(You Can Be Fruitful And Productive Every Day)
By Pastor Chris Oyakhilome
TO THE BIBLE: “The [uncompromisingly] righteous shall flourish like the palm tree [be long-lived, stately, upright, useful, and fruitful]; they shall grow like a cedar in Lebanon [majestic, stable, durable, and incorruptible].” (Psalm 92:12 AMPC)
“Today’s financial market report doesn’t look so good,” “Scarcity has increased in…,” “Food prices have skyrocketed since the new President…,” blared the TV as Tim flipped through different news channels. “Everything’s gone haywire; I wonder why there’s so much scarcity like this,” he blurted out angrily as he switched the TV off. “Hey Tim, the negative news isn’t for you,” his dad said. “You’ve got a different story to tell because Jesus brought you a life that’s far different from the world’s—a life of fruitfulness and productivity!” Genesis 26 shows that there was a serious famine in the land of Gerar, and Isaac’s friends and neighbours had run away to Egypt where there was plenty of corn and wine. It made sense to go there since Egypt’s economy was the best in the world at the time.
However, as Isaac was about to head to Egypt, God spoke out of heaven instructing him to stay where he was in Gerar, the land of famine, and sow in that same land. Isaac obeyed, and his obedience paid off as he made so much progress and flourished in every area of his life, that the world envied him! (Genesis 26:13-14 MSG). It always pays to listen to God’s Spirit for direction. Isaac became very great because he followed God’s instructions.
It didn’t matter that there was a famine in the land; his results turned out differently. It doesn’t matter how things may be looking around you right now; if you would let the Holy Spirit guide you in the affairs of your life, like Isaac, you’ll flourish in all areas. You’ll move forward and grow until you become very great! And your life will be a story of unending progress.
Go Deeper: Isaiah 54:2-3; Isaiah 32:15
Speak: Dear Father, I declare by the power of the Spirit that I am making progress, flourishing like the palm tree, and moving forward in life. My success and prosperity are apparent to everyone, in Jesus’ Name. Amen..
Daily Bible Reading: ONE YEAR 2 Corinthians 11:1-15, Proverbs 29-31
TWO YEAR Luke 22:24-34, 1 Samuel 30
Act: Meditate on Psalm 92:12 and personalise it for yourself.