And he shall be like a tree firmly planted [and tended] by the streams of water, ready to bring forth its fruit in its season; its leaf also shall not fade or wither; and everything he does shall prosper [and come to maturity]. Psalm 1:3 (AMP)
Do you want to be like a tree that is planted by a stream of water? Do you want to be refreshed and revived and restored in your soul? Do you want to live a life that is lush and vibrant and fruitful? Do you want the work of your hands to prosper? Do you want to bear an abundance of fruit for my kingdom and bring glory to my name? Yes, I want my life to prosper. Yes, I want to live a life that is lush and vibrant and fruitful. Most of all, I want to bear fruit for your kingdom and bring glory to your name. How can all these things be true of my life? How can I live the life that you are calling me to live? Those are very good questions. It pleases me to hear you asking these questions.
If you want to live the life of fruitfulness that I am calling you to live you must do two things at the same time. Are you ready to hear what I have to say to you? Yes, you have my full attention. I am listening attentively to your every word. That’s good. First, you must remove yourself from evil of every kind. You must not allow yourself to hang around evil of any kind. Run from evil. I’m not sure what you mean. You know that there are places you should not go. You know that there are things you should not do. The world and all its evil is constantly trying to mold you into its pattern of values and practices. The world and all its evil will hinder you from living the life that I am calling you to live. The world and all its evil will deaden you to hearing my voice. You must guard what you allow yourself to hear so that you will be able to hear from me. Do you have some ideas of what influences you should eliminate from your life? Yes, I do. Keep a careful watch over what you allow to come into your life. I got it, what then, what’s next? Not next, but at the same time, feed your heart and mind and life and soul on my word. You will be putting evil on a starvation diet while you feast on my word. Meditate on my word day and night. When I say, “day and night” I am not exaggerating. Carry my word with you wherever you go. Have my word constantly in your heart and on your mind. As you do this, my word will change your heart and transform your mind. You will begin to think my thoughts. You will know my will and walk in my ways. You will do what is pleasing to me. I will bless the work of your hands. You will bear an abundance of fruit for my kingdom and bring glory to my name. That’s what I want. That is what you will have as you starve evil and feast on my word.
Lord, I will separate myself from anything that might hinder me from living the life that you have called me to live for you. I will meditate on your word day and night so you can nourish my heart, mind, life and soul and make me abundantly fruitful for you. Amen
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