Blessed is the man

“Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stand in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers; 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 that yields its fruits in its season, and its leaf does not wither. In all that he does, he prospers. The wicked are not so, but are like chaff that the wind drives away. Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous; for the LORD knows the way of the righteous, but the way of the wicked will perish.” Psalm 1:1-6

Psalm chapter 1 emphasizes the qualities that keep a righteous man apart from wicked man. It clearly states that you and I will be blessed if we will not walk in the counsel of the wicked or stand in the way of the sinners or even sit in the seat of the scoffers.

In this time and age we tend to think that its ok to sit with anyone. We think that the more “inclusive” we are the more people will like us. Bible tells us that we are in the world but not of the world. We have been separated from the world to take the light of the Gospel to those who are still in darkness. We need to be careful with whom we sit and talk and take advise from. We need to take the guidance of the Holy Spirit every day to discern where to go and to whom to say “no”.

If we ask the Holy Spirit to help us everyday, we will be guided by the Spirit to fulfill the purpose of God’s heart, in our lives and in the lives of others.

The last part of verse tells us that not only we have to refrain ourselves from associating with certain groups of people but we have to meditate on the word of God day and night, if we want to be blessed.

Those who meditate on the WORD are like trees planted by the streams of water. Men and Women who go under the guidance of the Holy Spirit and meditate on the word of God receive their strength from the word and become strengthened in body, soul, and spirit.

God has called us to become God pleasers not man pleasers!! Lets be careful how we lead our lives everyday and receive the honour to be called “Blessed” by the LORD.

 

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Walls of Jericho

The book of Joshua chapter 6 talks about the City of Jericho and how its walls fell down. It is written, “Now Jericho was straitly shut up because of the children of Israel; none went out and none came in. And Jehovah said unto Joshua, See, I have given into thy hand Jericho, and the king thereof, and the mighty men of valor. And ye shall compass the city, all the men of war, going about the city once.

Thus shalt thou do six days. And seven priests shall bear seven trumpets of rams’ horns before the ark; and the seventh day ye shall compass the city seven times, and the priests shall blow the trumpets. And it shall be, that, when they make a long blast with the ram’s horn, and when ye hear the sound of the trumpet, all the people shall shout with a great shout; and the wall of the city shall fall down flat, and the people shall go up every man straight before him.” Joshua 6:1-5

Jehovah told Joshua that HE had given Jericho in his hands. Please notice that when the Lord says that he has given you a blessing which could be a financial blessing, blessing of a spouse, dream job, new house, healing or multiplication – the blessing doesn’t appear in physical realm unless we do our part.

God is Spirit and HE has authority in heaven and on earth but we must be obedient to do the will of the Lord on this earth to bring about the fulfillment of God’s desire to bless us.

When the Lord told Joshua that HE had given Jericho in his hand. Joshua didn’t possess the City until he fought and claimed his victory over it.

The fight was easy since Jehovah had already won it for Joshua. All Joshua had to do is to follow the instructions to receive the victory in physical realm!

God’s instructions are hard to comprehend since our vision is limited and our knowledge is partial. We don’t know the mind of the Lord fully until we start following his commands. With every act of obedience, comes the greatest gift of the knowledge of God. The more we obey Him, the more HE reveals Himself to us.

Is there anything greater than knowing our creator? “Eternal life is to know God”, says Jesus.

Have you been praying for healing, multiplication, prosperity or anything else. The Lord has already delivered it in heavenly realm through his Son Jesus Christ. It is written in Ephesians, “We have been granted every single blessing in heavenly realm in Jesus Christ.” The only thing left for us to do is to FIGHT TO RECEIVE.

The fight is not hard since Jesus has already been declared victorious in heavenly and earthly realm. Our fight could be against the fleshly nature that rises against the knowledge of God, It would be against doubt or depression or negative attitude that is contrary to the nature of God. Our fight could be as easy as believing, praying, fasting of worshipping the Lord.

What have you been praying for? The answer is Yes and Amen in Jesus.

Fight your battle today to receive Christ earned VICTORY. Don’t worry about anything, since you have been declared victorious in the victory of the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords!!

 

 

Are you blocking your blessings?

Often times, we ask the Lord to multiply our blessings, give us more and bring prosperity to us. but we forget that the multiplication begins with us. Its I and you who have to take the first step and then the Lord will add his blessings to our sincere efforts.

It is written in John 15:7, “If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish and it will be given to you.” Its also written in Matthew 11:28, “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.

The word of the Lord tells us clearly that we have to take the first step and then the Lord will take over to do his part.

Its written in Isaiah 54:2-3, “Enlarge the place of your tent, stretch your tent curtains wide, do not hold back; lengthen your cords, strengthen your stakes. For you will spread out to the right and to the left.”

The Lord has given us the blessings of multiplication in his word. He has made a promise that you and I will spread out to the right and to the left. But we have to take the first step. We have to enlarge our territory and stretch the tent curtains wide. We are not supposed to hold anything back and to give all of us to the Lord so that we may see his abundance and multiplication flowing through us.

Are you holding yourself back in any area of your life due to lack of experience, fear or some other reasons? Are you blocking your own blessings due to negative or wrong mindset? While the Lord wants to multiply you.

Just Go for the word of the Lord says, “Don’t hold yourself back for you will spread out to the right and to the left.”

 

Mustard seed and the Yeast

Luke 13:18-20, “Then Jesus asked, “What is the kingdom of God like? What shall I compare it to? It is like a mustard seed, which a man took and planted in his garden. It grew and became a tree and the birds of the air perched in its branches.” Again he asked, “What shall I compare the kingdom of God to? It is like yeast that a woman took and mixed into a large amount of flour until it worked all through the dough.”

Jesus is comparing the kingdom of God with mustard seed and yeast. The mustard seed is the very small in size.  According to Wikipedia, It takes eight to ten days to germinate if placed under the proper conditions, which include a cold atmosphere and relatively moist soil. Mature mustard plants grow into shrubs.”

Mustard seed takes a little longer than Yeast to germinate. Yeast is an active ingredient that starts working the moment it is mixed with other ingredients.

May be you are involved with Kingdom work and despite working diligently, you haven’t seen any success or growth yet. May be you are frustrated to see one failure after another but don’t give up. The seed that you are sowing in the kingdom of God will soon become a huge tree and many will come to find the Lord under the tree of the ministry that the Lord has kept for you. What you need to do is to sow the seed diligently, and surely you will see the result in due time.

Yeast starts working the moment it is mixed with other food items. Some people work for the kingdom and see huge crowd coming to the Lord right away.They are the active ingredients to spread the kingdom of God.

The kingdom of God works in myriad ways, it could be thousands coming to the Lord overnight or years of wait to see one believer coming to the Lord.

Kingdom of God’s success ratio can’t be evaluated by the amount of time it takes to bring people to the Lord but the diligence with which the work is being carried out.

If you are working diligently for the kingdom of God, you are already successful in the sight of the Lord. Dont compare your work with others. Keep working for the Lord for only he knows the right time and size of the harvest!