But blessed are those whose hope is in the Lord and have made the Lord their hope and confidence. They are like trees planted along a riverbank, with roots that reach deep into the water. Such trees are not bothered by the heat and worried by long months of drought. Their leaves stay green, and they never stop producing fruit (Jer 17:8).

Spiritually speaking if we are like trees firmly planted along the riverbank of God, and we have roots that reach deeply into the water, how can we be a mediocre Christian? Wouldn’t, if we were flourishing, be sold out for Christ? Wouldn’t we order our lives around Him instead of Him around our lives. Would we not make decisions and speak purposely and thoughtfully so we wouldn’t dishonor God? How would our lives be so drastically different if we were to do those things such as learning to love God with our lives, first and foremost? Would we see life through a clearer lens? Would not our perspectives on life change? We would not be full of dread or fear or anger but instead peace and harmony because we’d see that God is on our side. That no matter what we face we can do all things in the power of Christ.

It’s much easier said then done so how do we plant ourselves deep within Gods presence? I think it’s a work the of Holy Spirit. But we have to cooperate. Meaning we have to do our part. Opening Gods Word daily has to be apart of our life. Asking Him to speak directly to our hearts and being receptive to what we read. Listening for that still small voice of the Holy Spirit as we walk through our day and bring obedient to those promptings.

In a flourishing Christians life there is no room for half-heartedness. So go after it. Otherwise, how are you stewarding your life and is it fulfilling or are you unsatisfied? Are you producing spiritual fruit or are you dry, withered, worn and weary? Where do you want to be in the next year? Do you want to look back at the end of the year and see you’ve grown and changed or be disheartened that you’re still the same person you’ve always been? You want to celebrate climbing mountains or remain in the valley? The choice is yours. Where do you abide?

I am the Vine; you are the branches. Whoever lives in Me and I in him bears much (abundant) fruit. However, apart from Me [cut off from vital union with Me] you can do nothing.

(John 15:5)

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