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Are you feeling a little tipsy today?  I'm not talking about being dizzy from a ride at the amusement park or from sipping on one too many adult beverages.  I am talking about the ground you stand upon ... or the position in which you find yourself ... to be tenuous, treacherous, or even toxic.

And, perhaps more important of a question, what can you do about it before you completely topple over?

Have you ever considered that the Lord Jesus is at work, in the midst of it all, growing you into a tenacious and tough, tall and tremendous tree?  "The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me, because he has anointed me to bring good news to the poor; he has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to those who are bound; to proclaim the year of the Lord's favor, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all who mourn, to grant to those who mourn in Zion - to give them a beautiful headdress instead of ashes, the oil of gladness instead of mourning, the garment of praise instead of a faint spirit; that they may be called oaks of righteousness, the planting of the Lord, that he may be glorified." (Isaiah 61.1-3)

I realize this is a pretty big mouthful to chew all at once, but ... but, if you take it one bite at a time ... and then take the time to thoughtfully and thoroughly chew each bite ... over time this word of the Lord will make the tilted tall ... transforming what was treacherous into something tough and tight ... even taking what was toxic toast so that it transcends into a tremendous tree!
 
It is all a part of God's plan in Christ Jesus for you and your life .. to give to you "a beautiful headdress instead of ashes, the oil of gladness instead of mourning, the garment of praise instead of a faint spirit; that you may be called an oak of righteousness, the planting of the Lord." (Isaiah 61.1-3)

Will it happen overnight?  Probably not ... oak trees seldom burst out of the acorn upon the dawning of a new day.  However, I have seen those same trees growing out of a crack in the rocks ... and lives changed where change seemed impossible.  I think that is what Christ is talking about when he speaks of "proclaiming liberty to the captives and opening of the prison to those who are bound."  We easily become captives to tilted and toxic thoughts - prisoners of our own tainted patterns.

So I suggest you take the time to have this treasure transplant itself into your heart - even consider "meditating upon it day and night." (Psalm 1.2)  Over time God will make you to be "like a tree planted by streams of water that yields fruit in its season, and its leaf does not wither.  In all that he does, he prospers." (Psalm 1.3)

And, instead of feeling tipsy all of the time, you just might hear transcending as the word that suits you to a T!

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