Psalm 92:12-13 A Flourishing Life

Florishing garden

The righteous will flourish like a palm tree, they will grow like a cedar of Lebanon; planted in the house of the Lord, they will flourish in the courts of our God. Psalm 92:12-13 

Every day people all over the world are striving to ‘make’ it in life. They want to flourish and be successful in what they do. Focus is often put on how large of a bank account or how large a house, or how many cars a person has to determine how well he is succeeding.

If a person does not have the right position or the right amount of money, most do not think he is flourishing or successful. With this mindset, most do not think that they are flourishing, but scraping along the bottom, not successful.

In this psalm, the writer states that those who are righteous will flourish like a tree. This flourishing will take place in God’s courtyard.

When a tree is flourishing, it is growing very well, full of fruit and is well rooted in the ground. There is no sign of disaster, wilting or disease. It is full of life.

Believers have the ability to flourish, even when in the middle of a great struggle. They can rooted in God and have the joy of God’s salvation, knowing that they belong to God.

The believer fully rooted in Jesus will be full of the fruit of the spirit. He will display the love, joy, patience, kindness, gentleness, meekness and more that Jesus displayed when He walked upon this earth.

While on this earth, the believer may not have the physical things that this world determines as needed to flourish, but he can still flourish in God’s courtyard. He can be successful in being a witness and being faithful to God’s word, growing and becoming like Jesus each day.

Each day you have a choice as to how you will flourish. You can strive to flourish like the world desires with temporary things that will fail and die in the end. Or you can choose to flourish in God’s courtyard.

As a believer you should be seeking daily to be filled with His Holy Spirit and to display the fruit of His Holy Spirit in your life. Strive to be more like Jesus daily and be a tree planted by the waters of God’s Spirit.

This flourishing will last for eternity, surviving the struggles and disasters of this earth.

Are you really flourishing today?

Today I pray that you will know the salvation that Jesus provides; that you will be filled with His Holy Spirit; that you will bear the fruit of God’s Spirit in your life; and that you will be more like Jesus each day. 

Psalm 52:8 A Flourishing Life

Olive tree branch

But I am like an olive tree flourishing in the house of God; I trust in God’s unfailing love for ever and ever. Psalm 52:8 

Going through this life can be difficult with the various trials and challenges that people face from day to day. Along with all of the challenges in life that many face, there is also the mundane routine of the average life.

Very few people find a real purpose in their life. They keep searching for meaning and purpose to what they are going through and often do not find it.

As people live life in this way, they are not flourishing, but just in survival mode each day. They don’t appear to be moving forward or accomplishing anything. There is no joy or peace in their lives.

David had penned these words while he was fleeing from Saul and when Doeg had betrayed him to Saul. He points out those that do not follow God will fail in the end, but that he is flourishing like an olive tree in God’s house. This is occurring because he is trusting in God.

There are many believers who are living like the world, not flourishing but just struggling from day to day. They have allowed their eyes to be focused on their problems and day-to-day struggles rather than upon God.

Although they still claim belief in God, they have lost trust in God and no longer flourish.

Those who fully believe and trust God and His word, will flourish. They will know that the struggles they have are only light and momentary in light of eternity. They will know that what is happening is for their good, because they are trusting God’s hand in their life.

Trusting in God brings about a joy and peace that the world cannot understand nor take away. This allows a person to really live and flourish like a well planted olive tree producing lots of fruit in his life.

Instead of focusing on the challenges in your life, put your eyes upon God. Trust that He knows what He is doing and what He is doing is the best thing to be done. Then rest in His control.

Allow yourself to be strengthen by His Holy Spirit so that you can live the life that He has blessed you with. You can live the abundant life that Jesus promised, flourishing, growing and moving forward. Life does not have to be mundane and dead, but full of life.

Are you flourishing today?

I pray today that you will know the life God has for you; that you will trust the path God has for you; that you will live for God; that God will help you see past the challenges in this life; and that you will know the joy of life in Jesus. 

2 Peter 3:11 How To Really Live Life

 

Destroyed world

Since everything will be destroyed in this way, what kind of people ought you to be? You ought to live holy and godly lives 2 Peter 3:11

All over the world there is violence and destruction occurring. Much of that destruction is at the hands of people towards other people. The violence level is always increasing, making this world a dangerous place to live. Violence is a common sight for many people.

Along with the violence, there is the destruction of this world occurring. People are always talking about extinction of animals and plants, earthquakes, fires, and other destructive forces in this world. Blame is placed up people that the earth is falling apart.

There is great fear that the world will freeze, or overheat because of pollution. Good water is scarce in parts of the world and blame is put on people.

These things are happening because people are told that they can live however they want to live. There are no set standards on how to live life. A person can choose how he wants to live by his own personal beliefs and standards. This causes chaos and destruction in the end.

While the world has a reason to have some fear, because God has said that this world will be destroyed in the end, believers do not need to fear. They are told how to live their lives so that they will have no fear. Believers are to live a holy and godly life.

A holy life is one that is filled with love, mercy and grace. It will not seek to harm anyone or anything in any way. It is focused on loving God and loving people. He will speak truth in love, act in love and bring honor to God. He will not fear the coming destruction of this world, because he knows that his home will be in heaven some day when this world will be destroyed.

As a believer, are you fearing the destruction of this world? Focus your eyes and life on God. Live as Jesus lived and do not fear it. You have a home waiting for you in heaven for all eternity.

Live your life the way God has intended you to live it, holy and godly. Bring honor to God. In this way you will bring some peace on this earth and love will be shown. The reward will be eternal life in the end.

I pray today that you will know the life God has called you to live; that your life will be like that of Jesus; that you will turn from all sin and turn to Jesus; that you will not fear the coming destruction; and that God will guide you in living for Him.

1 Corinthians 5:8 Live In Sincerity And Truth

 

lady in a mirror

Therefore let us keep the Festival, not with the old bread leavened with malice and wickedness, but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth. 1 Corinthians 5:8

Paul reprimands the Corinthian church for allowing believers in the church to openly live in sinful ways. He calls them to cast those types of people out and to live a certain way. They are to celebrate God with sincerity and truth.

The world lives by a standard that anything is acceptable. A person can live how he wants and everyone else must accept it, as long as he wants to live that way. Living in this way, allows a person to live in sinful ways with no concern that it is wrong. The world has no true standard that they must live by.

This type of thinking and living has been brought into the church since the time Paul was preaching the gospel message. There are people who live their lives in sin on purpose, while they are still going to church.

It is a common thing to see couples, who are not married, living together, while going to church and claiming to believe in Jesus. Churches are rising up all around the nation and world that teach that it is acceptable to live in a homosexual lifestyle, while being a believer. There are many other sinful lifestyles that are being lived out, as a believer, as though it is acceptable to God, that are directly stated against in the Bible. Many in the church have accepted these lifestyles as acceptable.

This is different from a person who is striving to overcome a sin, but still has problems. These are people who are living this way on purpose, despite what God’s word says. And the church accepts it.

God wants His people to live in sincerity and truth. Living according to His standards in full truth, not just in word or on Sunday.

Living as the world does, is a double standard. God’s word is truth and only one way.

Take a look at your life. Are there things in your life that you have accepted, that God is against?

Turn away from sinful lifestyles, and turn to Jesus. Live as He did, in full sincerity of heart and truth. Do not allow malice and wickedness to reign in your life and heart, but God’s love and righteousness.

Be who you say you are.

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will know the ways of God; that you will live according to God’s standard; and that you will encourage others to live as God desires.

Daniel 5:26-27 Found Wanting

“Here is what these words mean: MENE: God has numbered the days of your reign and brought it to an end. TEKEL: You have been weighed on the scales and found wanting.” Daniel 5:26-27

Belshazzar was king of Babylon and his kingdom was prospering very well. However, unlike Nebuchadnezzar, he did not honor or follow God at all. He worshipped various idols and used articles from the temple to party with.

One day while he and all his officials were having a party, God made a hand visible that wrote some words on the wall. No one was able to understand what those words meant, until Daniel was called. He stated that God said that Belshazzar’s days were numbered as a king and that he had been found wanting. Later that night he would be killed and Babylon would be over taken by the Medes.

Many people have gone to a store to purchase an item and use their debit card to pay for it. When the cashier runs the card, it comes up short on funds in the account. The person is found wanting more money than what he has. It can be embarrassing to the person, because he is short on money.

Millions of people today are living their lives in their own way. Often going to church and claiming to be a believer. Yet, they do not have a relationship with Jesus and are not living for Him in any way. The only thing that they do is go to church. During the week, they never read the Bible, witness, or even pray. The only thing that they do is live a “good” life by not living in extreme sins and by going to church.

When Jesus returns or when He calls those people home, they will be found wanting. Jesus will turn them away for never knowing them. They will be needing the salvation that He provides, but will not have it. The reality of their life will be exposed.

As you are going through this life, you must live your life in a way that you will not be found wanting when you stand before God. Put all of your trust in Jesus and live for Him. Show your love for Him by obeying Him. If you live your life your own way, you will be found wanting and lose in the end.

How do the scales weigh you today?

I pray today that you will know Jesus in a personal way; that you will live for God; that God will be able to speak well of you; and that you will trust God with all of your life.

Jeremiah 13:11 Bound Up To God

For as a belt is bound around the waist, so I bound all the people of Israel and all the people of Judah to me,’ declares the LORD, ‘to be my people for my renown and praise and honor. But they have not listened.’ Jeremiah 11:13

A belt is used to hold something up or together. Belts are put around the waist to hold up pants. They bind up the pants so that they will not fall down.

God said that He had bound up Israel and Judah to Himself. He wanted them close to Him, but they would not do it. They refused to be bound to the Lord and went their own way. Since they chose not to be bound to God, they fell down. They fell down out of God’s grace and protection, because they refused to follow Him. They fell down into sin.

Christians today are to be bound to Jesus, just as the Israelites were supposed to be bound to God. Most people, however, do not like to be bound up to something or someone. It gives the implication of a loss of freedom. Following Jesus in every area of their lives, appears to be a prison for many, so they refuse to be bound that tightly. Everyone likes their freedom, even if it is harmful to have.

Being bound up with Jesus actually gives you a greater freedom. It gives you the freedom from your sins that weigh you down. It gives you freedom to live a full life. The life Jesus gives is one that is the best for you and will last for all eternity.

Some try to say that not being able to live in sin is not freedom, but bondage. It is bondage to Jesus, but it is freedom to really live. Sin will appear to be living, until it brings about death in the end. It is only a temporary life.

As you go through this life, allow yourself to be bound tightly up with Jesus. Live the life that He has for you. Allow Him to guide your every step, comment, thought, and action. You will have a life that is abundant and full of joy and peace. It will be a life beyond compare.

Are you bound to Jesus today?

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your savior; that you will be bound to Jesus in every area of your life; that you will allow God to have complete control of your life; and that you will live the abundant life God has for you.

Psalm 119:144 Knowing How To Really Live Life

Your statutes are always righteous; give me understanding that I may live. Psalm 119:144

Each person has a different view on the best way to live life. Some believe the best way is out in the country side, deep in the woods alone with nature. Others say it is on the beach in the water. Some will say out on a large prairie with many cattle. Still others will say in the big cities at many different parties.

Outside of location, people will say living life is fishing, cooking, traveling, partying, or one of many other things to do. Doing something that they love is what many people determine as to whether they are really living a great life or not.

The problem with all of these views are they are self focused and temporary. They focus on what the individual likes and wants and does not take God’s guidance into the picture. They only last while here on this earth.

The psalmist asked God for understanding of His laws in order to really live. God’s laws teach a person how to really live a good life. It shows a person the best things to do or not do in this life.

Without understanding of the Law of God, it looks just like a bunch of harsh regulations and things not to do. However, God is looking out for your best interest. His laws protect you from harming yourself or others. It also draws you closer to Himself, by making you more like Jesus.

The world says to look out for old number one, yourself. God says to seek Him first and to serve or love others. Reading the Law helps you understand how to show that love to others and to seek Him first in your life. God’s Law will never fail you or let you down.

The things of this world will fail or come to an end. God’s law will never do either.

Seek God for understanding in His law and the way He wants you to live your life. Do not allow the laws to be just a list of things to do and not do. Allow it to change you for the better. See the value of His law in your life.

I pray today that you will know the Law of God in your heart; that God will help you understand His Word; that you will live according to God’s ways; and that you will live the full life God has for you.