We all have challenges in our lives to overcome. I myself have overcome many obstacles. One foundational truth to overcoming is to deal with the root of the issue. If we understand anything about roots, we must first identify the source. It always begins with a seed.
Our God has a strategy and whatever the Lord does, the enemy tries to counterfeit. Being the father of lies, he never tells anyone an absolute lie. He begins by distorting the truth. Strategically, in stages, our enemy sows seeds that distort our perception. And before we know it, we can be trapped in the clutches of sin.
To attain freedom, we must always start at the root. If we do not identity where it began, then chances are we will never be able to deal with it effectively. Over time, it will continue to grow. No one decides to commit a major bank heist overnight. They start with small robberies and when they successfully execute those, their confidence grows and they allow sin to grip them tightly. So it is with all kinds of problems or blessings in our life. Everything begins with a seed. In Genesis 8:22 we see the Word of God mentions that “as long as the earth remains there will be seed time and harvest.”
Seeds of the enemy
If our problem has roots then it is evident that it began with a seed. Regardless of what seed is planted, we are watering it with our continual thoughts, words and actions. We must start by identifying the seed. What is the source of our problem? And then destroy the seed that the enemy has sown by removing the root. Interestingly, the Bible says, “Do not let your anger set in, before night” Why? Because, when we sleep the seed germinates and in that time of silence, is when the roots go deeper. And the more the roots grow deeper, the harder it becomes to deal with the issue. 1 Timothy 4:2 talks about, “having conscience seared with a hot iron.” When our skin is burnt with hot iron, the cells die and cease to have any sort of feelings in that area. Sin takes over and we no longer feel guilty about it.
2 Corinthians 10:4-5
The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.
Sin has power to take us captive unless we decide to take it captive. We have the power of God in us through Holy Spirit. He will give us wisdom, courage, and strength to identify the stronghold and deal with it. Show no mercy to sin!
Seeds of God
After we have dealt with seeds the enemy has sown, now it’s time to permeate our heart and mind with the seeds of God. We must surround ourselves with like-minded people going after the call and will of God for their lives. We must immerse ourselves in and consume the Word of God. Meditating on the Word allows the seeds of truth to take root and sprout.
When Jesus was talking about seed growth, He spoke about three environments that caused the seeds to die. (Mark 4)
- Seed Fallen in the Pathway
These were exposed to birds that devour. These seeds of truth are quickly stolen and do not have a chance to take root. Who are the people that surround us? Do they help us get closer to God or away from God? We must create an environment or atmosphere to protect and nurture the seeds of truth by surrounding ourselves with those who help us pursue God with all your heart.
- Seed Fallen on the Rocks
The rocks can represent lies in our hearts. This can allow a root of truth to be easily uprooted in the midst of storm from a lack of spiritual growth and maturity. We must surround ourselves with people that can help us expose and remove the lies, then challenge us to grow in out relationship with God.
- Seed Fallen on Thorns
When we allow the cares of the world to rule in our hearts it pulls us away from the reality of God and keeps us distracted. We must choose to protect the seeds. The seeds are the words of truth that are planted. It begins to take root when we start to do the things that are planted. A harvest of good fruit in our lives is the evidence of this! Jesus always bearded good fruit and set the bar that we should measure against!
I pray that we will strive everyday to grow closer to Jesus, allowing this revelation to help us experience true freedom, as we are increasingly becoming more like Him!