His Greatest Treasure

John, a 13 year old student of North Vancouver Christian Academy, was in acute pain, having stabbed himself with the sharp end of a pencil that morning. This accident took place just before the children gathered together, receiving words of knowledge from God and praying for each other. As John came forward, another student prayed a simple prayer of faith, laying her hands on him. Immediately the pain left and even the stab mark instantly disappeared. John, being filled with joy upon receiving his healing, rubbing his hands together, thanking God, exclaimed: “Even the bump is gone!” God is good! What He does is always good! And when He shows up good things happen!

The traditional Jewish wedding has three parts. The first part is called Shidukhin, meaning engagement. It is time when the man and woman, realizing their love, make promises to marry each other. This occasion would be celebrated and the marriage would be set at a future date. In Talmudic times, around 200 A.D., the groom would pay a dowry for his bride, literally purchasing her, and establish the covenant between them.

As the price was paid on Calvary, all that mankind lost in the Garden of Eden through the deception of Satan, Jesus has redeemed on the cross. Having made peace through His precious blood, Jesus destroyed the works of the enemy once and for all. And giving the gift of peace, in John 14:27 He tells us: “Peace I leave with you, My peace I give you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid”. That word peace, “eirene” in the Greek language, comes from the primary verb “eiro” meaning to join. So what Jesus is saying here is, as we come in to the covenant that He has ratified, we join to Him and access peace that He has for us, for He is our peace.

In Numbers 6:23 the Lord spoke to Moses, saying: “This is the way you shall bless the children of Israel. Say to them: ‘The Lord bless you and keep you; The Lord make His face shine upon you, and be gracious to you; The Lord lift up His countenance upon you, and give you peace”‘. Most people understand the Hebrew word “shalom” as meaning “peace”, but that’s only a small part of the full meaning of that word. As Jewish people greet or bid farewell to each other, they are saying much more then simply “hello” or “goodbye”. According to Strong’s Concordance 7965 Shalom also means completeness, wholeness, health, peace, welfare, safety, soundness, tranquility, prosperity, perfectness, fullness, rest, harmony, the absence of agitation or discord. Shalom comes from the root verb shalom meaning to be complete, perfect and full. In modern Hebrew the related word “shelem” means to pay for, and “shulam” means to be fully paid.

Colossians 1:20 says, “And, having made peace through the blood of His cross”. The world in the mist of turmoil is looking for peace, but only true Christians have it. And it’s only available through the blood covenant with Christ. It is something Jesus paid for in full, and made it available to us. Not only did He paid the price for His bride to be free from the power of death, but gave His “shalom”, the fullness of His provision. In Him we have total completeness, wholeness, health, and peace. His love purchased our welfare, our safety, our tranquility. We have fullness in Christ, rest and harmony. In Him we are perfect and complete.

In Hebrews 9:15 we read “For this reason He is the mediator of a new covenant, so that, since a death has taken place for the redemption of the transgressions that were committed under the first covenant, those who have been called may receive the promise of the eternal inheritance”. On the hill of Golgotha, nailed to the cross, blood running down His bruised and beaten body, He said “It is finished”. The dowry was paid for His bride. Just like a man from the Parable of the Hidden Treasure, who for the joy of over it goes and sells all that he has and buys that field, Jesus gave His all. He purchased His bride paying the supreme price, giving His life. In Hebrew 9:17 it says, “For a covenant is valid only when men are dead”. He validated this New Covenant with His own blood, purchasing His bride, you and me, in the eternal act of love.
Jesus paid the ultimate price for His bride because she is worth it. Just like that man in Matthew 13:44, who found a great treasure, Christ found the treasure.

His bride is His greatest treasure.

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To Know the Love of Christ

My mother was dying.

It all started when my mother developed an abdominal pain after having some food out with friends. At first, she thought it was something that she had eaten that evening, but when the pain persisted, she decided to see her doctor. After the medical examination and reassurance by the doctor that it was mild food poisoning, she was sent home. By the third day her condition worsened. The pain became intolerable and she was in agony when paramedics came to take her to the hospital. Upon her arrival to the emergency ward, it was discovered that she had an inflamed appendix, and doctors rushed to remove it. The surgery was successful, and as my mother rested, everyone was confident for a quick recovery. But that confidence was soon overshadowed by the news that complications were stopping her healing process. An infection was discovered, and despite the doctors’ attempts to treat it, nothing was working. It spread through her entire body, threatening to enter her brain, leaving only days for her to live.

As she laid on the hospital bed, on the brink of slipping into a deadly coma, an angel appeared and stood at her feet. My mother describes this angelic being as having the appearance of a woman, although we know angels are neither men or women, having a long white robe, and just the tips of the wings were visible at the back. She could hear the angel speak, but the lips did not move. She knew it wasn’t an earthly language, but she understood it. The best way to describe it, my mother said, was like a beautiful, flowing music. “From this day, from this hour, from this moment you are healed!”, the angel said before leaving. Something powerful and creative took place in that hospital room. Immediately my mother began to improve and was discharged from the hospital by the end of the week. The biggest impact she had received from this encounter is the knowledge of our Heavenly Father’s love. The fact that He cares for us and loves us so much that He would go to the extreme to show that.

In the Message Bible in Ephesians 3:19 we read, “Live full lives, full in the fullness of God”. As Christians our destiny is to walk in the abundance of everything God has for us. His plans for us are fullness of provision, health, and happiness. In Jeremiah 29:11 it says: “For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans for welfare and not for calamity, to give you a future and a hope”. Whatever situation you might find yourself in, whatever storm you might be facing in your life just know that sickness, suffering, and lack are not part of God’s plan for your life. His plans are to prosper you and not to harm you. His plans are to give you hope and a future, not sickness or suffering. His plan for you is to walk into the fullness of His blessing.

“But God being rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us. Even when we were dead in our transgressions, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved)”, we read in Ephesians 2:4 and 5. He loves us so much. For God so loved the world that He send His only begotten Son. We deserved to die, but He died in our stead. His love has no boundaries, His love has no limits. There is nothing our Heavenly Father would withhold from you and me and He proved it on the cross. Jesus took our sins. He bore our iniquity. The chastisement of our peace was upon Him, the Bible tells us. He was beaten and broken in our place and this is the price our Father paid for our redemption. In 2Corinthians 8:9 it says, “For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though He was rich, yet for our sake He became poor, so that you through His poverty might become rich”. He gave it all, holding nothing back, for you and me. The Father’s love for us is only equal to the love for His only Son, and He has demonstrated that on Golgotha.

Let’s look at Ephesians 3:19 again in the New American Standard Bible. It said: “and to know the love of Christ which surpasses knowledge, that you maybe be filled up to all the fullness of God”. When you have an encounter with love Himself, all the theological knowledge you have of God melts away. That experience overtakes any perception you might have of God, it supersedes any idea of who He is. When you come to know who He truly is, you come to know His love.

When you come to know His love, you come into the fullness of God.

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From Disciples To Witnesses

As we began to pray for a someone to receive her healing, a vision came. I saw a straight road leading down the mountain, but it was full of orange road blocks, the kind used in construction. As far as you could see in this vision, one after another, the road blocks stood blocking the way, making the road unusable. As we continued praying, the river of the Holy Spirit erupted at the top of the mountain. It ran down the road, violently washing away every road block, destroying everything in its path, clearing every obstruction, taking away every hindrance. The River washed the road clean.

In Acts 1:8 we read: “But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.” The book of Acts is called the Acts of the apostles, because it tells of mighty deeds they have done. It is not just a story of a special people doing extraordinary things, but it is a story of our extraordinary God doing special things through His people. Someone said: “You cannot do a supernatural task without a supernatural Saviour”. The disciples of Jesus knew their impossible assignment to heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse the lepers, and to cast out demons, but they also knew that Jesus was sending the Promise of His Father upon them. As they gathered together on the Day of Pentecost with one accord in prayer they were endued or clothed with power from on high, and the disciples became different people. These are the same disciples who were hiding for fear of the Jews in John 20:19, but when the Holy Spirit came, they became bold, passionate Christians, burning with a desire to serve Him. Their hearts were ignited with the love of the Father for the broken, lost, dying world. They became people, compelled to bring others to know God. The disciples were transformed into His witnesses.

A disciple, by definition, is a person who believes and helps to spread the doctrine of another. A witness in the the judicial system, on the other hand, is someone who attests to the genuineness of a document or signature by adding their own signature. Peter in 2Peter 1:16 makes this statement: “For we did not follow cleverly devised tales when we made known to you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but we were eyewitnesses of His majesty.” This is that same Peter who was afraid of the Jews, hiding with the other disciples behind shut doors, but when the Holy Spirit rested upon him he was transformed into a powerful witness of the Gospel of Christ. In 1Corinthians 2:4 it says: “And my message and my preaching were not in persuasive words of wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power.” We get to preach the Gospel, tell the good news, to everybody we meet, but what’s even more amazing, we get to demonstrate it. Bill Johnson said it this way, “Without power, the good news is not good news.”

A good example comes to my mind. One of my previous coworkers, Derek, was an amazing young man, without the knowledge of Christ. He has had traumatic experiences with the supernatural of the enemy, but never with the power and love of our Lord. As he shared with me the negative impact it left on his life, I was moved by the compassion of the Father for him. The moment I began speaking of His joy and peace the Holy Spirit came upon me so strong I had to turn away. As I did, I heard him exclaim: “Can you feel it, can you feel it!” The power of God was moving upon Derek, demonstrating the gospel. In the middle of the workplace he had a powerful encounter with the God of love that will stay with him for the rest of his life. It was so evident to him that it was God that I didn’t even have to say very much. St. Francis of Assisi said, “Preach the gospel at all times. Use words if necessary.”

In Matthew 10:7-8 Jesus said, “Preach this message: The Kingdom of Heaven is here. Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse the lepers, and cast out demons. Freely you have received, freely give.” There is power residing inside of us, the power of the Holy Spirit. It is like a mighty river ready to burst out of us, ready to flow, to touch, to heal. A powerful river able to destroy the works of the enemy, mend the brokenhearted, make someone whole again. The Holy Spirit wants to flow out of us just as He did in Luke 8:46 when the woman with the issue of blood touched Jesus’ garment. And as we stop for that one person in the middle of our busy day and allow the Spirit to flow out of us we will see revival. Christians will be revived and many will accept the Lord Jesus Christ. The Church will grow, thousands of people will be swept into the Kingdom. Prayer meetings will be full and His people will be lovers of His presence and communion with Him. Hell will be plundered and heaven populated.

Christ’s disciples will become Christ’s witnesses.

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The Lord of Breakthrough

Overshadowing the valley, the grey dam stood. The colossal size, the immensity, the mammoth dimensions, the very sight of it invoking a sense of awe and fear. An enormous amount of concrete and steel held back the life giving water from the parched land. The monstrous structure loomed into view with a foreboding dread of impossibility. Just then, at the last flicker of hope, the air was filled with a low rumbling and the ground began to shake. A violent tremor spread through the valley, penetrating into the very depth of the massive wall. First, with snapping noises, spider cracks appeared. Then with a loud pop of water bursting into the air, the dam was cracked in the middle. The sheer pressure of the water being held back, erupted into a powerful explosion, breaching the dam. Erasing the last evidence of the structure, the waters filled the valley, peace washing over it.

In 2Samuel 5:17 we read that the Philistines heard that David was anointed king over Israel and immediately they went up to search for him. David was a remarkable person, masterful in nature, noble in heart. In everything he put his hand to, you could depend on him to carry it through to completion, to do it with all of his might. David never did anything halfway, giving all of his energy, decision, resolution, and devotion. Whether it was his harp or sling, sword or psalmist’s pen – it was all the same. David was a man of passion to follow after God with all of his heart and his soul.

So when the Philistines withstood and challenged him in verse 18, David, the Bible tells us, inquired of the Lord. Right then, just as he made his inquiry, even before he fought the Philistines, the battle was won. For in Psalms 33:17 we read the divine wisdom, “A horse is a false hope for victory, nor does it deliver anyone by its great strength”. David was a great warrior, who fought many battles, who had many victories. But in this troubled time of great danger, he chose not to rely on his own wisdom, not to trust in his own strength, not to have confidence in past successes. He trusted in God, crying out in prayer to Him. “O sing to the Lord a new song, for He has done wonderful things, His right hand and His holy arm have gained the victory for him”, we read in Psalms 98:1. You don’t have to fight your battles yourself. Let God fight them for you. Just like David, cry out to the Lord in the midst of your circumstances. Just like David, do not rely on your own wisdom. Just like David, when you make your inquiry – your battle is won.

“So David went to Baal Perazim, and David defeated them there; and he said, ” The Lord has broken through my enemies before me, like a breakthrough of water”. Therefore he called the name of that place Baal Perazim”, it said in 2Samual 5:20. What is the enemy you are facing right now? Is it sickness, pain, suffering? Is it lack, need, poverty? Is it stress, turmoil, anguish? The enemy comes to steal, rob, and destroy. He comes to build a dam in our lives to cut off the life giving waters of His Divine provision. He tells us, “It’s impossible, it will never happen, you will never receive it”. As the shadows of hopelessness begin to stretch over the problem you face, rise up with the shout of praise. Declare out of Psalm 71:5 “You are my hope; O Lord God, You are my confidence from my youth”. Act out of Psalm 100:4, “Enter His gates with thanksgiving and His courts with praise. Give thanks to Him, bless His name.” Commit yourself to the Lord. Let Him deliver you and rescue you because He delights in you.

Amplified Bible in 2Samuel 5:20 said “…The Lord has broken through my enemies before me, like the bursting out of great waters. So he called the name of that place Baal-perazim (The Lord of breaking through).” He is breaking through the walls of impossibility you are facing right now. The moment your inquiry went up before the Lord, the Spirit moved, violently shaking, destroying the works of the enemy. The cracks began to form. The water is surging through. The dam that stood in the way of receiving your answer has erupted in a powerful explosion. “…Not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit, says the Lord of hosts.”

The Lord is the Lord of Baal-perazim. He is the Lord of breaking through now, not some day, not tomorrow, not next week, but present tense. There is no glory to our God in poverty and lack, in pain and suffering. In fact the Bible tells us there is fullness of joy and pleasures forever more in His Presence. It is in His very nature to act on your behalf. Baal-perazim is who He is – the Lord of breaking through. As soon as the words of your prayer left your lips, the mighty waters of the Spirit are punching through the enemy’s abstraction, brining forth the answer. As soon as you have placed your trust in Him, He is moving on your behalf. As soon as you have committed yourself to the Lord, He has delivered and rescued you.

As soon as you have made your inquiry, you have gained your victory.

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Christ In You

As the presence of God filled the classroom in the Christian school we were in, children began to have divine visitations and encounters. They took turns sharing the visions and experiences they had that morning. A young person 12 years of age started describing the mighty rushing wind that came into the classroom. Another felt the wind, another had a vision of flames of fire come and rest on the tops of their heads. Children ages 4 and up were sharing powerful encounters with God that were so profound and beyond their age.

A 14 year old tells her visitation from God. “As the Holy Spirit came, the song ‘I Could Sing of Your Love Forever’ started to be sung in the Spirit and as it was being sung a vision came. I was on top of a mountain, it was night time and it started to clear up. As it cleared up I saw the city and I started to hear (God’s) voice. The voice started to talk to me. ‘This world is not forever. It’s only temporary. Things of this world won’t last forever but I will. You don’t have to try to be apart of this world because it’s not always going to be there. There are greater things to come. This is not forever.’ ”

In Acts 20:24, Paul said, “I consider my life worth nothing to me, if only I may finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me…”. We find true fulfillment when we are running in the unique destiny God has specifically for each one of us. Not using someone’s else gifts, abilities and methods. So often we look at the favourite teacher or preacher. We say, “I want to be just like that person”. We do what they do because we see it works. What works for them often will not work for us. We must accomplish our destiny, God’s plan for our life, using our gifts and abilities that God has given us. We must use methods and strategies that God has given specifically to us.

In 1Samuel 17 Saul wanted David to use his armour to defeat Goliath, but David responded he could not win using Saul’s armour. David entered into his destiny realizing he must use what God had given him. David’s own gifts and abilities were in using his slingshot, not in using full armour. David spent hours practicing using his slingshot. In 1Samuel17:39 he tells Saul, “I cannot go with these, for I have not tested them”. David had practiced and developed his gifting and abilities on the predators coming against his flock. He has honed his skill and had confidence in using it. David knew what worked for Saul would not work for him. He had to accomplish his divine assignment using his God given gifts and abilities.

God has created us with such a need to seek Him. He has made man with the internal necessity to search for and worship our Creator. So many people try to fill this need, this hole in their chest so to speak, by worshipping other gods. These are the gods of sports, materialism, money and power. We are designed by our Maker to have a purpose and significance. Our culture, arts and science are always searching to find the answer to why we are here. It is the question men have been asking since the very beginning. People are searching for significance. They are seeking a purpose to their lives. They are looking for a vision. Kevin Dedman said, “When you find something to live for, you find something to die for. Vision gives pain a purpose”.

In Jeremiah 29:11 it says, “For I know the plans I have for you”, declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future”. God has a destiny for each one of us. As a Christians , we are to walk in the fullness of what He has for us as the children of the Most High God. Without Him we are nothing, but in Him we have significance and purpose.

Matthew 3:17 tells us, “As He is, so we are in the world”. We have inherited Jesus’ mission, which is destiny, authority and power. Now we are to walk in His shoes. Jesus is our ultimate example. He is perfect theology. You will never go wrong using Jesus’ life as the template for your life. You will never fail walking in His steps. For God is love and love never fails. You will fulfill the destiny God has for your life.

For Christ in you is your destiny.

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Where your treasure is…

Where Your Treasure Is…

As the song began to sound, the words by Grammy Award nominated band, Mumford & Sons, gripped my heart. I was struck with truth that was so poetically sung with these words, “Where you invest your love, you invest your life. Awake my soul, you are meant to meet your Maker.”

In 1Corinthians 9:24 Paul said, “Do you not know that those who run in a race all run, but only one receives the prize? Run in such a way that you may win”. When you run to win, every step counts. In fact, it’s the steps you take every day that determine the outcome of that race. Your daily steps are the steps that will take you into the fullness of what God has for you, into your destiny. With each step you get closer to winning your race.

In Matthew 6 Jesus gives us the Model Prayer, a template for our prayer life. “Our Father in heaven, hallowed be Your name”. He said start with worship. Come before the throne of God with thanksgiving and adoration. Then Jesus proceeds to teach us to seek the Kingdom first and His righteousness. “Your Kingdom come, Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven”.

“Give us this day our daily bread”, He tells us to pray in verse 11. Some of the most important things we do in life, we do daily. The very key to our survival is tied to certain activities we do every day. Some we do voluntarily, others without even thinking. We breathe daily. We eat daily. We walk daily. We talk daily. So the most important things in life, we do daily. That is why, when Jesus taught us to pray, He instructed us to ask for our daily bread. The key to maintaining a fresh walk with the Lord requires a number of “dailys”. We are to spend time in the Word of God daily. We are to spend time in prayer daily, just like things we do every day to sustain life. We breathe, we eat, we drink. To sustain our spiritual life, we ought to eat and drink daily. We ought to read the Word and pray every day. Those are the most important disciplines of our Christian walk. Those are the daily steps we take in the race we run.

I like this illustration by Jeanne Mayo. Two teenagers decided to pull a prank on a department store one evening. They broke into the store but they didn’t steal anything, not even a single item. Instead, they switched the price tags on everything in the entire store. So you can imagine the scene when the store opened the next day. Customers were rushing to purchase the diamond necklaces for $5 while finding underwear priced at $500. A stunning mink coat was marked on sale for only $20 while a simple umbrella was marked at $2000. We will not run the race that God has intended for us to run effectively until we realize that we have allowed the enemy to switch the price tags.

Daily we put far too much importance on things that will have absolutely no worth in the eternity. The church in Vancouver, in North America is full of so called “busy” Christians. They spend the whole day wrapped up in busyness, doing things that weigh them down and hinder their race. In fact, one of the enemy’s tactics is to get the saints busy, tied up with the cares of this world. Even doing “legitimate” errands, “things that need to be done”, they are done at the expense of what is really weighty and prominent, what will stand the Lord’s test.

Even more tragic, our heart’s allegiance often quietly lines up with those “price tags” that we allowed the enemy to switch. We begin to pay $500 for underwear, so to speak. Pay $2000 for a simple umbrella, investing our time and effort into things of this world that have no eternal value to them. We are never to lose sight of what is truly valuable, truly important in this life, what will stand the test of fire, what will last for eternity.

In Matthew 6:21 it says, “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also”. Jesus is not talking just about monetary things, although it includes them. What’s He really saying? You will dedicate your efforts, your energy, your focus, and the most valuable asset we have, time, on things that are most important to you. What matters to you the most is your treasure. And where your treasure is there your heart will be also.

Guard where you place your “treasure”.

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When you have Him, you have it all.

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.

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