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Promises and encouragement are the heels of every disaster.

tree1Recently, I was speaking to a group of women and someone started talking about a 700 year old oak tree in Alabama. There was a dispute regarding the property it was on and an angry, disgruntled human chose to go around this massive tree with a chain saw. It wasn’t cut down, but the tree is now dying. I don’t know if that is true, but it sure got me thinking…HARD.

A tree puts down deep roots which soak up the nourishing water of the earth. Water as dew on the ground around the tree evaporates to form clouds which dispel rain and the cycle begins. But the water in the ground DEFIES the gravitational pull of the earth and the power of our star, the sun, pulls it through the roots and up the trunk of the tree and fruit springs forth. AT GOD’S COMMAND.

Lamentations 3:37 (NIV) – Who can speak it and have it happen if the Lord has not decreed it?

tree4What roots of mine are firmly planted in the ground? Because the water stays the same. Jesus is the same today, yesterday, and tomorrow. The Word of God is also unchanging and the wellspring of eternal water.

James 1:17 (NIV) – Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.

Jesus brought to us LIVING water which could forever quench a person’s thirst for God.
So, again, I pose the question to myself. What am I thirsting for? Approval from people who have the ability to cut my trunk and cut off my water supply? Or approval from God who already is filling me with His water, whether I am wounded or not?

The science of it all shouldn’t matter, but check this out anyway!

Webster defines the following:

TREE – “(2) archaic: the cross on which Jesus was crucified.”

ROOT – “an underlying support, the essential core, a close relationship within an environment, the part by which an object is attached to something else.”

WATER – “the major constituent of all living matter”

tree5So…with that fresh on your mind, we can say that all living matter is supported by the Living Water of the Word of God, washing the roots and saturating them with truth, knowledge, and revelation. The tree to which my roots are attached is the Tree of Life, the tree that Jesus was crucified on to bear all my sin and shame.

So many times we try to prove to OTHERS that we are bearing oranges when we are really an apple tree. We can also pretend to have fruit when in reality we have none at all because we have cut our own selves loose from the tree. Or, we allow others to come with their chain saw and in THEIR anger, not ours, they cut away at our trunk which brings life to the branches. What is your excuse? Stop pretending and just drink of the Living Water.

tree6Galatians 5:22-24 (MSG) – But what happens when we live God’s way? He brings gifts into our lives, much the same way that fruit appears in an orchard—things like affection for others, exuberance about life, serenity. We develop a willingness to stick with things, a sense of compassion in the heart, and a conviction that a basic holiness permeates things and people. We find ourselves involved in loyal commitments, not needing to force our way in life, able to marshal and direct our energies wisely. Legalism is helpless in bringing this about; it only gets in the way. Among those who belong to Christ, everything connected with getting our own way and mindlessly responding to what everyone else calls necessities is killed off for good—crucified.