Psa. 1:1-3 ¶ Blessed is the man that walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of the scornful. But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law does he meditate day and night. And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that brings forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he does shall prosper.

It’s one thing to visit a river, it’s another thing all together to live there. Being planted by the river is the only way to bring fruit in times of drought. Rivers are the life source of everything around it. When something is planted by the river, it is no longer subject to the random changes that may take place from day to day. As the scripture says in Jeremiah, he is unaffected by the times of drought. For a Christian, being planted by the river includes being planted in the word of God. There is always a repeating change of climate in the passing fads of pseudo-christianity. If we are planted in the word we will not even be phased by the clatter of hip, erroneous teaching but will enjoy a productive walk with God, enjoying His bounty in our lives.
One of the current, often repeated doctrinal errors is a version of universalism or ultimate reconciliation. It was repackaged last year under the handle,”Love Wins”. The spin goes something like this, how could a loving God send someone to eternal punishment. Of course, the natural man eats this up. Live carnally and there are no repercussions. Biblical Christianity teaches a foundational doctrine called propitiation. We can see this reflected in John 3:36 “He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him.”
Actually, all of mankind is suffering the ramifications of the fall of man. God is a God of mercy, He is also a God of justice. That is the amazing beauty of the cross. At the cross, mercy and justice have met. Christ became a man and satisfied the justice of God by judging man’s sins in Jesus Christ. That’s what John was saying, when we believe in the Son we receive life. If we reject His love, the wrath of God falls upon us. How incredible is the love and wisdom of God. In one act He displays His justice, judging our sins in Christ and at the same time, offering His endless mercy in the sacrificial death of Jesus Christ. Christ died to save sinners. His death shockingly justifies the ungodly.
So, are you planted by the river? Are your roots going deep down into His word. Embrace the foundational doctrines of our faith. These truths bring incredible encouragement to our souls. If you are planted by the river of His word, you will be immovable when the newest, rehashed doctrinal heresy comes knocking at your door. You will be bringing forth fruit in all seasons, drawing life from the River of God.

3 Replies to “LIVING BY THE RIVER”

  1. only in Christ are we savedddddd! no one can call themselves rightfully a beleiver that does their own thing we see alot of that these dats, its a daily walk with the Lord growing in his love and grace, not cheap grace, do what you want we are saved! we hate this doctorine that so many have taught that has made the cross unefectual, all that know the lord now walk in a newness of life that He gives, the Spirit and the flesk war against each other, antyone that wants to live in the flesh habitually and call themselves a beliver in Christ has missed the whole deal and wont unless they get right with God, enter in here or later the Lord will judge every person and it will come down to if we know Him or not, some he will say I never knew you. It could be the preacher that led people from His truth and caused many to be diseaved, the sunday school teacher the sneaking deacon, the pew setter that goes sunday after sunday thinking they are ok but they refuse to change and are no different from the world but know the talk but wont walk the walk, cheap grace brings bad fruit, but Gods grace brings repentence an d fruit, lots of rotten fruit these days because people wont embrace Gods word live and be changed by it, I have a real hatered for the messing up of Gods word and those that are walking up right with the Lord have a God given responsibility to keep His word true, those will give account that perverted his word’

  2. After reading this post, I keep hearing a song in my mind that I used to hear at Highway Baptist Church in Vacherie.(My aunt would take us there to visit, that’s the Church my Mother grew up in.She turned Catholic when she married my Daddy) Anyway the words are: ‘ I shall not, I shall not be moved! I shall not , I shall not be moved, just like a tree that’s planted by the river, I shall not be moved!’ – A tree that’s planted by the river will always have strong roots to draw the life giving resources to live forever<3. How we come up makes foundation of our faith more meaningful as we grow 'up'! Hands raised n all like strong trees<3

  3. God plants us deep by the River of Living Waters, then He sends us a Pastor to make sure our roots are fertilized by the nourishment of sound doctrine- thanks for Pastor Frank!

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