“Hey poet, what the heck are you talking about!”
I know, I know, it sounds weird, but I want to you understand something more fully. You are valued and treasured by God more than you will be able to ever totally comprehend. But let us all try to receive the biggest portion we are divinely given.
Olive trees: A wonderful creation of God that symbolizes, peace, prosperity, fruitfulness, firm footing, and most of all God’s great and unfailing love for us.
Psalm 52:8 says “But I am like an olive tree flourishing in the house of God; I trust in God’s unfailing love for ever and ever.”(NIV).
The promise here is this: When we die to ourselves, to our sinful desires and make a decision to follow Christ, God firmly plants us in His kingdom; on his property, so to speak. In God’s yard, you are safe, protected, fed and on a journey of growth in your relationship with Him. When you are fully God’s, nothing can snatch you out of his hand,or the olive grove on His property(John 10:28). While being safe and protected by God, it should give you the confidence to go out and share with others the joy you have living in God’s heavenly place. Residing in God’s kingdom gives you peace, perfect peace, making you feel loved, and that peace casts out fear, so you can rest in your spirit that God’s mighty hand is at work and vigilant.
Prosperity: the psalmist says that not only are you like an olive tree in God’s house, but that you will flourish there. Dictionary.com says to “prosper” means: to be successful, fortunate, thrive or flourish. Being rooted in God’s kingdom, in the word of God, makes one thrive, spiritually. I am not preaching a “prosperity” gospel. So, please don’t get confused. We will have hardships and persecution; but we will still prosper if we are rooted in God’s kingdom, following the voice of our Lord. The NIV bible in the book of Deuteronomy 5:33 describes how God prospers His children if they walk in His commands.
Fruitfulness: Olive trees have some important uses in the times of old. They produced the fruit olives. The olives could then be mashed and the oil collected. The oil could be used for cooking, grease, fuel for lamps and a few other uses too. When we are firmly planted in God’s kingdom, it produces fruit and that comes out in many ways like: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, and self-control. What a delicious smorgasbord of spiritual blessings. If we all have these fruits blossoming on our spiritual trees, imagine the work the Lord could do through us.
Firm Footing: Being firmly planted in God’s holy olive grove, receiving nourishment, pruning and His ever-caring watchful eye, makes our roots run deep into him; and that is a tree that isn’t easily uprooted.
Jeremiah 17:7-8 says: ” “Blessed is the man who trusts in the LORD,
whose trust is the LORD.
He is like a tree planted by water,
that sends out its roots by the stream,
and does not fear when heat comes,
for its leaves remain green,
and is not anxious in the year of drought,
for it does not cease to bear fruit.”
(Jeremiah 17:7-8 ESV)
You see, when we are solidly planted in God’s kingdom, we are firmly rooted, we don’t fear heat or drought and we will not stop producing fruit, if we are faithful to trust in the Lord and put our entire faith in Him.
Unfailing Love: Those of us who give all of ourselves to God’s mighty hand, really experience and get to intimately know His unfailing love for us. God has this same love for everyone, christian or atheist; but, when our faith in Him begins to grow, we experience the many examples of His unfailing love in our lives. We are somehow awakened to it. You will begin to see it at every turn you make. Matthew 6:26 tells about how the Lord provides for the birds of the air and how He feeds them; and exceedingly, so much more does Our Heavenly Father love us. When I truly started to seek him, I was amazed how many times a day He calls out to me. Why? It is only because of His unfailing love for me. Psalm 36:7 really captures the incredible value and protection of God’s love. It says: “How priceless is your unfailing love! Both high and low among men find refuge in the shadow of your wings.”
So, yes, we ARE an olive tree! The difference is : where are you planted? Are you deep within the lavish property of God’s kingdom, or, are you sinking the shallow roots into the traps and sins of this world? Doing so, will only make the beautiful olive tree that God created wither, produce rotten fruit and ultimately, have its branches cut down and thrown into the fire.
Alright olive trees, you are filled with peace. The hand of God makes you prosper. You can bear much fruit that is pleasing to God. Your tree can have its roots run deep to keep your path straight in abundance or drought. Most of all, those who are willing to be “planted” on His holy property, will begin to notice daily, His awesome unfailing love that He has for all of us.
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The Great Plains Poet, an olive tree planted deep with in God’s kingdom, basking in the Lords glory and wonderful hand.
Planted In My Father’s Kingdom
by Chris T.
The seed you planted deep in your yard,
The one you watch all day and night,
That sprout that you vigilantly guard,
Has been cherished with all your might.
Nourishment, a diet of your holy word,
Has rung your bell true,
Resounding in the fibers of whom you gird,
Which testifies of the greatness of you.
A plot you’ve purchased in your land,
Was a cost too high for me to buy.
The mark of your Son’s nail scarred hands
Is the proof that I no longer have to try
Keeping your commands inside my trunk
A blessing to my heart in which I hide
Within my roots, deep you have sunk
The eternal gift to your Son’s bride.
So, in the innermost part of your property
Your faithful olive tree resides
Awaiting the hand so Fatherly,
That buffets the crashing tides.