If you have been reading
my poetic sermons from the Genesis account,
then you will know that my focus
is not on the earth or the physical realm.
I am here to gain spiritual wisdom,
as a child of the Most High God.
I intend to keep my spiritual eyes open
as I dive into His scripture once again.
This time I will be focusing in
on the spirit-filled, heavenly realms -
and the Holy Spirit
will be guiding me along the way.
In Genesis Chapter Two I see
a lot of spiritual activity, like
“the Lord God forming a man
from the dust of the ground
and breathing life into his nostrils
to make him a living being.”
So where do you think life comes from -
the potter or the clay?
I see “the Lord God planting a garden,
in the east, in a land called the Garden of Eden;
and this is where He placed the first man,
the man called Adam,
who contained the very breath of God.
And there, in the middle of the garden,
stood “the tree of life and the tree of
the knowledge of good and evil.”
Now, I don’t about you,
but I’m used to trees
like oaks, weeping willows,
cypress and palms.
And sometimes I think of
like apples, oranges, figs and plums.
But a tree that gives life,
and a tree that offers knowledge
of what is superior and what is good -
well that’s not a tree of the physical realm,
That is a tree that grows inside the heart
of a Child of God!
You see, people are like sheep.
Without the Good Shepherd,
and the Holy Spirit,
we are way too dumb to understand
the spiritual realm.
Before I move to the rivers,
let me just share
two important things about trees,
of the spiritual kind.
First, there is a divine tree
that grows from a divine seed;
and there is a bad seed
that grows from a bad tree.
The Lord God said to Satan,
“I will put enmity between thee
and the woman (the Bride)
and between thy seed and her seed;
it shall bruise thy head,
and thou shalt bruise his heel.”
"Who has believed this message
and to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed?
He grew up before him like a tender shoot,
and like a root out of dry ground.
He had no beauty or majesty
to attract us to him,
nothing in his appearance
that we should desire him.”
“I am the true vine,
and my Father is the gardener.
He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit,
while every branch that does bear fruit
he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful.
You are already clean
because of the word
I have spoken to you.
Remain in me, as I also remain in you.
No branch can bear fruit by itself;
it must remain in the vine.
Neither can you bear fruit
unless you remain in me.”
If you remain in Jesus,
and He remains in you,
you will bear much fruit;
for apart from Him, you can do nothing.
If you do not remain in Jesus,
then you are like a branch
that is thrown away and withers up;
such branches are picked up,
and thrown into the fire and burned.
The second thing you need to know
is the meaning behind the barren fig tree,
because the Day of the Lord is coming soon.
the Kingdom of Heaven is forcefully advancing,
and you don’t want to be left behind.
“A man had a fig tree
growing in his vineyard,
and he went to look for fruit on it
but did not find any.
So he said to the man
who took care of the vineyard,
‘For three years now I’ve been coming
to look for fruit on this fig tree
and haven’t found any. Cut it down!
Why should it use up the soil?’
“ ‘Sir,’ the man replied, ‘leave it alone
for one more year,
and I’ll dig around it and fertilize it.
If it bears fruit next year, fine!
If not, then cut it down.’ ”
when Jesus was on his way back
to Jerusalem, from Bethany, he was hungry -
as hungry as a Lion!
And “seeing in the distance a fig tree in leaf,
he went to find out if it had any fruit.
When he reached it,
he found nothing but leaves,
because it was not the season for figs.
Then he said to the tree,
“May no one ever eat fruit from you again.
And immediately the tree withered away."
Mark 11:12-14; Matthew 21:19
Jesus will be extremely hungry
when he returns for His bride.
And his hunger will be like that of a Lion.
He will be looking for fruit, not just leaves
that are growing out of season.
He will be ready to consume His wedding feast.
Without fruit to multiply the Seed of Christ,
the human heart is just barren -
but every ounce of what God has created,
will be used to grow the Kingdom of God.
Don't you remember the story of Pharaoh?
We must remember what Jesus said.
It's plumb-line faith that will keep you
from being broken by the wind.
“If the world hates you,
keep in mind that it hated me first.
If you belonged to the world,
it would love you as its own.
As it is, you do not belong to the world,
but I have chosen you out of the world.
That is why the world hates you.
Remember what I told you:
‘A servant is not greater than his master.’
If they persecuted me,
they will persecute you also.
If they obeyed my teaching,
they will obey yours also.
They will treat you this way
because of my name,
for they do not know the one who sent me.
If I had not come and spoken to them,
they would not be guilty of sin;
but now they have no excuse for their sin.
Whoever hates me hates my Father as well.
If I had not done among them
the works no one else did,
they would not be guilty of sin.
As it is, they have seen,
and yet they have hated both me and my Father.
But this is to fulfill what is written in their Law:
‘They hated me without reason.’
Glory be to God!
Thank you Holy Spirit
for revealing this portion of the heavenly realm.
May these words that I've written
bring all glory, honor and praise
to your precious name!