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12th January 2024


The Way of the Righteous

The Lord blesses the way of the righteous & we see the results & benefits of this in Psalm 1.
We have seen how refreshment & fruitfulness flows from a life planted in the Lord.
Walking in the refreshment & fruitfulness that flows from the Lord & His word, leads to prosperity in life.
Living successfully for the Lord with a maturity & fulness characterizing all that we are & do.
Today we will think about how we live in the Lord’s prosperity.


Blessed [fortunate, prosperous, and favoured by God] is the man
who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked [following their advice and example],
Nor stand in the path of sinners, Nor sit [down to rest] in the seat of scoffers (ridiculers).
But his delight is in the law of the Lord,
And on His law [His precepts and teachings] he [habitually] meditates day and night.
And he will be like a tree firmly planted [and fed] by streams of water,
Which yields its fruit in its season; Its leaf does not wither;
And in whatever he does, he prospers [and comes to maturity]. Psalm 1:1-3 Amplified Bible


The Psalmist describes the way of the righteous person & the blessing & benefits it brings to that soul & life.
Such a person is blessed with refreshment, fruitfulness in season & prosperity.
There is a maturity, a richness & a fulness in this kind of life that marks such a person out.
It is the hallmark & distinguishing feature of one who has been spending time in the presence of the Lord.
Drawing deeply from the waters of the river of life (John 7:38) & rightly applying the Word of God (2 Timothy 2:15). SELAH

When we are talking about Biblical prosperity we are not promoting a prosperity gospel (health, wealth & happiness).
Biblical prosperity is all about living successfully for God. A prospering in the soul & spirit that overflows into life (3 John 1:2).
Living in God’s world, God’s way rather than MY way, or the world’s way!!
It may contain elements of health, wealth & happiness but it is no guarantee of that.
We can live successfully for God in times of plenty & also in times of dire need & great distress.
The key is being faithful & fruitful so that there is a maturity & fulness from God flowing into our lives.
That comes from time spent with the Lord & wisely applying the wisdom of His Word & words to our lives. SELAH

The way of the righteous is the sure & certain result of a life planted in God.
It brings constant refreshment, frequent fruitfulness alongside prosperity & maturity to our lives.
It is a blessed life & one that experiences & enjoys the continuing favour of the Lord.
It is path taken & faithfully trod by the person who will delight themselves in, & spend time, with the Lord & His word.
It is all about looking unto the Lord to prosper us rather than seeking to make our own way through life.
Keep investing in intimacy with the Lord & engaging wit & rightly applying his word in your live.
The blessings & benefits are amazing & way above & beyond anything this world can offer. Hallelujah!!!

For Reflection

  • How attentive & careful am I to understand & rightly apply the Word of God to my life?
  • In what ways do I see godly maturity in my life, ministry & mission?
  • Meditate upon what Biblical prosperity is about.

A song related to this theme:


Prayer

Heavenly Father,
Thank you that You are always there for me,
Leading & guiding me to live in Your world, Your way.
Jesus thank you that You are the One who ceaselessly prospers my soul,
The One who brings maturity & fulness to who I am & all I do.
Holy Spirit keep me planted firmly & securely in the Lord,
Faithful abiding in Him, rightly applying the Word of God & drawing deeply from the water of life.
This I ask in the mighty Name of Jesus.
Amen

Written by Gareth Jones

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