As I sat this morning watching my lot being cleared I noticed one tree stump that was not coming up without a fight. At first the big bulldozer came at it from the front and broke the tree in half, but the stump did not budge as the root system stayed in its’ place. Then the bulldozer came at the stump from each side, loosening the roots from both sides. Then, the bulldozer came at it from the back and I thought “This surely will be the last of this stump,” but it still held on. The stump was definitely weary and seemed to have lost much of its root system. After going after other trees the bulldozer came at it one last try, but it came at it not in the back this time, but in the most familiar way…the front and it began to dawn on me that is exactly how the enemy attacks. He comes from the usual places, straight out where we can see him and at times he hits us on the side just to break our focus, shake us up a bit, or loosen our roots. Then, there is the attack we don’t even see and before we know it we are off track running with the same old crowd, taking the shape of our old self until he hits us one last time again just finishing off the job he started. Most believers, like myself, get hit like that and say, “What’s the use, I am here so I mind as well stay. It is comfortable here and from the looks of things there isn’t anyway God is going to forgive me now.” Well my friend, that lie has been used over and over by the enemy so well, unless you are rooted in the Word you will continue to believe that lie over and over.
Those of you who are not believers or are unaware of this other realm I speak of and can think of me as crazy at this point of this post, but let me assure you, this realm exist and it is at a constant battle, fighting for the souls placed here on earth and trying to extinguish the work of the Holy Spirit…which is why being rooted in the Word and prayer is so very important. For the Bible states in Ephesians 6:12 “For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.”
The fight the stump had with bulldozer reminded me not just of our struggle, but how deeply rooted we are, or aren’t, during those times of struggle. If you don’t do good with what you have, the Word, it will do you no good for when you need it the most…meaning if you are not being in the Word when times are fine, it will do you no good when they are not. Don’t get me wrong, you will weather the storm, but you will weather it much easier and better if you have been firmly rooted and watered well as in Ezekiel 17:8 “It had been planted in good soil by abundant water so that it would produce branches, bear fruit and become a splendid vine.”
Mark 4:20 says “And the seed that fell on good soil represents those who hear and accept God’s word and produce a harvest of thirty, sixty, or even a hundred times as much as had been planted!” When I think of this particular verse I am reminded of “Practice makes perfect.” It is one thing to hear God’s Word every week on Sunday, walk out the doors of the church only to forget what was heard and to not put them into practice. God’s Word is not a matter of speculation for religious intellects, it is a matter of instruction and training for real-life situations and will ground you when your world shakes…and believe me it is going to shake!
I really want to encourage you, if these posts already have not, to really start reading the Word of God every single day for a minimum of 15 minutes. I cannot tell you as a believer living in this day how important it really is for us to start memorizing scripture and meditating on it. If you have the Word dwelling on the inside of you daily when troubles come you will be so deeply rooted it will be so difficult for the enemy to knock you down, as it was with the tree stump, that he goes looking else where 🙂 Weathering a storm with the Word anchoring you down may not be that important to you if you don’t mind looking like the Jersey shore after Sandy. I for one like to be rooted and anchored down making the enemy go pick on someone his own size… hopefully that “someone” won’t be you 🙂