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Christians are different, like trees are different.

Q5: Why do Christians look and behave differently if they claim to love Jesus?

There are over 300 different species of gum trees in Australia and when you look at the gum leaves on each species they are all different and yet all gum leaves look similar. They are green, they breath air, they are living and they sweat much like humans do.

Some trees look sad growing every day in their little world. ( Should we judge the gum tree, by saying why are you so sad looking, you’re supposed to be a happy Christian gum tree?)

Others grow more majestically with impressive limbs like rippling muscular arms showing off their strength. (Should we judge the gum tree by saying why are you so proud looking, you’re supposed to be a humble Christian gum tree?)

While other gum trees tower above the other gum trees like some proud giant of the forest. (Should we judge the gum tree by saying why are you growing above all the others in pride, you’re supposed to be a lowly Christian gum tree?)

Some gum trees grow all alone in the Australian outback desert. (Should we judge the gum tree by saying why are you growing alone, you’re supposed to be with others in church like other Christian gum trees in a forest or assembly or church?)

Some gum trees are so narcissistically twisting their branches over themselves they hardly can help anyone with even basic tasks… (Should we judge the gum tree by saying why you are so narcissistic, you’re supposed to be serving others actively like other Christian gum trees do?)

Some gum trees do things together like clones of one another as a group or family cleaving together. (Should we judge the gum tree by saying why do you work only when your family works, you’re supposed to independent like other Christian gum trees are?)

Some gum trees handle the tribulations of fire while others wither and die from the heat of trials. (Should we judge the gum tree by saying why has God cursed you with fire, you’re supposed to live in peace. Isn’t this is what a Christian gum tree is all about?)

Some trees handle the stress of drought by storing precious water for themselves and not sharing it into the sky for others…. (Should we judge the gum tree by saying why you are so selfish, you’re supposed to share your water like other Christian gum trees do?)

Some other gum trees love drinking in the water by a river like some water guzzling pumping machine. (Should we judge the gum tree by saying why you are so big and greedy, you’re supposed to share your water like other Christian gum trees do?)

Some gum trees specialize growing in solid rock in very shallow soil. (Should we judge the gum tree by saying why you growing in such a hard place all alone, you’re supposed to growing with others in easy deep soil like other Christian gum trees do?)

At the end of every gum tree is a golden rainbow promise. From the strong authority of gum trees who lives in heaven.

Re 2:7 He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the tree of life, which is in the midst of the paradise of God.

People grow like gum trees, and we can learn a lot from how Christians grow by looking at how gum trees grow.

Hosea 14:6 His branches shall spread, and his beauty shall be as the olive tree, and his smell as Lebanon.

Hosea 14:8 ….I am like a green gum tree. From me is thy fruit found.

The fruit on us as gum trees comes from the power of God flowing in us.

Psalm 1:1 ¶ Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful.

  • 2 But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night.
  • 3 And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.

    Let us grow as gum trees for God.

    Mattthew 7:1 ¶ Judge not, that ye be not judged.

  • 2 For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again.

    There can be different styles of Christian religion living near us, for while we are similar, we are also different, and GOD is a god of variety and with different styles and purposes for each gum tree.

    I think of my Mum and her methods of growing gracefully as a gum tree believing in the Saviour and experiencing trials and tribulations. I think of my third oldest brother growing as a gum tree solid and strong but battled by winds of turmoil and strife, with the most majestic of branches. I think of my only sister and her family method of growing as a gum tree as a group of trees together. I think of my youngest brother growing as a small vigorous and exciting gum tree to admire in the forest of gum trees all around him. I think of myself as a gum tree growing quietly in the forest keeping on.

    If growing in God seems so easy why do I see what seems hypocritical evidence when I look about me, how do I know that I am saved or that I am deceived ?

    God has a very gentle way of judging us…God looks on the heart….inside of us where our soul power springs from….

    This is the Hebrew word for heart. The shepherd staff is the authority in our soul. The second letter is a floor plan of our nomad tent home early Hebrew people lived in, and thus means the home. So the meaning of heart is “The authority in our home”.

    So when God judges us, He looks for the authority in our home. This is not a reference to where you physically live, but your soul lives, where you’re brain lives, the home of your attitudes, emotions and decisions.

    Psalm 13:5 But I have trusted in thy mercy; my heart shall rejoice in thy salvation.

    Now notice if we reverse the letters, we also reverse the meaning of the Hebrew word.

    Now the Hebrew word means the “Home authority that flows to nothing”.

    Psalm 10:15 Break thou the arm of the wicked and the evil man: seek out his wickedness till thou find none "bal"

    In a kind way this word is associated in meaning to another Hebrew word by adding another “a” sound.

    Here is the Hebrew word "Baal" and is the name of a religion opposite to God’s religion.

    The Bible only recognizes and names two religions of the world, the “HEART religion” and the BAAL religion, the opposite of heart religion.

    Judges 2:11 And the children of Israel did evil in the sight of the LORD, and served Baalim "Ba`al":

    Baal is a human powered religion using human power rather than using God’s power. People who are worshipping themselves believe they are strong authorities in their own power, able to save themselves in their current life and the after life.

    So how do I know I am in God’s power rather than following my own human power?

    Matthew 7:16 Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles?

    Another Hebrew word meaning the same as Baal but translated into Greek is the word Mammon.

    Matthew 6:24 No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon (Baal).

    If you’re in a relationship to your strong authority that saves you, than you will talk to your strong authority and read and learn about his ways among other men. You will also want your strong authority to talk to you back. And you will also want your strong authority to empower your life with miracles of grace everyday, things that are beyond coincidental occurrences.

    God can speak audibly to you through your conscience, if you are willing to hear and be humble to discern the still quiet voice. The voice of God comes to all humans regardless of whether you’re saved by Him or not. The only difference between a saved person and an unsaved person, is the saved person is forgiven by God and lives in His paradise power everyday growing like gum trees according to the particular unique style the Lord of trees wants you to be.

    This letter was written as a memorial of my emotional and cognitive feelings I have to a great secular strong authority I have ever known, my Dad. May our relationship and memories continue forever? May God bless my Dad with many more years together, your eldest son, Bob

    This letter may have reached out to my Dad despite the weaknesses we all have as believers in GOD as our Strong Authority. I trust and hope it was humbly helpful to my Dad who died of cancer as it was helpful to you, the reader. May God bless you also. Shalom

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