Saturday, January 10, 2009
Like a Tree Firmly Planted
See some of my first thoughts over here.
“And he shall be like a tree firmly planted [and tended] by the streams of water, ready to bring forth its fruit in its season; its leaf also shall not fade or wither; and everything he does shall prosper [and come to maturity].”
Lord help me now, I’ve buckled my seat-belt even though my name isn’t Dorothy (see the movie, “The Matrix” to understand this inside humor) cause Kansas is going by-by!
From “Unto Full Stature”
“A little boy had listened attentively as his father explained the natural laws which God had built into the universe. He was especially fascinated by the law of gravity. A few minutes later as they were walking in the garden, he questioned his father, “Why do those leaves on that plant point up when gravity is surely pulling them downward?”
As they stood looking at several plants the father explained, “It’s because God has built a higher law of life into that plant which lifts its leaves upward to the sun. This is not exactly defying gravity, but in some strange way is transcending that downward pull. You see, this next little plant has one leaf which failed to draw from the plant’s resources and has become limp; (wilted) therefore the law of gravity has taken over. Only God really understands how the plant’s metabolism lives according to the law of life and thus transcends the law of gravity.”
“The same is true in our bodies. God has designed us to live according to a strange and wonderful law of life which is something imposed upon us from without, but is built into our very being. It merely requires that we be yielded to Him as His tender plant. Even as the plant is alive to the sun, so every petal and leaf of our being should continually be living unto Him. When this is so, our whole physical being is transcendently over riding every downward pull. As the law of Life is constantly operating within we are vibrant by sharing divine resources. As surely as our physical turns its “Sun” it will as surely become limp and succumb to the downward drag. Might we suggest that most failure or breakdown is simply proof that we have not heeded the divine law of Life and the resources which become available.”
“But if God himself has taken up residence in your life, you can hardly be thinking more of yourself than of him. Anyone, of course, who has not welcomed this invisible but clearly present God, the Spirit of Christ, won't know what we're talking about. But for you who welcome him, in whom he dwells—even though you still experience all the limitations of sin—you yourself experience life on God's terms. It stands to reason, doesn't it, that if the alive-and-present God who raised Jesus from the dead moves into your life, he'll do the same thing in you that he did in Jesus, bringing you alive to himself? When God lives and breathes in you (and he does, as surely as he did in Jesus), you are delivered from that dead life. With his Spirit living in you, your body will be as alive as Christ's! (Romans 8:9-11-The Message).
“If our controlling conceptions are wrong it is because have not truly passed through the rectifying work of the Cross. Apart from a Calvary crushing and seeing, no one will give up his little kingdom building or ego feeding to be released into that new plane of physical quickening by God’s Spirit.”
All I know is, that there so much more available to us then what we have settled for, whether in or outside of any so called box. It’s in Him and a knowing of this reality, that will save us from professing so much and experiencing so little, our leaf shall not fade nor wither.