Thriving 101

The word thrive means to prosper and flourish. Think of these verses. Joshua 1:8. When we implement this, we will prosper. It says, “The Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.”

Psalm 92:12 says, “The righteous shall flourish like a palm tree…” Verses 13-15 are progressive. “Those who are planted in the house of the Lord shall flourish in the courts of our God. They shall still bear fruit in old age; they shall be fresh and flourishing, to declare that the Lord is upright; He is my rock, and there is no unrighteousness in Him.”

I have noticed something. I think it would be termed a character flaw. We get excited about something, but unless we implement and embrace it wholeheartedly, there is no completion. The parable of the sower is an excellent example of this. Mark 4:16-17 says, “These likewise are ones sown on stony ground who, when they hear the word, immediately receive it with gladness; and they have no root in themselves, and so endure only for a time. Afterward, when tribulation or persecution arises for the word’s sake, immediately stumble.”

The condition for our spiritual roots to thrive is the quality of our heart’s soil. Weeds, thorns, and thistles will grow anywhere. I can attest to this from my former backyard. It never got watered, unless the Lord watered it. It was not cultivated. The only fruit was weed seeds!

When we observe to do what God has written for our learning, then it is the implementation of the truth that will set us free. It is reading all of His words for understanding. 2 Timothy 3:16 Amplified says, “Every Scripture is God-breathed (given by His inspiration) and profitable for instruction, for reproof and conviction of sin, for correction of error and discipline in obedience, (and) for training in righteousness (in holy living, in conformity to God’s will in thought, purpose, and action).”

Right now I am reading the book of Leviticus. What I am understanding is that God set forth conditions for His holiness to be implemented in the hearts of the children of Israel. He is Holy. He has called us with a holy calling. 1 Peter 1:15 says, “But as He who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct.” 

Here is the essential key to thriving. 1 Thessalonians 5:24 says, “He who calls you is faithful, who also will do it.” How does He do it? When we yield to the Holy Spirit, allowing Him to direct our way, He will lead us onto paths of righteousness. Paul had a thorn in the flesh. He asked God to remove it. Paul’s lesson is for us as well.

2 Corinthians 12:9 says, “…My strength is made perfect in weakness…” When we revert back to our fleshly comfort zone, we mask our true weakness. When we acknowledge our weakness, His grace-strength rushes in. Truth: we have no strength apart from Christ. We forget so quickly. When we draw back into our own strength, our roots starve. Leaning hard on His grace empowers us to thrive.

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