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Roots of the Fallen Nature

In his classic writing, The Pursuit of God, A. W. Tozer relates how it is the propensity of fallen man to always want to possess things. He states, "There is within the human heart a tough fibrous root of fallen life whose nature is to possess, always to possess. It coverts "things" with a deep and fierce passion."

In the biblical narrative about Abraham and his promised heir, Isaac, God had to deal with a heart attitude Abraham had developed toward his son. He had actually allowed a root of possessiveness to go deep into his heart and choke out the intimate relationship once held with God. This could not be. God needed to help Abraham realign his affections to where they once were--before Isaac's presence dominated his dad's love.

You know the story. A directive to sacrifice the love of his life--his son, the rightful heir to all he possessed. We may never really understand the turmoil Abraham went through that night just before the trip with Isaac to do what God had commanded. 
Only a loving parent can understand the depth of anguish he experienced. But he was obedient and you know the rest of the story. God blessed his obedience because Abraham realigned his priorital love toward God--the giver of all things and of life itself.

Roy Hicks Jr. once said, "What you give to God, He'll give back with power." I wonder how many of us have not experienced God's power because we hold to the things in which we are confident and experienced. Have we developed, as Tozer put it, "a tough fibrous root" in our hearts that keeps us from the kind of blessing God intended for us all along?

Whatever you embrace will shape you. It will determine your priorities and establish your value system. If you refuse to let go, you will discover that a tough root has grown in your heart and it has control over you. It keeps you from becoming the individual God intends you to be. Its end is death.

However, if you submit to God's design, you will need to do some root-removal. The pain of the process will produce a product pleasing to God--an uncluttered heart capable of receiving His richest blessing!

Dr. Jim Beaird