~ The Ungodly Person Can Be A Godly Person! ~
Introduction ~ “Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor stands in the path of sinners nor sits in the seat of the scornful; but his delight is in the law of the Lord and in His law he meditates day and night. He shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water that brings forth its fruit in its season, whose leaf also shall not wither; and whatever he does shall prosper. The ungodly are not so, but are like the chaff which the wind drives away. Therefore the ungodly shall not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous. For the Lord knows the way of the righteous, but the way of the ungodly shall perish” (Psalm 1:1-6).
5 Aspects of the Process of Spiritual Growth and Progression…
As a Seed (in steadiness) ~ “And He [Jesus] said, ‘The kingdom of God is as if a man should scatter seed on the ground, and should sleep by night and rise by day, and the seed should sprout and grow, he himself does not know how’” (Mark 4:26-27).
As a Lily (in lowliness) ~ “He shall grow like the lily, and lengthen his roots” (Hosea 14:5b).
As a Cedar (in strength) ~ “The righteous … shall grow like a cedar in Lebanon” (Psalm 92:12).
As a Palm (in uprightness) ~ “The righteous shall flourish like a palm tree” (Psalm 92:12a).
As a Vine (in fruitfulness) ~ “Those who dwell under his shadow shall return; they shall be revived like grain, and grow like a vine. Their scent shall be like the wine of Lebanon” (Hosea 14:7).
3 Progressions While Living On Earth…
From Faith to Faith ~ “For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes, for the Jew first and also for the Greek. For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith; as it is written, ‘The just shall live by faith’” (Romans 1:16-17).
From Strength to Strength ~ “Blessed is the man whose strength is in You, whose heart is set on pilgrimage. … They go from strength to strength; each one appears before God in Zion” (Psalm 84:5-7).
From Glory to Glory ~ “But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord” (2 Corinthians 3:18).
Closing Comment ~ The ungodly currently have their brief time in the sun. The godly will have eternity with the Son (see Psalm 37:2, 20, 35).
~ Robert Lloyd Russell, ABUNDANT LIFE NOW blog.
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