Theme of the Week: The Key to Flourishing
Bible Verse: But the godly will flourish like palm trees and grow strong like the cedars of Lebanon. For they are transplanted to the Lord ’s own house. They flourish in the courts of our God. Even in old age they will still produce fruit; they will remain vital and green. They will declare, “The Lord is just! He is my rock! There is no evil in him!” Psalms 92:12-15
Scripture Reading: Hebrews 11:1-40
We started this week in this Psalm 92, and we conclude with this reminder: you can flourish! Even amid these challenging days in our world, nation, communities, and in our lives, and especially in our spiritual lives, God has promised, when we stay close to him, we will flourish. As we abide in Christ, flourishing is not just possible, it is normal. His Word tells us we can be “renewed every day”(2 Corinthians 4:16).
There are keys to flourishing to remember:
We can flourish in our IDENTITY!
No matter what has been done to us or said about that may have affected the way we view ourselves, holding on to our identity in Christ is essential to flourishing. You are VERY precious to God! (Daniel 10:11)
We can flourish in CAPTIVITY!
The challenges we are facing today may not be obstacles but opportunities for us to flourish and for God to demonstrate His power and faithfulness. (Daniel 1:19-20)
We can flourish in ANXIETY!
God has given us a key to flourishing in the face of the things that we can’t get off our mind, cause us anxiety, or keep us awake at night. That key is prayer. (Philippians 4:6-7)
We can flourish in ADVERSITY!
The heat of adversity, difficulty, and pressure may be turned up in our lives, but when we choose to stand up, God steps in. We can flourish because there is “another in the fire” with us, and he will help us flourish under fire. (Daniel 3:25)
We can flourish in UNCERTAINTY!
In the face of uncertainty, Daniel flourished because he trusted in God above his circumstances. His daily walk with God was unchanged; his confidence in God for his future was undeterred. Our growth in trust and confidence is directly related to growth in our daily walk with God as we learn to abide in his Word and pray. In these uncertain days, we can trust the One who has covered our past, cares for our present, and controls our future. (Daniel 7:13-14)
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