When I get down in the dumps and need just a little encouragement I immediately turn to Jesus. I feel like when most people think about going to Jesus they feel like you have to be perfect, they feel like all of their words have to be punctual and polished. What if you just went …
Growth. what a scary word..isn’t it weird that we let this word control our lives. We not only keep it from happening 90% of the time (even though it’s completely inevitable) when we actually accept growth we think everyone and everything is going to support us whole heartedly.
News flash..that’s not going to happen. The only person that will always have your back no matter where this life takes you is Jesus. Now I’m not saying your family won’t be proud and some friends may say congrats from their phone screen but the honest truth is that nobodies gotcha like Jesus! So when growth comes and I assure you it will…Grow by the Water.
“But blessed are those who trust in the Lord, whose confidence is in him. They will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream. It does not fear when heat comes. Its leaves are always green. It has no worries in a year of drought and never fails to bear fruit.”
Now, let’s break this down because you can read this verse until you know it by heart but if you do not understand what you’re reading then it doesn’t do any good to read it!
Starting with “BLESSED are those who trust in the Lord, whose confidence is in him” how incredible..to know that all you have to do is trust him and his blessings will come upon you. Dig a little further into the confidence part of this and you’ll find that being confident in God is easy. Shoot, in today’s world he’s the ONLY person you can have full confidence in. Y’all know I’m right!
“They will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream”
DING DING DING! Here’s where Growing by the Water comes to play. When you feel growth, run to Jesus. When you feel growth, be that tree planted by the water. Let Jesus be the water in this parable and let yourself be the tree.
“It does not fear when heat comes”
HOLD UP! Have you ever felt like the heat and pressures are coming in from all areas and you’re like OKAY LORD WHERE ARE YOU? But what if you didn’t wait until the heat was too much to bear. What if you actually planted your foundation in Jesus before the heat. When life is great and Mondays aren’t even that bad anymore. When your foundation is planted by the water THE HEAT IS BAREABLE!
“Its leaves are always green”
wow. even in the winter? yep. even in the storm? you bet! You will always prosper in the Lord. even on those days when you aren’t feeling it, Jesus knows your heart. When you’re planted in Him there’s no longer a need for anything else. Think of your leaves as prosperity, when you grow within the Lord he alone helps you succeed and become the best parts of yourself.
“It has no worries in a year of drought and never fails to bear fruit.”
and all his people said…PRAISE THE LORD! now remember how I mentioned earlier the main reason we all avoid the “g.r.o.w” word is because of worry and fear. Growing without Jesus is just that, FEARFUL. but growing with Jesus; you guys it takes the worry. You lay it down and never pick it up.
-sidebar: growth is hard period. I don’t care who you are I’m just saying that growing by the water is a heck of a lot easier than growing in the desert.-
A tree that isn’t grown in the correct conditions will not produce fruit. It will become stagnant. The leaves will be green but the fruit will never prosper. As in, it will grow but it will never reach its full potential.
Think about that. If you’re going to grow one way or another wouldn’t you at least want to reach your fullest potential? SO…stop growing in a dry and weary land. Stop pushing away growth. Plant yourself in Jesus and watch your perspective change. Grow by the Water.
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