God wants to expose our Root System. Part five

When God sets out to cleanse and purify our spirit, He goes after our “human nature” itself. He locks in on our “root system.” We all know how roots work under ground as well as inside our minds. Here are some examples of “root systems”:

  • Presumption is a preconceived belief about certain things, events or people. Presumption is taking something for granted or assuming something is true in the absence of proof to the contrary. (Santa Clause really works at Macy’s) It’s a behavior common to all of us. However, presumption can often be based on falsehoods that, if not dealt with, can lead us disillusionment and bitterness, which is a sin and will separate us from God.
  • Expectation. This is a big one! We pray and then we expect, but when we don’t see the fulfillment of our prayers, we often give up. Expectation is very is closely related to presumption. Expectation is a future hope in either “things,” “events” or “people.” We all have expectations; it’s characteristic of our on own self-centered human nature. If our expectations are not met according to our way, we think they should be, they can lead to disappointment and doubt, which can end up quenching God’s Spirit.
  • Disappointment is the failure to satisfy our own self-centered presumptions and expectations. If disappointment is not caught and dealt with (given over to God), it can take us into bitterness, resentment and depression, which will separate us from God’s Spirit.
  • Another characteristic of our human self-centered nature is making comparisons. This too is one of man’s inbred, natural ways. So as with the other if not caught and given over to God, it can open our senses (our soul) up to hurt, envy and jealously. Here again we can quench God’s Spirit.
  • God’s design has created everyone of us with the need for companionship. The Bible says we were created for fellowship not only with God but with others. But if we allow aloneness to consume us and rule our thoughts and emotions, it can take us into soulish manipulation and control, only to once more quench the Spirit of God.

These five parts are not considered sin, they still have to be rooted out. If not, they can continue to direct our lives and prevent us from enjoying fellowship with God’s Spirit. These “root systems” can actually control us without our knowledge.

How do they do this? you might say.  Our ambitions, hopes, dreams, goals, desires, expectations and presumptions are beliefs, values and habits (like reacting to an accusation with white hot anger and we snap out without calmly responding) that sometimes we are not even aware of till we have sinned against someone.

However, because they are also the programmed habits upon which we build our lives, it’s very important that God exposes them so we can then surrender them to Him. Read Psalm 139:23-24 also Lamentations 3:40 read.

We might be able to fool others into thinking we are doing Godly “good works,” but if our spirit is tainted with any self-contentedness or any self-love, it’s going to be “wood, hay and stubble” in God’s eyes. Read Proverbs 21:2. Only He knows the truth. 2 Timothy 3:2 tells us we are naturally “lovers of self.” So, this means we must be delivered from these things. And the way this is done is by the purification of our spirit. Go wants us to know Him, not just in our souls (where we experience His Life) but also in our spirits (where we can experience His presence). He wants us to willingly allow Him to burn up all that He knows is unnecessarily in our souls and spirits.
Our Hope comes from knowing Him and the power of His resurrection.  Consider the example Paul gives us in Philippians 3:10: “that I may know Him, and the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of His sufferings, being made conformable unto His death…”

It’s interesting that most of us want to know Him, and the power of resurrection, but in no way do we want to experience the fellowship of His suffering. So, this Scripture says knowing Him, knowing His power and experiencing suffering are all somehow linked together, and God is exhorting us (through Paul) to know (to intimately experience) all three. Please ponder on this revelation.

Philippians 3:10 talks about “The fellowship of His suffering.” What exactly does this mean? It means that not only do we have the privilege of believing on Christ Jesus, but we also have the privilege of suffering as He did. Read Hebrews 2:10. This tells us He is our example and we must follow Him: “For it became Him, for  whom are all things, and by Him whom are all things, in bringing many sons unto glory, to make the captain of their salvation perfect through suffering (James 2:21).

1 Peter 2:21 says: “For even hereunto were ye were called; because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example that ye should follow His steps.” “O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me: never the less not as I will, but as you will”(Matt. 26:39). Even in His agony in the garden, Jesus says: “My soul is exceedingly sorrowful, even to death (Matt.26:30-41).

Philippians 3:10 tells us, suffering is something the Lord wants us to “know” and be able to get through. God is teaching us the “fellowship of His sufferings.” Think about how He suffered against sin coming at Him just like us. This is how we go from strength to strength; this is how He renews us, and this is how we grow more into His image.

Think on this; did Jesus suffer against sin in His nature as a man? Yes, He is God in His other nature, But He laid aside His deity to walk as a real man just like us subject to temptations, and the flesh(Philippians 2:6-8).

“To suffer” simply means to stop ourselves from sin, to refuse to give in to the flesh and choose by faith to go God’s way whether we feel like it or not. Scripture is saying we are “called” to suffer. Only as we suffer will we cease from sin(and the control of our “flesh”) and be able to live the rest of our lives to the will of God.

So, “suffering” doesn’t just mean a time we are thrown into a prison or we suffer some sort of torture. Suffering means consistently stopping ourselves from following what we want, what we feel and what we desire,” and choosing instead to follow what Christ is asking us to do. “Not my will, but thine.” In many cases, this brings tremendous suffering.

The goal of nothingness. The more God enables us to “see” the truth about ourselves, the more we’ll realize we cannot live without Him. The truth is we must see our nothingness next to His everything. In other words, our soul needs to be completely undone in order for us to be willing to “Pick up our cross” and follow Him.

The more we allow the Lord to put to death our “self,” the more He will encompass us about with His love.

In closing: Yes, let none who trust and wait hopefully and look for You be put to shame or be disappointed…(Psalm 25:3 Amplified).

 

 

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