Love you all, praying for you!
How are you doing? “Oh, we’re hanging in there…” Have you ever had someone say that to you? “We’re keepin’ our head above water.” God showed me something recently. Psalms 92:12 – 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. They will still bear fruit in old age, they will stay fresh and green, proclaiming, “The LORD is upright; he is my Rock, and there is no wickedness in him.” God’s plans for you have never been to exist, to survive – His plans for you are to thrive! Are you thriving? Those who thrive are not affected by the situation around them, or the enemies that surround them. God has ordained you to flourish – in good times, and dry times! Who flourishes? The righteous. The righteous is another one of those two sided coins. First you have to be made righteous. Only the blood of Jesus can do that. If you have received him as your Savior, then you have been made righteous. It’s a position you have in Christ. But then, you have to walk righteous, live righteous. That happens two ways – input, and output. Input - what you feed your spirit and your mind; what you fill your heart with. To be made righteous means you can live righteous - those are the righteous who flourish. They thrive. Have you ever seen Palm trees? Often there is desert all around them, but they are tall, and lush and green. And they always grow near a river, or an oasis. The river makes them thrive. Plant yourself near the Holy Spirit – and you will thrive like the palm tree. While everything else shrivels up, you will thrive. Have you ever seen a cedar of Lebanon, they are not like a Redwood of California. They are a more spreading tree, but they are completely unusual, distinct from their surroundings - tree. They grow in barren wilderness – just shrubs around them, but you will see a grove of these Cedars of Lebanon. Massive trees. God says they are planted in the house of the LORD. Cedars were the wood that Solomon used to build the temple. They flourish in the Courts of our God. The Righteous who flourish are those near the river, and in the courts of the LORD. They pray in the Spirit, so they walk in the Spirit. They thrive in the Spirit, in the presence of the Lord. Psalm 100:4 - Enter His gates with thanksgiving and into his courts with praise, give thanks to him and praise his name. But you’ll notice – they also activate their mouth. Your mouth thrives before you thrive. What are you proclaiming? The LORD is my rock! That’s what thrivers do… That’s the truth of God’s Word. Praying that you will not just be those who have been made righteous, but that you will flourish in the courts of the LORD, by the power of the Spirit.
How do you do this? #1) Pray in the Spirit so you walk in the Spirit – that’s how you are like the Palm Tree planted by the river - that river of the Holy Spirit. #2) Enter His presence, His courts with thanksgiving and praise. Make His Presence (the atmosphere of worship and His WORD) – your priority. Live there and you’ll thrive there. And #3) Say! Thriving begins with your mouth. What you say you believe, and what you say comes to be. Declare His goodness, His promise, and your obedience. Commit yourself with your mouth. Pray in the Spirit, Stay in His Presence, and Say with your mouth what He says and what you will do! So when the Holy Spirit moves – you move – just like the pillar of cloud and fire in the wilderness. God wants to lead you to flourish! He made you righteous, but he wants you to walk in it! Walking in it requires proximity and obedience. Praying that you will flourish in good times and dry times. Your PiVAT before dinner every day brings Holy Spirit direction, your PRISM in His presence and praise, gives you wisdom, and understanding, and the mind of Christ that transforms you, and impacts others. Your Daily Call accelerates you in the overcoming of your testimony, and challenges others to thrive just like you! God doesn’t want you to exist or survive, you were created in Christ – made righteous - to thrive. Stay in that River, and stay in His courts, and speak with your mouth. You will be planted, established, immovable, and as you thrive – you will bring refreshing to many.
So the next time someone asks you “How are you doing?” Just know this is God’s built in opportunity. They are literally asking you? Do you have a testimony for me? Do you have any hope for me? Is there really a God who loves me, and has good for me? When you thrive, you can’t wait for that invitation. How are you doing? Better then ever! Phenomenal! God has been on a roll, and when you follow up that short and simple testimony of praise, with a simple question for them and their life, God will give open doors for you to bring refreshing – that always comes from those who thrive! The ones not just made righteous, but who live in the Spirit, in His presence, who live in the righteousness that makes them thrive! Can’t wait to see all the trees that God will plant and water – through you!
Love you all,
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