Sermon for today by Joel osteen : GET AT THE ROOT OF THE PROBLEM


People want to receive from God, but they do not want to talk about unforgiveness. They may want to be healed or to be blessed with a new job or to have all of their financial needs met. Unforgiveness is often the root of the problem.

When Jesus was in Bethany, He passed a fig tree. “And seeing from a far a fig tree having leaves, He went to see if
perhaps He would find something on it. When He came to it, He found nothing but leaves, for it was not the season for figs.

In response Jesus said to it, ‘Let no one eat fruit from you ever
again.’ And His disciples heard it” (Mark 11:13–14).

There were two areas of that fig tree—the seen and the unseen. There was a part that they could see and a part they
could not see. The part that could not be seen was the root system.

We have a root system. Our root system is the unseen part of us—the spirit person. When Jesus spoke to that fig tree, His words took effect in the unseen area. By the following day, the fig tree had withered, and His words had manifested in the seen area.
Jesus knew that the unseen area was where the tree received its life.
The Word of the Lord took effect immediately in the unseen area, the root system.

If we want results in the seen area—our physical bodies— we must learn to care for the root system properly.
The Bible teaches us that bitterness has a root: “Pursue peace with all people, and holiness, without which no one will
see the Lord: looking carefully lest anyone fallshort of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up cause trouble, and by this many become defiled” (Hebrews 12:14–15).

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