Blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked or stand in the way of sinners or sit in the seat of mockers. But his delight is in the law of the LORD, and on his law he meditates day and night. He is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither. Whatever he does prospers. Psalm 1:1-3 (NIV)
A Blessed Life
Do you want to live a blessed life? Do you want to live a life that is new and fresh and alive? Do you want your life to bear an abundance of fruit? Do you want to be able to prosper in the work that I have given you to do for me? Those are not hard questions. I do want to live a blessed life that is new and fresh and alive. I do want to bear and abundance of fruit. I do want to prosper in the work you have given me to do for you. What must I do if I want all of these things? That is a very good question.
You must do two things if you want my blessing on your life. First, you must leave your old life. How will I leave my old life? You must separate yourself from all that is evil. You must remove yourself from people, places and things that will hinder your walk with me. You must eliminate from your life all that would try to feed and sustain evil in you. I’m not sure what you mean. Don’t go where wickedness would try to guide you. Don’t listen to what evil would try to counsel you. Don’t walk along with what evil is thinking, saying and doing. Don’t take your stand or sit down with those who find pleasure in doing what is not pleasing to me. Now I understand, I get it. You said I must do two things. Yes, I did.
As you leave your old life behind you must embrace and take hold of your new life that you have in me. How will I do that? You will follow me. You will listen carefully to all that I have to say to you. You will meditate on my word day and night. You will no longer think, speak and act like you once did. You will no longer live as you once did. At one time you were weary and worn out. You were dry and exhausted. You were without hope in the world. Yes, I was. Now, my word will feed and strengthen you. You will be like a tree that has been planted by a stream of water. My word will revive and refresh your life. At one time you were barren and unproductive. No kidding. Now you will bear an abundance of fruit for my kingdom. Now you will bring glory to my name. That’s what I want. I want to live out my new life that I have in you. That will be very good.
Lord, instead of walking, standing, or sitting in the wrong places with the wrong people – hearing, doing or saying the wrong things, I will meditate on your word day and night. Guide all I hear, do, or say by your word so that I will bear fruit for your kingdom. Amen
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