February 04, 2018
Jeremiah 17:7-8 (NLT) 7 “Blessed are those who trust in the LORD and have made the LORD their hope and confidence. 8 They are like trees planted along a riverbank, with roots that reach deep into the water. Such trees are not bothered by the heat or worried by long months of drought. Their leaves stay green, and they never stop producing fruit.
Weeds reduce productivity, they invade crops, & smother pastures .They aggressively compete for water, nutrients and sunlight, resulting in reduced crop yield and poor crop quality.
Weeds are opportunistic and will grow just about anywhere they can find space to send down roots.
“Just because something is growing doesn’t mean it’s healthy.”
Hebrews 12:14-15 (NLT) 14 Work at living in peace with everyone, and work at living a holy life, for those who are not holy will not see the Lord. 15 Look after each other so that none of you fails to receive the grace of God. Watch out that no poisonous root of bitterness grows up to trouble you, corrupting many.
Matthew 15:7-13 (NLT) 7 You hypocrites! Isaiah was right when he prophesied about you, for he wrote, 8 ‘These people honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me. 9 Their worship is a farce, for they teach man-made ideas as commands from God.’” 10 Then Jesus called to the crowd to come and hear. “Listen,” he said, “and try to understand. 11 It’s not what goes into your mouth that defiles you; you are defiled by the words that come out of your mouth.” 12 Then the disciples came to him and asked, “Do you realize you offended the Pharisees by what you just said?” 13 Jesus replied, “Every plant not planted by my heavenly Father will be uprooted…
“Sometimes its uprooting the pharisees inside of me!”
1. Roots of Anger
Weeds grow well in hard places.
Bitterness/hardness of heart
2. Roots of Fear
3. Unattended weeds….“little things”
Song of Songs 2:15 (NLT) Catch all the foxes, those little foxes, before they ruin the vineyard of love, for the grapevines are blossoming!
THE UPROOTING PROCESS
Ecclesiastes 3:2 (NIV) A time to plant and a time to uproot….
Through it all remember to stay rooted In the perfect love and grace of God.
1. Recognize the issue
2. Repent ask for forgiveness, change your thinking and your corse.
3. Release Exercise forgiveness / Release Entitlement.
4. Rebuke & Renounce
Luke 17:5-6 (NIV) 5 The apostles said to the Lord, "Increase our faith!" 6 He replied, "If you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mulberry tree, 'Be uprooted and planted in the sea,' and it will obey you.
5. Receive- The Pleasure, Love and forgiveness from your Heavenly Father..
6. Repeat…(if necessary)