THE ROOT by accinent

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									                            THE ROOT
                    Sunday Morning, April 20, 2008
                     Green Ridge Assembly of God


Our Soil needs to be LOVE     Eph. 3:14-19 (GW)

14 This is the reason I kneel in the presence of the Father 15 from
   whom all the family in heaven and on earth receives its name. 16 I'm
   asking God to give you a gift from the wealth of his glory. I pray that
   he would give you inner strength and power through his Spirit.
17 Then Christ will live in you through faith. I also pray that love may
   be the ground into which you sink your roots and on which you have
   your foundation. 18 This way, with all of God's people you will be
   able to understand how wide, long, high, and deep his love is. 19 You
   will know Christ's love, which goes far beyond any knowledge. I am
   praying this so that you may be completely filled with God.


Our Roots need to be sunk in HIM!! Col. 2:1-8 (GW)

1 I want you to know how hard I work for you, for the people of
   Laodicea, and for people I have never met. 2 Because they are
   united in love, I work so that they may be encouraged by all the
   riches that come from a complete understanding of Christ. He is the
   mystery of God. 3 God has hidden all the treasures of wisdom and
   knowledge in Christ.
4 I say this so that no one will mislead you with arguments that merely
   sound good. 5 Although I'm absent from you physically, I'm with
   you in spirit. I'm happy to see how orderly you are and how firm
   your faith in Christ is. 6 You received Christ Jesus the Lord, so
   continue to live as Christ's people.
7 Sink your roots in him and build on him. Be strengthened by the faith
   that you were taught, and overflow with thanksgiving. 8 Be careful
   not to let anyone rob you of this faith through a shallow and
   misleading philosophy. Such a person follows human traditions and
   the world's way of doing things rather than following Christ.
No Root, No Gutt!! Matt. 13:19-23 (GW)

19 Someone hears the word about the kingdom but doesn't understand
   it. The evil one comes at once and snatches away what was planted in
   him. This is what the seed planted along the road illustrates. 20 The
   seed planted on rocky ground is the person who hears the word and
   accepts it at once with joy.
21 Since he doesn't have any root, he lasts only a little while. When
   suffering or persecution comes along because of the word, he
   immediately falls from faith. 22 The seed planted among
   thornbushes is another person who hears the word. But the worries
   of life and the deceitful pleasures of riches choke the word so that it
   can't produce anything.
23 But the seed planted on good ground is the person who hears and
   understands the word. This type produces crops. They produce one
   hundred, sixty, or thirty times as much as was planted."

We fall from the faith when we have no root



WHAT ROOT DO YOU HAVE?

Christ is the only root!! 1 Cor. 3:10-11 (NIV)

10By the grace God has given me, I laid a foundation as an expert
builder, and someone else is building on it. But each one should be
careful how he builds. 11For no one can lay any foundation other than
the one already laid, which is Jesus Christ.


If the root is good, the fruit can be good


 Fruits of the Spirit Gal. 5: 22-25    (NIV)

22But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness,
goodness, faithfulness, 23gentleness and self-control. Against such
things there is no law. 24Those who belong to Christ Jesus have
crucified the sinful nature with its passions and desires. 25Since we live
by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit .


WHAT ABOUT A BAD ROOT?

Unforgiveness
Bitterness
Envy
Jealousy
Hatred
Lust
The list goes on and on………


Beware the root of Bitterness Heb 12:15 (MKJV)

looking diligently lest any fail of the grace of God, or lest any root of
   bitterness springing up disturb you, and by it many are defiled,


Bad roots can be changed Mar 11:20-25 (GW)

20 While Jesus and his disciples were walking early in the morning,
   they saw that the fig tree had dried up. 21 Peter remembered what
   Jesus had said, so he said to Jesus, "Rabbi, look! The fig tree you
   cursed has dried up." 22 Jesus said to them, "Have faith in God!
23 I can guarantee this truth: This is what will be done for someone
   who doesn't doubt but believes what he says will happen: He can say
   to this mountain, 'Be uprooted and thrown into the sea,' and it will
   be done for him. 24 That's why I tell you to have faith that you have
   already received whatever you pray for, and it will be yours.
25 Whenever you pray, forgive anything you have against anyone.
   Then your Father in heaven will forgive your failures."




Jesus is Jesse’s root   Isaiah 11:1-10 (MKJV)
1 And a Shoot goes out from the stump of Jesse, and a Branch shall
  grow out of his roots. 2 And the Spirit of Jehovah shall rest on Him,
  the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and
  might, the spirit of knowledge and of the fear of Jehovah.
3 And He is made to breathe in the fear of Jehovah. And He shall not
  judge according to the sight of His eyes, nor decide by the hearing of
  His ears.
4 But with righteousness He shall judge the poor, and shall decide with
  uprightness for the meek of the earth. And He shall strike the earth
  with the rod of His mouth, and with the breath of His lips He shall
  slay the wicked. 5 And righteousness shall be the girdle of His loins,
  and faithfulness the girdle of His heart.
6 Also the wolf shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down
  with the kid; and the calf and the cub lion and the fatling together;
  and a little child shall lead them. 7 And the cow and the bear shall
  feed; their young ones shall lie down together; and the lion shall eat
  straw like the ox.
8 And the suckling child shall play on the hole of the asp, and the
  weaned child shall put his hand on the adder’s den. 9 They shall not
  hurt nor destroy in all My holy mountain; for the earth shall be full
  of the knowledge of Jehovah, as the waters cover the sea. 10 And in
  that day there shall be the Root of Jesse standing for a banner of the
  people; to Him the nations shall seek; and His resting place shall be
  glorious.


He is the root of David   Rev. 5:1-5 (MKJV)

1 And I saw a book on the right of Him sitting on the throne, written
  inside and on the back, sealed with seven seals. 2 And I saw a mighty
  angel proclaiming with a loud voice, Who is worthy to open the book
  and to loosen its seals? 3 And no one in Heaven, nor on the earth,
  nor under the earth, was able to open the book or to look at it.
4 And I wept very much, because no one was found worthy to open
  and to read the book, nor to look at it. 5 And one of the elders said to
  me, Do not weep. Behold, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of
  David, has prevailed to open the book and to loose the seven seals of
  it.
The leaves of the righteous don’t wither    Psalm 1 (NIV)

1 Blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked
or stand in the way of sinners or sit in the seat of mockers. 2 But his
delight is in the law of the LORD, and on his law he meditates day and
night.
3 He is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in
season and whose leaf does not wither. 4 Not so the wicked! They are
like chaff that the wind blows away. 5 Therefore the wicked will not
stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the assembly of the righteous.
6 For the LORD watches over the way of the righteous, but the way of
the wicked will perish.



May you have roots planted by the rivers of living water, and may you
bear your fruit in season!
                             There I grow again
                             By Cindy Ludwig


Don't Worry If you have problems, which is easy to say until you are in
the midst of a really big one, I know. But the only people I am aware of
who don't have troubles are gathered in little neighborhoods.

Most communities have at least one. We call them cemeteries. If you're
breathing, you have difficulties.

It's the way of life. And believe it or not, most of your problems may
actually be good for you. Let me explain.

Maybe you have seen the Great Barrier Reef, stretching some 1,800
miles from New Guinea to Australia. Tour guides regularly take visitors
to view the reef. On one tour, the guide was asked an interesting
question.

"I notice that the lagoon side of the reef looks pale and lifeless, while the
ocean side is vibrant and colorful," a traveler observed. "Why is this?"

The guide gave an interesting answer: "The coral around the lagoon
side is in still water, with no challenge for its survival. It dies early. The
coral on the ocean side is constantly being tested by wind, waves, storms
- surges of power. It has to fight for survival every day of it's life. As it is
challenged and tested it changes and adapts.

It grows healthy. It grows strong. And it reproduces."

Then he added this telling note: "That's the way it is with every living
organism." That is how it is with people. Challenged and tested, we
come alive. Like coral pounded by the sea, we grow.

Physical demands can cause us to grow stronger. Mental and emotional
stress can produce tough-mindedness and resiliency. Spiritual testing
can produce strength of character and faithfulness. So, you have
problems... no problem. Just tell yourself, "There I grow again."
               The Parable of the Fern and the Bamboo

One day, I decided to quit. I wanted to quit my job, to quit my
relationships, to quit my spirituality; I even wanted to quit my life. I
went to the woods to have one last talk with God. “God", I said. “Can
you give me one good reason not to quit?”
His answer surprised me. “Look around", He said. “Do you see the fern
and the bamboo?”
“Yes", I replied.
“When I planted the fern and the bamboo seeds, I took very good care
of them. I gave them light. I gave them water. The fern quickly grew
from the earth. Its brilliant green covered the floor. Yet nothing came
from the bamboo seed. But I did not quit on the bamboo.”
“In the second year the Fern grew more vibrant and plentiful. And
again, nothing came from the bamboo seed. But I did not quit on the
bamboo.”
“In the third year there was still nothing from the bamboo seed. But I
would not quit.”
“In the fourth year, again, there was nothing from the bamboo seed. I
would not quit.”
“Then in the fifth year a tiny sprout emerged from the earth. Compared
to the fern it was seemingly small and insignificant. But just 6 months
later the bamboo rose to over 100 feet tall. It had spent the five years
growing roots. Those roots made it strong and gave it what it needed to
survive. I would not give any of my creations a challenge they could not
handle,” He said to me.
“Did you know, my child, that all this time you have been struggling,
you have actually been growing roots? I would not quit on the bamboo.
I will never quit on you! Don’t compare yourself to others. The bamboo
had a different purpose than the fern. Yet they both make the forest
beautiful. Your time will come,” God said to me. “You will rise high.”
“How high should I rise?” I asked.
“How high will the bamboo rise?” He asked in return.
“As high as it can?” I questioned.
“Yes.” He said, “Give Me glory by rising as high as you can. And
remember... I will never leave you, nor forsake you. I will never give up
on you. I will never, ever quit on you.”

								
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