A few months ago my friend Linda gave me an artificial
bonsai tree. I brought it home and placed it in my office, and from the moment
I sat down I sensed the Spirit’s whisper. “Research this tree. I have a
message for you.” I was intrigued and
excitement rose within as I uncovered the truth I share with you now.
First, a very young tree is
potted in a diminutive pot. It will spend the rest of its life in a pot this
size. Next, as the tree attempts to reach its full stature its limbs are pruned
and wired to take on the shape the gardener desires. Lastly, the roots of this
tree are pruned and re-potted into the decorative container. They are able to
live for years in this confined space. China claims to have in its possession a
bonsai tree that is 500 years old. It is still the same size!
The little tree in its
completed form brings praise and applause for its maker, but
it never fulfills its destiny to become a great tree where the birds of the air
can lodge and find refuge in its branches. It never provides shade for a family
to spread their picnic blanket under its canopy, and look into the flawless
blue sky beyond its towering heights. Its branches will never bear the weight
of a swinging child, nor will a young visionary mount its limbs and sit atop,
dreaming lofty dreams and talking to God. And native fowl will never be
satisfied with its delicious fruit.
Its destiny has become
another man’s vision, not what was originally intended. The Creator had a
purpose in mind, but another imposed his own plan and formed a distortion of
the original intent that, though beautiful, is limited in its function.
The enemy of your soul is somewhat like that. He speaks
religious words of guilt, shame and condemnation that can stifle God’s original
intent for you, thus confining you to the life he wants for you rather than
what God purposed.
“Who do you think you are? I knew you when. You must be
resolved and happy in your small constricting pot and remain small (humble).
Remember your failures! They define you. How prideful to think that just
because you are forgiven you can cease dwelling on those things! Oh, no, if you
are truly a Christian you must never … never … never forget your sins and your shortcomings!”
Words, words, words! These are lies, lies and more lies! The
devil’s deceptive bait just gives an appearance of sweet humility! But,
it is not humility to encase smallness as a mindset, but rather timidity and
unbelief. These are not pleasing to God. True humility embraces the Word of God
as a little child and simply believes. Take a look at what God
tells you in His Word.
“’For I know the plans I have for you,’
declares the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you
hope and a future’” (Jeremiah 29:11, NIV).
“Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and
unsearchable things you do not know” (Jeremiah 33:3).
“As far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed
our transgressions from us” (Psalm 103:12).
“If God is for us, who can be against us?” (Romans 8:31).
My sisters, here’s the truth! We are completely redeemed
daughters of the Most High God! We have been bought with the precious blood of
Jesus Christ, the Lamb of God! We have been given entrance into His private
chambers. We can go before Him in times of temptation and trial and everything
else under the sun, and His arms are always
outstretched toward us! Believe it.
Satan’s list is exhaustive and there will always be a “good” reason—albeit never God’s—to
stay confined like the bonsai, in your place or “pot;” a good reason to remain
in your past and your failure. The thoughts from Satan will forever malign the
Word of God, but God’s truth cuts through all that.
And the truth is that we are not mere beggars showing other
beggars where the bread is! But
rather, we are the apple of His eye and the object of His affection. Let’s come
out of self-restriction and confinement to be all that He says we are. Let’s begin here! Believe it! Do it!
PRAYER POWER FOR THE WEEK OF 6-20-2011
As you pray this week
thank God for the truth of His Word and begin to declare what it says about you
out loud. Ask Him to show you the specific scriptures that speak to your need
and circumstance. Stand on those promises and declare them over your situation.
Pray that God’s people would lead the way to revival through humility and
repentance. Continue to pray for those struggling with physical, emotional and
economic losses in this season. As
school lets out, pray for the wellbeing of our children, the protection of our
families, cities and borders, and continued wisdom for President Obama and
others leading our nation. Remember Israel, our military and allies. Ask God to
send more laborers into His harvest field. Rom. 8:31; Jer. 29:11; Ps. 103:12
To enrich your prayer
life and learn how to strategically pray with power by using appropriate
scriptures, we recommend the following sources by Apostle John Eckhardt: Prayers that Rout Demons, Prayers that Bring Healing, Prayers that Release Heaven on Earth and Prayers that Break
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