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Holy or Unholy Roots?

RootsRecently, when on an evening walk in our neighborhood, my husband alerted me to a significant unevenness in the sidewalk. He wanted to alert me to a very real tripping hazard.  As I looked down, it was glaringly apparent that the sidewalk had been forcibly lifted up by subterranean roots of a tree adjacent to the edge of the concrete.  The lesson was not lost on me.  Aside from the obvious need to observe where I placed my feet in order to avoid stumbling, tripping, or even falling on my face, I suddenly realized that roots affect more than the plant they support.

In some cases, roots stretch deep into the soil below the plant they support; in other cases, roots spread out from the base of the plant and suddenly surface in unexpected places, thereby disturbing what has been placed there.

This disturbance can work both for good or for evil.  In the case of evil, unholy roots, the pernicious effect may remain underground, and therefore invisible, for a season; eventually, however, eventually those roots will surface and wreak destruction in the foundation of whatever has been established in the path of those roots.  Similarly, in the case of good, holy roots, the effect may be delayed until the plant reaches a significant point of growth.  At that critical point, the holy roots have the power to crack the foundation of darkness, no matter how long those roots may have lain invisible, seemingly powerless, below ground.

What’s the lesson?   Let’s examine the roots of our problems and not merely medicate the symptoms.   Those roots MATTER, and they impact those around us.   Are we striving valiantly to stuff our painful experiences from the past and move on, without truly processing them with the help of the Holy Spirit?  At some point, something will trigger those painful roots and cause additional pain.

Conversely, we can trust the holy ROOT (Revelation 22:16) — the Root and Offspring of David, Messiah Yeshua (Jesus Christ).  He is the Holy Seed that will continue to bear fruit that remains, fruit that transforms, fruit that is for food and leaves for healing (Ezekiel 47:12).

Moreover, the root affects the plant, including its branches.  Romans 11:16 admonishes us:  “For if the firstfruit is holy, the lump is also holy; and if the root is holy, so are the branches.” (NKJV)  We can therefore conclude that our good and bad roots affect our branches, our fruit, and the impact we have on those around us.

Father, search my heart and expose any unholy roots in me!  Help me uproot anything unholy in my life, that I might be healed of everything unholy from my past.  Connect me  more strongly to the holy Root, the Offspring of David, Jesus Christ my Messiah, that I might bear good fruit AND have impact for Your Kingdom on those around me, in Jesus’ Name!

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A Bologna Sandwich or the Bread of Life?

bologna[1]Sometimes I wonder if the Church has fed the world a lot of baloney (properly spelled bologna).  In our efforts to be relevant to the culture in which we live, we have packaged Jesus as if He were just so much lunchmeat.  We have dressed Him up, tried to make Him look cute, and diluted the Gospel.   Sometimes we have even added processed cheese to enhance our presentation of Truth! Although our desire has been to increase our chances of convincing other people that He is real, the paradox seems strangely sickening:   we have developed false packaging to deliver the Truth.   In essence, we have tried to convince unbelievers to swallow a cheap batch of baloney that falls sickeningly short of a full meal deal.  In an increasingly savvy society that demands meat rather than milk and that has a taste for provable facts rather than superficiality, it is odd that we have exchanged the truth of the Bread of Life, the God of More-than-Enough, for powerless Gospel snacks that do not satisfy the spiritual hunger of those around us. 

Indeed, there is nothing CUTE about Jesus.   He is the visible image of the invisible Father (Colossians 1:15), the God who created the heavens and the earth (Genesis 1:1).  He is the judge of the whole earth (Genesis 18:25).  He is the Alpha and the Omega,the beginning and the end, the first and the last (Revelation 22:13).   He holds the keys to death and the grave (Revelation 1:18).  He is the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world (John 1:29); He is the Bread of Life (John 6:48).   He alone is the Lord, author of salvation, our Redeemer and Savior.  Father, forgive us for trying to package You and market Your glory and goodness.   Forgive us for diluting the power of the Gospel of the cross and resurrection of Your Son Jesus.   Give us Your boldness to express with conviction the truth of Who You are!   Let Your power be made known to the dying world around us.   Teach us how to prepare a full meal deal for those whose hearts You long to win!   Teach us to offer them the true Bread of Life, unmitigated in His power and potency.   Allow a sense of Your power and holiness to rise in us as we communicate Your love to those who long to be introduced to You!

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