UPROOTING DEMONIC PLANTINGS Matthew 15:13; 13:24-30,36-43
There is a world of difference between wheat and weeds. We water and nurture wheat but we uproot and destroy weeds.
The Lord as sower sows good seeds in the lives of His children but Satan the enemy comes along in our unguarded moments, when we are asleep and are not observant and sows tares among the wheat (Matthew 13:24-30). In time the tares can take over the whole field and kill off the wheat.
It must be our decision and commitment to uproot EVERY tree that God our Father has not planted in our lives (Matthew 15:13).
It is not God that has planted inordinate and insatiable desire for sex in your life. It is not God that has planted a fanatical devotion to sexual perversion (prostitution, masturbation, homosexuality, etc.) in your life. It is not God that has planted excessive and uncontrollable anger, obnoxious behaviour that alienates people from you, unexplainable lack of progress despite honest and intelligent hard work, strange spiritual experiences that are debilitating yokes in your life.
Some of these you will need to break and uproot by repentance and righteousness (Daniel 4:27). Stubborn roots need dogged effort to uproot them.
Small weeds only need modest effort to uproot them. Established trees that are massive may need giant bulldozers to get to every strand of the root deep down in the soil and get them out. How rooted and massive are the demonic plantings in your life that need uprooting?
REALITY OF DEFINITE PLANTINGS
Matthew 15:13; 13:24-30,36-43; Galatians 6:7,8; Hosea 10:12; John 13:2,27; Acts 5:3,4; Proverbs 6:14; 16:28; 22:8; Hosea 8:7; Job 4:8.
Things that happen in our lives are not just coincidences. There are definite spiritual forces at work. Trees that exist in our lives have been planted. They have not just sprung up anyhow like weeds.
The planting can be negative or positive, beneficial or destructive depending on the nature of the planter.
Christ’s statement in Matthew 15:13 makes us to know that there are trees planted by God, some by ourselves, some by other people and yet others planted by Satan. Jesus told another parable to illustrate this very fact (Matthew 13:24-30,36-43).
In a local church, God plants the children of the kingdom to exalt the King and extend the kingdom. However Satan also plants his agents to destabilize and destroy (Matthew 13:24-30,36-43).
Who is the main planter in your life – God, self, others or Satan? The Lord planted profitable wheat in your soil (life), where are the useless weeds from?
Each person can plant (sow) things into his life (Galatians 6:7,8; Hosea 10:12). The seeds of destructive habits like laziness, indiscipline, indulgence, etc. that you sow today can become mighty trees in your life that sap your energy and negate every effort to progress. Be careful what you sow in your life!
Other people can also sow into our lives. Words of hatred, suspicion, etc. can be sown in our lives if we are not careful. This can lead to the collapse of strong and stable marriages, the ending of sweet friendships etc. (Proverbs 6:14; 16:28; 22:8; Hosea 8:7; Job 4:8).
The children of Israel allowed the unbelieving spies to sow seeds of doubt in their hearts. They had no room for the seeds of faith that Caleb and Joshua were prepared to sow. They lost their inheritance as a result (Numbers 13:30-33; 14:1-10).
Satan can sow bad thoughts in the mind (John 13:2,27; Acts 5:3,4). This is why it is important that we constantly renew our minds (Romans 12:1,2).
ROOTING UP DEMONIC PLANTINGS
Matthew 15:13; 13:24-30,36-43; 3:10; 7:19; Luke 3:9; Jeremiah 1:10; Psalm 37:35,36; 52:3-5; Exodus 14:13; Deuteronomy 29:28; 1 Kings 14:15; 2 Chronicles 7:20; 2 Corinthians 12:7.
“EVERY plant, which my heavenly Father hath not planted, shall be rooted up” (Matthew 15:13).
EVERY weed is to be uprooted. No place for weeds. No place for demonic plantings. Dag Hammarskjold said that the man who does not want weeds in his garden does not reserve a place for weeds.
Just like Jeremiah was appointed over the nations, you have been appointed over your life and family to root out every demonic planting, pull down every satanic stronghold, destroy every debilitating yoke in your life (Jeremiah 1:10; Isaiah 10:27; 2 Corinthians 10:3-5).
We need to clear the bush, uproot the weeds before we can begin to plant, otherwise the planting effort will be wasted (Jeremiah 1:10).
Those evil plantings in your life which you see today, you will see them no more because they will be totally uprooted and cast away (Psalm 37:35,36; 52:3-5; Exodus 14:13; Matthew 3:10; 7:19; Luke 3:9; Jude 12; Deuteronomy 29:28; 1 Kings 14:15; Proverbs 2:22; 2 Chronicles 7:20).
(1) Evil personalities harassing and tormenting you shall be uprooted (Psalm 37:35,36).
When demons are cast out (expelled), it is like uprooting them from one soil and they will seek another soil to get rooted in (Matthew 12:43-45; Mark 5:1-15). Wicked people like witches, wizards, diabolical entities will be uprooted (Deuteronomy 29:28; 1 Kings 14:15; 2 Chronicles 7:20; Psalm 52:5; Proverbs 2:22; Jeremiah 1:10; Matthew 15:13).
Is there a messenger of Satan planted in your life that is buffeting and oppressing you? Every demonic planting will be uprooted (2 Corinthians 12:7).
(2) Strange and terrifying experiences that are established in your life shall be uprooted.
Terrible nightmares, constant hallucinations, unnecessary fear, torment and terror, strange afflictions, unexplainable oppressions, sicknesses that have no organic roots are not the plantings of the Lord (Isaiah 54:14-17). Inability to sleep at night is not God’s doing for He giveth His beloved sweet sleep! (Psalm 127:2; Proverbs 3:24). All these experiences are plantings of the devil. They must be uprooted out of your personal experience.
(3) Curses, spells, hexes, yokes that are blooming and prospering in your life like trees planted by the river side shall be uprooted (Isaiah 10:27; Jeremiah 1:10).
REVIVING THE DIVINE PLANTINGS
Jeremiah 1:10; Hosea 10:12; Psalm 126:5,6; 85:6; 1 Peter 1:23,25; Hebrews 12:12,13; Isaiah 40:29-31
No sensible farmer clears the bush and leaves it unplanted. If done it will soon be overgrown with weeds. When farmers are clearing the bush, sometimes they come across good trees that have had no opportunity to grow because of the surrounding weed. They spare such trees, fertilize them and begin to nurture them back to health.
As you root out demonic plantings, never leave any space for weeds in your life’s garden. Let the Lord plant new wheat and noble trees in their place. Where the roots of former divine plantings are still there, water them and let them shoot out and bloom. Revive the divine plantings in your life that are already dying out. Water that tree of vigilance, prayerfulness, bible reading habit, hunger for the word, passion for the Almighty, commitment to righteous living, love for christian fellowship, etc. These are great and noble trees that will bring forth profitable fruit that will bless your life.
Revive the spiritual sensitivity and gifts that are dying out in your life. Plant good habits in your life. Sow the seed of the incorruptible word in your heart (1 Peter 1:23,25). Sow to yourself in righteousness in order to reap in mercy (Hosea 10:12; Psalm 126:5,6).
Wait upon God to renew your strength, don’t faint. Revive those spiritual qualities that will ensure your victory (Isaiah 40:29-31).