When I have Him, I have it all!
The vision began to unfold in my mind, as the Presence of God filled the place. A beautiful oak tree stood by the river of the Holy Spirit, extending its roots deep down into the soil. The tree flourished, grew strong, nourished by the river. The branches were covered with vibrant green leaves, and as I looked on they began to bear much fruit. It seamed strangely natural that a mighty oak tree was heavy laden with the abundance of fruit. The tree stood strong as though it held the very ground it was standing on, together, providing coolness with its shade in the heat of the day. The leaves gently rustled and you could almost hear melodies as the wind of the Holy Spirit blew onto that tree. The branches swayed and dropped their precious fruit to the ground. The vision ended with many creatures gathering under the canopy of the mighty oak, resting in its shade, nourished by its fruit.
In Colossians 1:3-6 it says, “We give thanks to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, praying always for you, since we heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and the love which you have for all the saints; because of the hope laid up for you in heaven, of which you previously heard in the word of truth, the gospel which has come to you, just as in all the world also, it is constantly bearing fruit and increasing, even as it has been doing in you also since the day you heard of it and understood the grace of God in truth.”
Paul lived a life of thankfulness of the heart, a life of prayer. It is not just what he did on special occasions. He didn’t reserve it just for feasts and celebrations. In fact, it wasn’t even something he did when he was in the mood for it. It was his lifestyle. In the letter to Philippians in chapter 3 verse 6 he said, “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God”. Bound with chains for his stand of faith, in prison awaiting execution, he is writing to the church in Philippi encouraging them to stand firm. Exhorting them to humility and unity, speaking of thanksgiving and prayer. In Colossians 4:2 Paul writes, “Continue earnestly in prayer, being vigilant in it with thanksgiving”. It is the most important thing we can do here on earth. It is the most important thing you can do for your family, your children, for those around you, to live a lifestyle of prayer, supplication and thanksgiving. A lifestyle of drawing closer to Him. In James 4:8 it says, ” Draw near to God and He will draw near to you”. And when you lift Him up in times of praise, when you exalt His name in times of worship, when you have a deep intimate relationship with the Exalted One, the world will be drawn to you.
In John 3:14 it says, “As Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of Man be lifted up”. For He said in John 12:32, “And I, if I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all men to Myself”. Rick Joyner puts it best. “There is nothing in the universe as appealing as the Son of God – when He is lifted up, all men are drawn to Him. There is nothing on earth as contagious as intimacy with the Lord, and there is no one on earth who is attractive as someone who is truly close to Him. Besides this, we will only live in the kingdom of God to the degree that we are intimate with the King Himself. Even the kingdom of God would be a boring and empty place without the presence of the King”.
When we live a lifestyle of prayer, every day drawing closer to Jesus; when everything we do, we do from place of intimacy with Him; when no matter what circumstances we face in life, our hearts are filled with thankfulness to God; when He becomes the focus, the very reason for our existence, then we will be like a tree in Jeremiah 17:8. A tree planted by the river, the river of the Holy Spirit. Rooted deep in the relationship with the King of kings and Lord of lords, planted by the Holy One Himself. A mighty oak tree that extends it’s roots deep into the waters of the Spirit. A tower of strength and protection to all around it. A tree that stands strong in the heat of the day, full of life and fruit, giving rest to the weary and nurturing the weak. It is not anxious in the year of drought, nor it is moved by circumstances, because it is connected to the very source of life itself. It lives from the place of Colossians 1:17, “He is before all things, and in Him all things consist”.
When I have Him, I have it all!
“For he will be like a tree planted by the water, that extends it’s roots by a stream and will not fear when the heat comes; but it’s leaves will be green, and it will not be anxious in a year of drought nor cease to yield fruit”, Jeremiah 17:8.