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The Blessed Future
Part 2
Wednesday, January 14, 2009 • Posted January 13, 2009

Psa 1:1-3 says, “Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful. But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night. And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.” Last week, we began to look at this section of God’s map to success. God does have an expected end (destiny) for us (Jer 29:11); and He has laid out a Divine route for us to get there.

We saw last week that the blessed man: 1. Does not listen to or follow ungodly advice. 2. Does not “hang out” with ungodly people, except in an evangelistic effort (this does not require the Christian to partake of evil deeds in order to witness {Eph 5:1-18}). 3. Does not mock God or the things of God, nor associates with those that do. 4. Desires and values God’s Word in His life. 5. Meditates (thinks about and speaks) on God’s Word constantly. Let’s finish up this part of God’s real “Roadmap to Success”, and dig into Ps 1:3.

What does God say happens when you follow verses 1&2? Well first, you will be like a tree. Psalm 92:12 says, “The righteous shall flourish like the palm tree: he shall grow like a cedar in Lebanon.” Have you ever seen a palm tree go through a hurricane? Their roots must go deep. Do you want deep roots? Do you want to survive the hurricanes of life? Do verses 1&2.

Next, you will be planted by rivers of water. You will take in constant nourishment. I grew up on the Frio River, and I remember those Cypress trees getting gigantic. It seemed like half of the tree was out in the river; always taking in water. Those trees flourished, just like you will when you do verses 1&2. Psa 92:13 says, “Those that be planted in the house of the LORD shall flourish in the courts of our God.” Get planted in God’s House. Feast on the Words of Life and grow.

You will bring forth YOUR fruit in YOUR season. Psa 92:14 says, “They shall still bring forth fruit in old age; they shall be fat and flourishing.” As Christians, we are all in different seasons in our walk with God. Too often we compare ourselves with other Believers (2Cor 10:12), and wonder why they are bearing such good fruit. “Why are they so blessed? Why does it seem like they have such favor? Why do their prayers get answered?”. Perhaps they’re in a different season than you are. Get your heart right. Instead of being jealous of your Brother or Sister in Christ, strive to imitate them - as they imitate Christ Jesus (1Cor 11:1).

Your leaf shall not whither. Jer 17:8 says, “For he shall be as a tree planted by the waters, and that spreadeth out her roots by the river, and shall not see when heat cometh, but her leaf shall be green; and shall not be careful in the year of drought, neither shall cease from yielding fruit.” Notice this: God says you will prosper, EVEN IN DROUGHT! Your leaf will be green, even when the heat is turned up! You won’t be anxious, nor will you cease in bearing fruit - even in famine! The world says you can’t prosper right now. God doesn’t care what the world says. He magnifies His Word (Ps 138:2), not man’s opinion. If you want to buy into all the fear and desperation being peddled right now - then you can have it. However, you could instead choose to meditate on and follow God’s Word.

Finally, it says, “…and WHATSOEVER he does shall prosper.” If you carefully obey and follow God’s ways, whatever you do will prosper. It doesn’t matter what circumstances you are in - you will prosper. Read Genesis 39:2-3, 23. Joseph was considered a prosperous man, although he was a slave - and then a prisoner! How can a slave or inmate be prosperous? By putting their faith in Jesus Christ, and obeying His Word. You see, Joseph being prosperous had nothing to do with his temporary circumstances. Circumstances change, but God’s Word doesn’t. Joseph was prosperous, because he believed God’s Word - and honored it. It was a few years later, that his circumstances caught up to what he believed. He then became 2nd in command over the most powerful nation in the world at that time. In due season, you will reap (Gal 6:9).

I pray this has blessed you, and encouraged you to step out in faith and believe God for great things in 2009. Until next time, rejoice in the Lord! (Phip 4:4)

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