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Sunday, July 8th, '18

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SICK'A YOURS?

"If ye had faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye might say unto this sycamine tree, Be thou plucked up by the root, and be thou planted in the sea; and it should obey you" (Luke 17:6)

 

I'm probably going too far on a Monday, playing with the English language, but I couldn't help myself. Jesus spoke to the "sycamine" tree. Why? Because no rooted tree or un-budging problem in your life will move until you get sick of it. I'm sick'a mine, are you sick'a yours? James asked, "Is any sick among you? Let him call on the elders of the church..." (James 5:13,14) That's not talking only of being physically sick. There are lots of other ways to be sick...sick of debt, sick of loneliness, sick of the boss, sick of the dirty house, sick and tired of being sick and tired. We use the word in lots of ways, for instance, a sick mind, sick smell, sick jokes, or an unproductive acreage as being a sick field. To be sick'a mine means I've become nauseous, soured, the situation has turned my stomach. That's the first step in any real change. The alcoholic, dope addict, gambler or cheat makes no progress until he looks in the mirror and faces himself. Transformation doesn't begin until he pledges "enough is enough!"

 

The sick'a mine tree has a deep taproot. That's why Jesus commanded, "Be thou plucked up by the root..." Unsavory life issues usually don't develop over a weekend. Addiction and affliction are deep-rooted things. Strongholds are always long-holds. What began with an acorn became a sapling before becoming a mature tree. Sins are easiest to conquer as sprigs. Those sins "which you let remain...shall be pricks in your eyes, and thorns in your side..." (Numbers 33:55) Moses was speaking of Canaanites but he could just as easily have been talking about sick'a mine trees because both wield thorns. Until you get fed up with the little cutting barbs and jabs you will carry on just as you always have.

 

Jesus commanded the sycamine tree to "be thou planted in the sea". Sorry, trees don't grow in the ocean. It's not like Jesus didn't know that tidbit. The sick'a mine can't set roots in mile-deep saltwater. The implication is, out of sight, out of mind. Our old sins were cast "into the depths of the sea" (Micah 7:19). That's a good depository for old habits, mentalities and attitudes as well. This uprooting and transplanting is done by simple faith. In the previous verse the apostles asked, "Lord, increase our faith" (Luke 17:5). On that platform Jesus brought up how to deal with sycamine trees. Uprooting the negative is not as big of a deal as most would presume. "If ye had faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye might say unto this sycamine tree, Be thou plucked up..." Mustard seed faith is stronger than sick'a mine tree stubbornness. The last line of our text adds that when we issue that faith command, "...it should obey you". A tree...obey? Yes, even the raw elements of nature, like winds and waves, or an inanimate object, like a rooted tree, surrender to the voice of faith. Trees have leaves and cornstalks have ears; I learned that on the farm. But sick'a mine trees have both leaves and ears because they hear words spoken with authority and obey the prompts with promptness. We have to speak to the mountain before it will move. We have to rebuke the unyielding stronghold. So to close, let me say again, I'm sick'a mine. The question is, are you sick'a yours? The moment you I believe the roots will start to pop.


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