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Blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked or stand in the way of sinners or sit in the seat of mockers. But his delight is in the law of the LORD, and on his law he meditates day and night. He is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither. Whatever he does prospers.
—  Psalm 1:1-3 (NIV)
Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers; but his delight is in the law of the LORD, and on His law he meditates day and night.
—  Psalm 1:1-2 ESV
Thursday of the 27th Week in Ordinary Time

First Reading Mal 3:13-20b

Responsorial Psalm “Blessed are they who hope in the Lord.”

Ps 1:1-2, 3, 4 and 6

Gospel Lk 11:5-13

Jesus said to his disciples: "Suppose one of you has a friend to whom he goes at midnight and says, "Friend, lend me three loaves of bread, for a friend of mine has arrived at my house from a journey and I have nothing to offer him,“ and he says in reply from within, "Do not bother me; the door has already been locked and my children and I are already in bed. I cannot get up to give you anything." I tell you, if he does not get up to give him the loaves because of their friendship, he will get up to give him whatever he needs because of his persistence.

"And I tell you, ask and you will receive; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks, receives; and the one who seeks, finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened. What father among you would hand his son a snake when he asks for a fish? Or hand him a scorpion when he asks for an egg? If you then, who are wicked, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will the Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him?”

Whatsoever He Doeth Shall Prosper (Psalm 1:3)


WHATSOEVER HE DOETH SHALL PROSPER.

Let me explain this to you right off the cuff.

Let me cut right to the chase.

GOD CAN NOT BLESS WHAT YOU DO NOT DO.

He cannot bless it.

Blessing is in the action.

It is in the action.

It is in YOUR action!

IT IS IN YOUR ACTION!

You got to stop praying to God to bless what you are NOT doing.

You are asking God to bless dysfunction.

God can NOT bless dysfunction.
God can only bless function.

He said: “WHATSOEVER HE DOETH…SHALL PROSPER.”

Let me show you how to hear it deeper.

Do not just hear: “Everything you touch gets blessed.” Do not make that assumption.

Because it sounds like that the magic of the moment is on this person and so whatever they do prospers. You are missing the very fact that they a DOER.

God blesses DOERS.

Not just THINKERS.

Not just DREAMERS.

Not just wishers.

God said that if you DO something for Him to bless, He will bless it.

He cannot bless what you will NOT DO.

Now I want to drill into this.

One of the things I have noticed about believers and Christians is that they UNDERESTIMATE the effort of DOING.

They think that if they just have a go at it and God did not bless it, they give up.

You got to DO it harder.
You got to DO it longer.
You got to DO it smarter.
You got to DO it with tenacity.
You got to DO it with commitment and relentlessness.

It is not as easy as it was advertised.

So, what happens when you grossly underestimate the intensity of the effort, you are shocked by the trauma, and you run away from the process.

Building a business is not as easy as it looks.

Running a non-profit organization is not as easy as it looks.

Having a heaven-on-earth relationship is not as easy as it looks.

Pursuing your dreams and walking out your destiny are not as easy as it look.

Being successful at anything in life is NOT AS EASY AS IT LOOKS.

You grossly underestimate the effort it takes to get it done.

I cannot tell you how many people ran away from the coaching process to start something that turn into absolutely nothing!

They said: “You made it look easy!”

I apologize.

Let me rectify that right now.

It is tough!
It is rough!

It is tougher than it has ever been.

Leadership is tougher than it has ever been.

It is not as easy to maintain your healthy ideal weight as it looks on TV.

It is not that easy.

Do not beLIEve the commercial.

It is not easy to be a person with character and integrity.

It is not easy to live your life based on your authentic calling, deep heart desires, and what makes you come alive every day for years and years.

But God says if you will DO it, He will BLESS it.

He will BLESS what YOU DO.

So, get over it and get on with it.

THIS IS YOUR LIFE …
…are you where you want to be? (are you on your way?)
…are you who you want to be? (are you becoming who you want to be?)

IF NOT, go and START the process.

Take that first easy inspiring step.
Make that phone call.
Talk to that person.
Make those plans.

DO WHATEVER IT IS YOU NEED TO DO.

And then you will see the SPARK ignite the light for you to walk on through.

Whatsoever YOU DO, God SHALL prosper and bless.
(Whatsoever you DO/DID NOT DO, do NOT expect God to bless it.) 

So, what are you waiting for?


Memorize a Scripture a Month: February 2016

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.

Therefore the ungodly shall not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous.

For the Lord knoweth the way of the righteous: but the way of the ungodly shall perish.

Psalm 1
King James Version (KJV)

Psalm 1

Blessed is the man

who walks not in the counsel of the wicked,

nor stands in the way of sinners,

nor sits in the seat of scoffers;

but his delight is in the law of the Lord,

and on his law he meditates day and night.

He is like a tree

planted by streams of water

that yields its fruit in its season,

and its leaf does not wither.

In all that he does, he prospers.

The wicked are not so,

but are like chaff that the wind drives away.

Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment,

nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous;

for the Lord knows the way of the righteous,

but the way of the wicked will perish.

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1 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.

2 But his delight is in the law of the Lord; and in his law doth he meditate day and night.

3 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.

4 The ungodly are not so: but are like the chaff which the wind driveth away.

5 Therefore the ungodly shall not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous.

6 For the Lord knoweth the way of the righteous: but the way of the ungodly shall perish.

I’ve been distant from God. Almost a month now. Scripture reading is in all time low. Prayer is minimum

I know and believe if you draw near God he’ll draw near you.

I believe it
But I ain’t been living right

So tonight I decided to draw near.
I feel a bit refreshed.

I’m going to read through the psalms this month.

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Psalm 1

Blessed is the man

who walks not in the counsel of the wicked

Nor stands in the way of sinners

nor sits at the seat of scoffers,

but his delight is in the Lord,

and on his law he meditates day and night.

He is like a tree, 

planted by streams of water,

which produces fruit in season.

its leaves do not wither, 

in everything he does he prospers.

The wicked are not so,

but are like chaff which the wind blows away.

Therefore the wicked will not stand in judgement,

nor sit in the congregation of the righteous.

For the Lord knows the way of the righteous,

but the way of the wicked will perish.

I took a really long walk in the woods yesterday, and I stopped to read my Bible for a bit.  And I just started to read the Psalms.  I was trying to memorize Psalm 1, and it turned into this big long sermon/ prayer.  So I’m going to write it down.

The last line is what strikes me about this psalm.  The way of the wicked will perish.  The way and the will to be wicked needs to perish within us in order to stand before God.  In the first few lines that we can’t walk in the counsel of the wicked, stand in the way of sinners, not sit in the seat of scoffers.  We can’t make our decisions based on what the world, not God, tells us.  We can’t stand in the world the way sinners stand, and we can’t constantly scoff and argue with God.  Instead, we need to walk in the counsel of God, stand in the way of Jesus, and sit at the seat with the Spirit.

And when we do this, amazing things will happen.  We will be like a tree next to streams of water, constantly flourishing because of the water that feeds them.  We need to let God be this water, feeding us to bursting with God’s love and grace.  If we do this, we will prosper.  God is going to make our lives so amazing.  We will be strong and steady like a tree, not able to be blown away at the slightest wind.  

God is able to do amazing things for us.  We will change inside and out when the way of the wicked perishes, and God’s way of righteousness lives within us.  We need to delight in the Lord and meditate on the law day and night.  Walk in the counsel of God, stand in the way of Jesus, sit at the seat with the spirit.

God, I want to be able to sit in the congregation of the righteous.  Let the wicked ways within me perish.  I want to be a tree God, fed constantly by the streams of your love.  Let my delight be in you, and keep my heart meditating on what you ask of me.  In your name I pray, Amen

Psalms 1, 19, and 119 all act as section dividers of the book of Psalms. Each of these psalms speaks to the perfection and wisdom of God’s Law and it’s teaching.
—  Dr. Steven Boyd, A Leading Scholar in Ancient Near Eastern History and Semitic Languages, Biblical Studies Professor at The Masters College, CA
Psalm 1

How well God must like you— you don’t hang out at Sin Saloon, you don’t slink along Dead-End Road, 
   you don’t go to Smart-Mouth College. 

 2-3 Instead you thrill to God’s Word, 
      you chew on Scripture day and night. 
   You’re a tree replanted in Eden, 
      bearing fresh fruit every month, 
   Never dropping a leaf, 
      always in blossom. 

 4-5 You’re not at all like the wicked, 
      who are mere windblown dust— 
   Without defense in court, 
      unfit company for innocent people. 

 6 God charts the road you take. 
   The road they take is Skid Row.

-This Psalm really spoke to me this morning. As I go through a bunch of changes in my life. I have started reading lots of books, I’m going back to college, and doing things that pastors and biblical scholars do. It reminded me that I shouldn’t be finding my identity in these things and that they don’t make me any holier or closer to God. But instead I should be chewing on scripture day and night. That I should be bearing fruit every month. Never dropping a leaf and always in bloom.