The Olive tree and Oak tree carries great significance to your life.

The Olive tree and all that it produces dates back to the beginning of time.
It played a significant role in Jesus' earthly ministry which was followed
by the work of His Spirit, at work today within every believer. There are 156
references in the Bible (NIV) to "Olive," significant to physical health and
spiritual cleansing and purification.

The olive tree today, like in ancient times, plays a significant role in the
day-to-day practical needs of your life and countless others throughout
the world. From the olive tree we not only get olives and its nutrients and
essential oils, but even the left over pulp is used for soap--another form of
cleansing! It's wood is burned for warmth and artisans around the globe craft
magnificent work from the wood, many of which are the symbolic cross of
Jesus. Even the shavings of the Olive wood are not wasted but used by
farmers to keep their mangers "clean." In every regard, the Olive tree mirrors
the of cleansing work of Jesus Christ and the transforming power of the Spirit
of God.

None of the Olive tree is wasted. It sustains and enhances physical life both
inside and out and is a timeless representation of how God does not waste
anything--including YOU and all that you have experienced in life.

Like the Olive tree, God can use EVERY part of your being for His purposes
and glory, wasting nothing--even your worst experiences. Even the parts of
you that you don't feel are salvageable--the "shavings" from all the bad
experiences you've survived, which have deeply cut you, splintered you,
and left debris, seemingly to rot--GOD CAN USE, IF YOU CHOOSE. The
good, the bad, and the ugly, He can use it ALL for His purposes and
glory because HE LOVES YOU IN WHOLE!

Christ said He came to earth, died as the final sacrifice for sin--once and for
all--and rose to LIFE so that YOU might have LIFE and "more abundant."
Isn't this what we all want? No matter how you have suffered or sinned, or
what you are presently enduring or will endure, you do not have to live your
life "simply surviving." God wants you to THRIVE, and He wants us to show
you how. YOU can CHOOSE to become a mighty, strong, beautiful,
flourishing, spirit fruit-producing...

"OAK OF RIGHTEOUSNESS, a planting of the Lord
for the display of HIS SLENDOR."

- Isaiah 61 NIV -

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