Getting to the root of the problem

I don´t  always  have the opportunity  of doing yard work, but when I do I thoroughly enjoy it.

For some time I had my eye on a wild vine growing out of control in our yard. My mind was fixed  to chop it down. (Remember, I live in the foothills of a cloud forest, and plants tend to grow quite rapidly.)

Mano de Tigre
With machete in hand, I began chopping away. What surprised me were the many roots this vine had, embedded into the soil.  I could not seem to find the main stem of this vine.  It was a real mess.

I started at the base, but the roots were many, so I began chopping away at the end of the vine.  Some time later, progress was visible.

I was cutting away removing the leaves when I finally arrived at the base of the vine.

Spiritually speaking, we desire to eliminate a problem, but the roots are so many we cannot find out where this ¨thing¨ that is hindering us was birthed.

To get to the root of the problem, many times we need to peel the layers to get to where it started growing.

It would be easier  if we could just hack it away with one swipe, but many times God does not work that way. He deals with us carefully.

If we allow Him to work, He will begin very gingerly removing external influences that hinder our calling and relationship with Him  upon our life. He wants us to trust, mature and grow in Him.

With  trust, maturity begins to flourish.

It can be painful to our pride, but it is well worth it.

We may find ourselves in a situation  we did not know how we ended up in.

If that is you, a time of reflection is needed and here are a few helpful questions you could ask yourself.

  • When did the problem start?
  • When did my spouse and I begin having this problem?
  • How did I end up with such a bad attitude?
  • When did everything begin going crazy at home, at work, in my relationship?

You don´t know the answers to these questions, but the Lord does.  If you ask, He will tell you.

Once we get to the root of our problem, a number of things may need to happen to ensure that it does not sprout up again.

First, we need to be honest with ourselves.   God can and will work with that.

Was it sin, rebellion, an attitude problem?  Perhaps  your heart was not right.   Confess it and quickly, and forgive yourself for the sin.

You may need to forgive someone, and do so.  It is not for their benefit, but for yours. Forgiveness removes the bondage you have towards the other person and allows God to work in your heart and on the other´s person life.

Allow God to do a deep work inside of  you.

When you allow your heavenly Father to remove things that are causing you trouble, He will also do  a healing work in your heart.

Your emotions begin to heal and line up and soon you will find yourself walking in a new level of freedom.

Living in joy, freedom and growing closer to the Father should be the goal.  With those hindrances removed, you are set to walk out in your gifts and calling, where there is true happiness.

 

Are you prepared to die?

I remember the day 9/11 happened. I was working at a call center at the time. All of us were glued to our computer monitors watching the news.  There was silence everywhere,  in shock at what had just occurred.

Pittier, Costa Rica
Pittier, Costa Rica

I could not imagine losing a loved one  that tragic day. Lives were lost. Families forever changed.

Pain.

Agony.

Suffering.

Death, it comes in many forms. Not long ago my adult son mourned the loss of his friend to suicide. A precious life lost and a family forever changed.

There is another type of death we need to consider.

Spiritual Death

The word says that Jesus came to give life abundantly, and He died so that we may have eternal life.

1 John 5:11  The testimony is this,  God has given us eternal life, and this life has its source in his Son.

Last week I had the privilege to join my pastor and a few others spreading the message of hope to an area of Costa Rica that has a high suicide rate and the development index is the third lowest in the country.

When our group of 12 arrived, we were  challenged and stretched in many ways.

These beloved people live day-to-day as farmers, coffee pickers, maids, gardeners and so forth. Work is scarce, and it was a privilege to be able to pray, share uplifting messages and bring hope.

Typical farmers home
Typical farmers home

We also distributed  Bibles to the homes in the community. We had testimonies of conversions to Christ, we prayed  for families, and had an overall sense of gratitude with the people.  Even drug addicts received us with open arms.

I am thankful I live in a country where I can share my faith freely without reprisals.

Bible distribution
Bible distribution

I learned  I can witness door to door and share the message of Christ and get excited about it.

I would not want my worst enemy to die without knowing Jesus.  We are living on this earth  for a short time, and  what matters most is where we spend eternity.

We never know when death may visit. Not long ago, my husband´s friend died as he was hit by a vehicle. The day before they spoke on the phone, and the next moment he was gone.

If you are unsure of where you will go when you pass this earth, I encourage you to accept Christ as your friend and into your life,  follow Him and live an abundant life.

When you accept Christ, the day you  die  your name will be called and it will be found written in the in the Lamb´s book of life, and your entrance to heaven will be secure.

I assure you, you will not be disappointed!