Well it’s spring time now and it’s time to start planting. I started my seeds earlier in the year, so now I have small plants ready to be transplanted. I started pulling small bell pepper plants out to transplant and it was very easy, I just pull very slow and gentle. Then I had an older tomato plant to transplant but it was a little harder to pull out, however with a little work it came out roots and all for transplanting. Then in my fruit trees, there were some that had died during the winter so I went to pull up a small fruit tree that was not fruitful to me. It took everything I had to pull this little dead tree up. Then I had a big fruit tree that had died and there was no way I could pull it out by my self and had to ask for help.
Bad habits, bad character traits, bitterness, and sin are the same way. They are easy to pull out when they are small and just starting out. When they don’t have roots that grow in deep. Rebuke temptations, and evil, selfish, prideful, or bitter thoughts towards others when they are first planted in your mind. Don’t give them a chance to get rooted in your heart where they will serve only to choke out your good fruit and replace it with bad. It will serve to damage not only your fruit but others also.
“Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord: Looking diligently lest any man fail of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up trouble you, and thereby many be defiled; Lest there be any fornicator, or profane person, as Esau, who for one morsel of meat sold his birthright. For ye know how that afterward, when he would have inherited the blessing, he was rejected: for he found no place of repentance…” – Hebrews 12:14-17
“Now the works (or fruits) of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.” – Galatians 5:19-21
We can look at all of these things, but lets just look at one. An alcoholic does not start out drinking everyday but if he would had stopped when it was small before it had taken root in his spirit, it would have been easy but as time moved on the sin grew bigger and took root getting harder and harder to pull out.
So what if you are fighting to pull out something that is already taken root deep and gotten a strong hold on you? Like me with my large dead fruit tree, you need to ask for help to get it out. Know that no matter how big the roots of sin are in your life and how strong the hold that is that it has on your heart, the power of Jesus is stronger. If you truly want it pulled out, call on Jesus and ask Him to help you and He will come and pull it out of you, root and all. However, once He has you must be vigilant not to replant it or allow it to take root again. Remember that every addiction or vial thought starts out as a bad habit, a small sin that when it is first planted is easy to uproot but when left unrepentant over time becomes something very difficult to pull out of you.
“Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage.” – Galatians 5:1
“For if after they have escaped the pollutions of the world through the knowledge of the Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, they are again entangled therein, and overcome, the latter end is worse with them than the beginning.” – 2 Peter 2:20
“Remember therefore from whence thou art fallen, and repent, and do the first works; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will remove thy candlestick out of his place, except thou repent.” – Revelation 2:5