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The Roots of the Redeemed

December 14

“Entreat me not to leave thee, or to return from following after thee: for whither thou goest, I will go ...”   Ruth 1:16


“Of a truth, we too often practice a daisy type of devotion to the LORD …”





Though these words are given of Ruth to Naomi, the undying devotion behind them would serve us well in our oblation to GOD.  The commands of CHRIST will suffice to beckon us come; but apart from a SPIRIT filled bedrock of intimacy for HIM, you’ll soon find, like Orpah, you’re on your way back to Moab.  “And straightway they forsook their nets, and followed HIM … And they all forsook HIM, and fled.”  Have you ever considered yourself in the mirror of the disciple’s fickleness?  Of a truth, we too often practice a daisy type of devotion to the LORD where we sit and pull petals, alternating on whether we love HIM, or love HIM not.  May GOD move us out of hearing range of the horrible crow of the denier's cock. 

"And the same day, when the even was come, HE saith unto them, Let us pass over unto the other side.”  During HIS earthly ministry, JESUS CHRIST was in constant flux, moving about the towns and villages, and out in the countryside, seeking the lost in single eyed dedication to HIS purpose for being with us.  Likewise, a life which is: “… hid with CHRIST in GOD” is out there on the frontier of faith with HIM.  “Rooted and built up in HIM, and stablished in the faith, as ye have been taught, abounding therein with thanksgiving.”  The root system of the redeemed extends up, not down; and though it flies in the face of our pride and self-will, those upward roots should double as puppet strings of direction attached to HIS loving hands.  Sadly however, many a believer attempts to put down roots and establish a static Christian life here; only to find the electricity which it produces is wholly insufficient to power the “light of the world.”  "Familiarity breeds contempt" … is not a verse of Scripture; but it is axiomatic to the Christian faith.  The always popular: "bloom where you’re planted" is catchy too; as long as you remember you are a house plant of Heaven, and moved at HIS will and desire.  Oh, for the constant SON-shine of growth and fruit, as HE wisely positions us just so, in order to extract the maximum pollen of HIS purity, for the sweet honey of HIS holiness.

“But HE answered and said, every plant, which MY Heavenly FATHER hath not planted, shall be rooted up.”

For Love of Country
Martin Luther (1483-1546)
(Protestant leader)
"I am much afraid that schools will prove to be the great gates of Hell unless they diligently labor in explaining the Holy Scriptures, engraving them in the hearts of youth.  I advise no one to place his child where the Scriptures do not reign paramount."

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