The Problem Lies at the Root

Earlier in the month I wrote about the importance of hearing God in your brokenness. Now I am going to mention the root of the problem. When Moses encouraged the Children of Israel that He was going to bring them out, it was hard for them to receive the information through Moses because they had been in a place of disparity for such a long time. What we have to understand is this; before God brings us out of a thing, He will tell us what He is going to do, but He will also instruct us to do something else.

Usually when it comes time for us to move into a new place with God, He will instruct us to deal with some things which may be a hindrance in our lives in order to move us to the next level. Freedom is the power or right to act, speak, or think as one wants without hindrance or restraint (oxford dictionary 2015). There must be a level of freedom in our lives in order to experience the fullness of God,

Things may seem hard for you right now, but it is hard for a reason. That reason is because we have pharaoh’s in our lives that do not want to let us go. Some of our pharaoh’s could be abuse; rejection; abandonment; alcohol; molestation; divorce; offense; lust; pornography; or the love of money. This list can go on and on. What we have to look at is this: anything that holds you captive is a pharaoh in your life. God desires all of His children to be free from their personal pharaoh’s. Pharaoh didn’t want to let the Children of Israel go because they were a huge benefit to him. Your pharaoh doesn’t want to let you go neither because it is using you to help build his kingdom.

In Exodus 6:11 the Lord spoke to Moses instructing him to tell pharaoh to let His people go. In verse 12 Moses responded like many of us “Behold, the children of Israel have not hearkened unto me; how then shall Pharaoh hear me, who am of uncircumcised lips?” God will come to us and instruct us to deal with some hidden issues in our lives, and we will respond like Moses in a manner of defeat. He didn’t think anyone would listen, and there are times we believe no one will listen to us when we are trying to right our wrongs.

The Lord may have instructed you to forgive your father who has never loved you, and you may think it is impossible to do it, but God would never instruct you to do something that His grace can not carry you through. The un-forgiveness towards your father may be the very thing that causes you to behave in a way that is unpleasant to others who are in authority. The lust for other people who are not your spouse has left an emptiness in your heart that only God can heal. Even in this there is a root to the problem , and that problem could stem from many abusive and hurtful things that has damaged our hearts as children, or even teenagers.  As you read further into Exodus 6 God is still instructing Moses to deal with the problem, Pharaoh. As much as Moses felt he was inadequate to handle that pain, God was more than able to sustain him through the deliverance process.

As you read the next several chapters in Exodus, you will see God is instructing Moses to deal with the problem. Our deliverance lies at the root of  our problems. The more Moses dealt and kept talking to that problem, the more God kept showing Himself to be mighty. The more you keep working on the inner pharaoh that may have you in bondage, God will continue to show Himself strong in your life and deliver you. He desires to bring you into a place flowing with milk and honey, but we have to deal with the root of our problems. Once the root is removed, we will not have to worry about that situation again.

So, take a moment and ask the Lord to show you the pharaoh in your life that has hindered you from receiving the fullness of His love. What is it that causes you to react to people in an aggressive way when they say something to help you? What is it that won’t allow you to forgive a loved one, friend, or co-worker for a wrong you believe they have done? There are problems we all must face, big or small, but God is able to give us the grace to face the problems.

Pray this prayer: Psalm 139:23-24 “23 Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts:24 And see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.” Jeremiah 17:14 “Heal me, O LORD, and I shall be healed; save me, and I shall be saved: for thou art my praise.” 

 

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2 thoughts on “The Problem Lies at the Root

  1. Another good message, Janice. When it comes to roots I’ve observed an interesting reality that has assisted my technique as a pastor and counselor.

    Over 25 years ago a huge oak tree was removed from my back yard because the roots had begun pressing against the foundation of my house. The tree was taken completely away and all surface roots in a 15 foot diameter. A power router drilled down forty feet removing the central stump.

    Last year, I noticed a three foot stem with about thirty branches growing in in a hedge on the front of my property some 150 feet from the spot of the old oak’s removal. It was springing up from the roots that had been laying dormant and reached furhter than the expectations of the professional tree removal crew.

    I find that when removing “roots” that directly affect our spiritual and emotional well being, they often “hide” in bigger bushes giving the false sense that they were already effectively removed. This is usually the case when the real “root” is spiritual in nature, because it is not dormant, merely elusive.

    Finding the root often requires stripping it of its disquise and being patient to search a broader area than fist considered. If we merely treat the area of its origin, we neglect the new growth it has spawned in other more recent areas of our lives, which can lead to a false impression that we effectively eliminated the problem “at the root”, when in fact the root remains invading our present experiences undetected.

    If you anyone continues to struggle with unwanted problem areas in life that have been diagnosed by professional care givers, counsellors, etc. as having “roots”, invite the Lord into the deepest caverns of your life an conduct a wide sweep to get to the hidden stuborn roots. When God heals, it is complete and lasting.

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