Jerry Wiles on Flourishing, Growing, and Bearing Fruit

The Righteous Flourish like a Palm Tree …. (Psalm 92:12)

In September 1975, in Memphis, Tennessee I heard Pat Zondervan deliver a message in a seminary chapel service.  It was an eight point message about the characteristics of the Palm Tree, from Psalms 92:12-14.  He compared the Palm Tree to the believer’s life in Christ.  One of the points he made was how the fruit of the Palm Tree is sweeter with age, and how the righteous will still bear fruit in old age.  That’s good news for all of us who were born during the baby boom generation, and earlier.  The better news is that we are made righteous through our union with Christ.

Seek out those with Godly Wisdom 

One of the great blessings in my own growth and relationship with the Lord has been getting to know followers of Jesus who have walked with Him for many years.  A number of them have stayed active in ministry and mission work into their 80s, 90s and beyond.  As a young seminary student I came across Proverbs 13:20, which says, “Whoever walks with the wise will become wise, ….”  I begin to pray that the Lord would allow me to get to know and spend time with men and women who have godly wisdom.  The Lord has been faithful to answer that prayer in many ways over the years.

4 to 14 Window Movement 

While it is encouraging how God has used and is using many in their more mature years, many movements and spiritual awakenings have been and are being lead by young people, students and children.  The 4 to 14 Window Movement (  is a current example, where children pray and share their faith with great boldness and passion.  Many of the revivals and renewal movements have started on college and university campuses.

Orality Strategies

In our Orality strategies with Living Water International and others, we’ve seen how children as young as six or seven years old learn and tell Bible stories.  Some places around the world women are not given the opportunity to fully participate in the life of the church or community of faith.  One of the important lessons that comes out and in emphasized in our Orality Training is the concept of worth and value in the Kingdom of God.  From a set of Bible stories we see how God cares about and uses women, children, social outcasts, demon-possessed, blind people and others.

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SOURCE: Assist News