The Fruity Tree

I am grateful for my upbringing, no telling where I would be without it, probably nowhere very good, if still here.

My parents were nominal Christians, they took me to our mainline denominational church, got me into activities, and those activities were my Spiritual training.

God has His Hand on my life, (Thank God!), and I did have a few encounters but I would have been clueless without my Christian training that pointed me to the Word of God.

I learned the basics, about Jesus and His life, the Ten Commandments, tolerance and respect for other people and their views, and the Bible verse that “God is Love.”  One day that verse would literally save my life when I was younger and condemned harshly (to die) by a preacher who did not share my views!

Had it not been for the love I was shown, I probably would have rejected church altogether after that!

Then in 1976 I found out about and received the Baptism of the Holy Spirit.  It DRAMATICALLY changed my life.  A well spring opened up inside of me and my zeal had no bounds!  I was ready to defy every devil, save every soul, and raise the dead anywhere I might encounter that, even deal with institutions and government if need be.

Well, it doesn’t take that long to figure out that there are some personal limitations on your strength, but I was still greatly impressed by the Life that had been made available to me.  I was right in the middle of the charismatic wave and God was near and I did encounter His incredible Presence and saw a number of impressive miracles and ministry.

It was a whole new world.  At one point, I gave away everything I had with my zeal to be like the early disciples and live by faith.  Well, that faith landed me back at home with my parents who were the nominal Christians with a daughter “on steroids” so to speak. They didn’t know what to do with me, even though God was using that to speak to them.

The only peace that came to the wild household  is when I went to church with my mom who had quit going.  My dad was content to watch it on tv.  (He later got wonderfully saved, but that is another story.)

I was going to every exciting meeting I could get to, and needless to say, my young faith was being tested on a number of levels.  I look back and laugh at all that now, but it was a serious development stage in my faith walk.  Thank God for patient loving parents!

One Sunday morning at our downtown Methodist Church, trying to suck in every bit of life I could get from those services, I was silently telling God how “dead” it was.  Now I had learned a lot of incredible truths that really did hold my life together.  But at this stage, all that seemed BORING!!!

As I sat there, explaining that to God, I was telling Him how this church, that had held strong for over a hundred years, was so lacking.  I envisioned this incredibly big tree with large extending branches and told him how great the fruit was on it.  To me, where I was, was just a tree with no fruit!  Not like the fruit I saw!

He just played me along and said, “Really?”  Now this conversation is all silent, but very real.  I said, “Yes!!!  These people are missing it!  They are missing the gifts of the Spirit, these wonderful works, this great excitement, they aren’t studying about the fruits and gifts and seeing miracles!”  He replied, “That fruit is really grand, is it?”

I replied, “Oh yes!” and just went on and on with Him.  And so quietly He said, “What if I cut down the trunk of that tree?  What happens to all those full branches and that fruit?”

I was stunned.  I knew this was God I was talking to and He could do anything He wanted.  I had no choice but to reply, “Then all the fruit is gone!”  He had made His point with me.  I was not honoring my roots.

All this inner disdain I had (and probably some outwardly) suddenly withered.  I realized He was taking me back to the basics, and those basics are not only good but necessary.  If the storms came, where was my foundation?  It needed to be on His!

I realized there was a progression of truth.  And even if some limbs get pruned, you really do still want the trunk of the tree an its root system.  It makes for life!

I laugh at this experience but not at what I learned from it.  A loving God taught me His ways.  My zeal was precious but it needed to be grounded.  The fruit was not greater than the tree it came from.  My folks were pretty simple folks when it came to Spiritual things, but they were honest and ethical and lived pretty well and content.

I realized that I needed to be a bridge and not a bomb.  It just worked better.

While looking for a picture to go along with this of a big tree similar to what I saw in my vision then, I came across this one called “The Salad Tree.”  It’s an artist’s mock up but it seems to fit so well.  We need it ALL.  And we need to have good sense and be planted on the sure foundation.

There are requirements for full life and if we ignore that, we will miss what God wants to do through us and in us.

God bless you~

Pam

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Religious Giving or Kingdom Giving?

Are you living and giving out of duty or out of faith? Parents teach duty to children so they will find more life and faith later.

Duty without faith can become bondage. It’s the law that can kill life. But on the same consideration, the lack of duty and understanding can also kill life.

Galatians 3:
23 But before faith came, we were kept under guard by the law, kept for the faith which would afterward be revealed.
24 Therefore the law was our tutor to bring us to Christ, that we might be justified by faith.
25 But after faith has come, we are no longer under a tutor.

We are always students or disciples – people who learn more about God. Even if we don’t think we are learning, we are learning.

It’s important to give by the spirit. When we give, no matter where or how, we are connecting with something.

If we give out of arrogance, we will reap pride! If we give out of love, we will reap love.

There is a lot to this. If we give to our own, we will reap comradarie. If we give to our enemies, we will reap strength.

If we give to the needy, we will reap compassion. If we give to those who teach us, we will reap honor.

If we give out of duty alone, we will reap a disciplined spirit. But if Love is not in that mix, it become the letter of the law or legalism.

Are you giving to life? Are you giving to honor? Are you giving to God?

Some people look foolish but they are really wise. Some people look wise but may only be in duty. Jesus says, what you sow you reap!

Giving goes beyond just the coins in your pocket. It involves your actions and your words. Good will comes in many appearances.

Do you give in cooperation with angels? Angels are ministering spirits sent to the heirs of salvation. There are other angels out there too! They are at work, even if you don’t “see” them.

Steven Brooks has a good book called Working with Angels. I really recommend it. Not every book on that subject I would recommend.

Back to my words now, when you get in the divine flow, you are working with the cooperation of God’s angels.

We are removing together the pall that has been over the earth from the Fall. This is why portals are important and they are broken open through prayers and giving.

Your giving has power if you will use it strategically. If you just give out of blind duty, someone else is using your strength, but is it working for you and your relationship with God?

God is calling for the REAL. He is Real!

Do you believe really that God wants you to be blessed in Him. When we WAKE UP to GOD, we suddenly realize we have decisions to make. God is not taking over our decisions! He is waking us up to the fact we need to make the RIGHT decisions.

Do you want someone else to talk for you or do you want to speak for yourself? Hello! Do you want to talk to God or do you want someone else making those decisions for you?

You have to learn God. You have to learn His protocols, His ways of doing things. You have to understand He has a big Picture!

God is a Spirit and you communicate to Him in worship, in spirit and in truth! We are not competing with others for truth. We aren’t competing for power either! It’s all His!

You learn Him best when you freely receive and freely give.

This is where you learn your balance. When you buy the truth you do not buy it for yourself alone.

Can you hear that in the Spirit?

Is your foundation finances or love?

Kingdom business is not the same thing as secular business but you can learn Kingdom business from it – and you got that here for free! 🙂

Kingdom business is a whole different dimension!

If you are not a good steward in the Kingdom, you will not do a lot of Kingdom business.

Someone may have a big company in the world and not do a lot of Kingdom business.

But his staff might!

So understand if God moves you, it might be so that you can do more Kingdom business!

Because you are talking to Him by your spirit.

It’s important to connect with the Body. Are you giving? Are you receiving? Are you in the flow? Who cares if you shake and quake, it’s good if something MORE is happening too that BLESSES God’s Kingdom!

God gave you a brain to use! Enjoy His benefits but connect with the Head.