Summary: • How do we go about achieving all that God has for us in this New Year? • What must I do as a Christian to be able to partake in these blessings? How do I in the midst of all that I am going though see the light of God? • The Lord desires that we serv
• Divine in 2009. We discussed last week that God is bringing change, expansion, new levels and extreme favor in 2009.
• How do we go about achieving all that God has for us in this New Year?
• What must I do as a Christian to be able to partake in these blessings? How do I in the midst of all that I am going though see the light of God?
• The Lord desires that we serve Him for as long as we live. Even in old age, believers have the privilege of obeying God and ministering to other people.
• This one of the 1st steps in receiving the blessing, expansion, change, new levels and extreme faith in your life.
• So let’s consider some attitudes and actions that keep Christians productive, fruitful and young at heart.
(NKJV) Psalm 92 12 The righteous shall flourish like a palm tree, He shall grow like a cedar in Lebanon. 13 Those who are planted in the house of the LORD Shall flourish in the courts of our God. 14 They shall still bear fruit in old age; They shall be fresh and flourishing, 15 To declare that the LORD is upright; He is my rock, and there is no unrighteousness in Him.
(AMP) Psalm 92 12The [uncompromisingly] righteous shall flourish like the palm tree [be long-lived, stately, upright, useful, and fruitful]; they shall grow like a cedar in Lebanon [majestic, stable, durable, and incorruptible]. 13Planted in the house of the Lord, they shall flourish in the courts of our God. 14[Growing in grace] they shall still bring forth fruit in old age; they shall be full of sap [of spiritual vitality] and [rich in the] verdure [of trust, love, and contentment]. 15[They are living memorials] to show that the Lord is upright and faithful to His promises; He is my Rock, and there is no unrighteousness in Him.
1) What qualities does a Godly person possess?
a) Shout… Jesus I want to possess your qualities. Help me today!
b) In Psalm 92, God compares a righteous person to two types of trees considered valuable in the Middle East.
i) The date palm grows about 90 feet tall and produces abundant fruit. It is long-lived, stately, upright, useful, and fruitful. This should describe our life as a Christian.
ii) The cedar of Lebanon is resistant to weather and termite damage. This tree was used to build palaces and temples. The cedar is majestic, stable, durable, and incorruptible. Is this a description of our life?
c) What else characterizes a Godly person?
i) They flourish in the courts of our God (Ps. 92:13). In other words, he or she enjoys a close relationship with the Father.
ii) The person [yields] fruit in old age (v. 14). Growing Christians serve the Lord all their days and yield a harvest.
iii) They shall be full of sap and of spiritual vitality (v. 14). Believers should actively and creatively serve the Lord.
2) How do we stay youthful and fruitful in 2009?
a) Shout…Jesus reveal your plans for me to stay youthful and fruitful this year.
b) Keep learning. Acquiring new skills or knowledge stimulates our minds. Most importantly, we should continue learning more about God through studying and meditation on His Word.