Confession from the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil

If you’ve been around me for long, you know that I talk about the Tree of Life a lot.  On the left is a simple picture of the Tree of Life and on the right a simple picture of the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil.
Notice that the people on the right are accumulating information.  The people on the left are connecting with the source of all life, Jesus.  Oftentimes we connect with God through just listening, quieting our souls.  Other times we enter into fellowship with Him through praise, prayer, and the Word.
Well, I have a confession.  Yesterday, I slid away from the Tree of Life.  You know that Hurricane Irene poem?  Well, the Father didn’t tell me to post that.  I did it on my own.  Ugh. Last week I worked to market my new book (which finally came in last week– ) and I learned a lot about marketing!  Well, that’s good.  But what I knew in my head started taking charge of the direction for my day.  SO, I wrote this snappy little poem and posted it.
Please check out the teaching on the right.  Instead of being led by the Spirit, I was led by the truth I know–I knew if I posted something titled “Hurricane Irene” that chances were pretty good that new people would do a google search for the hurricane stats and find my blog.  Well, I reasoned, this is the cross, right?  I want more people to KNOW (there’s that word again) about the cross.  Boo.  Not where you wanna be, Hope, I told myself later.  I knew how to market and I operated on that KNOWLEDGE.
I depended on what I knew.  NOT where you wanna be, Hope.  Yikes!
I actually had this thought:  Wow, that’s good writing.  I’ll bet somebody’s going to tell me how much they like that.  Somebody WAKE ME UP!!  Pride STINKS.  I left the Tree of Life and found myself accepting puffed up thoughts about Hope and how talented she was.
I can tell you as soon as God revealed my error, I cried out for mercy!!  He showed me Psalm 65:3:
 Iniquities prevail against me;
As for our transgressions,
You will provide atonement for them.
And so He forgives me.  And I confess to you that I veered off track.  I apologize to you.  I don’t want to give you information or snappy little poems unless God is initiating poems and information.  My desire in coming to this blog is to move directly from the Tree of LIFE to the keyboard and share from His heart.
“Confess your trespasses to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much (James 5:16).”
I’ve confessed.  I hope you’ll forgive me and learn from my error.  I LOVE the Tree of Life!  I like to sit underneath that Tree of Life and fellowship with my Father in heaven every single day.  The more hours with Him, the better!  I hope you’ll run to the Tree of Life this week, too.  And watch out for that old Tree of Knowledge.  It has this way of grabbing you and choking the LIFE out of you . . . (Yeh, that was a feeble attempt at a joke.)  : )
Sending His mighty love to each one of you!

About Lift the Cross of Jesus!

My day job is writing--I'm an author and publisher of a number of books. More on that later. But there is nothing of greater importance to me than the early morning hours I spend with the Creator of the Universe. Although He knows everything there is to know, His greatest delight isn't to give us knowledge, but to give us love. My highest joy is to watch the sun rise with notebook in hand and write the words he speaks to my heart. I want to share some of those words with you here . . . words on the cross.
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2 Responses to Confession from the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil

  1. Gillian Fong says:

    Dear Hope
    Thank you so much for your humility in sharing as you did today – I so appreciate what you said – it brings life to me and also has taught me something huge, so thank you, thank you Hope, and I am praying the Holy Spirit will continue to remind me of this in my own walk with Him. God bless you and your family and your ministry, love from Gill.


    • Bless you my friend! I can only hope that transparency will take me to a deep humility of heart. I am so glad that God used this to benefit you as well. He’s multi-tasking for the good even using our mistakes!! Incredible God! And much love back to you!


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