Summary: A believer is to be like a tree planted near a river of water. We must reach deep to draw from the water of God’s written word while also reaching up toward the Son to hold on to a spoken word from God.
My Heart is Fixed in 2006
My mission in 2006 is to assemble a body of believers. Believers walk by faith, not by sight. Believers trust in the Lord with all their heart and lean not to their own understanding. Believers believe! It sounds like a simple task but most people have been trained by life not to believe. Experience has taught us to be skeptics. Most people can’t tell you what they do believe, but they can tell you what we don’t believe and what they won‘t believe. My job, as the pastor, the preacher, the prophet, the teacher is to preach and to prophecy to train your heart to believe. I have to preach the word because faith cometh by hearing and hearing by the word of God. I have to preach the word for unteaching and unlearning and reteaching and relearning because much of what people know from the bible ain’t so. I have to preach the word because preachers have been scandalized and people have be filled with lies to the point that some people don’t believe in Jesus Christ any more than they believe in Santa Claus or the tooth fairy. Many people have no more faith in God answering prayer than wishing on a star. I have to preach the word to teach people to believe because the primary job of a believer is to believe. I also have to prophecy and have what I say come to pass, because we have to have just as much faith in His spoken word as we do in His written word. As the pastor, I am going to preach and prophecy because we are going to get it fixed in 2006. Say “My heart is fixed in 2006.”
Text - Psalms 112:5-7 - A good man sheweth favour, and lendeth: he will guide his affairs with discretion. Surely he shall not be moved for ever: the righteous shall be in everlasting remembrance. He shall not be afraid of evil tidings: his heart is fixed, trusting in the LORD.
The word fixed in the text is the Hebrew word “Kuwn” (pronounced “koon”). It has two meanings:
1. To be firm and fastened, stable and established.
2. To be to be securely determined and directed aright.
While one definition speaks of a position, the other implies a direction. The believer’s faith is to be firm and fastened, stable and established, rooted and grounded in the written word of God. The believer’s faith is also to be securely determined and directed aright, reaching and grabbing hold of the spoken word of God. Let’s examine a picture of the believer whose heart is fixed.
Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful. But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night.
And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.
Verse 3 says a believer is like a tree planted by the rivers of water. It first tells us that if we are going to be believers that believe, we have to watch who we hang around. We are not to walk in the council of the ungodly. It does not mean all non-Christians are out to cause your down fall. It is simply pointing out the fact that ungodly people cannot teach you how to believe God. Don’t walk in the council of the ungodly and don’t stand in the way of sinners, because unbelievers cannot teach you how to believe God. The next warning is against sitting in the seat of the scornful. If you are going to be a believer that believes, you can’t hang around haters. Joseph’s brother did him a favor by selling him into slavery because if Joseph have hung around them long enough, they would have killed his dreams. Joseph never would have seen how God can elevate you no matter what the situation, if he had continued to hang around haters. As a believer, our delight is to be in the law of the Lord. We are to be like a tree planted by the rivers of water. Near the river, the ground is most and soft so the roots of a tree can grow deep into the earth to drink from the resource of the river of water. Water in the bible represents the word. Like a tree, in order to firm and fastened, stable and established, root and grounded, we have to dig deep enough to tap into the resource of God’s word through study of the bible. He that believes is stable and established in the written word of God. As the pastor, I do much of the ground work for you so much of your studying the word is just studying the message. The believer whose heart is fixed is like the tree by the rivers of water. You are not easily moved. You are not easily persuaded or dissuaded. You are not tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive. You will bring forth fruit in your season. You determine when your season is due. Your season will come at a set time and you set the time. The set time is when you become a believer that can believe! You have to become firm and fastened, stable and established, rooted and grounded in the written word of God like a tree planted by the rivers of water.