust Christ’s Finished Work and All things are possible to you.
- Trust the Flesh and you will experience frustration, discouragement, and disappointment.
- Trust the Finished Work of Christ and you will have peace that passes human understanding.
- Trust Your Feelings and deception will be your constant companion.
- Trust His Finished Work and His Word will guide you and the Holy Spirit will give you Discernment.
We are IN HIM, we are WITH HIM, and we have all things BY HIM. It is the New Covenant. We have a choice today to walk in the Blessings of God or live under the Curse of the Arm of Flesh. What is your choice?
God bless you as you walk into the wonderful world of today in Jesus!