Summary: A message of warning for those who never plant themselves but are wanderers in the Body
The Vagabond Spirit
1 Blessed (happy, fortunate, prosperous, and enviable) is the man who walks and lives not in the counsel of the ungodly [following their advice, their plans and purposes], nor stands [submissive and inactive] in the path where sinners walk, nor sits down [to relax and rest] where the scornful [and the mockers] gather.
2 But his delight and desire are in the law of the Lord, and on His law (the precepts, the instructions, the teachings of God) he habitually meditates (ponders and studies) by day and by night.
3 And he shall be like a tree firmly planted [and tended] by the streams of water, ready to bring forth its fruit in its season; its leaf also shall not fade or wither; and everything he does shall prosper [and come to maturity].
4 Not so the wicked [those disobedient and living without God are not so]. But they are like the chaff [worthless, dead, without substance] which the wind drives away.
God created us and designed us spiritually to be planted. According to scripture believers who are wanderers, those who are not planted. They place themselves under curse like conditions, keeping themselves from truly bearing lasting fruit and not allowing themselves to be used to build anything in the kingdom with any lasting permanence.
PEOPLE OF ROOT WILL ALWAYS BEAR FRUIT - BUT IF YOURE ROOTLESS YOUR FRUITLESS!
Jeremiah 17:7-8King James Version (KJV)
7 Blessed is the man that trusteth in the Lord, and whose hope the Lord is.
8 For he shall be as a tree planted by the waters, and that spreadeth out her roots by the river, and shall not see when heat cometh, but her leaf shall be green; and shall not be careful in the year of drought, NEITHER shall cease from yielding fruit.
Notice the bible teaches that when you are planted you will not cease from yielding fruit.
As I was seeking the Lord on what to bring the people. I felt the Lord speak a word into my spirit, it was the word VAGABOND.
The word vagabond was not a word I had ever really used so I began to do some research.
I went to the book of beginnings, the book of Genesis, this is where we will usually find the beginning of biblical principles and the origin of a thing.
Notice with me what it says in Genesis 4:4-12
And Abel, he also brought of the firstlings of his flock and of the fat thereof. And the Lord had respect unto Abel and to his offering:
5 But unto Cain and to his offering he had not respect. And Cain was very wroth, and his countenance fell.
6 And the Lord said unto Cain, Why art thou wroth? and why is thy countenance fallen?
7 If thou doest well, shalt thou not be accepted? and if thou doest not well, sin lieth at the door. And unto thee shall be his desire, and thou shalt rule over him.
8 And Cain talked with Abel his brother: and it came to pass, when they were in the field, that Cain rose up against Abel his brother, and slew him.
9 And the Lord said unto Cain, Where is Abel thy brother? And he said, I know not: Am I my brother's keeper?
10 And he said, What hast thou done? the voice of thy brother's blood crieth unto me from the ground.
11 And now art thou cursed from the earth, which hath opened her mouth to receive thy brother's blood from thy hand;
12 When thou tillest the ground, it shall not henceforth yield unto thee her strength; a fugitive and a vagabond shalt thou be in the earth.
In Genesis chapter 4 we see that the first time the word VAGABOND is mentioned it is in reference to a CURSE.
The Hebrew word for Vagabond means:
- A person without a permanent home who moves from place to place.
- a vagrant
- a wanderer
- a tramp (prostitute) a person who gets intimate with many but stays with none
- irregular - someone contrary to rule, accepted order or general practice - departing from the usual pattern, not belonging to a permanent, organized military force.
The word vagabond also means - to move to and fro, to take flight at a moments notice. To waver or to be a runabout
Why is God so adamant about the believer being PLANTED?
Because God knows that believers that are not planted are people without a (permanent home) they will move to and fro and will take flight at a moments notice. If corrected or rebuked, if confronted they will easily take flight. Why? Because they have no root, they are not planted. They will be like tramps that get intimate in our churches for a season, but never stay with any.