March 26 – Bloom Where You are Planted

“Blessed is the man that trusteth in the Lord, and whose hope the Lord is. For he shall be as a tree planted by the waters, and that spreadeth out their roots by the river and shall not see when heat cometh, but her leaf shall be green; and shall not be careful in the year of drought, neither shall cease from yielding fruit.” Jeremiah 17:7-8

In Isaiah 61:3, believers are called “…trees of righteousness, the planting of the Lord.” Isn’t it good to know that you have been intentionally planted? You are no accident!

God knew you from the beginning…from your mother’s womb. (See Psalm 139:13) His plan is for you to prosper, for you to bloom with fragrant flowers and nourishing fruit.

Even when the heat is on and everything around you seems dry. He provides His “rivers of living water” springing up from deep within to bring strength in time of trouble. (See John 7:38)

Keep trusting the Lord today. He has a plan for your life. You have a unique identity and divine destiny upon the earth today. Trust the Master Gardener with your life. Spread your roots deeply beside the River of Life, and bloom where you are planted!

Pray: “Father, make my fruit sweet so those who eat will grow spiritually strong and healthy. Help me to put my trust in You and bloom in Your garden exactly where I am planted. In Jesus’ Name, amen.”

March 25 – Love Must Be Expressed

“…Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment.” Matthew 22:37-38

One day, while Jesus was teaching, a Pharisee with full knowledge of Judaic law, who was also a lawyer, asked a question for the purpose of tricking Jesus.  “Master, which is the great commandment in the law?”  Jesus answered with the words of the Scripture above.

How, you may ask, is it possible to show that kind of total, sold-out love? First of all, you must understand it would be impossible but for the truth in I John 4:19: “We love HIM, because he first loved us.” In the NIV it reads: “We LOVE because he first loved us.” (*Emphasis supplied.) Love is a gift from God. He put that spark of divine love in you in the very beginning of time which enables you to love…everyone.

All forms of worship are designed to express love toward God. Love is expressed through words of praise and thanksgiving. It is expressed by deeds of obedience and submission. Even the giving of your tithes and offerings is an expression of loving worship.  (Read Deuteronomy 26.)

Not surprisingly, you discover your OWN needs are met when you first express your love for GOD.

Pray: “Precious Lord God, whether I eat, or drink or whatever I do today, I will try to do it all to Your glory.* Make my cup to overflow with Your love. In Jesus’ Name, amen.”

*I Corinthians 10:31 (paraphrased)

March 24 – True Worship

“Come, let us bow down in worship, let us kneel before the Lord our Maker; for he is our God and we are the people of his pasture, the flock under his care.” Psalm 95:6-7 (NIV)

Webster defines “worship” as 1) a prayer, church service, or other rite showing reverence for a deity; 2) intense love or admiration of any kind. Mankind was born with an inner desire to honor and reverence something superior to and more powerful than himself. For some, it was the sun, moon, or stars.

There are four stages of development set forth in the Bible regarding worship of the Creator, the perfect, holy God. The patriarchs built altars where the Lord appeared to them (Genesis 12:7-8). They followed organized worship in the Tabernacle with its complex ritual and system of sacrifice, as described in Exodus and Leviticus. The synagogue stage began during the Exile; and lastly came Christian worship, consisting of preaching (Acts 20:7), reading of Scripture (James 1:22), prayer (I Timothy 2:8), singing (Ephesians 5:19), baptism (Acts 2:41), the Lord’s Supper (I Corinthians 11:18-24), and almsgiving (I Corinthians 16:1-2).

As you bow before God today, remember He is Spirit and “…true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him.” (John 4:23)

PRAY: “One and only God, how can I help but kneel before You in humble worship when I consider all Your hands have made. You are my Shepherd, Lord, and I am a sheep in Your pasture. Hallelujah! Amen.”