Psa 1:2 But his delight is in the law of the LORD, And in His law he meditates day and night. 3 And he will be like a tree firmly planted by streams of water, Which yields its fruit in its season, And its leaf does not wither; And in whatever he does, he prospers.
Jer 17:5 Thus says the LORD, “Cursed is the man who trusts in mankind And makes flesh his strength, And whose heart turns away from the LORD. 6 “For he will be like a bush in the desert And will not see when prosperity comes, But will live in stony wastes in the wilderness, A land of salt without inhabitant. 7“Blessed is the man who trusts in the LORD And whose trust is the LORD. 8 “For he will be like a tree planted by the water, That extends its roots by a stream And will not fear when the heat comes; But its leaves will be green, And it will not be anxious in a year of drought Nor cease to yield fruit.
Psa 92:12 The righteous man will flourish like the palm tree, He will grow like a cedar in Lebanon. 13Planted in the house of the LORD, They will flourish in the courts of our God. 14 They will still yield fruit in old age; They shall be full of sap and very green, 15 To declare that the LORD is upright; He is my rock, and there is no unrighteousness in Him.
3 AREAS TO MAKE SURE YOU ARE POSITIONING PROPERLY; MEDITATION ON THE WORD, TRUSTING IN THE LORD AND BEING PLANTED IN A LOCAL CHURCH
I PETER 5:6 “humble yourself under…”
WE MAKE DECISIONS, CHOICES ON A DAILY BASIS THAT POSITION US OR KEEP US IN POSITION TO WALK IN PROMISES AND FLOURISH.
SIX QUESTIONS THAT WILL DETERMINE WHETHER YOU WILL FLOURISH IN THE DAY’S TO COME.
ARE YOU PLANTED? Ps 1:3 Jeri. 17:8 Ps 92:13*
IF YOU ARE NOT PLANTED, YOU CANNOT GROW.
HOW EASILY CAN YOU BE UPROOTED?
Jer. 17:8 “For he will be like a tree planted by the water, That extends its roots by a stream
I Peter 4:10 “As each one has received a special gift employ it in serving one another as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.
Rom 12:4 For just as we have many members in one body and all the members do not have the same function, 5 so we, who are many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another. 6 And since we have gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, let each exercise them accordingly: if prophecy, according to the proportion of his faith; 7 if service, in his serving; or he who teaches, in his teaching; 8 or he who exhorts, in his exhortation; he who gives, with liberality; he who leads, with diligence; he who shows mercy, with cheerfulness. 9 Let love be without hypocrisy. Abhor what is evil; cling to what is good. 10 Be devoted to one another in brotherly love; give preference to one another in honor; 11 not lagging behind in diligence, fervent in spirit, serving the Lord; 12 rejoicing in hope, persevering in tribulation, devoted to prayer, 13 contributing to the needs of the saints, practicing hospitality.
3.CAN YOU TAKE THE HEAT?
Jer. 17:8 “For he will be like a tree planted by the water, That extends its roots by a stream And will not fear when the heat comes
2 Cor 2:14 But thanks be to God, who always leads us in His triumph in Christ, and manifests through us the sweet aroma of the knowledge of Him in every place.
Psa 34:19 Many are the afflictions of the righteous; But the LORD delivers him out of them all.
IS YOUR SPIRITUAL HEALTH A PRIORITY?
Jer. 17:8 “For he will be like a tree planted by the water, That extends its roots by a stream And will not fear when the heat comes; But its leaves will be green
Psa 1:3 its leaf does not wither
Psa 92:14 They will still yield fruit in old age; They shall be full of sap and very green,
NEVER TAKE YOUR SPIRITUAL LIFE FOR GRANTED.
YOU CANNOT SURVIVE AS A SEASONAL CHRISTIAN.
ARE YOU RULED BY THE SEASONS?
Jer 17:8 “For he will be like a tree planted by the water, That extends its roots by a stream And will not fear when the heat comes; But its leaves will be green, And it will not be anxious in a year of drought
PLANTED PEOPLE UNDERSTAND THAT SEASONS ARE A SPECIFIC PERIOD OF TIME AND STAND FIRM.
Eph 6:13 stand in the evil day.
Nlt Eccl 3:1 There is a time for everything, a season for every activity under heaven. 8 A time for war
IS GIVING A LIFESTYLE? JER 17:8 Nor cease to yeild fruit.
Nlt Psa 92:14 Even in old age they will still produce fruit
FRUIT IS FOR OTHERS.
IT REVEALS IF THE TREE IS GOOD OR BAD.
Acts 20:35 IS THAT “we are blessed to be a blessing”.
2 Cor 9:10 Now He who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food, will supply and multiply your seed for sowing and increase the harvest of your righteousness; 11 you will be enriched in everything for all liberality, which through us is producing thanksgiving to God.