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To read "The Joshua Tree" text
thanks to a true and excellent work of love, cooperation of my good friend walter cameron (c.) whitaker who graciously lent his vocal talent and skill.
I want to thank first and foremost my Heavenly Father, the Lord Jesus for the Holy Spirit´s inspiration for the birth of a seed planted in my heart in 1988 as I was pondering at the way His providential hand had guided me all my life. That seed, birthed in a simple thought of a lost man walking in a desert grew throughout subsequent years of further learning experiences and the inspiration from the Word of God into this spiritual journey that I am finally able to share with you.
I also want to express my gratitude to all the "Joshua Trees", examples and models who have blessed me and helped in shaping my life by letting the Truth, the light and the life-giving Lord Jesus Christ grow as they manifested in their own life the fruits of love, abiding in Him and serving others faithfully in words and deeds wherever He planted them. If you are listening to this or reading the parable, you know who you are.
Then Samuel took a stone and set it up between Mizpah and Shen. He named it Ebenezer, saying, "Thus far the LORD has helped us." I Samuel 7:12.
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Abraham planted a tamarisk tree in Beersheba, and there he called upon the name of the LORD, the Eternal God (Genesis 21:33). Here is old Abraham just planting a tree and living by his well. Why are we told this? It is symbolic of what is taking place in his heart and life. The tree immediately brings to mind Psalm 1, which says the man of God will be like a tree planted by rivers of living water, bringing forth its fruit in season. Here is a life that is fruitful, that is concerned about those immediately around and is pouring out blessing into their lives and hearts.
Abraham calls on the name of Jehovah, the Eternal God. If the church desires to do anything to help this poor, blind, bleeding, struggling world in which we live, it will only be as Christian people rediscover what it means to live daily in the strength, the power, the purpose, and the glory of calling upon the Eternal God. This is what writes joy in our hearts, joy that the world is so vainly seeking to find. Abraham found joy, and thus he was the center of blessing to the land of the Philistines. In finding and rediscovering those springs of spiritual strength, he did more to advance the cause of social justice and welfare in the land of the Philistines than any of their programs and plans could have done.
Excerpt from Ray Stedman´s devotion. Continue reading "This Thirsty World"