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Rooted in the Word of God

PSALM 1

The Righteous and the Wicked Contrasted

 “Blessed [fortunate, prosperous, and favored by God] is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked [following their advice and example],  Nor stand in the path of sinners,  Nor sit [down to rest] in the seat of scoffers (ridiculers).  But his delight is in the law of the Lord,  And on His law [His precepts and teachings] he [habitually] meditates day and night.  And he will be like a tree firmly planted [and fed] by streams of water,  Which yields its fruit in its season;  Its leaf does not wither;  And in whatever he does, he prospers [and comes to maturity].  The wicked [those who live in disobedience to God’s law] are not so,  But they are like the chaff [worthless and without substance] which the wind blows away.  Therefore the wicked will not stand [unpunished] in the judgment,  Nor sinners in the assembly of the righteous.  For the Lord knows and fully approves the way of the righteous,  But the way of the wicked shall perish.”

At the beginning of my pilgrimage with Jesus, the Lord showed me the following during prayer:  I saw a large, physical heart with a few trees around the beating heart;  what immediately striked me, was that the each tree was directly connected to the heart and the connection between the tree and heart was not below the ground like ordinary roots, but clearly visible above the ground.  I could clearly see the veins through which the blood pumps from the living heart to the trees, giving the trees life.  As I stood and marveled at the picture unfolding before me, the Lord explains that this is how His children should be rooted in Him and I have to read Ephesians 3.  Verse 17 says:

“May Christ through your faith dwell in your hearts. May you be rooted deep in love and founded securely on love… ”      Ephesians 3:17 (AMP)

We can only be rooted in one of two places – either we are rooted in the dark world, or we are rooted in the heart of the Lord.  A tree that is spiritually rooted in the ground of the world, is not firmly anchored because it grows a fibrous root system and not a solid taproot that gives it firmness.  The world’s soil is not viable, instead, it is dead soil that has no eternal value for the trees. It also reminds me of the foolish man in Matthew 7 who built a house on the sand:  The rain fell, the floods came, the winds blew and stormed against the house and it fell.  The house was not solid and neither are the trees in the sand of the world.

“Cursed is the strong one who depends on mere humans, who thinks he can make it on muscle alone and sets God aside as dead weight. He’s like tumbleweed on the prairie, out of touch with the good earth. He lives rootless and aimless in a land where nothing grows. ”    Jeremiah 17: 5-6 (MSG)

This Scripture clearly states that people rooted in the sand of the world are cursed.  They trust the world, its people and things for security and safety.  Their roots grow into the sand of the world searching for love, acceptance, recognition, wealth, honour, prestige and all these things that the world can offer, but none of these things can satisfy the spiritual need of man.  Instead, it is of short duration, a chase after wind that has no meaning at all.  These trees are unstable and weak with a superficial root system that has to realise that the world can offer them nothing of eternal value.  They have to make the choice to surrender their hearts and whole life to the Lord and He will then uproot these trees from the world’s dead ground so that they can develop roots that will grow into the heart of the Lord.  This is the only way that we can become one with the Lord.

“Do not be deceived, God is not mocked [He will not allow Himself to be ridiculed, nor treated with contempt nor allow His precepts to be scornfully set aside]; for whatever a man sows, this and this only is what he will reap.  For the one who sows to his flesh [his sinful capacity, his worldliness, his disgraceful impulses] will reap from the flesh ruin and destruction, but the one who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap eternal life.”   Galatians 6:7,8 (Amp)

When we are born, all of us are rooted in the sand of the world;  we were all lost at first and we all seeked happiness in the world and it’s things.  Mercifully, the Lord calls each of His children at a specific time to turn his back on the world, to be uprooted from the sand of the world so it can be rerooted in the heart of the Lord.  It is the Lord’s desire that every tree should be rooted in His heart, but where do we begin?  How do we become rooted in the heart of the Lord?  It all starts with the Word, we first have to be rooted in the Word…

“Blessed is the man who trusts Me, God, the woman who sticks with God. They’re like trees replanted in Eden, putting down roots near the rivers – never a worry through the hottest of summers, never dropping a leaf, serene and calm through droughts, bearing fresh fruit every season. ”  Jeremiah 17: 7-8 (MSG)

Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, who is rooted in the love of the Father, because no drought, strong wind, heat, cold or any other natural phenomenon can have an impact on a tree rooted in Him.  Being rooted in the heart of the Father is not an overnight event, it is rather a process of life-change.  This transformation can only begin when man recognises that he is rooted in the sinful world and when he comes to the realisation that he is a lost sinner and that he is nothing without the love of the Lord – only then can the process start.  The process of becoming rooted in the Word and in die Heart of God can never take place if man is full of pride and arrogance… it has to die, it has to be crucified.   

As man feed on the Word of God, small roots start to sprout from his deepest being, his spirit, into the Word of God.  As we study the Scriptures, we get to know the real God, we get a taste of His love, His grace and His mercy. As we get to know Him, we develop an intense desire to get to know Him even more, thus our search intensify.  The more we surrender and learn to obey the will of the Lord by studying the Word, the stronger our roots grow into the Word, until it later becomes a network of roots in the Word – a fibrous root system.  The Word of God is alive and as we deepen in the Word, the Word start to grow roots into our deepest being as well.  Just remember, we are all born as sinners, rooted in the sand of the world, filled with spiritual blockages due to our sinful nature.  The purpose of these blockages is to prevent the Light of God from shining on our hearts.  Satan will do anything in his power to prevent the Light of God from shining on our hearts, because he knows the Light will awaken our spirit hearts that will result in man reflecting the Light of God.  He knows the man who reflects the Light of God is spiritually born again and he can not control such a man… so he must fill every human being with as many spiritual blockages as possible.  These blockages develop through our sins and iniquities.  The Word is also the Light and as the roots of the Word grow into our being, it shines a light on all our blockages so that we can identify our sins and make a choice to repent of it.  After true repentance, the Light breaks through the blockages on the way to the heart.  We are therefore cleansed (washed) by the Word as it reveals our iniquities so we can repent of it.  The person who reads the Word, but does not pay attention to what the Word reveals to him, is only a hearer of the Word and not a doer. 

So get rid of all uncleanness and all that remains of wickedness, and with a humble spirit receive the word [of God] which is implanted [actually rooted in your heart], which is able to save your souls.  But prove yourselves doers of the word [actively and continually obeying God’s precepts], and not merely listeners [who hear the word but fail to internalise its meaning], deluding yourselves [by unsound reasoning contrary to the truth].  For if anyone only listens to the word without obeying it, he is like a man who looks very carefully at his natural face in a mirror;  for once he has looked at himself and gone away, he immediately forgets what he looked like.  But he who looks carefully into the perfect law, the law of liberty, and faithfully abides by it, not having become a [careless] listener who forgets but an active doer [who obeys], he will be blessed and favored by God in what he does [in his life of obedience].”  James 1:21-25 (AMP)

We must get rid of all the blockages that may spoil our spiritual life, and the only way is to feed on the Word of God, obeying it and being doers of the Word and not mere foolish hearers of the Word.  Listeners are those who enjoy their worldly life such a great deal that they are not willing to give up certain bad habits, and if you are not willing to let go of filthiness, the Light can never break through the blockages, which means the roots of Light cannot reach the person’s spiritual heart to assure man a change of heart.  So the man who chooses to be only a listener of the Word, will not be spiritually born again which means he will never be able to enter the Kingdom of God.  On the other hand, the man who is a doer of the Word, listens to the Word and also obeys the Word.  He confesses his sins and that way the roots of Light can break through the blockages.  The roots of Light will form a network of roots growing into the direction of the person’s heart, firmly anchoring the person in the Word.  lThe Light of the Word will shine on his heart, causing the stone-heart to shatter.

“To bring his life back from the pit [of destruction],  That he may be enlightened with the light of the living.”  Job 33:30  (Amp) 

“But unto you who revere and worshipfully fear My name shall the Sun of Righteousness arise with healing in His wings and His beams, and you shall go forth and gambol like calves [released] from the stall and leap for joy.”  Malachi 4:2 (AMP)

As the roots of Light reach man’s dormant spiritual heart, the blinding Light shines on his sleepy heart to awaken it from a very deep sleep.  Just as the Light of God fell on Saul and the scales fell from his eyes in order for him to truly believe in the Son of God, the same way we need the Light of God to shine upon our dormant hearts – only then can we truly believe in the Son of God.  We need the Light of God to understand the Word as God intended it;  without the Light we read and understand the Word in a fleshly manner, but when our hearts are set to fire, we believe and understand in a spiritual way – the way that God intended it to be.  As our spiritual heart starts to develop and mature, our spiritual senses start to play the key role in our life, and that way we see life from a different perspective – from God’s perspective.  

Confessing with the mouth to believe in God, is easy and anyone can do it, but truly believing in God with the heart is an entire different matter.  The person who doesn’t feed on the Word on a daily basis, certainly has no roots growing into the Word, nor in the heart of God.  Such man has no relationship (holy communion) with the Lord, but confesses to believe in Him by going to church, being baptised, and being part of the church’s rituals like holy communion.  That is not believing in God, that is RELIGION!  Religion is believing in a church and following the rules and rituals of church, not of God.  He is rooted in a church, in religion, but certainly not in the Word of God…  no one can be rooted in the heart of God if he is not rooted in the Word of God.  There are no light shining on their hearts of stone and therefor they cannot believe in God with their hearts… a stone doesn’t have emotions, nor can it believe in something, so man with a heart of stone is not capable of true believing.    

May you feed on the Word of God on a daily basis to ensure you are rooted in the Word.  Likewise, the Word will then also grow roots into your being, rooting you firmly in the Word.  May the roots of Light reveal all your iniquities so you (and I) can confess it to God in order for the Light to break through the blockages to our hearts.  May the Light of the Word shine on your heart so that the heart of stone can shatter in thousand pieces so that we can TRUELY believe in God. 

“May Christ through your faith dwell in your hearts. May you be rooted deep in love and founded securely on love… ”  Ephesians 3:17

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