The Giant Sequoia trees in California, USA, are some of the oldest trees in the world (1200 to 3200 years) and grow to a height between 200 to 300 feet when they are full grown. What is it that allows these trees to grow so large from a very small seed? Their root system is massive, and they will work their way deep into the earth in order to find a water source. This huge subterranean structure cannot be seen on the surface. It is hidden from the eye of man.
As we think about these trees in Psalm 1, “planted by streams of water”, we begin to understand that God is pointing to a very important principle that is necessary for our spiritual growth. Often water in Scripture is used to point to the Holy Spirit (John 7:37-39). As John 14 clearly shows, we need this water to be taken up through our spiritual root system so we are “strengthened in our inner being, so that Christ may dwell in our hearts through faith – that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may have strength to comprehend…and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God” (Ephesians 3:16-19). It starts with the “inner man”, where the heart and soul develops a personal relationship with the Lord. It does not come from mere knowledge or human wisdom.
No one sees your private life, that root system below the surface. What is it feeding on? What rivers of pure spiritual food have you found that daily nourish your growth? There are many polluted rivers that run underground that dwarf and poison our lives, and over time it will show ‘above ground’. This ministry is dedicated to helping you get your roots deep into God’s Word where spiritual life, growth, maturity and fruitfulness become manifest to others. In this, God is glorified (John 15:8).
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