Psalms

How does one become secure and fruitful?

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Psalm 1:3 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.

Psalm 92:12–14

The righteous shall flourish like a palm tree, He shall grow like a cedar in Lebanon. 13Those who are planted in the house of the Lord Shall flourish in the courts of our God. 14They shall still bear fruit in old age; They shall be 3fresh and 4flourishing,

Jeremiah 17:8

For he shall be mlike a tree planted by the waters, Which spreads out its roots by the river, And will not 3fear 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.

Genesis 39:2

The Lord was with Joseph, and he was a successful man; and he was in the house of his master the Egyptian.

We don’t make deals with God to get His blessings on our lives.  We don’t try to be good Christians in hopes that things will get better.  However, scripture bears out that when we do seek the Lord first and foremost, when we do delight in Him and meditate in His word, the result of that is great security and fruitfulness.  Any security or fruitfulness that I have enjoyed in this life is a direct result of seeking God in His word and striving to live that Word in my life.

God does not play hide-and-seek with us.  His blessings are not for the super-spiritual, if such a one even exists.  God makes it clear and plain for us: when we seek Him according to His word, delight in His word and meditate on His word He will give us security and fruitfulness.  I don’t understand a Christian who won’t stay in the Word.  The faith it took to trust God for salvation is the same faith that we take into our Bible reading.

Make the Word of God your daily food.  Read it, delight in it, meditate on it, pray over it, talk about it to others and enjoy God’s securing your life in Himself so that you can be strong like a deeply rooted tree throughout your life.

After yesterday’s message on the supernatural ability and desires of God, I find myself asking Him for greater things than I have been asking.  I visited Lisa’s mom in the hospital and challenged her to pray for supernatural healing from God to help her through yesterday.  I laid in bed asking God to show His supernatural working in me and in our church.  I prayed for those who have estranged themselves from us that God would supernaturally change their hearts toward Him and toward us.  God is both able and desirous to show Himself mighty.  We must be people of obedience and faith so that we can enjoy His mighty acts.

Pray for Lisa’s mom, Harriet, to be cleared of two blood clots in her lungs.  God can do this.  Let us pray that He will.

As I mentioned yesterday, we are joining a church from Sandwich on a youth campout to Peninsula State Park in Door County.   The cost is $30.  I need to know by this Friday who is going.  The dates are the 22nd to the 25th.

Have a great day in the Lord, PS

 

 

 

Meditation – Focused Thinking

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Psalm 1:2

And in His law he meditates day and night.

Not only does the one blessed by God avoid the wrong counsel and friends, not only does he delight in the Word but he also meditates upon it.

All of us meditate.  Someone says something unkind to us and we meditate on what they said.  The doctor tells us something and we meditate on what he or she really meant.  The car develops a new noise and we meditate on what the cause and the cost may be to fix it.  To meditate means to spend time in focused thinking.  We focus on all types of conversations and events.  When we want to do something we meditate on how to make it happen. When we want to buy something we meditate on how to get it.  Focused thinking is something we all do.

But, do we meditate on God’s law and on His word?  Meditating on God’s word is meditating on God for He wrote it.  When we focus our thinking on a passage of scripture we are learning about the God behind it.  Last Sunday I brought out a meditation on the book of Esther seeing God from chapter 1 to the end.  This is what God wants us to do; He wants us to know Him by meditating on His word.

If I am not careful I will spend too much time meditating on people’s problems.  It is what I hear about.  It drags me down.  It negatively affects my spirit.  Yesterday I turned on Christian music to help redirect my misplaced meditation.  It turned into a time of worship and praise in the background of my mind.

Turn your focused thinking, your meditation, upon the Word of God.  That means you need to spend time daily reading it.  Make it your book.  Ask God to speak to you through it.  Then you will find yourself meditating on it and on Him.

I thought that after VBS the week would slow down.  Whew, it is still moving as quickly as ever.  It is Friday already.  Remember to keep Pastor Bill in your prayers as he ministers at Spring Meadow and at Sunrise Assisted Living.  If you have children at home for the summer you really should take them to one of our nursing home services.  The people there love children; they are a great blessing to the service.

Tonight is the RU anniversary.  This begins at 7:00 and all are invited to come.  We will be celebrating the opportunity to pull men and women out of their addictions for six years.  Addictions ministry, like rescue missions, is slow and hard work.  While we have not had the numbers we thought we might have we still rejoice in those whom God has allowed us to touch over the years.  Join us tonight.

This morning we are having a daycare graduation.  I will be giving the gospel to the parents and grandparents there.  Connie does a great job making this a special event but her goal is for the parents to hear about Christ.  Pray for some to come to the miracle of salvation.

Sunday morning we will be taking time for VBS testimonies.  I have a video and some pictures we will be running.  Try to be on time as we will be getting into this fairly early in the service.  I will be bringing a message from Isaiah 41 on the supernatural work of God.  Have you seen God answer prayer in a supernatural way?  If not, why pray?  God is the God of the supernatural. Let’s look at this and then begin to pray for Him to do the supernatural here.

Have a great day in the Lord ,

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