Tuesday, 10 May 2016
DCLM Daily Manna, Tuesday May 10 2016 by Pastor Kumuyi - You Shall Flourish!
Topic: You Shall Flourish! [Tuesday May 10, 2016]
Text: Psalm 92:1-15
Key Verse: "The righteous shall flourish like the palm tree: he shall grow like a cedar in Lebanon" (Psalm 92:12).
There are over 300 species of Palm trees growing from 3 to 100 feet tall with over 3, 000 species. The date palm produces over 300 pounds of dates annually. The African oil palm, very widely cultivated in the tropics, gives a higher oil yield per hectare than any other oil plant. It produces two quite different types of oil-that from palm kernels, used for making margarine and soap, and that from the fleshy part of the fruit, used more widely for industrial processes.
This is one of the most rapidly expanding plantation crops today. Psalm ninety-two began with praise to God and ends with a testimony concerning the uprightness of God. Those who are planted by God Himself cannot be pulled down or be barren. They continue to bring forth fruit even in old age. It is very clear that we are intended by our Creator to flourish. He created us to blossom and to grow. God wants our lives to be colourful, joyful and full. Many of us think of our lives as barren. We complain that our lives are dry and deadly dull. We don't think we have a real purpose for living. Our only plan is to stay alive, pay the bills, and just get by. God promises that out of our limitations, He can bring possibilities. Out of our weaknesses, He can bring strength. Out of our timidity and our fear, He can bring confidence. It is God's intention that we flourish; but the most fundamental human problem is sin.
The challenge really is the resultant distance from our God, the guilt we carry and the shame we bear. That is indeed what makes our lives barren and fruitless. Sin is indeed the thing that destroys the richness of life and keeps us from flourishing as God intends.
Thought for the day: He grows and flourishes who dwells in Christ.
Bible Reading in one Year: 1 Corinthians 8-11
DCLM Daily Manna was written by Pastor William Folorunso Kumuyi; is the founder and General Superintendent of the Deeper Life Bible Church situated at KM 42 on the busy Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, Nigeria.