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Nourished by the Tree of Life

“May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all.”

– 2 Corinthians 13:14

Hannah and I recently returned from a brief trip to Florida for her yearly family reunion. She is one of six children, so it’s a large gathering with all the grandchildren included. One of the things we do is gather every morning. We begin with an extended time of devotional sharing, and everyone takes a turn expressing what’s on their hearts.

Picture if you will this beautiful couple in their 60s, who’ve served God for most of their lives. They’ve been blessed financially, have their big family all around them, and they love the Lord. Add cinnamon rolls, coffee, and all other essentials, and you’ve got yourself the perfect recipe for a wonderful time with the Lord!

On the last day, it was Hannah’s mom’s turn to share this great revelation she had. As the matriarch, you could see her looking at the future generations. I could tell that she’d been waiting to share all week, and she was excited: “In life, I’ve learned that sometimes as Christians we eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, and other times we eat from the tree of life.” She implored everyone to eat from the tree of life

Friend, I knew instantly what she meant, we are to eat of the spirit of God. Let the spirit of God nourish your heart and your soul. There’s a danger when you’re nourished by the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. This tree gives mankind access to intelligence, understanding, and wisdom without being appropriately connected to God. By partaking of this tree it’s easy to fall into the traps of worldly intellectualization or philosophical systems.

Prayer


Father, help me to eat from the tree of life, rather than worldly intellect, intellectualization, or philosophical systems.

Reflection


Are there times you eat from the tree of life? How can you partner with the spirit of God?

If you’re unable to attend your local church or need some additional weekly inspiration, be sure to tune into Hour of Power every Saturday night at 6:30 p.m. PT on TBN or watch online at hourofpower.org/episode.  

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