Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Speaking to the SYCAMINE TREE in our lives

This is the day that the Lord has made, I will rejoice and be glad in it! This is day 10 of our corporate 21-day Daniel Fast. God is speaking INTO my life and showing me things that I need to eliminate from my heart, attitudes that need to be adjusted. Yesterday, in my blog, I discussed the Sycamine tree of Luke 17. Today let's talk about how to uproot the sycamine tree, or the bitterness and unforgiveness in our life!

When Jesus taught His disciples about the evil effects of bitterness, unforgiveness, and offense, He also told them how to uproot and remove offenses and unforgiveness from the heart. Praise God that Jesus didn't just identify the problem and then leave us to figure out our deliverance by ourselves! He took it one step further and gave us the secret weapon for jerking those roots clear out of the ground and sending them to a place where they will never again produce their wicked fruit in us.

Jesus said, "If ye had faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye might say unto this sycamine tree, Be thou plucked up by the root, and be thou planted in the sea; and it should obey you" (Luke 17:6). Notice Jesus said, "Ye might say unto this sycamine tree." In order to get rid of these destructive devices, you have to rise up and take authority over them!

Jesus specifically said that you must literally speak to the sycamine tree. The word "say" used in Luke 17:6 is the Greek word lego, which means to speak, but the tense that is used depicts a strong, stern, serious, deeply felt kind of speaking. In other words, this isn't a person who mutters thoughtless nonsense; this is a person who has made an inward resolution and now speaks authoritatively and with great conviction.

Your voice represents your authority; therefore, when you raise your voice, you release your authority. That is why you must speak
to these attitudes and not just think about them. You can think all you want about removing those poisonous roots in your life, but your thoughts will not remove them. But when you get so tired of living under the stress and strain of bitterness, unforgiveness, and offense that you lift your voice and command these foul forces to go, they will finally begin to obey you!

I promise you, friend — if you wait until you feel like speaking to those ugly attitudes, you'll never do it! If you depend on your feelings and emotions to motivate you, you'll never be free of offense and unforgiveness. Your feelings and emotions will tell you that you have a right and a reason to feel the way you do. Your flesh will talk you into hanging on to those unprofitable, harmful attitudes. So make the choice not to listen to your negative emotions anymore; then start exercising your God-given authority by speaking to these attitudes and emotions that are tormenting you and those around you!

It is time for you to accept personal responsibility for your inward condition. Stop blaming everyone else for all your bad attitudes, and acknowledge that there is something inside you that needs to be removed! Jesus said you must speak to that "sycamine tree" and tell it to go!

You have to treat bitterness, resentment, and unforgiveness like they are enemies that have come to corrupt your soul. You must see them as bandits that have come to steal your joy, your peace, and your relationships. Would you throw open the door and allow a bandit to ravage your home? Of course not! In addition to using all the power available to you for removing that bandit, you'd probably command him to get out of your house! And I seriously doubt that you would whisper at him; most likely you would yell and scream as you ordered him out!

Likewise, you must decide not to tolerate this spiritual pestilence any longer, not even for a second. It's time for you to raise your voice of authority and declare to these attitudes that they will no longer dominate you. And if you must, speak to these attitudes and command them to go again and again and again and again and again — until they are finally uprooted and removed forever!

You have to go for the roots! If you want to be free, it's going to take an attitude that says, "I'm going to get to the roots of this beast and yank them clear out of my soul, and I'm not going to stop until I'm totally free!"

My prayer is that you begin to speak to the bitterness, unforgiveness, and out of control emotions in your life, and that you conquer the flesh before it conquers you. Go ahead, speak to that Sycamine tree and ask God to cast into the depths of the sea! Blessings!

Pastor Rusty

Today's "THROUGH THE BIBLE IN A YEAR" Bible Reading: Tuesday, March 11, 2008- 1 Kings 1:1 – 1 Kings 4:34

This week's Memory Verse to "hide in our heart": Luke 17:6

Luke 17:6 If ye had faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye might say unto this sycamine tree, Be thou plucked up by the root, and be thou planted in the sea; and it should obey you.


Anonymous said...

Rusty, Your blog is one of the highlights of my day. The only thing better is Dorindas. Thanks for ministering to me.
Love you guys
Mark Ferren

Anonymous said...

Good word again today


Pastor Rusty said...

Mark Ferren, great to hear from you bro. Thanks for your comments, and I agree with you about Dorinda's blog. She does a GREAT job! We love you and your family as well.

John Laney said...

I was studying Luke 17 this morning and looked for a reference on the Sycamine tree. Great teaching!

Thanks for your service to God's people.

John Laney