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It has been said that righteousness is like a Palm tree (Psalms 92:12). One reason is that a Palm tree is not easily uprooted. I once read that Florida hurricanes, with their 140 mph winds, blew down pine trees, but never hurt Palm trees. They are not easily uprooted because their root system can go as deep as 2 or 3 miles into the ground. Jesus is the vine (tree) we are the branches, (John 15:5).  Selah (pause and think of that)!

The TV news showed pine trees down everywhere, but none of the Palm trees were down!

When the bark is cut on most trees, it kills them. However, the strength of the Palm tree is not in its bark, but on the INSIDE!

A Palm tree will bend but not break. It can bend over to the ground, and even stay bent over for awhile, but when it rises back up, it is stronger than ever. Most of the time when WE bounce back, we are stronger than before. If we do lose anything it may be God's way of moving us out of where we are NOT supposed to be...which at times can be referred to as “Blessed Subtractions”!

The Palm tree's fruit is preserved way above the reach of predators (John 15:4-8). Our fruit, (our natural and spiritual children) shall remain out of the reach of the enemy.

Coldness is the worst natural enemy and will kill the Palm tree and also its fruit. How amazing is it that the very thing that kills a Palm tree is also the main enemy of the Christian life and also puts our fruit in jeopardy (Matthew 24:12-13)! We must stay on fire for God. How appropriate that the people waved Palm branches when Jesus rode into Jerusalem, expressing their warmth and joy (John 12;12-13)!

Palm trees are also an expression of victory. They were etched into the very posts of the Temple (2 Chron. 3:5), which explains one reason why the religious leaders were so angry that the people waved the Palm branches when Jesus rode into Jerusalem.

I know this is not a very long article this month, but my thoughts have been on spring, after this l-o-n-g winter here in the northern USA. I have had this lesson on the Palm tree, for many years and it felt this was the right time to share it! God is not willing that any should perish, or be ignorant of His Precepts. He teaches His Principles, even through Nature!

Happy “New Beginnings”, everyone!

May God Bless You All!
Pastor Moser
April, 2013

W. O. W.

“The Deeper the Roots, The Stronger The Tree”