Are you spiritually like a tree that has deep roots such that your leaves are always green and you bear good fruit, no matter how hot or dry life is? In this message we explore how we can be that tree!
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Rooted in Authenticity: Who is your source?
June 28th, 2015 by Kasey Crawford
Today’s Passages: Psalm 1:1-6, Jeremiah 17:5-8, Genesis 32:22-29
“But blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in him. 8 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.” Jeremiah 17:5–8
God’s will for your life is that you be _____________ in the river of ____________water so that you are a strong, deep, unshakable, beautiful, fruitful tree.
In what do you draw strength? In what is your confidence?
True strength is forged from __________________.
True strength emerges from admitting we __________ have the strength necessary.
The irony of this passage is: To feel your weakness is to be ____________ to true strength.
If you want to have a real encounter with God, you have to get ________ with God.
In the moments of our soul’s _______________ authenticity is when our roots are actually stretching out and reaching down into the soil to grab hold of God’s living water.
Jacob as an example…
23 [Jacob] took [his family] and sent them across the stream, and everything else that he had. 24 And Jacob was left alone. And a man wrestled with him until the breaking of the day. 25 When the man saw that he did not prevail against Jacob, he touched his hip socket, and Jacob’s hip was put out of joint as he wrestled with him. 26 Then he said, “Let me go, for the day has broken.” But Jacob said, “I will not let you go unless you bless me.” 27 And he said to him, “What is your name?” And he said, “Jacob.” 28 Then he said, “Your name shall no longer be called Jacob, but Israel, for you have striven with God and with men, and have prevailed.”
Jacob was living in a false-self (“deceiver”) and needed to get painfully honest about that and ___________ with God. Through that authenticity he came away rooted in the source of true life-God’s identity for him: Israel.
Wrestle and keep wrestling until you get blessed. Don’t ______ ____ until you get blessed.
You are not supposed to walk through life angry, depressed, anxious, etc. But if you just keep sweeping it under the rug, or finding convenient ______________, or covering it up with stuff, then you are going to remain with shallow roots.
Let the moments of painful authenticity be your soul reaching out to find your true ___________ in God.
Living as a Disciple in the Kingdom?
What is God saying to you today?
What are you going to do about it?
*answers: rooted, living, authenticity, don’t, close, real, painful, wrestle, let go, distractions, source
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