“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.” Psalm 1:1-4 (KJV)
In this life, there are two directions you are bound to head in: prosperity or destruction.
With God, the opportunities are endless. And this goes beyond material riches. God’s truth provides wisdom, structure and eternal life. For this reason, it is important that we have spiritual practices set in place to follow. Disciplined living to abide by His Word is key to a healthy and consistent life guaranteeing wholeness and prosperity.
Taking a close look at the above verse, we see the structure God has set in place to keep us in good standing. Firstly, it reads that we must have an inner circle of godly counsel. People who add to our walk, pushing us towards Christ. Their words, habits and lifestyles should reflect the richness in Spirit (love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self control). Like any relationship, we should not aim for perfection but should aim to be surrounded by individuals looking to improve. We are all a work in progress, and should be around those pursuing greatness in God.
Following unto the second verse, believers are instructed to meditate day and night on the Word of God. This means to study scripture so that we carry these words, or principles, in our heart (for it reads in Proverbs 4:4 to “let thine heart retain [His] words: keep my commandment and live).
Just to share some personal background, I use to never be genuinely interested in reading the Bible. It just felt more like an obligation than a privilege. That because I’m a Christian, I have to instead of wanting to.
Half of the time I read Scripture it just didn’t make sense, while the other half of the time nothing really stuck.
Eventually though I grew to appreciate the Word of God for what it is: His written language to His people. Without it, none of us would know what to follow or how to do right. This book is not just a “set of stories” written on paper but a guideline to life answering ALL answers and curiosities (yes, ALL).
Proceeding unto the third verse, we are called to “be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season.”
Our walk is solidified by habitual workings. Each day, we should be actively seeking our Maker.
Prayer is soooooo important (can’t stress that one enough)! Beginning from the moment we wake up, we should be saying something to Him, thanking God for the breath in our lounges and the blessing to live another day! Throughout the day as well, we should be communicating our thanks and acknowledgement for all He does.
The same way we’d talk with our family, friends or significant other, we should talk to Him.
People seem to have this misconception that prayer is all formal and structured, and that is far from it! I could be in the comfort of my home, at work, in Church or somewhere else public. When it comes down to me and God, we talk, joke, laugh…it’s a judgement free zone!
On top of prayer, fasting and acts of love and kindness are important because they both demonstrate sacrifice.
Fasting is a beautiful way to show God our appreciation through our willingness to abstain from something in return to grow closer to Him. This can be in the form of wanting to receive clearer direction, greater wisdom or simply closer fellowship.
And with acts of love and kindness, we are demonstrating the love we have for God by practicing what He teaches us with fellow brothers and sisters in Christ (as well as being a bright, shining light to the world).
Lastly, it ends in saying “…his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.”
When we do what pleases God, chasing after the desires of His heart, He willingly grants us the desires of ours.
He wants more than anything for us to turn to Him for love and security. When we abandon what this world tells us safety is (faith in people, fame and money) and instead live a life consecrated in Christ, we will see all things in our life head towards greatness. Fruit will bear, and prosperity will cover all aspects of our lives down to passions, callings, gifts, relationships, marriages, ministries and businesses. When done and followed according to His Will, we can rest to sure that all matters fall into place.