Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Planted & Flourishing

“Those who are planted in the house of the LORD shall flourish in the courts of our God” (Psalms 92:13)

If you know the church you are attending is the church that God has ordained that your life and ministry to be established and permanently planted in, then stay committed there no matter what. Too many Christians are either failing to commit to or are divorcing themselves from the family, ruining their own fruitfulness.

Even if your ministry gift involves your launching out one day to start another church, you should remain spiritually connected to your home church by covenant relationship. You do this by being honest and remaining loyal through thick and thin. Then when the time comes for you to launch your own ministry your mother church will be there to support of your efforts and provide you with tangible assistance.

Yet some people can never seem to find the right church, with the right pastor, with the right doctrine, who use the right methodology, and do things the right way – and it keeps them dissatisfied. So they are constantly uprooting themselves looking for an elusive “better place” and consequently never obtain the fullness of what God wants to develop within them or in their ministry. These are those who diminish, impair, and blemish THEIR OWN GROWTH RECORD. For the amount of time that they have been Christians, they are still not at the level of spiritual maturity in the character of Christ that they should be.

Consider the contrast between one who is planted and one who is not:

3 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. 4 Not so the wicked! They are like chaff that the wind blows away. (Psalms 1:3-4).

Your home church is a fertile environment. Here the saints of God become impregnated with godly dreams and desires which are eventually given birth and established on earth by the Holy Spirit Himself - not of our selfish ambition or lack of patience - and then releases us into the ministry at the appointed time, avoiding premature birth to our dreams that may cause them to miscarry

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