Joshua Tree Lesson

Joshua Tree

Joshua tree is also called Yucca brevifolia and is a plant species belonging to genus Yucca in the family Agavaceae.This monocotyledonoustree is native to southwestern North American the states of California,Arizona, Utah and Nevada,where it is confined mostly to the Mojave Desert between 400-1,800 m (2,000-6,000 feet). It thrives in the open grasslands of Queen Valley
and Lost Horse Valley in
Joshua Tree National Park.

How was the name Joshua tree derived?

The name Joshua tree was given by a group of Mormon settlers who crossed the Mojave Desert in the mid-19th century. The tree’s unique shape reminded them of a Biblical story in which Joshua
reaches his hands up to the sky in prayer.


A BRANCHLESS JOSHUA TREE

Growth and development

Joshua trees are fast growers for the desert; new seedlings may grow at an
average rate of 7.6
cm (3.0in) per year in their first ten years, then only grow about 3.8cm (1.5in) per year thereafter. The trunk of a Joshua tree is made of thousands of small fibers and lacks annual growth rings, making it difficult to determine the tree’s age. This tree has a top-heavy branch system, but also has what has been described as a “deep and extensive” root system, with roots possibly reaching up to 11m (36ft) away. If it survives the rigors of the desert it can live for hundreds of years with some specimens surviving up to a thousand years. The tallest trees reach about 15 m tall. New plants can grow from seed,but in some populations, new stems grow from underground rhizomes that spread out around the Joshua tree. Spring rains may bring clusters of white-green flowers on long stalks at branch tips. Like all desert blooms, Joshua trees depend on just the perfect conditions: well-timed rains, and for the Joshua tree, a crisp winter freeze. Researchers believe that freezing temperatures may damage the growing end of a branch and stimulate flowering,
followed by branching. You may notice some Joshua trees grow
like straight stalks; these trees have never bloomed which is why they are branchless! In addition to ideal weather, the pollination of flowers requires a visit from the yucca moth. The moth collects pollen while laying her eggs inside the flower ovary. As seeds develop and mature, the eggs hatch into larvae, which feed on the seeds. The tree relies on the moth for pollination and the moth relies on the tree for a few seeds
for her young a happy symbiosis. The Joshua tree is also capable of sprouting from roots and branches. Being able to reproduce vegetative allows a much quicker recovery after damaging floods or fires, which may kill the main tree. Many birds, mammals, reptiles, and insects depend on the Joshua tree for food and shelter. Keep your eyes open for the yellow and black flash of a Scott’s oriole busy making a nest in a yucca,s branches. At the base of rocks you may find a wood rat nest built with spiny yucca leaves for protection. As evening falls, the desert night lizard begins poking around under the log of a fallen Joshua tree in search of tasty insects.

You may be at ease with pine or hardwood, or find shade under the domesticated trees in your city park, but in the high desert, Joshua is our tree. It is an important part of the Mojave Desert ecosystem, providing habitat for numerous birds, mammals, insects, and lizards. Joshua tree forests tell a story of survival, resilience, and beauty borne through perseverance. They are the silhouette that reminds those of us who live here that we are home. Like the Lorax we speak for the trees, but often the trees speak to us.

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Fruit

Once they bloom, the trees are pollinated by the yucca moth, which spreads pollen while laying her eggs inside the flower. The moth larvae feed on the seeds of the tree, but enough seeds are left behind to produce more trees. The Joshua tree is also able to actively abort ovaries in which too many eggs have been laid.

Summary
of how Joshua Tree can survive in Desert.

  1. Most important of all, they have deep rooting system, enabling them to draw water from underground.
  2. Capable of vegetating more roots to survive damaging floods or fires.
  3. Able to bloom into more branches in perfect timing and condition.

Learning from the Joshua Tree –  Biblical application for Christian.

1)Deep Rooting System

Just like the Joshua Tree, it survived in the hardest desert because of its deep rooting system, the ability to draw water from the deepest underground where there is stream of living water.

Christian survival is dependent on the deep rooting with the Holy Spirit, always in the awe, realm of the Holy Spirit in order to draw the living water and spiritual strength so that one can survive even in the worst hash desert condition. There is much contentment and comfort hidden deeply away from where human eyes can’t see, spring of living water, the hidden manna can be found.

John 3:5 “Unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God.”

Building on a Solid Foundation

Matt 24-25 “Anyone who listens to my teaching and follows it is wise, like a person who builds a house on solid rock. Though the rain comes in torrents and the floodwaters rise and the winds beat against that house, it won’t collapse because it is built on bedrock.”

Water speaks of Living word of God, having the faith believing in the living word of God and be born of the Spirit (baptised).

2) Vegetate more roots

Once the Joshua Tree had the deep rooting system established, it didn’t stop there, it continues to vegetate more and more root branches deep underneath the ground. This will help the Joshua tree to survive even though above the ground surface there are much damaging floods or fires.

So for Christian to survive, do not stop at first instant of deep rooting with the Holy Spirit upon being baptised. Go forth and vegatate more roots with our Holy Spirit, thus growing more branches of hidden Spiritual Gifts of which; Word of Discernment, Word of Wisdom and Word of prophecy is primarily important. Thus, even though being weathered by floods of persecutions, trials, and test by fire above the ground level, you will survive victorously!

1Cor 12:3-13
Wherefore I give you to understand, that no man speaking by the Spirit of God calleth Jesus accursed: and that no man can say that Jesus is the Lord, but by the Holy Ghost. Now there are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit. And there are differences of administrations, but the same Lord. And there are diversities of operations, but it is the same God which worketh all in all. But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man to profit withal. For to one is given by the Spirit the word of wisdom; to another the word of knowledge by the same Spirit; To another faith by the same Spirit; to another the gifts of healing by the same Spirit; To
another the working of miracles; to another prophecy; to another discerning of spirits; to another divers kinds of tongues; to another the interpretation of tongues: But all these worketh that one and the selfsame Spirit, dividing to every man severally as he will. For as the body is one, and hath many members, and all the members of that one body, being many, are one body: so also is Christ. For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit.”

Thus the Rooting system the roots, are hidden Spiritual Gifts that is hidden underground where it not visible nor easily seen nor understood by man.

3) Blooming with more branches

For Joshua Tree to bloom and have more branches, it needs perfect conditions:

  1. A well-timed rain.

  2. A crisp winter freezing, the end of branches was broken and this stimulate growing end of branch and stimulate flowering combined with growing of more branches.

As an individual Christian, at times we are too happy or contented with what we had achieved. We are very satisfied with the number of branches we have. Symbolic meaning of branches represents our achievements, the works we had accomplished in Church or Kingdom of Heaven and it also represents spiritual fruits such as love which is the main essence of standalone ability to draw people closer and expand branches from this community love. But we becomes stagnant, there is no synergy of new Visions to do more. Do not be like the branchless Joshua Tree! It looks ugly! At time like, this we needed to be place into the well-timed rain from God, exposed to extreme crisp winter so that we maybe broken and bring forth stimulated growth, evident by blooming flowers and sprouting of branches. This is the same for Cell Group, it is good to be big but there will come a time when we’re contented with a Big family and just stopped there. So we have to pray for the same “Well timed rain” where the rain symbolize “Blessings from God” and then be exposed to “ crisp winter freezing, Crisp winter freezing symbolize “chastening” just like Jonah being put in the belly of the fish. Only then, with the complete brokenness and with direct well timed commandment from God then the division can proceeded for growing more branches of Cell Group. Please note that this is different from the simplified decision making by Cell Group leader where he or she “feel the need to expand cell group” and the decision making is based on numerical calculation whereas the well-timed rain and crisp winter freezing to permit sprouting of more branches is from the invisible hands of God.

Galatians 5:22-23 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.’

Thus if every members can incubate more spiritual fruits, then the retention of members and expansion of a cell group is a natural process by the Grace of our Lord Jesus.

Thus the flowering blooms and the growing branches, are evidents of Spiritual Fruits that may become tangible or visible due to the resultant of various love actions taken to materialized it or it can be felt by people.

The name Joshua tree was given by a group of Mormon settlers who crossed the Mojave Desert in the mid-19th century. The tree’s unique shape reminded them of a Biblical story in which Joshua reaches his hands up to the sky in prayer. But somehow I gotten the revelation from our H.S. that the name was derived from Joshua’s ability to survive in the desert because he had deep rooting with God and a remarkable event happened, he caused the Sun to stand still so that Israel won the battle against their enemy.

Joshua 10:13 “So the Sun stood still, And the moon stopped, Till the people had revenge Upon their enemies.”

End notes:

You can’t determine the spiritual age of a Christian
Unlike normal tree where its age can be determined by the ring formed by its bark in its trunk, the trunk of a Joshua tree is made of thousands of small fibers and lacks annual growth rings, making it difficult to determine the tree’s age.

In the same way you can’t determine the spiritual age of a Christian.
How many of us are feeling like being in the “Desert” dry and lost, fighting the battle alone without any support?
I strongly encourage you to have deep rooting with our Holy Spirit. With HIS command in Jesus’ name; armies of God’s warriors will be with you in any spiritual battle fields and not only that; many Angels will be at hand to support you. There is no fear against those who can kill only the body but not the soul. Our Holy Spirit will lead you out of the “desert’ into the promise land where there are springs of living water in the valley. Hallelujah! Praise the Lord!

Added notes 20/1/2013 (Thanks Pastor Eileen for the Bible verse):
“Blessed is the man who believes in, trusts in, and relies on the Lord, and whose hope and confidence the Lord is. For he shall be like a tree planted by the waters that spreads out its roots by the river, and it shall not see and fear when heat comes, but its leaf shall be green. It shall not be anxious and full of care in the year of drought, nor shall it cease yielding fruit.” Jeremiah 17:7-8

A fool and his wisdom is soon parted


While in prayer yesterday morning, this word of wisdom/knowledge came upon me and I had to write it down

A fool continuing doing foolish things,
Will have his Wisdom running away from him.
He will end up being a complete fool.
A man, with Wisdom of God will always do God’s Will
He will gain more Wisdom and knowledge.
And he will inherit the treasure from Kingdom of Heaven
Because he places his heart where the Heavenly treasure is.
A wise man knows when and where to cast his net
He will catch a multitude of fishes.
While a fool catches nothing because he cast his net at
the wrong place and at the wrong time always.

Notes: That is to say in God’s eyes, people not doing God’s will are foolishly risking their life. Many dormant Christian do not have close walk with the Holy Spirit daily (Our Helper), thus are not connected to God. I love Rev Dr Kong Hee’s preaching about SMS. Without the Charged-up by the Holy Spirit (ie, communion with the Holy Spirit), the battery is too weak and you could not get connected to God and you can never hear God, thus not able to do God’s will. So the individual has been doing what he or she think is God’s Will, but unfortunately, these are all false Garments that God, Our Lord Jesus sees as improper OUTFIT !!! And the person’s Nakedness of Shame will be exposed.
Revelations 16:15 “Behold, I come as a thief. Blessed is he that watcheth, and keepeth his garments, lest he walk naked, and they see his shame.”
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Matt 22:10: So those servants went out into the highways, and gathered together all as many as they found, both bad and good: and the wedding was furnished with guests.
Matt 22:11: And when the king came in to see the guests, he saw there a man which had not on a wedding garment:
Matt 22:12: And he saith unto him, Friend, how camest thou in hither not having a wedding garment? And he was speechless.
Matt 22:13: Then the King said to the servants, ‘Bind him hand and foot, take him away, and cast him into outer darkness; there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

For the Second Coming of Christ is Not far away, this is prophentic message had been mentioned by many servants of God again and again.
The Bride (those who had been serving faithfully and truly doing God’s work) will be waiting patiently for the Bridegroom, fully dressed up for the occasion.
For the quests (those who are relatively new and who are saved with evident of spiritual fruit; love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Also doer of fellowshiping, paying tithe, doing God’s will) they too have proper wedding garment can enjoy the Wedding feasts with the King.
But for those without proper Garment, they will be bound and cast into outer darkness.

Likewise without Gift of Wisdom, you cannot receive Vision.
Vision is a Hope , a destiny revelation for all Christian.
Without Vision, a Christian will find his or her life miserably dry.
Why people committed Suicide? That is because they became hopeless when they lost something that they are hopeful for. It could be someone he or she love so much that without the person, he or she is completely hopeless. Or something tangible that they are hopeful for is being lost. They become hopeless and committed suicide. So, Christian without Vision will face the danger of Spiritual Suicide, they will lose their faith rapidly like the cursed Fig Tree. Read about How to obtain Vision.
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DON’T BE LIKE A WHITEWASHED WALL CHRISTIAN, modern day Pharasee.

Happy Reading, God Bless You

Holy Spirit is like electricity in our live. We are like an electrical instrument. One can be an Electric Guitar, one can be a Coffee maker, one can be an Electric saw, without electricity being plugged in, and we are USELESS piece of equipment! In another word, you need Holy Spirit to be the main power source to your life and you will operate for the Kingdom of God in the way you are being molded for by GOD, our Lord Jesus.

Covenant Love

Covenant love endorsed by God, our Lord is eternal
It is one’s heart with Lord Jesus and beating with another as one
It is about spiritual courtship with one another without fail
Willingness to sacrifice for one another without reservation

Ability to feel and sense each other’s need without meeting physically
Always think of each other in prayer
Doing God’s work and fulfilling HIS will together
Share and realised same vision together
Cherish and appreciates each other’s present at any moment
There is no Jealousy nor sadness, only trust in good faith and joy
No man can separate nor destroy the lover pair
For he is powerless against God, our Lord blessed covenant love.
Spiritual love will transcent over physical bondage
It is inner beauty that bring the 2 hearts together as one eventually,
Beating together to serve God, our Lord Jesus
Hallelujah, God blessed covenant love will last through eternality!

Important message for Singles and those in romance:

Facts, there are those who are married wanted out because of problem in their marriage, while many singles wanted to have a partner to get married. It is really an opposite world. We really have to thanks Pastor Kong Hee for giving us the sermon on relationship series. With God’s love everything is possible. In the beginning, in book of Genesis, god created Eve to be Adam’s mate. God patiently crafted Eve out of Adam’s rib. So, this has been and will always be the symbolic meaning that a man’s wife should be arranged and crafted by God. Then, if we look at old testament, God played quite a role in arranging marriages. But human became more sinful as they progress through industrialisation. Then, parents became the match-maker for their children’s marriages, almost across all cultures. Those olden days, you seldom see divorces. A wife being married to a chinese man, only knew the role of doing household chores and produce childrens. Can you imagine some family is as big as one football team plus reserves in those days? Then, due to technology advancement and we started to see woman working, taking over man’s role. In politics, CEO and so on. So, the value of the role of woman has been eroded away. In the beginning, it wasn’t intended this way. Now, people being connected back to God through our Lord Jesus have to look up to god for match-making again. Who else can arrange the best mate for him or her? Who else knows the individual from inside out better than our Holy Spirit who dwells in each and everyone of us?

I think it would easier for me to put in Q and A to provide some answer.

Q. Should single set a target date to get married?
A. No, single should not set a target date because you are imposing an ultimate date for God to get a life partner for you. Asking in prayer for a mate should be humble, not to tell God what to do, where, who, when or how he should fulfill it. Yes, our Pastor once said that single should set target date for marriage. Yes, but must be in accordance to God’s will. It would be a dire consequences for individual if the target date came and (especially lady, example set up 30, 32 or 35) nothing happened. This target would become an oppression and the worst off situation is that the individual may rush into marriage decision giving in to concession, even to the extend of thinking that he or she can accommodate the mismatch and then hope to change the person later. It could be the worst mistake and that ended in divorce as the other party would not change and expected the spouse to accept what they are.
Habakkuk 2:3: For the vision is yet for an appointed time, but at the end it shall speak, and not lie: though it tarry, wait for it; because it will surely come, it will not tarry. Thus your vision of ideal mate will be revealed to you on an appointed time. Pray this way, “Abba Father Jesus, if it is your will that I should be married, reveal to me my life partner in the way of revelations through dreams, vision or even someone that you would sent to tell me. Thank you Lord Jesus for answering my prayer.”

Q. What should I do in order to find my love one?
A. You should not be focusing on finding your life partner. What Lord Jesus has revealed to us is that we must focus on him, that is vertically love God and horizontally loving people fervently. I once said to singles, I think up to date about half dozen of them; that they should continue to focus on doing God’s will (in accordance with his will) by showing love and care for people and in so doing, The Love will come to you. What I mean is that, the person whom God had arranged for you will show up because of your great love for people, she or he will be attracted to you, probably sharing the same interest.

Q. I have been praying for many years until now still singles?
A. There is no fixed answer. Just like there are people who prayed for healing but wasn’t healed? Was it the faith that is in question? I have a spiritual daughter in Surabaya, she requested me to pray for her to have a soul mate, sometime July 2008. So I prayed for her. Then, mid Sept 2008, I happened to chat with her and she thanked me saying that God had arranged a soul mate for her. The man she did not know but met at the Church, he received salvation and Meyna told me that many evil spirits got out of him when he was baptized by the Holy Spirit because he studied black magic. They plan to get married this year. Or you are destined to be single, read 1Cort 7:32 – 35. Apostle Paul wasn’t married. Was the “Thorn in the flesh” is his desire to married someone he loved?.

Q What if I already ROM to a non-believer?
A. If you already ROM with a non-believer than you have to pray for rectification in your this relationship. Or else, many activities both of you cannot do together. Worst is to have the mindset that by getting married, you can influence the person to accept Lord Jesus as their savior. Remember, Lord Jesus gives everyone the freedom to choose salvation or not. This is the same situation as those who was not a Christian and then one of them became a Christian. They too can pray for rectification and for the family’s salvation. What if rectification doesn’t happen or things don’t work out? Listen to what our Holy Spirit is telling you and obey.

Lastly, as mentioned in the Bible. It would be also good if one can remained as single. 1Cort 7:32 – 35 “But I want you to be without care. He who is unmarried cares for the things of the Lord – how he may please the Lord. But he who is married cares about thing of the world – how he may please his wife. There is a difference between a wife and a virgin. The unmarried woman cares about the things of the Lord, that she may be holy both in the body and in spirit. But she who is married cares about the things of the world – how she may please her husband.”

Want to have a covenant marriage by God? You must first have Covenant Love approved by God, Our Lord Jesus.

With this blessed love arranged my God, the two will become one without any frictions. The rib will fit nicely into the chest of the Man, guarding his heart. Thus fufilling the will of God and divorce is remote because covenant love beget covenant marriage. Matt 19:4 “He who made them at the beginning.”

Of course, there are isolate cases of Christian where wrong marriages ended in divorce but later they found renewed blessed new mate. This is taken from Harvest Time No283/07/2007 by Rev Dr. Larry Keefauver “In 21st century culture, divorce isn’t a curse or tragedy, it’s simply a transition from a good marriage gone sour into the exciting adventure of finding a new mate.
Of course we do have 2 groups of people, one group saying critically that any divorce is sinful and while the other group said that it is alright to divorce as long as not due to fornification or due to lust for worldly gain.
I will be writing a book on this issue. Having received revelations concerning this subject. Christians should not be prejudiced nor be judgemental on divorced people or people going into divorce. Due to the change in society, we have to reach out to more divorcees than before.

(Notes added 1/3/2009) Covenant love leading to marriage must be arranged by God, Our Lord Jesus. Do not put target date on your marriage or it will be oppressive to your live if time draws near and nothing happened. Neitheir should you go all out to seek your lifetime partner, you may have to go through the painful rectification process. Let God, Our Lord Jesus be your match-maker, he is our Abba Father.

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