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Flourishing (1)

7 June 2023 ‘It is [God] who has made us, and not we ourselves’   Psalms 100:3 NASB

Do you need motivation today? Let’s take a look at the palm tree. 1) You can cut it, but you can’t kill it! The minerals and nutrients most trees need to survive are found on the surface, just below the bark, so, when you cut them, they die. But not the palm tree. Its life comes from within, so it flourishes, even under attack. Listen to this Scripture: ‘We have this treasure in earthen vessels’ (2 Corinthians 4:7 NASB). How wonderful is this: even though the earthen vessel on the outside can be damaged and wounded, the treasure inside is secure, and beyond the enemy’s reach! 2) It will bend, but it won’t break. Tropical winds can blow most trees away, but not the palm tree. The stronger the wind, the further it bends – sometimes all the way to the ground. But when the storm ceases, it straightens up again, and is actually stronger in the place where it bent. It’s a picture for us to keep in mind. We were made to bend, but not break, because God gives us ‘strength that endures the unendurable and spills over into joy’ (Colossians 1:11 MSG). 3) Its depth is always greater than its height! The roots of an average plant only go a few feet under the ground; but the palm tree’s roots can go down hundreds of yards in search of water. David said, ‘As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for you’ (Psalm 42:1 NIV). Go deep, work on your own connection to God and you’ll never be uprooted, or spiritually thirsty, or blown away!

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