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Stop your pulling!

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

by George Whitten, Editor of Worthy Devotions

Matthew 21:21 Jesus answered and said unto them, Verily I say unto you, If ye have faith, and doubt not, ye shall not only do this which is done to the fig tree, but also if ye shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; it shall be done.

An elderly teacher, with a pupil by his side, took a walk through a forest. Suddenly he stopped and pointed to four plants close at hand. The first was just beginning to peep above the ground, the second had rooted itself pretty well into the earth, the third was a small shrub, while the fourth was a full-sized tree. The tutor said to his young companion, 'Pull up the first plant.' The boy did so eagerly, using only his fingers. 'Now pull up the second.' The youth obeyed but found the task more difficult. 'Do the same with the third,' he urged. The boy had to use all his strength to uproot it. 'Now,' said the instructor, 'try your hand with the fourth.' The pupil put his arms around the trunk of the tall tree and couldn't even shake its leaves. 'This, my son, is just what happens with our bad habits. When they are young, we can remove them readily; but when they are old, it's hard to uproot them, though we try and struggle ever so sincerely.'"

We all have weeds and even enormous Redwoods that need uprooting in our lives. It takes a LOT of effort to get strong enough to move those big ones on our own. Instead, let's take that same effort and start practicing faith in the Lord!

Perhaps you're weary of pulling. God doesn't expect us to pull these bad habits ourselves. Let's ask the Lord to do the uprooting today and watch Him gain the victory!

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2 Responses to “Stop your pulling!”

  1. enoob57 Says:

    The Lord loved using His creation toward truths such as this! Thanks George for this embedded truth that was before we became in His creative work… Love, Steven

  2. Patricia McCormick Says:

    define bad habits; the Bible defines them as "things that come from the heart", not the arrogant assumptions of immature humans who expect the world and those around them to live as they think everyone should. The biggest difference between an adult and a child is that a child thinks the world revolves around them and an adult realizes that it doesn't. Cigarette smoking is not a sin; your attitude towards those who do smoke is.

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