Cut Down Your Trees

Saving trees means you are losing ground.

“And Joshua answered them, If thou be a great people, then get thee up to the wood country, and cut down for thyself there in the land of the Perizzites and of the giants, if mount Ephraim be too narrow for thee.”

‭‭Joshua‬ ‭17:15‬ ‭KJV‬‬

It has been awhile since I have posted a blog but I heard a tremendous message tonight about why we fail to grow in our Christian lives and from it, I got my own little outline that I want to share with you.

A quick and simple background to the verse above…

The children of Israel had entered and taken over the land of Canaan. After some time they came to Joshua and started complaining that they didn’t have enough room for their families. Joshua then scolded them saying they didn’t drive out the Canaanites like they were supposed to and that is why they didn’t have room for their families to grow. Joshua told them that if they wanted more land to go to the wood country, to the mountains and chase out the giants and cut down the trees and they would have plenty of room. Which brings me to this thought I want to share with you.

“Cut down the trees in your life so you have room to grow as a Christian!”

The trees I mention today are in reference to anything that is standing between you and God. These trees could be any type of sin or these trees can be a hobby or a pastime that is keeping you from being close to the Lord.

We all have trees. We all have different trees. It’s up to us to decide what we do with these trees.

The first time I see trees being a problem in the Bible is in the book of Genesis. Adam and Eve had eaten of the fruit and their eyes were opened and they saw they were naked. When they knew this, they hid among the trees when God came walking through the garden. “And they heard the voice of the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool of the day: and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the Lord God amongst the trees of the garden.” Genesis 3:8 Adam and Eve went and hid among the trees when it was time to walk with God.

What trees are you hiding behind in your life that are preventing you from walking with God?

If you aren’t walking with God like you should be, then you probably have trees in your life that are hindering you from walking with Him. What trees, what sin, what things are keeping you from daily walking with God? Do you wake up late everyday? Are you too prideful to walk with God? Is there something or even someone that keeps you from walking with God? Whatever your tree, it’s time to cut it down and remove it so you can have clear access to walking with God daily!

The next group of trees I see are the ones found here in Joshua 17:15. These trees were preventing the children of Israel from doing what God had told them to do, from possessing the land. They were scared of the inhabitants and the giants that were among the trees. What trees are preventing you from working for God?

Many times I wonder why am I not being used more by God or why am I not getting more opportunities, then I realize my ground is taken up by trees. Whether it’s some type of sin or some hobby or even something like laziness, they are cluttering my life. I need to go through my own personal life and cut down trees so that I can do more for the work of the Lord. There is ground that the Lord wants you to conquer, there is a work the Lord wants you to do, yet you’re surrounded by your trees which are hindering you from doing more! Those trees that are hindering you and I, it is time that we cut them down and fulfill the work that the Lord has for us!

The next set of trees I see that we should cut down are found in Judges 6:25-26. “And it came to pass the same night, that the Lord said unto him, Take thy father’s young bullock, even the second bullock of seven years old, and throw down the altar of Baal that thy father hath, and cut down the grove that is by it: And build an altar unto the Lord thy God upon the top of this rock, in the ordered place, and take the second bullock, and offer a burnt sacrifice with the wood of the grove which thou shalt cut down.” In the Bible times, an altar was one of the tools used in worship. When God told Gideon to cut down the grove, He wanted to reestablish true worship instead of worship to false idols.

In this age, we have let too many trees grow between us and our worship towards God.

There are many different ways I can go on this point, but I want to keep it brief. We have let the world dictate to us the way we should worship. We have let this new age of worship creep into our lives and into our churches. It is time we cut down the trees that are keeping us from worshipping the way God wants us to.

We all have trees in our life that are hindering us from walking with God, working for God and worshipping God. It is time we cut those trees down and get rid of the sin and things in our life that are keeping us from being closer to God.

Here are a few closing thoughts…

  • Trees left to themselves will reproduce.
  • Saving trees means you are willing to lose ground.

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Be Profitable

“Only Luke is with me. Take Mark, and bring him with thee: for he is profitable to me for the ministry.”

‭‭2 Timothy‬ ‭4:11‬ ‭KJV‬‬

The message I heard a few Sunday nights ago was from this verse. The message was on being profitable in our life (I can’t remember the exact title.)

Since that Sunday night, I have been thinking a lot about this message. I have been asking myself, am I profitable to someone?

Am I profitable to Christ?

Am I profitable to my spouse?

Am I profitable to my church?

Am I profitable to my boss?

The simple definition of profitable is beneficial, useful.

Who are you beneficial too? Who are useful too?

To be profitable to someone, you cannot be selfish. There will have to be sacrifice on your part. You have to put someone else and their needs before yours.

Paul found Mark profitable to him because Mark was willing to put aside his needs to help out Paul.

We have to be available to profitable! If you aren’t available to be used, you will not be profitable to anyone. Are you available for God to use you? Or are you too busy with sports and work and other things that you have no time for God!

We have to be dependable to profitable! How can you be profitable to someone if you aren’t even dependable? If you have a hard time showing up to where you are supposed to be, if you have a hard time fulfilling your duties, you will not be considered profitable to anyone.

Once you show that you are available when needed and show that you are dependable to fulfill whatever needs done, then you will become valuable and considered profitable!

Don’t be like Demas who forsook Paul! Be like Mark who was profitable and useful to Paul!

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The Amazing Things About Prayer

“Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.”  Philippians 4:6

When a relationship with God or a walk with God is mentioned, I always think of two things. I think about either my Bible reading or I think about my prayer life.

For me, it has always been easier to read my Bible than it has been to pray. Recently, I have working on my prayer life. I have been studying the Bible on prayer and I have found a few things that amaze me about prayer. Today’s blog is an extended version of a message I preached in our Children’s Church this past Sunday. So if it seems a little elementary, it was geared for 1st-6th graders. I wanted them to understand how amazing prayer really is and how important it is for our Christian life.

The definition of prayer is an earnest request or wish, an address to God in word or thought. I know that we can dig deeper into the meaning of prayer but like I said, I wanted to keep it simple for the children. 

As a Christian, we need to grow in our relationship with Christ. We should continually grow nearer everyday to Him. The two main ingredients in our relationship with Christ is Bible reading (which is God talking to us) and prayer (which is us talking to God.)

Relationships are built on communication. No one can ever become friends with someone without talking to that person. You cannot build a friendship without communication. If you do not talk to someone for years, your friendship will dwindle. 

The illustration that I used in Children’s Church was that of marriage. My wife and I just celebrated five years of marriage. Over those five years, we have talked a lot. We have discussed many different topics and I know my wife better now than I did when we were first married, because we talk to each other every single day! Over the next five years, if my wife and I stopped talking and didn’t spend time together, than there is a major issue going on and our relationship is falling apart.

If I want to grow closer to Christ, if I want to strengthen my relationship with Christ, I am going to have to talk to Him. I can read my Bible all day and let Him speak to me, but if I don’t spend time in prayer than I am not growing closer to Him.

The amazing things about prayer are the following. They are simple things that we as adults should be reminded of.

Anyone can pray! It doesn’t matter who you are, you can pray. God doesn’t look at your social standing or your bank account. He doesn’t care what kind of car you drive or the clothes you wear. God will always hear you pray. Whether a grown-up or a child, God will listen. Whatever the color of your skin or the language you speak, God hears your prayer. I am thankful that God hears anyone and everyone’s prayer. He has heard mine, even when I don’t deserve it and for that I am thankful.

You can pray Anywhere! No matter where you are, you can pray. Daniel prayed in his house and then in the lion’s den. Jonah prayed from a whale’s belly. Paul prayed while in a prison. Jesus prayed in a garden and then while hanging on the cross. David prayed in the fields tending his sheep and then from the palace of the king. God will hear your prayers no matter where you are in your life.

You can pray about Anything. I think that we forget that the Bible says “let your requests be made known unto God.” Whether you have big problems or little problems, you can take them to God in prayer! Whether a lot of people know you’re request or you alone know, you can still take it to the Lord. Don’t ever think that your request is stupid or insignificant, God will listen to you! He wants you to come to Him with your requests!

In closing, I reminded the children that God will always answer your prayer, although you may not like the answer. He will give a yes, or a no, or a wait….whatever the answer, just keep praying. 

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