Throughout God’s Word from beginning to end there is instruction for those who choose to partake and follow; those who choose God, His Word, His Way. When God created this earth His intention for us was relationship with Him; in His Creation, which is GOOD. GOD IS GOOD. He wanted His family to only know GOOD. Adam and Eve sinned and became aware of Good and Evil. That was not God’s plan; it never was His intention for us to know or experience evil.
What is God’s plan for us now?
Clue – The tree of life:
Then the LORD God said, “Behold, the man has become like one of Us, to know good and evil. And now, lest he put out his hand and take also of the tree of life, and eat, and live forever”— therefore the LORD God sent him out of the garden of Eden to till the ground from which he was taken. So He drove out the man; and He placed cherubim at the east of the garden of Eden, and a flaming sword which turned every way, to guard the way to the tree of life. Genesis 3:22-24 NKJV
In the middle of its street, and on either side of the river, was the tree of life, which bore twelve fruits, each tree yielding its fruit every month. The leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations. Revelation 22:2 NKJV
In Revelation, John saw that the tree of life is on either side of the river. Repeat, the tree of life, “which bare twelve manner of fruits, and yielded her fruit every month: and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations” is on both sides of the river! We submit to you that when He states “on either side”, there is an invitation in this revelation for us to partake monthly of the tree of life, here and now on this side of eternity, in our Quest of the Lord; as well as the other side in eternity!
We propose that in learning and following the Biblical Month’s of God that follow His creation and solar cycles, not the world’s division of months, we are invited to rediscover lost truth with important things that need to be found! Understanding the Month’s of God, in the Hebrew Calendar, are keys of knowledge needed for us to learn the wisdom of how we can, even on this side of eternity, partake of the twelve manner of fruits, one per month. And, we propose that learning how to partake of this fruit and it’s leaves, are not only for the healing of the nations, but healing for our brokenness now, as well.
What is the ripe fruit that we are to partake of each month?
Clue – Lay hold of Wisdom:
She is a tree of life to those who take hold of her, And happy are all who retain her. Proverbs 3:18 NKJV
The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life, And he who wins souls is wise. Proverbs 11:30 NKJV
What is the tree of life?
Clue – Hope that comes:
Hope deferred makes the heart sick, But when the desire comes, it is a tree of life. Proverbs 13:12 NKJV
Clue – A wholesome tongue is a tree of life:
A wholesome tongue is a tree of life, But perverseness in it breaks the spirit. Proverbs 15:4 NKJV
Clue – To him that overcomes:
He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To him who overcomes I will give to eat from the tree of life, which is in the midst of the Paradise of God. Revelation 2:7 NKJV
To those that have ears to hear what the Spirit is saying to us, The Church, let’s look at what we can discover in these verses: 1) If unfulfilled hopes make our hearts sick, shouldn’t we ask how we can see the desire of our hearts fulfilled? 2) Proverbs 15:4 answers a portion of that question by admonishing us to turn away, renounce and repent, from the perverse, corrupt and illegal words that break our spirit and are the cause of a breach, or brokenness, between us and the Holy Spirit. 3) One of the ways we can overcome is by embracing a wholesome tongue in learning to speak and declare the wholeness of truth that is revealed in the Word of God; that He is Who He says He is, and that we are who He says we are in Him when we choose to follow His path of life!
We must have ears to hear what the Spirit is saying to us – The Church. Are we listening closely enough to hear His Wisdom?
How do we find our way to the tree of life?
Clue – The path of blessings and worship:
Blessed are those who do His commandments, that they may have the right to the tree of life, and may enter through the gates into the city. Revelation 22:14 NKJV
Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, And into His courts with praise. Be thankful to Him, and bless His name. Psalms 100:4 NKJV
In order to find the path of blessings we must be “doers” of His commandments in order to have access to the tree of life. We are invited to enter into His Gates with thanksgiving in our hearts for His endless mercy and grace. We are welcomed into His courts with our praises because He is God Almighty, our Wonderful Counselor, Jehovah Jireh – our Provider, Jehovah Rapha – our Healer and He is our Prince of Peace. Jesus is the key. He is the Door and entrance to the twelve Gates spoken of in the Book of Revelation and leads us to partake of the twelve fruits on the tree of life; one for each of the twelve Hebraic months.
How can we eat of the tree of life, which is in the midst of the paradise of God? What is the paradise of God? Can we partake of this now? Is it a part of our path?
Clue – More about overcomers:
And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, and they did not love their lives to the death. Revelation 12:11 NKJV
For whatever is born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world—our faith. I John 5:4 NKJV
On any quest there is a beginning and an end. There are steps along the way and instruction to adhere to. If the instructions are not followed failure or devastation is eminent. If the steps are followed with precision, then Victory is assured. We submit that there is overcoming power for us in the blood of the Lamb when the word of our testimony speaks the wholeness of truth, revealed to us in God’s Word. When we turn our focus away from ourselves, leaning not unto our own understanding, choosing to love what God loves, we tap into His overcoming strength to love not our own lives unto death because we LOVE HIM MORE!
Through the Blood of the Lamb – Victory is Assured. Our path is well lit and God has prepared instruction for us to follow. The important thing to embrace is that we must LOVE what God LOVE’s and heed His instructions given without veering off His path of light upon our steps.
You are invited to come on a quest with us as we step onto the path of our Ancient of Days and become the Overcomers that He ordained each of us to be.
Please Pray With Us
Adonai, we choose to partake of Your ripe fruit month by month on this quest of the Overcomer. Give us ears to hear, eyes to see the truth revealed in Your Word as we learn to pray and decree Your will on earth and in our lives as it is in Heaven. You have provided the way of Eternal life in Jesus, the Lamb on the throne, and we receive Your steadfast love that endures forever. Take our hands, lead us into the truth on Your overcoming path, with nothing to fear, and we will testify of Your unfathomable love even in the face of death. Yes, AMEN!
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An Invitation to Join the Quest of the Overcomers by Beth Auman and JoBeth Kested
© Beth Auman and JoBeth Kested 2019