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your goal appears to be in jeopardy. “Be patient then, dear brothers and sisters, until the Lord's coming. See how the farmer waits for the land to yield its valuable crop, patiently waiting for the autumn and spring rains. You too be patient and stand firm, because the Lord's coming is near” (Js 5:7,8). Some get discouraged. Lose patience and stop the work. Jesus called His disciples 2-4-75- 120 and left. But today His disciples are all over the world. “The Kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed, which a man took and planted in his field. Though it is the smallest of all seeds, yet when it grows, it is the largest of garden plants and becomes a tree, so that the birds come and perch in its branches” (Mt 13:31,32). That is the future of the seed that dies. That is the future of the remnant. Would you be part of it? “The one who sowed the good seed is the Son of Man. The field is the world, and the good seed stands for the people of the kingdom”(vv 37,38). Is it now clear to you that God throws us down on the soil that we may die, take root and populate the earth? So now the root takes nutrients from the seed and grows. It was Isaiah who prophesied that, “The remnant who have escaped of the house of Judah shall again take root downward, and bear fruit upward” (2 Ki 19:30; Isa 37:31). Talking about the root the Apostle Paul says, “If the root is holy, so are the branches” (Rom 11:16). This is the first requirement of a root, if it is to produce holy branches. Remember, if the root is to be holy, we should take root “below” the dirty soil and not towards the world (Isa 37:31). God cautioned Moses, “… there may not be among you a root bearing bitterness or wormwood; and so it may not happen, when he hears the words of this curse, that he blesses himself in his heart, saying, 'I shall have peace, even though I follow the dictates of my heart'” (Dt 29 : 18,19). See the wickedness of our heart! When God wants us not to go as the world goes, we think, “It's OK. The Bible is impractical. I cannot be displeasing my friends. I can only live like this. Even though God has warned, nothing like that will happen to me.” That is the root of bitterness and wormwood says God. We become bold to do wrong. We encourage ourselves to go ahead with whatever wrong we are doing even though we know we are displeasing God. This is what is called wilful sinning (Psa 19 : 13). It is the hidden life, the root. Do not allow yourself to be dragged into sin. The remnant is “very” small (Isa 1:9). We are living in such days that very few spiritually discipline themselves to be worthy of being called the remnant. See what Jeremiah prophesies to those whose feet walk in the direction of their choice in 9:13-15, “And the Lord said, 'Because they have forsaken My law which I set before them, and have not obeyed My voice, nor walked according to it, but they have walked according to the dictates of their own hearts and after the Baals, which their fathers taught them, therefore thus says the Lord of Hosts, the God of Israel: 'Behold, I will feed them, this people, with wormwood, and give them water of gall to drink…” God forbid that we take His word lightly and follow our heart. When you turn every corner, stop, think, “Am I going to follow my heart or God's word?” and then proceed. Jeremiah 17:7,8 says, “Blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in Him. They will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream. It does not fear when heat comes; its leaves are always green. It has no worries in a year of drought and never fails to bear fruit.” This is immediately followed by the description of a deceitful heart. Our heart can become our own enemy and deceive us into disobeying God. But if we put our confidence in God and listen to His gentle whisper, our roots will not lack the water of life and we will be a strong tree loaded with fruits. How to take root? The root should not be on the surface. Then the plant can easily fall or be uprooted. The root should go deep down. “When the Sun was up they were scorched, and because they had no root they withered away” (Mt 13:6). If you think you fall | March 2020 | Page 06