Moments Of Truth: The Righteous Shall Flourish

Psalm 92:12-15… The palm tree…“The righteous shall flourish like a palm tree, He shall grow like a cedar in Lebanon. Those who are planted in the house of the LORD Shall flourish in the courts of our God. They shall still bear fruit in old age; They shall be fresh and flourishing, To declare that the LORD is upright; He is my rock, and there is no unrighteousness in Him” (NKJV). It is God’s will for you to flourish. If you are in the courts of God, you will flourish there. The word “flourish” means “to break forth as a bud, to bloom, to spread out, to be enlarged, to spring up, to bear fruit.” The palm tree from the earliest times has been associated with the people of Shem (the lineage of Christ). The palm tree is symbolic of seven things…

a) The palm tree is a symbol of the stature of the church… Song of Solomon 7:7… erect and pure…

b) The palm tree is a symbol for beautifying the temple… 1 Kings 6:29-35… Carvings of palm trees were made on the walls of the Temple…

c) The palm tree is the symbol of the righteous… Psalm 92:12-15… flourishing…

d) The palm tree was the symbol of the land as seen on old Jewish coins… Proverbs 14:34… “Righteousness exalts a nation” (NKJV)…

e) The palm tree symbolizes the head… i.e., the highest of people… Isaiah 9:14-15, 19:15 (the head and not the tail)… Here Israel fell from that position.

f) The palm tree branches are symbols of rejoicing… Leviticus 23:40…

g) The palm tree branches are symbols of worship as seen in the coming of Jesus to Zion… John 12:13… Revelation 7:9…

The palm tree has six character traits…

a) The palm tree can stand more wind than any other tree… The harder the wind, the more it bends. After the wind, it slowly rises again. So also the believer. When the storms of hurts, disappointments, sickness, trials, come, bend like the palm tree before the Lord (in prayer and humility).

b) The palm tree does not depend on the showers of rain… It drinks in water from the depths of the subterranean streams. It depends on the root system. Too many believers depend on blessings only for refreshment. When the blessings stop, they wither and die. People with no roots fall when trials come (Mark 4:17). Get your refreshing from the depths of the Spirit of God… Put some roots down (Proverbs 12:3, Ephesians 3:17-19).

c) The palm tree bears its fruit higher than any other fruit tree… (Proverbs 8:8-9 Galatians 5:22-23)… So should the believer, far above the world. Today, it seems that you can hardly tell the difference between the Christians and the non-Christians. Proverbs 11:30 teaches that the fruit of the righteous is a tree of life.

d) The palm tree cannot be killed by cutting around it (like other trees can by cutting through the bark)… The palm tree grows from its heart outward. You can hack at it, kick it, bruise it, but you can’t hurt it. It works from the heart. Many Christians get hurt quickly because they grow from the outward only, by what they see, hear, and feel. Proverbs 14:30 teaches “a sound heart is the life of the flesh” (KJV). Proverbs 17:22 teaches that “a merry heart doeth good like a medicine.” The only thing that can kill a palm tree is extreme cold. Coldness kills a lot of Christians too.

e) You can’t put a graft on the palm tree. It is graft resistant The wind knocks off the graft. In the same way, you can’t put a graft on a righteous person. The world and the devil tries to graft their ideas and ways on you. The devil loves to graft some habit into your life, or some sickness, or some compromise. Paul teaches about the unequal yoke in 2 Corinthians 6:14-16. The wind of the spirit can knock off any and all satanic and worldly grafts.

f) The older the palm tree the sweeter the fruit… The fruit growers tell that if you want sweet dates, go to the older trees. There is a wealth of wisdom in older saints, and of knowledge, experience, and patience. If a date isn’t picked, or if it is sour but falls to the ground, it gets sweeter and sweeter until it turns to sugar. There are no sour dates on palm tree Christians. Psalm 73:21 says, “When my heart was sour, when I felt sore, I was a dull stupid creature, no better than a brute before thee” (Moffatt).

The righteous are planted, plantings of the Lord (Isaiah 61:3). God wants you to flourish to glorify Him.

Older saints, God is not finished with you yet. Build your life around the Lord. Rejoice.

Pastor George Belobaba

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Crisis Or Oppportunity

Psalm 99:8… “Thou answeredst them, O LORD our God: thou wast a God that forgavest them, though thou tookest vengeance of their inventions” (KJV). As the song of Moses, Psalm 99 is supposed to represent Israel’s toughest year. Prophetic messages are God’s way to warn us and alert us about things to come. There is a lot of fear in the land about the darkness that is coming. Saints, that darkness cannot not hide God’s light, nor will it put that light out (John 1:5). Prophets keep us well-informed, but we should never let their prophecies overtake our lives to the point that we let them put us under the bondage of fear. The devil would love that to happen. He will get you to doubt God’s Word in order to drive you to fear so that you will be obsessed with the dangers of our times. Many Christians are addicted to the feeling of fear. Fear dominates their thinking. Paul exhorts us in Philippians 4:6-8 as to what is supposed to dominate our thinking (whatever is noble, right, pure, lovely, admirable, excellent, and praiseworthy). What is dominating your thoughts and is causing you to lose your peace? What is consuming your time with worry?

When Isaiah and Jeremiah alerted the people about hard times, they didn’t wait around watching for hard times to happen–they talked about God’s glory and mercy and loving-kindness (Isaiah 25:8-9, Jeremiah 30:17-22). Haggai 2:5 reads, “This is what I covenanted with you when you came out of Egypt. And my Spirit remains among you. Do not fear” (NIV; see also vv. 6-9). What a great promise. When you were born again, God’s Spirit was there and remains with you today. Instead of fearing, trust God, who gave you salvation and eternal life. When Jesus saw the concern of God’s people about food, shelter, and clothing, He said in Matthew 6:8, “Be not ye therefore like unto them: for your Father knoweth what things ye have need of, before ye ask him” (KJV). Note the words, “Your Father knoweth” (see also Matthew 6:32, Luke 12:30). Confess this promise out loud every day. When Jesus said, “Take no thought,” He was saying, “Don’t lose your focus.” Seek the Kingdom of God, and you will receive more than you need (Luke 12:31-32). “[Crave the Lord] as your soul’s first necessity” (2 Chronicles 15:2, AMP).

We can make any problem into a crisis that causes us to fear, or we can make it an opportunity to use our faith to reach out and touch lives with the gospel. Are you laying aside extra food? Then lay aside a little extra to help others. Develop resilience. Resilience means the ability to get through a crisis, to thrive after a trauma, and to get over trials and tribulations. Resilience may very well be the skill needed for the problem. Changes are everywhere. The Holy Spirit can give you the skills and wisdom to thrive in the face of stress. Resilience means we can be challenged and not break down. Solomon tells us that righteous people get up after they have been knocked down (Proverbs 24:16). Daniel 2:22 makes a good point: “He revealeth the deep and secret things: he knoweth what is in the darkness, and the light dwelleth with Him” (KJV). This is the positive mentality we should have.

Pastor George Belobaba

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