Taproot Sins

For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, sexual immorality, thefts, false witness, and blasphemies.
—Matthew 15:19

Devotion:

Some sins are at the taproot of the heart. When is comes to these sins, the devil will say to you, “Oh, you may get rid of this sin, or give up that sin, or quit doing this, or quit doing that, . . . but when it comes to this particular sin, you’ll never get rid of it!” This is your taproot sin. Has it been cut? If not, Jesus is the master gardener.

I don’t know what your tap root sin is. Maybe it is greed or lust, or perhaps it is gluttony, or alcohol, or you’re addicted to something, and that taproot sin holds you right down in the earth. You can’t grow in your spiritual life because you are bound in the ground by that taproot.

Maybe the sin is criticism or gossip. Oh, what a vicious taproot that is! Perhaps it’s anger. You’re angry at someone who has done you in.

I don’t know if you are struggling with a taproot sin, but I do know that unless it is cut, you cannot rise up and follow Christ.

Jesus has conquered all sin, and there is no sin that you cannot overcome in His name and by the power of His blood. Let Jesus deal with your sin, and His victory will shine in your previously defeated heart.

Question to ponder: How can we learn to detect the root sin in our heart?