What Affects a Root?

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You normally cannot see the root of a thing but you can see the effects of it. You have to go into the unseen to affect the seen. Speak to the root. Bill Winston

What a simple but profound statement. You have to go into the unseen to affect the seen. Jesus demonstrated this picture in Mark 11:20-24 when he spoke to the fig tree or prophesied it’s end, this is what happened: 

Now in the morning, as they passed by, they saw the fig tree dried up from the roots.  And Peter, remembering, said to Him, “Rabbi, look! The fig tree which You cursed has withered away.”  So Jesus answered and said to them, “Have faith in God.  For assuredly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be removed and be cast into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that those things he says will be done, he will have whatever he says.  Therefore I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them.

How did Jesus go into the unseen to affect the seen? With his words. You will find this one thing about Jesus as recorded in the gospels; there was always purpose for his words.  Not one time do you hear him say, ‘You’re killing me, Peter!’ or ‘That will be the death of me’ or ‘I can’t eat that, I’ll end up in a diabetic coma!’ Our problem is that we use our words for whatever we feel like, thinking there will be no affect on us, when the Bible clearly states that life and death are in the power of our tongue and those who love it eat the fruit of it. Basically it’s telling us, you’ll live or die by what comes out of your mouth.

Father, may my words be measured, watching what I say, knowing that there is indeed power in them. I can bring life or death to others based on my words. I can encourage and build up or carelessly tear down and destroy. Make my words count for your Kingdom, for your glory. May I be a life giver, speaking what you say. Any bad root that has been formed by my careless words, either in me or others, I curse them to dry up, wither and die.  May they be replaced by words of love, peace and joy. May your Holy Spirit do a lasting work in my heart and the heart of those who would perhaps read this blog. Help us to practice speaking good things over others and ourselves, even in private where we think no one will hear it, may we never open our mouths to speak our own judgements but believe the best of everyone. We can only do this with your help, so we ask it in Jesus’ Name. Amen

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