Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Develop a Tree mentality!

                                       A Palm tree near a beach (*)

The righteous shall flourish like the palm tree: he shall grow like a cedar in Lebanon. Those that be planted in the house of the Lord shall flourish in the courts of our God. They shall still bring forth fruit in old age; they shall be fat and flourishing;  (Psalms 92:12-14) (**)

                        Do you have a tree mentality? You should. As I read these verses, I did a research on the Palm and the Cedar tree of Lebanon. Both are unique in their characteristics and it speaks to us today. The Palm tree, when it is planted in the desert, it reaches deep into the ground for water. 

Did you know that in some places, the desert has water underneath? Parts of Israel were desert until the Jews came into the land.(Psalms 35:1-2 NIV) (1) They developed tremendous technology to irrigate the waters from the desert to transform it into an oasis. Likewise, when we are in a "desert", we can reach down deep into the Spirit-man and water ourselves with the joy of the Lord! As we do that, circumstances will change and we will see miracles happen. 

A  point to remember is that these trees (Cedar and Palm trees) in Psalms 92:12-14 were planted in the courts of the Lord. The word says to come into his courts with praise. (Ps 100:4) No matter how intense your testing may be---Praise him! He will turn your testing into a testimony. Now, let's look at the Cedar tree in Lebanon and it's characteristics. I want to emphasis two main points. First, it grows upward symbolizing spiritual growth. 

The second point is that it would last up to 1,000 years. Let's be real, unless we are living in the Millennium, we will not last 1,000 years. This symbolizes the legacy of our impact for Christ. What impact will you leave your loved ones, community or even your nation that will last 1,000 years? Folks, it is time to develop a tree mentality. Even our Lord Jesus is compared to a tree of life! So, bearing this in mind, let's apply these principles in our lives and move onto victory. God bless. 

(*) By Patrick Verdier, Free On Line Photos - Photo: http://www.folp.free.fr/Open.php?getTabSigIdeImg=1859Description: http://www.folp.free.fr/AddComment.php?getTabComIdeImg=1859, Copyrighted free use, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=68821 (Mr Verdier does not necessary support the contents of this blog.)
(**) Bible verses courtesy of www.biblegateway.com
(1) http://bibleanswerstodayblog.com/israel-makes-the-desert-fertile/ 

Interesting links---
(1) For a more detailed look at the Palm tree and Cedar of Lebanon,
check out this link. It contains great pictures and deeper thought....http://bit.ly/2c1v4vT
(2) Check out my latest book...http://www.prayerswithpower.com/
(3) http://literacybase.com/its-time-to-be-joyful/

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