What does the Bible have to say about the days we are living in? Who can we trust in the news? Who causes the signs of the times? Well a sappy Christian leaks the Truth all over, naturally! “The trees of the Lord are full of sap.” Psalms 104:16 Are you full of the sap that causes growth? Without sap many trees cannot flourish or even exist. Sap from a tree is the most valuable source we can harvest. Maple Birch, Walnut and Pine sap contain healing minerals, enzymes, and highly beneficial antioxidants. Native Americans and other people have used pine sap for homeopathic remedies and even a chew that helps a painful tooth. Believers in Jesus Christ have an even more powerful sticky sap that is ever present to renew us and revitalize us if we allow the Holy Spirit to guide and teach us. The Holy Spirit sticks to us like glue as long as we are obedient to His voice and direction. He is the essential element of a successful Christian walk. “I will never leave you, or forsake you” God made this possible by depositing the Holy Spirit in us. The new life “in Christ” includes the vital infusion of the Holy Spirit.
Without the Holy Spirit a Christian cannot be a tree oozing sap for the Lord. Attending church or simply proclaiming I am a Christian is a dead thing without the Holy Spirit dwelling in us. The Spirit of the Divine is what gives us new life “in Him”. Our newness of thoughts, actions, choices and preferences are a result of this mysterious, supernatural deposit of God’s divine nature in us. As with the circulation of sap within a tree, the cause of its formation and how it pours out of healing properties is a mystery. The sacred life of the Holy Spirit in us is also the mystery that causes us to regenerate, to heal, to speak wisdom, to walk in the righteousness of God. As we listen to what the Spirit is saying and as we trust and obey, we walk in the Way of Jesus and become more like Him. That process takes faith, time and obedience to God’s living and active Word. As a believer, we feed upon the living Word of God and His life renewing, regenerating Word feeds our flesh as the blood of Christ sustains us. How this occurs cannot be seen under a microscope or be charted on a scientific graph. It can only be experienced individually as we draw closer and more intimate with the One who dwells within. The sap of a tree can be analyzed and put to the test by using what the ancient of days designed it for. The roots of a tree go searching through the soil with tiny sponges which suck up the minerals and life giving properties in the soil. The sponges filter out the gases, as they transmute (change, alter in form, appearance, and use effectively into a higher form) into minerals and properties beneficial to life.
The same unseen mystery occurs as we tap into the root of all life, Christ Jesus. Our new life is hid “in Him”, is the secret of the Lord, it is the supernatural, unseen, unknown mystery of man. The sap in a Maple or Cedar tree is not permanent, however, the surrendered obedient believer has the life of the divine ever present, full of power and energy. Like a tree, we also do not bear fruit in all seasons, but inwardly and secretly, the divine is always at work. “In His defense Jesus said to them, “My Father is always at his work to this very day, and I too am working.” John 5:17 – While we are praying and loving one another, we are working His divine plan as we use our unique giftings to draw others to His light.
“Prayer without Peace is just griping” Our Lord said “My peace I give to you”. We trust that every Word of God is Truth because the Holy Spirit is the Author and perfecter of the Bible and of our faith. Our Father is glorified and recognized by our love ❤️ for one another. John 13:34-35 “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” Romans 12:10 “Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves.” 1 Corin 13:11 “Strive for full restoration, encourage one another, be of one mind, live in peace. And the God of love and peace will be with you.”
The grace and mercies of God are in constant motion regardless of our feelings, understanding or circumstances. Sap manifests itself without the help of man, and as it courses through the roots and life of the tree, it bears foliage and fruit. The grace of God likewise works in us so that we may bear fruit that is seen and tasted by those who He draws near to us. That urge to engage another into a conversation comes from the Holy Spirit who is always at work in us to produce more fruit. As we develop our relationship with others, we listen with our ears open to what the Spirit might give us to say. He faithfully gives us a word, or He may silence us just to listen and wait upon the Lord. The Holy Spirit, the life sustaining, unseen sap within will fill our mouths with sweet words of encouragement, or sometimes salty words of correction. We are extensions of the Tree of Life. We were chosen for such a time as this. God is Love and He is coming after every one! Be the person your Creator designed! Be that miraculous person that OVERCAME the tragedy, the pain, the disappointment! Don’t wait for circumstances to change, be the change, be transmuted!
Embrace each day, and celebrate life on earth, always remembering we are citizens of heaven! Rejoice because Jesus will return to take us home and while we wait, remember – Jesus is not looking for an army of people filled with anxiety, but He delights in those who trust Him at His word. Let us strive to please Him as we wait with great excitement for the days to come. Celebrate each breath with the faith He gave you. Be a happy, sappy Christian and glorify God Almighty!
Romans 8:26-30 “In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit Himself intercedes for us through wordless groans. And He who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for God’s people in accordance with the will of God. And we know (without a doubt) that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose. For those God foreknew He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters. And those He predestined, He also called; those He called, He also justified; those He justified, He also glorified.” ❤️ Life ‘in Christ’ is certain, it is glorious! Rejoice in the blessing from He who formed us in our mother’s womb. Our Father will never forsake those who seek Him and surrender to His way. AMEN The BIG PICTURE is made clear for many books of the NT and OT by these creative scholars.
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May we all be dripping with Jesus onto those around us!
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AMEN and AMEN
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What is God’s will for you? Do you seek the will of God? Our Father gives us vlear direction. 1 Thessalonians 5:18-23 “Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. Do not quench the Spirit. Do not treat prophecies with contempt but test them all; hold on to what is good, reject every kind of evil. May God Himself, the God of peace, sanctify you through and through. May your whole spirit, soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.” The will of God for us is that we thank Him in every circumstance, during every trial, in all things. Listen to what the Spirit of God is saying and do not quench or quiet the voice within. Listen and obey, and REJOICE ❤️
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