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Day 15: How to Flourish in Life

Jan 15 2014

The decisions you make will determine whether your life can flourish or not. A flourishing life is a blessed life. Jeremiah likens it to a tree planted by waters – something that flourishes is alive, healthy and growing

Jeremiah 17:8 says, “For he shall be like a tree planted by the waters, which spreads out its roots by the river…”

Jeremiah 17 draws a clear contrast between a person who trusts in the Lord and one who does not. Through His Word, God has laid out an obvious distinction between the consequences of following Him and following our own way. At the foundation of both is a decision. In Deuteronomy 30:19 this decision is laid out in black and white, “life or death, blessing or cursing…therefore choose life so that you and your descendants may live.”

Are you planted?

Just like the tree, if we are to flourish and produce fruit we have to have our ‘roots’ down in order to receive regular nourishment. Are you established in a local church where you can receive guidance, encouragement and thrive in your gifts and talents?

Are you easily uprooted?

If you continually uproot and replant a tree, it won’t be long before that tree begins to wither and die. It’s important to be connected with others in your church and to invest your time and energy there – putting your roots down deep.

Can you handle the weather?

Are you resilient through good times and bad or do you have a tendency to uproot and run away from challenges? When the heat is on or storms come, stay planted.

If something is stopping you from flourishing, “choose life” and position yourself for blessing.

The righteous shall flourish like the palm tree: he shall grow like a cedar in Lebanon. Those that be planted in the house of the LORD shall flourish in the courts of our God.

PRAYER: Father God, today I choose life. I choose to follow you and obey Your Word so that my life and the life of my family can truly flourish. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.