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              "Firmly Planted"           

 January 2023 Monthly Meditation


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. (Psalms 1:1-3)


It is possible to spend our entire life knowing about the truths of God and never experiencing any of them. Simply knowing about the truths of God does not mean that they have become a part of our life. Here is the important question: What are we doing with the word of God?


Some people allow themselves to come under the influence of ungodly thinking to the point that God’s Word makes no difference to them. If we seek our counsel from ungodly persons, we will find ourselves moving away from the direction God’s Word commands.


If we intentionally seek out sinners as our companions, they will lead us down paths that take us far from God. If we choose to join those who are scornful, we will eventually become cynical ourselves.


The righteous person does not find encouragement in the opinions of others but in God’s Word. They are not content with a surface knowledge of Scripture but meditates on it day and night until they are satisfied that what they read reflects their own experience. They become like a fruit tree standing firmly on the bank of the river. The tree is well nourished and produces delicious fruit and bountiful leaves. People come from miles around to sit in its shade and eat its fruit.


If we allow God to implement His Word in our life, others will draw encouragement from us. The more we grow in God’s righteousness, the stronger we will become. Some people would look in vain to find anyone they were encouraging, but not so the righteous person. A constant stream of people will seek you out because they know that your life will be a blessing.


May God Bless You

Pastor Gregory D. Johnson, Ph.D.



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