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3/17/2013 ~ Planted In Him


Those who are planted in the house of the LORD
Shall flourish in the courts of our God. ~ Psalm 92:13


It is said God blesses those rooted in Him.

... What is man that You are mindful of him, ... ~ Psalms 8:3-4

It has been facetiously asked,
... why would God want anything to do with the likes of us?


... In the day that God created man, He made him in the likeness of God.
~ Genesis 5:1


A Father does not throw his child away.

... for it is God who works in you both to will and to do
for His good pleasure. ~ Philippians 2:13


The Lord looks to see our eagerness for Him and His way.

The LORD takes pleasure in those who fear Him,
In those who hope in His mercy. ~ Psalm 147:11


God looks to inquire of our hopes, regard for His majesty.

For the LORD takes pleasure in His people;
He will beautify the humble with salvation. ~ Psalm 149:4


... The LORD has made all for Himself, Yes, even the wicked
for the day of doom. ~ Proverbs 16:2-4


It is a universe created by Him for His pleasure and glory.

Everyone proud in heart is an abomination to the LORD; ...
~ Proverbs 16:5-6


The proud exalt themselves away from God.

... so that they should seek the Lord, in the hope that they
might grope for Him and find Him, ... ~ Acts 17:26-27


God searches for the humble in heart that seek Him out.
He asks that we find Him.


FIND HIM

"... in Him we live and move and have our being,
... 'For we are also His offspring.'" ~ Acts 17:28


A loving surrender to the Father ...
We are His creation and He welcomes those that would embrace this.


In the morning sow your seed, And in the evening
do not withhold your hand; ... ~ Ecclesiastes 11:6


He instructs us to never give up our pursuit of achievements in living.

Truly the light is sweet, And it is pleasant for the eyes to behold the sun;
... ~ Ecclesiastes 11:7-8


Brighter than the sun, His light radiates all encompassing truth.

... "I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not
walk in darkness, but have the light of life." ~ John 8:12


LIGHTDARKNESS

And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness,
but rather expose them. ~ Ephesians 5:11


God does make a distinction between the light and the darkness.
~ In Him there is no darkness.


He stretches out the north over empty space;
He hangs the earth on nothing. ~ Job 26:7


Truly God holds all in place upon His will of thought.

... since all these things will be dissolved, what manner of persons
ought you to be in holy conduct and godliness, ... ~ 2nd Peter 3:11-12


God asks us to consider Him.

"For as the heavens are higher than the earth, So are My ways higher
than your ways, And My thoughts than your thoughts." ~ Isaiah 55:9


"... the LORD will be to you an everlasting light, And your God your glory."
~ Isaiah 60:19


That our passion of soul be for the excellence of His eternal light.

... For the LORD will be your everlasting light, ... ~ Isaiah 60:20

He has established a plan enabling those that would return to Him.

... The branch of My planting, The work of My hands,
That I may be glorified. ~ Isaiah 60:21


Where were you when I laid the foundations of the earth?
Tell Me, if you have understanding." ~ Job 38:4


God is greater than we can know.
His glory endures forever.


For if our heart condemns us, God is greater than our heart,
and knows all things. ~ 1st John 3:20


Does the sorrow of your heart extend out to our Lord
or does the fist of your anger curse the ground?


Beloved, if our heart does not condemn us, we have confidence toward God.
~ 1st John 3:21


Our hearts will on occasion condemn us
but He asks that we build upon our confidence in Him.


"While the earth remains, Seedtime and harvest, Cold and heat,
Winter and summer, And day and night Shall not cease." ~ Genesis 8:22


God has promised the world will remain as long as we live on earth.
Too often, people follow the fears of men over the power of God.
~
Placing permanence within the earth mires the weak minded.
The earth is a temporary world of struggling pleasures.
We live to launch into something much grander.


"... In your seed all the nations of the earth shall be blessed,
because you have obeyed My voice." ~ Genesis 22:16-18


... God, Who formed the earth and made it, Who has established it, Who
did not create it in vain, Who formed it to be inhabited: ... ~ Isaiah 45:18


God has a purpose for life in humans that they rise to love Him.

"... And say to Zion, 'You are My people.'" ~ Isaiah 51:16

"... condemnation, that the light has come into the world, and men loved
darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil." ~ John 3:19


It is darkness that fades away from His intention.

DARKNESS = EVIL DEEDS

"For everyone practicing evil hates the light and does not come to
the light, lest his deeds should be exposed." ~ John 3:20


In seeking Him ...
... the light of truth fully exposes the glory of His purposed creation.


"... the Gentiles shall seek Him, And His resting place shall be glorious."
~ Isaiah 11:10


"... In Him the Gentiles shall hope." ~ Romans 15:12

It is our Hope that is what purifies us.

HOPE IN CHRIST = PURIFICATION OF SPIRIT

For He shall grow up before Him as a tender plant,
And as a root out of dry ground. ... ~ Isaiah 53:2


God has humbly approached each one of us.

... a Son is given; And the government will be upon His shoulder. And His
name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, ... ~ Isaiah 9:6


... God has given us eternal life, and this life is in His Son. He who has the
Son has life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have life.
~ 1st John 5:11-12


God offers us life through His Son.
There is no fulfillment in life without God.


"Now the parable is this: The seed is the word of God." ~ Luke 8:11

The word of God is the arsenal of the heart.

For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. ~ Luke 12:34

'They shall be My people, and I will be their God; then I will give them one
heart and one way, that they may fear Me forever, ... ~ Jeremiah 32:38-39


ONE WAYMULTIPLE WAYS

His plan has the breadth and depth required
... to create creatures of His liking.


"'... I will put My fear in their hearts so that they will not depart from Me.'"
~ Jeremiah 32:40


Godís passion is to create us to never depart from Him.

'... I will assuredly plant them in this land, with all My heart
and with all My soul.' ~ Jeremiah 32:41


A God of convenience or the God of Abraham?
Faith cannot be casually shallow but must be genuinely deep.


... How then have you turned before Me Into the degenerate plant
of an alien vine? ~ Jeremiah 2:21


Freedom allows choices void of reverence toward the way of God.

My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge. ... ~ Hosea 4:6

Without honoring and protecting cherished truths,
civilizations and the fortitude of a people are destroyed.


... you also, as living stones, are being built up a spiritual house,
a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices ... ~ 1st Peter 2:5


The Lord looks to see what our heart gives of itself.

Honor the LORD with your possessions,
And with the firstfruits of all your increase; ~ Proverbs 3:9


He asks that we thankfully regard our possessions as His creation.
~ That we give of all of ourselves as He does.


"Now, therefore," says the LORD, "Turn to Me with all your heart, ..."
~ Joel 2:12


I love those who love me, And those who seek me diligently will find me.
~ Proverbs 8:17


It is a matter of turning to the Lord and finding Him.
~ He is there not so far away.


Keep your heart with all diligence, For out of it spring the issues of life.
~ Proverbs 4:23


... eternal life to those who by patient continuance in doing good
seek for glory, honor, and immortality; ... ~ Romans 2:7


It is a battle between outward light and inward darkness.

... but to those who are self-seeking and do not obey the truth,
but obey unrighteousness-indignation and wrath, ... ~ Romans 2:8


Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows,
that he will also reap. ... ~ Galatians 6:7-9


Judgment will come for all our walks in life through His design.

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; ... ~ Psalms 1:1-3


HIS WORD IS OUR LIGHT TO TRUTH

To declare that the LORD is upright; He is my rock,
and there is no unrighteousness in Him. ... ~ Psalms 92:14-15


To be planted in Him is the rock of salvation.

"For he shall be like a tree planted by the waters, Which spreads out its
roots by the river, And will not fear when heat comes; ... ~ Jeremiah 17:8


A man is not established by wickedness, But the root
of the righteous cannot be moved. ~ Proverbs 12:3


From Godís own breath, a deep foundation of unmovable truth.

... the root of the righteous yields fruit. ~ Proverbs 12:12

"... by their fruits you will know them." ~ Matthew 7:17-20

It is not hard to see the endurance of a genuine article.

But now Christ is risen from the dead, and has become
the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep. ~ 1st Corinthians 15:20


One must ask, am I in Him, part of His way?

... if the root is holy, so are the branches. ~ Romans 11:16

... a partaker of the root ... ~ Romans 11:17

... remember that you do not support the root, but the root supports you.
~ Romans 11:18


... looking carefully lest anyone fall short of the grace of God;
lest any root of bitterness springing up cause trouble, ... ~ Hebrews 12:15


God looks for branches abiding in His root, His planting,
... not arrogant churches established of mans own making.


"Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless
it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me." ~ John 15:4


... those happy who deal so treacherously? You have planted them, yes,
they have taken root; They grow, yes, they bear fruit. ... ~ Jeremiah 12:1-2


It is hard to understand why evil flourishes in the garden of God.

"But I will punish you according to the fruit of your doings," says the LORD;
..." ~ Jeremiah 21:14


Abide in His creation = Grafted in = Salvation
Abide in self creation = Cut off = Condemnation

God has announced that judgment will be His, for all that we do.

I form the light and create darkness, I make peace and
create calamity; I, the LORD, do all these things." ~ Isaiah 45:7


... all the proud, yes, all who do wickedly will be stubble. And
the day which is coming shall burn them up," ... ~ Malachi 4:1


His precedence will be over those pursuing things not called for by Him.

Behold, I have refined you, but not as silver; I have tested you
in the furnace of affliction. ~ Isaiah 48:10


Trials hone the spirit to make ready our eternal home.

"... every tree which does not bear good fruit is cut down
and thrown into the fire." ~ Matthew 3:10


Fire will purge His envelope of loving peace.

... in flaming fire taking vengeance on those who do not know God,
and on those who do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ.
~ 2nd Thessalonians 1:8


My fruit is better than gold, yes, than fine gold,
And my revenue than choice silver. ~ Proverbs 8:19


Is the wisdom of God such a thing to be despised;
... accepted, it is the sustaining core of an enlightened soul.


The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life, And he who wins souls is wise.
~ Proverbs 11:30


"... That they may be called trees of righteousness, The planting
of the LORD, that He may be glorified." ~ Isaiah 61:3


For the glory of Him we grow stronger.

... "Every plant which My heavenly Father has not planted
will be uprooted." ~ Matthew 15:13


It will be His way or the path of those thrown away.

"Therefore bear fruits worthy of repentance, ..." ~ Matthew 3:8

Clues litter His word, as to the nature He desires for us to be.

... if these things are yours and abound, you will be neither barren nor
unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. ~ 2nd Peter 1:5-8


7 CHRISTIAN VIRTUES
VIRTUE
KNOWLEDGE
SELF-CONTROL
PERSEVERANCE
GODLINESS
BROTHERLY KINDNESS
LOVE

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness,
goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. ... ~ Galatians 5:22-23


Bars are set, lines have been drawn; the threshold of God.

And those who are Christ's have crucified the flesh
with its passions and desires. ~ Galatians 5:24


If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit. ... ~ Galatians 5:25-26

Noble challenges for all too become all that is goodness.

"It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh profits nothing. The words
that I speak to you are spirit, and they are life." ~ John 6:63


The spirit of faith emancipates a soul to live!

"... faith as a mustard seed, you can say to this mulberry tree, 'Be pulled up
by the roots and be planted in the sea,' and it would obey you." ~ Luke 17:6


... that your faith should not be in the wisdom of men
but in the power of God. ~ 1st Corinthians 2:5


Growing faith humbly stands confidently in the power of God.

Trust in the Lord with all your heart, And lean not on
your own understanding; ... ~ Proverbs 3:5


Thus says the LORD: "Cursed is the man who trusts in man And makes
flesh his strength, Whose heart departs from the LORD. ~ Jeremiah 17:5


Trust in what God has delivered, not in what man fictitiously proclaims.

... Of His own will He brought us forth by the word of truth, that we
might be a kind of firstfruits of His creatures. ~ James 1:16-18


He calls us to be individually planted in His way.
That we become what He has called out for.


For we know that the whole creation groans and labors
with birth pangs together until now. ~ Romans 8:22


... we ourselves groan within ourselves, eagerly waiting for
the adoption, the redemption of our body. ~ Romans 8:23


Something spectacular awaits all creation, our beginning in life.

"... To him who overcomes I will give to eat from the tree of life,
which is in the midst of the Paradise of God." ~ Revelation 2:7


He asks that we resist the world, fleshly desires, and slides of sin.

"... In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer,
I have overcome the world." ~ John 16:33


Blessed are those who do His commandments, that they may have
the right to the tree of life, and may enter ... ~ Revelation 22:14


For the gifts and the calling of God are irrevocable. ~ Romans 11:29

God calls us to pursue obedience to His binding word.

"He who rejects Me, and does not receive My words, has that which
judges him - the word that I have spoken will judge him in the last day."
~ John 12:48


"... I am the Root and the Offspring of David, the Bright and Morning Star."
~ Revelation 22:16


Jesus declares His origin and calls us to join in Him.

"He who believes and is baptized will be saved; ..." ~ Mark 16:16

His word is without argument.

Things to consider for being Planted in Him
SEEK HIM
FEAR HIM
HUMBLE SPIRIT
HOPE IN HIS MERCY
GROPE AFTER HIM
FIND HIM
OUR WILL HAS TO BE FOR GOD
COMMIT YOUR WORKS TO THE LORD
ABIDE IN CHRIST
COME TO HIS LIGHT
BEAR THE FRUITS OF THE SPIRIT
7 CHRISTIAN VIRTUES
FAITH IN THE POWER OF GOD
TURN TO HIM WITH ALL YOUR HEART
PATIENT CONTINUANCE IN DOING GOOD
SEEK FOR GLORY, HONOR, AND IMMORTALITY
NOT GROW WEARY WHILE DOING GOOD
DO NOT LOSE HEART
LOVE HIM
TRUST HIM

Strength in overwhelming afflictions
can only be found in personal spiritual fortitude;
Finding strength in His root of truth.


To be planted in Him is to inherit eternity.



 

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