This Tree

by Susan Sampson

We want to be that tree planted by streams of water.  It is the living water that causes fruit to grow and leaves to not wither in seasons of drought.  This living water is God’s Word.  How can we be this tree?  By delighting ourselves in the Lord and His Word.

Ladies, may we not resist the Lord and the work He is wanting to do in our hearts.  May we not give into fear nor try to control our lives, but as children trust in our loving Father.  He doesn’t treat us as our sins deserve.  He punished our sins in Christ. Our sin has been completely paid for.  We don’t want to go around and pay double.  Our group talked about how helpful this picture is — imagining if we had paid off our mortgage, but then kept writing checks. No one would ever do that, and yet we continue to live in dungeons when Christ has set us free.

Let us lay down our to-do lists and all other worldly distractions and sit at the feet of Jesus in His Word this week, every day. Lord, help us put our flesh to do death.  Help us not try to figure things out in our human reasoning but to trust you.  Lord, give us hearts that have ears to hear you and eyes to see our sin as you see it and repent of it.  Help us to truly believe “There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus” (Romans 8:1).

“May mercy, peace and love be multiplied to you” (Jude 2).



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