Blessed is He Who Remains Focused

 

I look again at Psalm 1 and the more I study this psalm, the more and more revelation is given by the Holy Spirit.

Take a look at verse 1:

Psalm 1:1 

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.

Look at it in this way: Notice the slowing down of the individual talked about in verse 1. The psalmist talks about the man walking in the counsel of the ungodly, then standing in the way of sinners and he ends up sitting in the seat if the scornful. This verse can be symbolic of the person who becoming tired or weary in the things of God. As one moves from walking, to standing and then to sitting, it means one is becoming tired and ultimately resting, and when you rest you are not alert enough to see when the enemy is coming or to even strategize against the enemy.

The verse if therefore telling us that: Blessed is the man who does not backslide, lose focus nor get weary in the things of God.

Then the scripture goes on to say:

Psalm 1:2-3 

 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.

My interpretation: Blessed is the man who stays focused in the Word of the Lord, making sure to meditate on it day and night. Blessed is the man who does not allow the cares of the world to pull him away from God and cause him to be weary or go into a sitting position.

Remember the disobedient prophet in 1 Kings 13 who only disobeyed God but instead and proceeding along the path which God has told him to walk on, he did the opposite and also stopped to take a seat. This was indeed a powerful prophet who heard the voice of the Lord and spoke thus saith the Lord, but it was at the point when he took a sitting position that he was distracted and fooled by the old backslidden prophet; a situation which led to his death.

This man shall be like a tree planted by the riverside if he stays focused. In other words, this man shall walk in the prosperity of the Lord. This man shall walk with such an anointing that whatsoever he touches it will prosper. Whatsoever He does shall be done well and God shall direct it. Any other way shall cause one to perish.

If you are in a backslidden state today, God is calling you to simply run back to him. He is calling you to refocus your eyes on Him. Confess your sins and get back on true.

1 John 1:9

If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

The Wrong Associations Can Cause You to Fail…Find The River

Psalm 1:1-3 

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.

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: 1-3 is loaded with such great revelation about your Christian life. God wants you to have the right associations in this season because prosperity is around the corner waiting for you. Just get in alignment.

Here is a brief analysis of what is being said in this scripture:

This scripture obviously indicates that unblessed is the man who walks in the counsel of the ungodly, who stands in the way of sinners and you sit in the seat of the scornful.

There are so many of us who know the Lord but somehow we are still caught up with the wrong people. We continue to seek the counsel of those who have refused to turn over their lives fully or at all to Christ.

You have given your life to Christ, yet still you are entertaining your sinful friends. You say nothing when they joke about the godly things. You say nothing when they utter the ungodly, but yet you have given your life to Christ. Not to mention the scornful with which you still fellowship. You still call them and find them as a source of entertainment. These are the ones who scorn the godly and the things of God. They also treat you with scorn because you have given your life to Christ and have chosen a different way. It’s time to remove yourself from such company!

It is time to let go of all associations with such people, because the word clearly states that when you keep such company you WILL NOT PROSPER. It is only the godly that flees all associations with these kinds of people who are well known for pulling you back down into the lifestyle from which you had been delivered on the day you gave your life to Christ. These are the ones hindering you from being successful. Time to turn your back and walk away from such persons.

You may be new to Christianity but God wants you to know that His desire for you is to bless you and see you successful.

You are called to be like a tree by the riverside. That means that you are called to flourish. Anything next to a river can never die. As the roots of the tree goes down, they will find their way towards the water and will continue to drink. Animals are never thirsty when a river is around. The ungodly suck us dry and God does not want this for you.

Find yourself next to the riverside instead of next to the ungodly because God has a great purpose to work out in you and it will call for you to fixed next to his river.

Sit beside the still waters so that your soul can be filled with all of Him. Sit beside the still waters of the river and allow your roots to go down. That’s where daily meditation on the word of God as mentioned in verse 2 comes in.

As you meditate on the word of God day and night, you allow the roots of your body, spirit and your soul to find the river of living water, which is Jesus. You allow your roots to drink from the river of living water and as you are nourished with the living water of God, you become automatically filled with the ability to be successful and whatever you touch as mentioned in verse 3, will prosper.

Walk next to the river, stand next to river, sit next to the river and receive the prosperity that God has for you. Anything that sits beside a river will be green and green = prosperity.

 

More than Four Walls

It’s time for christians to see beyond the four walls of the physical church building.
Church is indeed necessary and we see that God commands that we have fellowship with one another in Hebrews 10:25. It reads: “Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching”.
Miracles, signs and wonders take place in the house of the Lord, but it is time for us to balance the equation out and demonstrate this same power on the outside.
The issue: While constantly sitting inside the church we forget the dying souls on the outside that need to be strengthened and revived. We forget evangelism. We forget that the unsaved needs to know a savior. We get caught up in being amongst our christian friends all the time and we forget that the unsaved also need to see the signs, miracles and wonders as well.
We get so caught up with ourselves and all the different activities inside the house that we forget to GO. Jesus WENT.
We forget to talk to those who don’t know Jesus because we are too caught up with ourselves…
CHURCH IS MORE THAN FOUR WALLS…
CHRISTIANITY IS MORE THAN FOUR WALLS…

Is Your Cistern Broken?

  • Is your spiritual life broken?
  • Does your life feel empty?
  • Have you walked away from God and heeding to His voice?

If your answer is yes to these questions, then this is definitely for you. So keep reading!

Jeremiah 2:13 states: For my people have committed two evils; they have forsaken me the fountain of living waters, and hewed them out cisterns, broken cisterns, that can hold no water. (KJV)

The prophet Jeremiah spoke about the backsliding of Israel. They had turned away from God in so many ways but here God through the prophet highlighted two evils that they had committed:

  1. They forsook the fountain of living waters (which is God) and
  2. They created or carved out their own cisterns, that could not hold water

Let’s examine the first evil or wrong which the Israelites commited.

No. 1 – They Have Forsaken Me (God) the Fountain of Living Waters

The word says: “they have forsaken me”. The Strong’s Concordance defines the word “forsaken” as:

to leave, loose, forsake

  1. (Qal) to leave
    1. to depart from, leave behind, leave, let alone
    2. to leave, abandon, forsake, neglect, apostatise

    3. to let loose, set free, let go, free

Source: https://www.blueletterbible.org/lang/Lexicon/Lexicon.cfm?strongs=H5800&t=KJV

In other words, Jeremiah, the mouthpiece of God, was saying that Israel left God; they departed from God. They Left him behind. They left him out of their lives on many occasions and did their own thing.

Are you guilty or not heeding the voice of God and doing your own thing?

How can this be applied to us today?

Very often we forsake God in one way or the other. Sometimes we leave Him out of our decision, we neglect and abandon our first love. We take our eyes off of Him and when we do that all trouble breaks loose. We know this because every time the Israelites forsook God and took their eyes off of Him in complaining and ungratefulness, something went wrong and they suffered the consequences.

How many times have you fallen or paid the price for not heeding God’s voice? 

How many times have letting go and not letting go caused you to be in a broken spot?

How many times have you taken things into your own hands and allowed situations to get the best of you when your eyes should have been fixed on the Ultimate One who fights on our behalf?

 

Remember: The Holy Spirit is a fountain of Living water.

The word of God makes reference  to God as the Fountain of Living Waters as follows:

O LORD, the hope of Israel, all that forsake thee shall be ashamed, and they that depart from me shall be written in the earth, because they have forsaken the LORD, the fountain of living waters. (Jeremiah 17:13)

Jesus answered and said unto her, If thou knewest the gift of God, and who it is that saith to thee, Give me to drink; thou wouldest have asked of him, and he would have given thee living water. (John 4:10)

He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water. (John 7:38)

Water denotes life. God is the fountain of life and anytime we reject that life, we move into a broken place.

He is the fountain that will never run dry and if we refuse to drink from the that fountain, again we lack the nourishment that we need and automatically open the doors to a dry and barren dehydrated state which causes us to become broken.

How many of us take our eyes of God whether consciously or unconsciously? 

It calls for us keeping our eyes fixed on God.

How many of us have loosed God’s plans for our lives created on our own plans? I surely have, some time or the other.

In the end, we create broken lives that can’t hold anything. Lives that can’t be used of God because we can hold the spirit and anointing that God wants to pout into us. Our lives become broken.

This then moves us into the second evil committed by the Israelites

No. 2 – They Hewed Them Out Broken Cisterns, that can Hold No Water

The cistern is a vessel and similarly the word of God refers to us as vessels. And as vessels we are supposed to hold the living water. We are supposed to be carriers of God’s spirit; the Holy Spirit.

Once we start leaving out God of our decisions and lives, we create holes in our lives. Once we start leaving out the direction of the Holy Spirit we weaken our vessels and soon after they become broken. No one causes this, but our disobedience.

When we stop allowing the fountain of living water to be poured into us, holes are created in us as vessels of God. We create holes in our spirit and become broken in areas that affect us on so many different levels; our spiritual lives, ministries, and divine purposes are affected. We are then unable to operate in the perfect and acceptable will of God because we have chosen to create broken lives without Him.

The great thing is that whatever holes exist in your cistern today, God can fix. He will smash it and create a whole new cistern but putting us back on the potter’s wheel.

It’s time for us to go down to the potter’s house and be made whole so that the river of living water can fill us and flow from us when we open our mouths.

Are you in a broken state today?

Look back! How did you get to this state?

Did you take your eyes off God?

Don’t be dismayed. Go to God in prayer and repent. Invite the Living Water to fill you again. Allow Him to mold you into the beautiful cistern that He wants you to be. This will call for surrender and total dependence on Him in everything you do, so that no holes can be created again, which will cause you to divert from the will of God for your life.

God wants us restored to our whole states so that He can pour His Spirit; the living water into us and use us.

If a man therefore purge himself from these, he shall be a vessel unto honour, sanctified, and meet for the master’s use, and prepared unto every good work. (2 Timothy 2:21 KJV)

This scripture is basically summing up the solution to removing the brokenness from our cisterns.

There are some “backslidings” and things we need to purge ourselves from so that God can hold us again into the beautiful vessel of honor that He can use.

Final advice:

  • Repent for anytime you have pushes away God
  • Welcome God to mold you and make you whole again
  • Welcome the Holy Spirit to fill you again
  • Stay focused on the will of God for your life
  • Keep your eyes on God
  • Don’t allow situations to overcome you
  • Don’t take anything into your hans. Let God remain in control guiding you an filling you with His spirit that you will make the right decisions and remain whole in Him