Thus says the Lord: “Cursed is the man who trusts in man And makes flesh his strength, Whose heart departs from the Lord. For he shall be like a shrub in the desert, And shall not see when good comes,
But shall inhabit the parched places in the wilderness, In a salt land which is not inhabited. “Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, And whose hope is the Lord. For he shall be like a tree planted by the waters,Which spreads out its roots by the river. And will not fear when heat comes.But its leaf will be green, And will not be anxious in the year of drought, Nor will cease from yielding fruit. ~Jer 17: 5-8
Hello my Beloved family!!! I pray that you are prospering in everyway and that you continually enjoy good health just as your soul is prospering. In case your aren’t prospering, I speak life and health into your situation in the name of Jesus name. As I am writing this piece of encouragement, its raining heavily outside and I couldn’t help but think of the trees outside, especially in this chilly weather. They endure so much. I know I’ve done a piece on from seed to sequoia, if you haven’t yet read it I encourage you to read it and listen to Hillsong Worship, the song called Seasons, the link is right here👉https://youtu.be/QaEx2A7p9Dk
Anyway thats beside the point, in the bible trees typify believers of Christ who meditate on the word of God, to faithfully live it out resulting in producing good fruits, as seen in the opening verse from Jeremiah 17. Psalm 1 also paints this vivid picture across…..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.
I want to draw you attention to the planting part. Psalm 92:13, “Those who are planted in the house of the Lord shall flourish in the courts of our God”.
Notice that those who flourish are “planted” in the house of the Lord.
What happens to a plant if you transplant it every three weeks? Its root system will diminish, and it will not blossom or prosper. If you keep transplanting it, the plant will die of shock!
Many people go from church to church, ministry team to ministry team, trying to develop their ministry. If God puts them in a place where they are not recognized and encouraged, they are easily offended. If they don’t agree with the way something is done, they are offended and go. They then leave, blaming the
leadership. They are blind to any of their own character flaws and do not realize God wanted to refine and mature them through the pressure they were under.
They are blind to any of their own character flaws and do not realize God wanted to refine and mature them through the pressure they were under.
Just as we have seen they are typified as trees. When a fruit tree is put in the ground it has to face difficult weather patterns like rainstorms, hot sun, and wind. More like the current weather pattern here. If a young tree could talk, I’m sure it might say, “Please get me out of here! Put me in a place where there is no heat or windy storms!”
If the gardener listened to the tree, he would actually harm it. Trees endure the hot sun and rainstorms by
sending their roots down deeper. The adversity they face is eventually the source of great stability. The harshness of the elements surrounding them causes them to seek another source of life. They will one day come to the place that even the greatest of windstorms cannot affect their ability to produce fruit.
A believer who chooses to delight in the Word of God in the midst of adversity will avoid being offended.
That person will be like a tree whose roots search deep to where the Spirit provides strength and nourishment.
He will draw from the well of God deep within his spirit. This will mature him to the point where adversity will now be the catalyst for fruit. Hallelujah!Let this be our reality!!!
In the parable of the sower, the seeds sown on stony ground; the stony ground are people who, when they have heard the word, immediately receive it with gladness; and have no root in themselves, and so endure but for a time: afterward, when affliction or persecution arises for the word’s sake, immediately they are offended. ~Mark 4:16-17
Once you leave the place God has chosen for you,
your root system begins to dwarf. The next time
it will be easier for you to flee from adversity because
you have been careful not to root yourself deeply.
You end up coming to the place where you have little
or no strength to endure hardship or persecution.
You then become a spiritual vagabond, wandering from place to place, suspicious and afraid that others will mistreat you. Crippled and hindered in your ability to produce true spiritual fruit, you struggle in a self-centered life, eating the remains of the fruit of others.
If we did not run so fast from spiritual resistance,
our root systems would have a chance to become stronger and deeper, and our fruit would be plentiful
and sweeter in the eyes of God and more palatable to His people! We would be mature trees that the Lord delights in,rather than ones uprooted for their lack of fruit (Luke 13:6-9). We should not resist the very thing God sends to mature us.
Remember, we will be judged according to our fruit and not gifting. Gifts are graciously given, but fruits are cultivated. So instead of wandering like Cain, we should flourish where God has planted us, be it in the toughest of environments surrounded by meanest of people. Remember we are never alone, so let us lean into the faithful guidance of the Holy Spirit and we will be cultivating fruits that give glory to the Lord Jesus Christ.
This message was inspired by the need to live free from offence. John Bevere beautifully captures more of it in his book the bait of satan, which I highly recommend you should read. I hope this message changes your perspective on the tough environment God has planted you in, they are simply gracious gifts in strange packaging.
Remember peonies and tulips grow from the dirt and diamonds are made from so much pressure. So take advantage of the tough times to better yourself and cultivate the fruits of the Holy Spirit in your life.