OPEN HEAVENS DEVOTIONAL MONDAY 14 SEPTEMBER 2015 BY PASTOR E.A ADEBOYE

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TOPIC: THE RIGHT ROOT
Memorise: And have no root in themselves, and so endure but for a time:
afterward, when affliction or persecution ariseth for the word’s sake,
immediately they are offended. Mark 4:17
Read: Mark 4:16-17,
16 And these are they likewise which are sown on stony
ground; who, when they have heard the word, immediately receive it with
gladness;
17 And have no root in themselves, and so endure but for a time: afterward,
when affliction or persecution ariseth for the word’s sake, immediately they are
offended.

Bible in one year:
Exodus 30:22-32:35,
Romans 14:13-15:13

MESSAGE
In a marathon, not everyone who starts the race reaches the finish line. Several
people drop out of the race due to one reason or the other. In the same way,
several people are dropping out of the race to meet Christ the Redeemer on the
last day. The parable of the sower reveals some of the reasons why people will
not get to the finish line of the Christian race. One of such reasons is not being
rooted and grounded in the word of God. Jesus gives further insight into this in
Mark 4:17
“And have no root in themselves, and so endure but for a time: afterward,
when affliction or persecution ariseth for the word’s sake, immediately they are
offended.”
The root of a tree is very important to its survival. If you cut down every part of
most trees and leave the roots, the tree will spring up again. All the
nourishment that sustains the fruits, leaves and branches of a tree are received
through its roots. Also, it is the roots that hold the tree when the wind comes
against it. If the roots are few or tiny, the tree will also be limited in its ability
to feed and stay fixed; but if the roots are many, big and strong, the tree will
feed well and endue. Note that every tree has roots whose size is directly
proportional to the size of the tree. It is therefore the size of your root in Christ
that will determine how big you will grow in His kingdom. A heavy wind blew
one rainy day and it caused a big tree located by the roadside to fall. People
marvelled that such a huge tree could be brought down by the wind, but after
they looked closely, they discovered that the roots of this tree did not go deep
enough into the ground, and so the bottom of the tree appeared flat. No wonder
it fell!

In the Christian faith, the root refers to the foundation on which one’s faith in
Jesus is established. If the foundation is bad, it will definitely affect the growth
and stability of the tree. Any fruit produced will have problems if the root is not
the right size or does not go deep enough. Many believers who bungled their
trip to Heaven had a bad foundation in Christ. Either their roots were developed
wrongly, or their roots did not go deep enough. This is why care should be
taken to groom young converts very well through the teaching of the word.
They should be exposed to the sincere, undiluted milk of the word ( 1st Peter
2:2 ). What is the state of your foundation in Christ? Do you have big, Strong
roots that can give you stability until the race ends?

Prayer Point
Father, give me the right roots that will make me grow into a gigantic tree in
your kingdom.

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