THE SECRET OF FLOURISHING
We as the people of God we can flourish through out our life time. Our definition therefore for flourishing matters, we must learn to see things with the sight of the word of God. The world has made some definitions for us that need the proper correction through the word of God.
2 Timothy 3:16 ALL SCRIPTURE IS GIVEN BY INSPIRATION OF GOD, and is PROFITABLE for doctrine, for reproof, FOR CORRECTION, for instruction in righteousness:
So you see, we need to be corrected by the word of God. Let’s see what it means to flourish.
Psalms 92:12 The righteous shall flourish like the palm tree: he shall grow like a cedar in Lebanon.
92:13 THOSE THAT BE PLANTED IN THE HOUSE OF THE LORD SHALL FLOURISH IN THE COURTS OF OUR GOD.
92:14 They shall still bring forth fruit in old age; they shall be fat and flourishing;
You see, as believers we are righteous because Jesus Christ has made us righteous.
2 Corinthians 5:21 For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; THAT WE MIGHT BE MADE THE RIGHTEOUSNESS OF GOD IN HIM.
1 Corinthians 1:30 BUT OF HIM ARE YE IN CHRIST JESUS, who of God IS MADE UNTO US wisdom, and RIGHTEOUSNESS, and sanctification, and redemption:
So that scripture in Psalms is talking first and only to someone that is righteous. It’s says we shall flourish like a Palm tree. There are many things palm trees can be used for, it is ever producing. It also says like the cedars of Lebanon, this can grow to like 80feet. Then it further emphasized that it is those that are planted. Planted where? In the house of the Lord! Every plant is expected to grow and when they do, they will always result to harvest.
WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO BE PLANTED IN THE HOUSE OF THE LORD?
To be planted in the house of the Lord, is to have our feet in Him first and also in a local church. You have your stay on the word of God. This verse now says they shall flourish in the courts of our Lord. Our flourishing is in the court of the Lord. Not in the world. It may stretch to the world and be seen but it is in court of our Lord. Flourishing in life is to be planted in the house of the Lord. To be planted in the house of the Lord is to be planted in Christ Jesus, because Christ has a house.
Hebrews 3:4 For EVERY HOUSE IS BUILDED BY SOME MAN; BUT HE THAT BUILT ALL THINGS IS GOD.
3:5 And Moses verily was faithful in all his house, as a servant, for a testimony of those things which were to be spoken after;
3:6 BUT CHRIST AS A SON OVER HIS OWN HOUSE; WHOSE HOUSE ARE WE, if we hold fast the confidence and the rejoicing of the hope firm unto the end.
Christ has a house, you are His house so long you give your life to Him. Maybe you’re reading this and you’re not born again. You’re not yet in that house. You can only flourish in God’s definition by coming to that house. Give your life to Him now.
Jesus has a house. We are in Him.
Ephesians 2:20 And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, JESUS CHRIST HIMSELF BEING THE CHIEF CORNER STONE;
2:21 IN WHOM ALL THE BUILDING FITLY FRAMED TOGETHER GROWTH UNTO AN HOLY TEMPLE IN THE LORD:
2:22 In whom ye also are BUILDED together for an habitation of God through the Spirit.
You come into that house by coming into Christ. That’s how to flourish. It says they shall still bring forth fruit in old age. So relax, if you are married and reading this and you don’t have a child. God is bringing it your way. Bringing of the fruit in old age still continues, don’t be trapped by saying is for child bearing ALONE. You still be giving and bringing forth fruit in old age, bringing fruit of righteousness!
Philippians 1:11 Being filled with the fruits of righteousness, which are by Jesus Christ, unto the glory and praise of God.
At old age they will not stop producing but still bring forth more fruit and also be fat and flourishing. It’s not just when they are young that they will flourish but also in old age.
Those that are planted in the Lord’s house are blessed.
Psalms 1:1 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.
1:2 But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night.
1:3 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.
You see how to prosper and flourish? Be planted in the house of the Lord and stay on the word of God. it may not look like it now, just stay planted in the Lord. In fact, we are not believers first to show people result through riches or any worldly goods, we are believers first to show and represent Christ. You’re a seed and seed grow with time. Be planted and stay planted, I tell you soon your profiting will appear to all.
1 Timothy 4:15 Meditate upon these things; GIVE THYSELF WHOLLY TO THEM; THAT THY PROFITING MAY APPEAR TO ALL.