Thursday, June 30, 2011

Psalm 4 - Show and Tell

The Psalmist calls on God confidently because of his positive experiences with prayer.
Never forget what God has done and always use that as a reminder that no matter how tough things are; God is there and will come through for you.
1 Hear me when I call, O God of my righteousness! You have relieved me in my distress; have mercy on me, and hear my prayer.
2 How long, O you sons of men, will you turn my glory to shame? How long will you love worthlessness and seek falsehood? Selah
3 But know that the LORD has set apart for Himself him who is godly; the Lord will hear when I call to Him.

The attitude of our heart is so important when we are communing with God.
Anger clouds our judgment, pushes God way, when we need Him most.
The quiet stillness before sleep puts us in a better emotional state to speak to and also hear from God.

4 Be angry, and do not sin. Meditate within your heart on your bed, and be still. Selah
5 Offer the sacrifices of righteousness, and put your trust in the LORD.
Answered prayers and our joyful countenance; that is our testimony to a sceptical generation. Many people are oblivious to God’s hand in their life, that’s why it’s important for our lives to be a demonstration of God’s faithfulness and goodness.

6 There are many who say, “Who will show us any good?” Lord, lift up the light of Your countenance upon us. 7 You have put gladness in my heart, More than in the season that their grain and wine increased. 8 I will both lie down in peace, and sleep; For You alone, O LORD, make me dwell in safety.

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Psalm 1 – Principles of Prosperity

The Life God Blesses is one that is...

1. Planted by streams
Whoever influences you most determines the course and outcome of your life.
Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor stands in the path of sinners, nor sits in the seat of the scornful...

Your place and position in life is determined by the seeds you have planted in your life.
But his delight is in the law of the LORD, and in His law he meditates day and night.

Proximity to life-giving resources will determine healthy growth.
He shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water...

2. Producing in season
Fruits trees serve only one main purpose – to bear fruit.
That brings forth its fruit in its season, whose leaf also shall not wither...

Our fruit are for others to enjoy!
3. Prospering in everything

True God-given prosperity is multi-facetted.
And whatever he does shall prosper.
True God-given prosperity is a result of Godliness, and never at the expense of righteousness. The ungodly are not so, but are like the chaff which the wind drives away. Therefore the ungodly shall not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous.
For the LORD knows the way of the righteous, but the way of the ungodly shall perish.