“Those who are planted in the house of the LORD Shall flourish in the courts of our God.”

Psalm 92:13

A seed can’t grow to its potential unless it’s planted. Sitting on top of the soil won’t do it. Christ followers can’t grow to their potential unless they’re planted in church, not just attending.

A palm tree can flourish in all types of conditions; cold, hot, deserts and even during hur- ricanes. Palm trees are known for their flexibility. During a hurricane they bend, even to the ground but they don’t break. After a storm, the palm tree straightens back up and it’s even stron- ger than it was before the storm happened. It continues to flourish after the storm. Followers of Christ who are planted in the house of the Lord flourish during all seasons of life. Good seasons and bad ones. They bend but they don’t break.

One of the qualities of a planted follower of Christ is they continue to grow. Some people at- tend church for years but they never grow because they don’t get planted. We all know people who attend church regularly but they never grow. You can go to church and not grow but you can’t get planted in the house of the Lord and stay the same. When you get planted, people see you a year later and they say he’s changed, he’s different; she’s more loving, he’s more kind, oh she talks differently.

People who are planted don’t just attend church but they are fruitful. Their life is making a difference for the kingdom of God. They understand that God has called them to be fruitful fol- lowers of Christ and not just faithful attendees to church.

People who are planted in the house of the Lord stay fresh. In other words they stay on fire for God. There’s nothing worse than a dried up, stale, rusty, no zeal, lukewarm Christian. God hasn’t called us to get dried up and stale but to stay fresh and green. God has called us to keep our zeal, our joy, and our excitement for Christ. We are called to be people who stay on fire for Christ so that we can make a difference in our world for Jesus.

People who are planted love what Jesus loves, to be among the fellowship of those who are planted we need to cultivate a relationship with the Lord and keep telling others about Him.

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Garment of Praise

Monthly Insights for Spiritual Growth, Encouragement and Personal Victory.

Oluyemisi Onanuga

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