TWO TREES IN THE MIDDLE
BY:  DALE THOMPSON

I would like to thank you folks for allowing me to share my heart with you from time to time. At any time if you wished to be removed from my emails, just ask I will remove your address.

What I hope to accomplish is to explore Father’s nature and the things of the Spirit. Many of us have spent our lives searching for answers and hoping for truth and bouncing from one church to another. We have tried conservative approaches and we have sought out charismatic ways and every time we are found wanting. We seem to only make baby steps in our Christian walk and at times God still seems at arms length and unable to reach.

My story is long but I will make it short. After many years going from church to church some of which I led the song service, some I ministered from the pulpit, upon request, I found myself at a cross roads. So I entered a Church of God church and there my heart was set on settling down and becoming an ordained minister in this organization. I had meetings with the elders, wrote essays on subjects that they had requested and attended more meetings. As I was approaching my ordination ceremony the thoughts of finally finding a place to plant myself while making a great salary to provide for my family was in the forefront of my mind. I had been told that I would do great in their organization and that they would set me up to become a Assistant Pastor or even a Senior Pastor of a good size church where I would be making double maybe even triple the money that I was making in Bride. I had talked to other Pastors around the country, Senior, Assistant and Youth Pastors who were all rolling in twice as much money as I was making with Bride. I thought, this will be a cozy job and I will have an audience every week to share my heart.

But this was not to take place. My heavenly Father intervened and as Saul met Jesus on the road to Damascus and found his true identity in Christ becoming Paul, I too had a unveiling of the truth where my flesh was exposed for what it was and as I peered through the veil of flesh (lattice work) I saw Christ. Hear me now because this is very important for you to understand. I WAS BEING AWAKENED, Born Again, and quickened by the Spirit to receive a revelation from the heavens. Jesus came forth in a way that I had never seen before and there I was blind to the world, stripped bare as Adam and ashamed before Him desiring not to be clothed with the skins of animals but rather to be clothed with His righteousness. The old man, the first Adam in whom I had my treasure was now revealed for what he was. He was a liar, a thief and a murderer. Yes that is correct for he had brought all of humanity down with him in his fall and me as well. I had put my trust in the first Adam of the Garden. A man to whom a death sentenced had been pronounced and carried out. Yet it wasn’t until I was well on my way in my Christian life that I came to KNOW this and in my new enlightenment I came to embrace the Last Adam which is Christ Jesus. You see, I spent years ministering what I had been taught by others, and believing all the things taught to me by my parents. I had been raised in a God-fearing home by Christian parents but had never been touched by Christ in this way before. There was some truth in my ministry, some good yes, but I was ministering off the tree of “good and evil (knowledge). This is FLESH and CANNOT PLEASE GOD!

This tree was in the center of my being like it is in the center of your being. This tree of knowledge is occupying a space in all of us. Let me say for truth it is residing in the very same space as the “TREE OF LIFE.” How can this be? Two trees in the middle, occupying the same space? Gen 2:9 And out of the ground made the LORD God to grow every tree that is pleasant to the sight, and good for food; the tree of life also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of knowledge of good and evil.

In the above scripture the word “midst” is the word tavek {taw’-vek} which translates “in the middle.” It also is defined as “within.” So I propose to you that this is not two trees sharing the exact same space but this is a single tree with two sides. One side produces life. The opposite side produces death. The tree of life is a spiritual side and from it one can “KNOW” God for God is Spirit. Whereas the other side of the tree is the natural, fleshly side and this produces death. One a renewed mind the other the carnal mind. We know that the flesh realize solely on the five senses, taste, touch, smell, sight and hearing. Not one of these can “KNOW” God. When I say know I mean not one of these senses can enter a intimate relationship with God.

To “KNOW” someone is to have relations with the person. An example would be on a couple’s honeymoon the groom wants to “KNOW” his bride. How does he go about this? Do they sit on the edge of the bed and she tells him her life story from birth to the present? I think not. This sort of relationship would only help the groom to “know about his bride.” But to truly “KNOW” the women that he just married the groom must have an intimate relationship with her. We “KNOW” God the Father when we enter an intimate relationship with Him by worship. Worship is not holding your hands in the air, shouting praises to the heavens or even dancing around. Worship is when you give your body as a living sacrifice to the Lord. Every day of your life you can be in worship as you live the life of Christ in complete obedience to the Father.

We cannot live in the perfect will of God if we choose to partake of the tree of knowledge. This only produces tradition, rituals, and doctrines of men. I believe that Saul who was a Pharisee was a man who sought to please God. His life was spent in arrogance eating from the wrong tree. He practices a violent form of religion. Whereas after his conversion with his new identity in tact and going by the name of Paul he went out giving his body as a living sacrifice in the service of the Kingdom of God. For now new who he was in Christ Jesus being led of the Spirit his inward man now recognized the “tree of life” in his very midst.

Remember when in Luke 17 verse 20 “And when he was demanded of the Pharisees, when the kingdom of God should come, he answered them and said, The kingdom of God cometh not with observation: Neither shall they say, Lo here! or, lo there! for, behold, the kingdom of God is within you.”

Today people are so confused running to and fro seeking knowledge, carried about by every wind of doctrine. They follow certain denominations, they vote a certain way only because they were born and bred to do so by the parents. Others follow certain teachings and doctrines without weighing out the truth or seeking the voice of father. We are not to live by the written word but by every Word that precedes outs of the mouth of God. Do you know why this is? IT is because “GOD CANNOT LIE” and if you hear it from His mouth it is the truth. If you hear a word, or rather I shall say an interpretation from a man who calls himself a preacher, teacher or Pastor then it may be that you are getting only his opinion. His opinion could be based on his own person theology, taught to him in a seminary, or by an old hillbilly preacher, or some TV. evangelist with a flamboyant delivery. You see it is father we ought to be listening to.

In order for Eve to eat from the tree of good and evil she had to walk right past the Tree of Life. How many people on the day of the crucifixion of Christ walked along that road side starring into the eyes of the Savior of all men and just kept right on going? They passed up the tree of life, they ignored the Prince of Peace, and they mocked and spat out venomous words to the Lord of all. Basically this is what Eve done in her garden, when she was seduced by the serpent (her carnal mind). The voice coming from that tree was in her head! The serpents hiss was calling from within for the tree was within. She was seduced in a way that she desired to be a god to be independent from the One True God. The fruit of that tree looked good! She heard the voice (this is hearing), she saw (which is seeing), I am sure the tree smelled wonderful (this is your sense of smell), she handled it and it felt right, and then she bit into the sweet nectar. All five carnal senses were at work here. It was so good she gave it to her husband Adam.

We know the story after words how all hell broke loose. They ran, they hid, they were ashamed, they covered themselves with leaves or should I say they buried themselves in the church. Then they accused one another. It sounds like their GOOD INTENTIONS went terribly wrong.

The results of this act brought forth death. They were driven from the paradise of God by their own guilt and shame. Don’t ever think that God will drive you from His presence. He says I will never leave you nor forsake you. While man is the one who in his distorted views of God believes that God has left. It is man who has left, who has separated himself from the Lord God of all. God isn’t going anywhere, for He is everywhere, all the time!

Now in conclusion I want to point out that in Adam all die. I was dead to for I was concluded in Adam as the Bible tells me. But when Christ Jesus came there was something brand new enacted and everything of the old vanished! That’s right, there is nothing, and I mean nothing left of the old because Jesus came to bring something fresh and alive apart from the confines of walled buildings and traditions of men. He brought life. The old could not bring life it only produced death.

Romans 11:32 For God hath concluded them all in unbelief, that he might have mercy upon all.

In the above scripture we have something positive that is said. Look at the word “might.” Many people would interpret this word as “maybe, possibly, could have, etc but this is incorrect.

The word might means “that he will have mercy upon all.” This leaves no doubt as to whom His mercy extends. Remember God promised Abraham that he would be the father of many nations? This did not mean maybe he would; this meant positively Abraham would be the father of many nations. Looks at Romans 4:8 where the word might is used. “Who against hope believed in hope, that he might become the father of many nations, according to that which was spoken, So shall thy seed be.”

Another reference would be was Jesus the “firstborn of many brethren or not? Well the scripture says that He is and if He is not then we are doomed. Take a look at where the word might is used again. Romans 8:29 “For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate [to be] conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren.”

Here are a couple more references just in case you are not convinced. Romans 9:23, Romans 14:9 (I like this verse because it says plainly that Christ is Lord of all). The list goes on and on but the word “might” is an absolute word. This means there is not a “maybe” or “possibly” involved. It is a sure thing.

In order for us to understand the heart of the Father, to live in the eternal now which mean a quality of life in God. For us to grow up into Christ the head, with His nature, character and attributes we are going to have to lay aside the doctrines of men or the weight of bondage that so easily surrounds us. The life that is hid in Christ has no restraints, restrictions and is liberty. It wasn’t until I was apprehended by Christ in the last 5 years or so that I have ever truly felt guilt free, unashamed, and able to live without condemning myself for coming up short. I believe that there are many of you today who have lived a life much like the one I just wrote about. Now you wonder how to get free.

Most religions are packed full of superstitions, fables made up or borrowed from other religions etc. But pure and undefiled religion can only be found in Christ. There is no building for you to attend for you are the building (temple of the Lord). There is no sign outside which says some are welcomed and others are not. An example would be (and I am not calling out any denomination) But when a church hangs their affiliation on the sign out front whether it is Baptist, Methodist, Lutheran etc they are basically saying these folks who believe like us are welcomed and the rest (Pentecostals, Church of God, etc) are not welcomed here unless you are willing to believe the way we do.

Believe you me, I have attended every sort of church imaginable and never found the true peace and harmony that I have found now until I stepped through the veil of flesh and entered the realm forbidden to flesh and blood. It is truly a revelation from God when we enter His presence for in His presence He shares His heart, His love, and prepares us for the journey ahead. With man’s logic behind me I could now move forward as a vessel of honor for the Lord. I was able to take Christ off the cross and see Him High and lifted up!

The majority of church folks will do their best to live good decent lives, they will make an attempt not to break any of the commandments, they will try to do good to one another and make all the self asserted efforts to live right. But unless they walk around to the other side of the tree, they will continue to only experience God in-part, they will live without a clear vision, living in a room with partial lighting, casting shadows off of every wall and they will never enter the Holiest of All to experience the radiance of pure clear light and understanding. The Tree of Life is in our midst. Let us be led of the Spirit that we do not fulfill the lust of the flesh. The flesh keeps Christ on the cross because this is all natural man can understand. Whereas the Spirit lifts Christ to a elevated level where only spirit can dwell.

Listen up and I will close. There is a movie out called “The Passion of Christ.” Everyone has heard about it and has seen all of the whoopla surrounding its release. Many have said and will say “I never knew until he saw the film how much Jesus loves us.” My response to that is, I do not have to see a film, or be moved by my soulish emotions to know that Christ loves me, died and rose for me for I have experienced the death of Christ, and am living the resurrected life being glorified and raised to a new level of understanding in the Spirit and I have not seen the movie! I may go see this film, yet I know that this movie though it may stir physical emotions can not touch me in any way shape or form as Father has already demonstrated to me in His unconditional love. I am living daily from the tree which produces life; I encourage you to do the same.

A dear friend of mine sent me an email this morning and in it Jan Antonsson stated “It is easy to see why people who love Jesus want to experience <The Passion,> but my tears this morning were for those who don’t know Him, and who cannot know Him by reason of where they live and how they were brought up. Think of the people in Iran, where the mullahs have almost complete control over their religious lives. How can those people ever call on the name of the Lord and be saved? Church doctrine says that if they don’t, they will burn forever. I wept for all those who believe this grotesque doctrine to be true.”

In agreement with Jan I must confess that if we are to truly believe “The Passion of Christ” we must rightly divide the Word of Truth and lean not to our own understanding. We have for so long failed God who has never failed us. What is being played on the screen for the whole world to see cannot compare to “the passion” that is being played out in the heart of God’s elect who long for the restitution of all things, the reconciliation of all men, the restoration of everything back to God that He would be All in All.

I hope this message has in some way blessed you, encouraged you and lifted you up into the realm where you can be free.

 

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