The root system of a tree symbolizes our spiritual life. We know that roots provide nourishment to the tree to bear fruit, so how and what is nourishing our spirit? What are we feeding on?
We may have some roots that we need to dig up!
The Word tells us in Jeremiah 4:3 – “Break up your fallow ground, And do not sow among thorns.”
Also in Colossians 2:6-7 it reads – “In the same way you received Jesus our Lord and Messiah by faith, continue your journey of faith, progressing further into your union with him! Your spiritual roots go deeply into his life as you are continually infused with strength, encouraged in every way. For you are established in the faith you have absorbed and enriched by your devotion to him!”
There are several ways and reasons we may have unhealthy roots, but it isn’t too late to dig them up! Keep in mind, that we have several roots!
Just because we have some unhealthy ones doesn’t mean we don’t have good ones, too!
But to bear good fruit, we must dig up the bad roots to allow the good ones to grow!
Matthew 13:6 – “…but when the days grew hot, the sprouts were scorched and withered because they had insufficient roots.”
These are some roots that we have personally struggled with and had to dig up:
Roots of Fear
Fear is one of the biggest struggles we face as a people. Roots of fear can manifest in different ways for different people. Some roots of fear that God wants us to uproot include fear of abandonment, fear of rejection, fear of other peoples opinions, fear of failure – the list goes on.
But we do not have to fear for 2 Timothy 1:7 tells us – “God has not given us a Spirit of fear, but of power, love and a sound mind.”
Fear is = False Evidence Appearing Real. On the contrary, we know that Faith is = the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. Both have the word evidence, and evidence is facts, proof right? But, we see that fear is false proof, false truth and we cannot live our lives off of false truth but in Faith!
Roots of Bitterness
We can become bitter for a number of reasons, mostly due to unhealed wounds. Roots of bitterness can easily be overlooked when we decide to allow these wounds to grow in us without confronting them.
Ephesians 4:31-32 – “Let all bitterness, wrath, anger, clamor, and evil speaking be put away from you, with all malice. And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God in Christ forgave you.”
Hebrews 12:15 “Looking carefully lest anyone fall short of the grace of God: lest any root of bitterness springing up causes trouble, and by this many become defiled…”
There is hope, though! When we choose to uproot bitterness, God promises in:
Ezekiel 36:26 – “I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you. I will take the heart of stone out of your flesh and give you a heart of flesh.”
Roots of Unforgiveness
This is huge because we may not even realize sometimes that we are walking in unforgiveness. That’s why 2 Corinthians 13:5 tells us to examine ourselves. We can easily allow things in and not even know deception has taken root.
We need to uproot unforgiveness because it serves as a hindrance to receive anything God has for us. Remember that forgiveness toward others releases US from God’s judgment. Forgiveness isn’t easy and doesn’t right any wrongs, but it does release YOU to be open to receive God’s blessings.
Matthew 6:14-15 – “For if you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.”
Now that we know what some of the unhealthy roots are, how do we uproot them? The answer is simple, yet complicated… CHOOSE TOO…
Sissy and I have dealt with most of these and probably more. Dealing with roots becomes a part of your life, nature and honestly comfort. Digging them up literally comes from standing at a crossroads where you are finally fed up of going around the same mountain any longer.
You make the hard choice to go against your flesh and what you are comfortable with and you choose to grab onto God’s hand and run! Psalm 1 now becomes your safety net – surrounding yourself with Godly influencers who will encourage and support your efforts. I’m not talking about those that will stand on the sidelines and pray for you, but the ones/one who will get in those trenches with you no matter how many times or how long it takes.
You will get out what you put in. As my sister poured into me, “HOW BAD DO YOU WANT IT?” Remember fruit doesn’t grow over night! Give yourself grace as it takes time for fruit to grow!
You literally live a life of worship. You wake up and you pray! You drive to work and you worship!! You pray without ceasing, as the Word says. Worship is in everything you do, how you operate and function on a daily basis. You immerse yourself in His Word that is the living water! The water that nourishes your spirit!
You do these things and THEN – THEN you will be like a tree planted by rivers of flowing water!!! THEN you will bring forth good fruit! THEN your leaf will not wither and THEN – THEN WHATEVER YOU DO WILL PROSPER!!!
Jeremiah 17:7-8 – “Good will come to the man who trusts in the Lord, and whose hope is in the Lord. He will be like a tree planted by the water, that sends out its roots by the river. It will not be afraid when the heat comes but its leaves will be green. It will not be troubled in a Dry year or stop giving fruit.”