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Blessed, Fruitful and Prosperous {Blogging through The Psalms}

Blessed is the one
    who does not walk in step with the wicked
or stand in the way that sinners take
    or sit in the company of mockers,
 but whose delight is in the law of the Lord,
    and who meditates on his law day and night.
That person is like a tree planted by streams of water,
    which yields its fruit in season
and whose leaf does not wither—
    whatever they do prospers.
Psalm 1:1-3 NIV

God's Word in our Hearts
God's Word in our Hearts

How to be Blessed in two simple steps:

1.- Choose your friends carefully
2.- Delight and Meditate on God's Law (His precepts and instructions) day and night

The importance of choosing your friends carefully 

There will always be voices discrediting or ridiculing you, nevertheless great joy comes when you obey God and refuse to listen to those voices.

It's amazing how much influence people we surround ourselves with have on us, and most of the time, this influence (good or bad) is very subtle.

If we "walk in step with the wicked or stand in the way that sinners take or sit in the company of mockers" we might as well end up becoming indifferent to God's will or insensitive to God's voice.

It is true that we must have contact with unbelievers, if we actually want to witness to them, but this does not mean we need to join in or imitate their sinful behaviour.

Time for a bit of reflection, please be honest: Do your friends contribute to building up your faith? or do they tear it down?

True Friends
True Friends

True friends should help you draw closer to God, instead of hindering your relationship with Him.

Delight and Meditate in the Law of the Lord

Meditating on His word means to spend time reading and thinking about what you have read. It also means looking for practical ways to apply what you learnt to your daily life.

The more we know God's word, the more guidelines we will have to live our lives and make daily decisions.

The more we delight in His presence, the more fruitful we will be...

Only then...we'll be Blessed, Fruitful and Prosperous

These verses hide a promise...that only after separating ourselves from bad influences and seeking God by meditating on His word and taking delight in His presence, we'll be blessed, we'll be fruitful and prosperous.

To be blessed, means to be happy! (hey, and who doesn't want to be happy?)

" Psalm 1:Blessed is the man,.... This psalm begins in like manner as Christ's sermon on the mount, Matthew 5:3; setting forth the praises and expressing the happiness of the man who is described in this verse and Psalm 1:2. The words may be rendered, "O, the blessednesses of the man", or "of this man" (l); he is doubly blessed, a thrice happy and blessed man; blessed in things temporal and spiritual; happy in this world, and in that to come. He is to be praised and commended as a good man, so the Targum:
"the goodness, or, Oh, the goodness of the man;''
or as others,
"Oh, the right goings or happy progress, or prosperous success of the man (m),''
who answers to the following characters; which right walking of his is next observed, and his prosperity in Psalm 1:3. Some have interpreted this psalm of Christ, and think it is properly spoken of him (n); 1-3 "-Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible
To be Fruitful:

We'll only be healthy, fruit-bearing trees with strong, deep roots if we soak up God's Word...only then, we'll be able to produce actions and attitudes that honor God.

To achieve anything worthwhile, we must have God's Word in our hearts.

Blessed is the man who trusts in the LORD
         And whose trust is the LORD.

“For he will be like a tree planted by the water,
         That extends its roots by a stream
         And will not fear when the heat comes;
         But its leaves will be green,
         And it will not be anxious in a year of drought
         Nor cease to yield fruit.
Jeremiah 17:7-8

"Whatever he does prospers"

This does not mean we will be exempt us of failures and troubles. 

Neither guarantees us health, wealth or happiness.

I know there's a lot of controversy as far as biblical prosperity is concerned but according to Strong’s Complete Concordance of the Bible, one Hebrew word for prosperity is shalom. We often associate the word shalom with peace, but the peace that Christ went to war for on the cross is a complete, whole kind of peace. Also according to Strong’s, shalom is “completeness, soundness, welfare and peace.” It represents completeness in number and safety and soundness in your physical body. Shalom also covers relationships with God and with people. {Source}

In others words, those who give God and His Word first place in their lives can expect to prosper in every way.

Are you giving God and His Word the place it deserves in your life?
Are your friends building up your faith or tearing it down?

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