The Planting of the Lord
By Mickey Keith on November 10, 20070 CommentsPsalm 92: 12-14 “The righteous shall flourish like the palm tree: he shall grow like a cedar in Lebanon. Those that be planted in the house of the LORD shall flourish in the courts of our God. They shall still bring forth fruit in old age; they shall be fat and flourishing.”
• God expects our lives to be planted.. He places us in a local church for the purpose of planting us…establishing us and making us produce fruit. “Those that be planted in the house of the Lord shall flourish in the courts of our God.”
• This is one way we become fruitful, and abundant in His love, grace and provision. 3 John v.2 “Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in every way and [that your body] may keep well, even as [I know] your soul keeps well and prospers.” Amplified
• The prophet Isaiah spoke of the work of Christ, the anointed One…who would plant us as “oaks of righteousness, the planting of the Lord for the display of His splendor.”
• God is glorified by mature Christians living stable lives; by healthy marriages; by our finances in order, and when we are fulfilling His plan for our lives.
He has called us the `salt of the earth’, and we need to get out of the saltshaker, and influence society for God.
`Tumbleweeds’ never plant roots, and never produce fruit.
Isaiah 61: 1-3 “ The Spirit of the Sovereign LORD is on me,
because the LORD has anointed me
to preach good news to the poor.
He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted,
to proclaim freedom for the captives
and release from darkness for the prisoners,
2 to proclaim the year of the LORD's favor
and the day of vengeance of our God,
to comfort all who mourn,
3 and provide for those who grieve in Zion—
to bestow on them a crown of beauty
instead of ashes,
the oil of gladness
instead of mourning,
and a garment of praise
instead of a spirit of despair.
They will be called oaks of righteousness,
a planting of the LORD
for the display of his splendor. NIV
Psalm 1: 1-6
“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.
2 But his delight is in the law of the LORD,
and on his law he meditates day and night.
3 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.
4 Not so the wicked!
They are like chaff
that the wind blows away.
5 Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment,
nor sinners in the assembly of the righteous.
6 For the LORD watches over the way of the righteous,
but the way of the wicked will perish.”
Walk, stand sit…There is a progression of backsliding, and God says you are `blessed’ if you don’t do this--
1. Walk in the Counsel of the wicked- Listening to Dr. Phil, Oprah, and every friend you’ve got who is negative, instead of following the counsel of your pastor, and other spiritual leaders. What does God’s Word say about your situation? Have you bothered to pray? Or are you just walking in Jerry Springer’s counsel?
2. Stand in the way of sinners-What fellowship does darkness have with light? When you stop listening to Godly counsel , and lock in on ungodly advice, you will start hanging around with unbelievers, and get out of church. Men love darkness because their deeds are evil! They shun fellowship because it shines light on their darkness…
But this is the Biblical response ---1 John 1: 7 “But if we are living in the light, as God is in the light, then we have fellowship with each other, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, cleanses us from all sin.” NLT Not only are you `standing with sinners’ at this point, but you are also standing in their way---Keeping them from reaching true deliverance in Christ!
3. Sit in the seat of the scornful- Did you ever notice how critical you get when out of fellowship with God? No one can please us, and we become irritable, mean-spirited, crude, self-centered. If any of these phrases fits you, you are out of step with God!
But verse 2 of Psalm 1 tells us how to be free-“His delight is in the law of the Lord and he meditates in it DAY and NIGHT!” He shall be like a tree! Planted…Secure…Stable…At Peace..If these things fit you, then you are well on your way to being planted in God! “Whatever He does Prospers”!
***Tithing and Giving are a part of the planted life- No such thing as a free lunch! Some one has to pay for it- Everyone of us have a part to play in supporting the work of God. Giving to God’s work is proof that HE has my heart---That I am walking in obedience to Him.
2 Cor 9:6-14 “ Remember this—a farmer who plants only a few seeds will get a small crop. But the one who plants generously will get a generous crop. 7 You must each decide in your heart how much to give. And don’t give reluctantly or in response to pressure. “For God loves a person who gives cheerfully.” 8 And God will generously provide all you need. Then you will always have everything you need and plenty left over to share with others. 9 As the Scriptures say,
“They share freely and give generously to the poor.
Their good deeds will be remembered forever.”
10 For God is the one who provides seed for the farmer and then bread to eat. In the same way, he will provide and increase your resources and then produce a great harvest of generosity in you. 11 Yes, you will be enriched in every way so that you can always be generous. And when we take your gifts to those who need them, they will thank God. 12 So two good things will result from this ministry of giving—the needs of the believers in Jerusalem will be met, and they will joyfully express their thanks to God. 13 As a result of your ministry, they will give glory to God. For your generosity to them and to all believers will prove that you are obedient to the Good News of Christ. 14 And they will pray for you with deep affection because of the overflowing grace God has given to you. “
Gal. 6:6-10 “Anyone who receives instruction in the word must share all good things with his instructor. Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows. The one who sows to please his sinful nature, from that nature will reap destruction; the one who sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life. Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers.”
***Obedience to Pastoral Authority is also proof of the Planted Life---God places us in a local church for accountability and to learn submission to authority.
Hebrews 10:17 “Obey your leaders and submit to their authority. They keep watch over you as men who must give an account. Obey them so that their work will be a joy, not a burden, for that would be of no advantage to you.” NIV
Heb. 10: 17 “Obey your spiritual leaders and submit to them [continually recognizing their authority over you], for they are constantly keeping watch over your souls and guarding your spiritual welfare, as men who will have to render an account [of their trust]. [Do your part to] let them do this with gladness and not with sighing and groaning, for that would not be profitable to you [either].” Amplified
Heb. 10:17 “Be responsive to your pastoral leaders. Listen to their counsel. They are alert to the condition of your lives and work under the strict supervision of God. Contribute to the joy of their leadership, not its drudgery. Why would you want to make things harder for them?” Message
Eph. 4: 11-14 Now these are the gifts Christ gave to the church: the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, and the pastors and teachers. 12 Their responsibility is to equip God’s people to do his work and build up the church, the body of Christ. 13 This will continue until we all come to such unity in our faith and knowledge of God’s Son that we will be mature in the Lord, measuring up to the full and complete standard of Christ.
14 Then we will no longer be immature like children. We won’t be tossed and blown about by every wind of new teaching. We will not be influenced when people try to trick us with lies so clever they sound like the truth.
Gal. 3: 26-29 “You are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus, for all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, slave nor free, male nor female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. If you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham's seed, and heirs according to the promise
Gal. 4: 1-7 “What I am saying is that as long as the heir is a child, he is no different from a slave, although he owns the whole estate. 2He is subject to guardians and trustees until the time set by his father. 3So also, when we were children, we were in slavery under the basic principles of the world. 4But when the time had fully come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under law, 5to redeem those under law, that we might receive the full rights of sons. 6Because you are sons, God sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, the Spirit who calls out, "Abba,Father." 7So you are no longer a slave, but a son; and since you are a son, God has made you also an heir.”
A slave receives wages, a son receives inheritance.
Be planted…Put down roots in the local church. Renew your mind to see the importance of the local church in the mind of God the Father, and receive the son’s inheritance!
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