Character of Being Planted
INTRODUCTION: In Psalm 1:1-4 we read, “Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful. But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night. And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper. The ungodly are not so: but are like the chaff which the wind driveth away." From these verses, I have drawn the conclusion that God wants a Christian to prosper.
The question then becomes, "How can I prosper?" Psalm 1 contains the formula.
Verse 1a gives the first part of the formula: "walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly." A Christian will not prosper if he counsels with the unsaved or non-spiritual people.
Verse 1b gives the second part of the formula: "nor standeth in the way of sinners."
A Christian will not prosper if he stands around or loiters with the wrong crowd.
Verse 1c gives the third part of the formula: "nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful."
A Christian cannot prosper if he is a critic or a gossip.
If a man wants to prosper, he must delight in God's Word and meditate in it day and night. In Psalms 1:3a, the Bible promises, "And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water." God is likening a Christian to a tree planted by a river. A tree planted by rivers of water will have deep roots, green leaves, and strength. Since every Christian should want to prosper, a part of prospering is being planted like the tree mentioned in Psalm 1.
FIRST: A CHRISTIAN NEEDS TO BE PLANTED. A planted Christian is stable and not easily moved. A planted Christian does not run from God; he has deep roots. A planted Christian has decided he will live for God the rest of his life.
A Christian needs to be planted in the Bible – living what he believes.
A Christian needs to be planted in his prayer life.
A Christian needs to be planted in the "L’s" that belong to Jesus,
If you LOVE like you ought to LOVE, you'll LOVE Jesus.
If you're LOYAL like you ought to be LOYAL, you'll be LOYAL to Jesus.
If you LABOR like you ought to LABOR, you'll be LABORING for Jesus.
A Christian needs to be planted by staying morally CLEAN, morally upright, decent and separated from the world. Keep your hands out of the world's cookie jar. Do not love the things that God has said not to love, even if everyone else seems to be trying it, and loving it.
A Christian needs to be planted by walking in the power of God. There is no greater need than His power upon our lives. If we are going to stay on the course we must have the power of God, the control of the Spirit of God.
We must have (not just what human energy can achieve and not just what a human being can do in the energy of the flesh) the POWER, the ANOINTING and the FILLING of the Spirit of God upon us.
A Christian needs to be planted as a soul winner. Every single blood-bought, born again son and daughter of the living God ought to be a soul winner. My friends, we have a mandate from God to go after the lost and bring them to the Saviour. The Bible tells us in Luke 14:23, "Go… into the highways and the hedges and compel them to come in." Also Mark 16:15 tells us, “…Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.”
SECOND: A CHRISTIAN NEEDS TO BE PLANTED IN HIS HOME. A Christian needs to decide where he will live and stay there. Home hopping creates instability; therefore, a Christian should plant roots for the sake of all involved. The wise Christian will get his family planted with deep roots. A couple should decide to live somewhere long enough so the children know where home is!
THIRD: A CHRISTIAN NEEDS TO BE PLANTED IN HIS JOB. Just as home hopping creates an unstable environment, so does job hopping. A Christian should get a job and keep it. I am not against moving up in this world, but I am against changing jobs constantly. When a person searches for a perfect place of employment and finds it, his presence will ruin that perfection as soon as he is hired. The fact is that there are no perfect jobs, nor perfect employees.
A conscientious Christian with character will work to move up the ladder at his place of employment instead of moving out of the job. He should plant himself in the workplace.
FOURTH: A CHRISTIAN NEEDS TO BE PLANTED IN HIS CHURCH. A Christian should find a good church and plant himself there. If the church stays with the fundamentals of the Bible, he should remain at that church. Instability is caused by church hopping.
The Christian with character plants himself and becomes involved in his church.
He leads his family into being involved at that church.
Stop looking for a church that agrees with you. Instead, start looking for one that agrees with God. When you find that kind of church, sink your roots. Develop some character regarding your church needs.
Stay planted by making the Church the Epicenter of your lives. Build everything – YOUR FAMILY, YOUR HOME, YOUR RECREATION LIFE, around the Church. Plant yourself in all the services of the church. Remember it tells us in Hebrews 10:25, "Not to forsake the assembling of ourselves together." Make a commitment to be in Sunday School every Sunday. Yes, adults need Sunday School as well as the children. Make that commitment to be in both the Morning and Evening Sunday services. I am so glad that my parents did that with us, it gave me a good example to follow as they were planted in one church for some 50 years. For the most part, our children were planted in one church for all of their childhood and teen years.
The church ought to be the most important place in town. Every time the church doors are open it ought to be said by every man in this church, "As for me and my family, we will be in the house of God."
FIFTH: A CHRISTIAN AND HIS SPOUSE NEED TO BE PLANTED IN THEIR MARRIAGE. Matthew 19:6 says, "Wherefore they are no more twain, but one flesh, What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder." The roots of marriage should sink deep from the wedding day forward.
Both promised, "For better or for worse, for richer or for poorer, in sickness or in health, until death do us part." Both made commitments before God and man. The threat of divorce, separation, or leaving should never be a part of a married couple's vocabulary. It says in Ephesians 5:25, “Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ loved the church, and gave Himself for it.” In Titus 2:4 it says “… the younger women…(are) to love their husbands…”
The couple should plant themselves and plan to work out any and all problems they face.
SIXTH: A CHRISTIAN SHOULD BE PLANTED IN HIS DOCTRINE. Ephesians 4:14, "That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive." A Christian should carefully study what the Bible says about the great doctrines of the Word of God and plant himself in them.
Let me add that you need to stay planted in the GOD PRESERVED, INFALLIBLE WORD; do not accept any of the dissected, diluted, polluted versions. We use the same KJV by conviction and without apology.
SEVENTH: A CHRISTIAN SHOULD BE PLANTED IN HIS SERVICE TO GOD. There are many, many areas you can serve the Lord even as a layman. Find your place and stay planted in that ministry. Make a commitment to service. In doing so, remember your efforts must be Holy Spirit motivated and Holy Spirit energized. Again my parents (both laymen) provided a wonderful example for us as they served the Lord a combined 100 years in the local church.
EIGHTH: THE UNPLANTED ARE WINDBLOWN AND HAVE LITTLE PROSPERITY. Psalms 1:4 says, "The ungodly are not so: but are like the chaff which the wind driveth away." The Scripture teaches that the ungodly are blown about like the chaff that remains in the field after a harvest.
Let me close this lesson with a challenge found in a number of passages of scripture to remain steadfast until Jesus returns.
In I Corinthians 15:58 we read, "Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye STEADFAST, UNMOVEABLE, ALWAYS ABOUNDING in the work of the Lord, for as much as ye know that your labor is not in vain in the Lord." These words STEADFAST, UNMOVEABLE, ALWAYS ABOUNDING convey the idea of REMAINING CONSTANT.
In I Timothy 4:6 we read what the Apostle Paul said to Timothy "Take heed…unto the doctrine; CONTINUE in them…" Paul was admonishing Timothy, while he was young, to develop DOCTRINES, STANDARDS and CONVICTIONS and NOT CHANGE. In other words decide when you are young what you believe in doctrine, in standards, in convictions, in service, in practice and in the principles of the Christian life.
In II Timothy 4:6-8 Paul speaks to Timothy and says, “For I am now ready to be offered, and the time of my departure is at hand. (7) I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith: (8) Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing.” In these verses, it is obvious that Paul “LOOKS” at his ministry in three ways as he gives this final testimony.
Verse 6 Paul LOOKED AROUND and realized that his time is short. He is saying “I am ready to lift the anchor and set sail for heaven.”
Verse 7 Paul is summing up his life by LOOKING BACK. Perhaps he was reminded of what he wrote in Philippians 3:13-14 where he said, "Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended (another way of saying that would be, I have not yet arrived); but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto these things which are before, I press toward for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus." Here Paul is saying, "I press on, I press on to victory." In II Timothy 4:7 he can declare, "I have stayed at it; I have finished the course."
Verse 8 Paul is LOOKING AHEAD, to the Crown, to the reward of "STAYING THE COURSE." What I am saying to you is, FIND THE COURSE, FOCUS ON IT, BE FAITHFUL TO IT, and FINISH IT!
The next generations needs people to look up to. There are no good excuses for quitting. You who have received eternal life from Christ and started out on a COURSE of service to him, "DON'T QUIT!" Our teenagers need to see Christian MEN being men who can stand up like the Apostle Paul and at the end of life say, to some young Timothy in the faith, stay on the course.
Don't let someone or something sidetrack you.
Don't let bitterness get you off course.
Don't let depression get you off course.
Don't let criticism get you off course.
Don't let somebody's new game plan get you off course.
Just stay at it until Jesus comes and you hear the words "WELL DONE, THOU GOOD AND FAITHFUL SERVANT." For those who finish well there will be eternal rewards. They are referred to as "Crowns" that are being set aside for God's people, not just His servants. In I Timothy 4:8 there is the crown of righteousness awarded to those who live each day with eternity's values in view, anticipating Christ's imminent return.
But in the mean-time, be PLANTED and stay with it, and in the last words of the apostle Paul:
HANG TOUGH, "Fight a good fight."
STAY WITH A PLAN, "Finish the course."
WALK WITH GOD, "Keep the faith."
FOCUS ON THE FUTURE, when the present is difficult, for there are eternal rewards being set aside by God.
If God has spoken to your heart after reading the sermon “Character of Being Planted” then right now talk to God about what He has spoken to you.
Do you have the assurance that one day you will go to heaven? If you have no assurance that you know Jesus Christ, then I trust you will decide to accept Him as your personal Savior. The Bible tells us in
Acts 16:31, “…Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved…”
Romans 10:13, “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”
This prayer is here for those who need to ask Jesus to be their personal Savior: “I do want to go to Heaven. I know I am a sinner, and I do believe Jesus Christ died for me. I realize I cannot buy this great salvation, nor can I earn it. Knowing Jesus died on the cross and arose from the grave to pay my sin debt and to purchase my salvation, I do now trust Him as my Savior, and from this moment on I am completely depending on Him for my salvation.”
If you made the decision to accept Jesus Christ as your personal Savior, let me know. Please send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org and I will send you some literature that will help you in your Christian life.
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