[CF Devotionals] 2015-05-06 - Dead Roots

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I was saddened to need to remove a dead rose bush from my flower bed, on one side of the house. On the surface, it seemed like cutting the branches once, as far back as possible, that it would then be much easier to then break it loose and pull it out of the ground. I was wrong. While it had only a couple areas that even had growth over ground, I found the story to be different below ground. The roots, although not productive, had buried themselves deep within the soil, and it was quite an arduous task to break them loose.

And so it goes with most any form of change; we can get stuck. We get into patterns that can be either good or not so good, and it’s hard to break ourselves free. We can get pulled back into unhealthy patterns of behavior, as well as ways of thinking. I’m grateful for a father who allows me to renew my strength in Him every day, sometimes several times on any given day. He wants us to keep the roots that are good and productive, and cut away the ones that keep us from him. Remember, life is in his will, and the dead roots will keep us from reaching our full potential. Seek life first.

“Every branch in me that beareth not fruit he taketh away: and every branch that beareth fruit, he purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit.” (John 15:2)

“I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.” (John 15:5)

“For if the firstfruit be holy, the lump is also holy: and if the root be holy, so are the branches.” (Romans 11:16)

“That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love,…” (Ephesians 3:17)

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