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Standing Out

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Let the words of my mouth and the meditations of my heart be acceptable in the sight, oh lord my strength and my redeemer.   Ps. 19:4

As someone that has grown up in church, I've heard over and over again that what you put in In (your mind, body, and soul) is what comes out.   I, of course, haven't always heeded that wise instruction for whatever reason.  (Stubbornness may be a key). 

But being a Christian right now, the fruit we bear is crucial to making a difference and standing out of this world.  We are to be in the world but not OF it .... so, are you putting worldly things, thoughts, and ideas IN?  Or are you putting holy, exalting, spiritual, and bread of Life (Word) IN?   

The verse I quoted at the beginning of this is also the benediction to every chapel service at Lee University where I attended. Did it become mundane in my spirit and just something I said out of habit to get out and go to class?   Yes, a lot of times I did, but say it out loud and meditate on what it is you're saying ... how powerful is that?   If we want the meditations of our heart and words of our mouth to be holy and acceptable to the Lord's eyes and ears, we have to first put those things IN our eyes, ears, and heart.  What are we watching, listening, and meditating on a regular basis?   Is it anger, resentment, negative thoughts, or a "woe is me" mentality?  Those thoughts are not edifying or accepting for anyone.  We must make an effort to meditate on and consistently mull over the thoughts, praises, and Word of the Lord to produce the fruit and overflow of Christ's love to this world.  We are called to be set apart, are you set apart or blending in?

What area/thing do you need to work on or cut out altogether?   Seek the Lord's guidance in that area.  

Deuteronomy 14:2 (NLT) You have been set apart as holy to the Lord your God, and he has chosen you from all the nations of the earth to be his own special treasure.

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Palm Trees

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God created us with storms in mind!

Psalms 92:12 says "The righteous will flourish like a palm tree"

We want to first look at the definition of the two words "righteous" and "flourish". 

Righteous means "acting in accord with divine or moral law: free from guilt and shame of sin.

Flourish means to " thrive or prosper to reach a height of influence". 

The righteous will flourish like a palm tree.

The palm tree can flourish in all types of conditions: cold, hot, deserts and even hurricanes. Palm trees are known for their flexibility. During the hurricane, they bend, even to the ground but they don't break. After a storm, the palm tree straightens back up and is even stronger than before the storm happened.  It continues to flourish after the storm. 

Followers of Christ who are planted in the house of the Lord flourish during all seasons of life. Good seasons and bad seasons. They bend but do not break. 

James 1:2-4 says "Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything". The storm may bend you, but it can't break you, especially if it bends you to your knees and Jesus is the center of your life. 

Don't forget who made you. God created you with storms in mind. Just as the palm tree is built and designed to withstand the storm and even bounce back after the storm passes, more resilient than before, so are you. God built you with that storm in mind. God has given us bounce back power. The harder we fall the higher we bounce back " In Jesus name"

 

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