Three Roots to Watch For . . .

Last week during Life Action’s annual Revival Week, I was reminded that if we are in Christ, God’s powerful presence lives in us, and we’re power houses! So why does it seem like most of the time . . . the “electricity’s” gone out? How do you explain this lack of power? 

Richard Owen Roberts told our staff that beneath all our “surface sins” are three root sins:

  • Pride
  • Unbelief
  • Stubbornness and rebellion

One in particular is especially insidious and hinders revival and Holy-Spirit power like none other . . . pride. If you and I want to be used mightily by God, we’ll have to get serious about dealing thoroughly and perpetually with our root sins.  

“For this is what the high and lofty One says—he who lives forever, whose name is holy: ‘I live in a high and holy place, but also with him who is contrite and lowly in spirit, to revive the spirit of the lowly and to revive the heart of the contrite’” (Isa. 57:15).


Did you catch that? God does NOT revive the proud of heart, but He finds the broken and contrite irresistible. That’s why it’s utterly pointless to imagine we can be filled with the Holy Spirit’s power if we’re not uprooting these root sins through repentance. (Otherwise, we’ll be interested in obtaining His power for our self-promotion, and not for Christ’s fame.)

For me, getting serious about dealing with root sins this week has meant:

  • Calling a person in this ministry and confessing that I’d never really gotten into their life out of fear they’d take over some of my job responsibilities,
  • Scheduling lunch with a beautiful single woman I’ve stayed away from because I’ve viewed her as “competition,” rather than embracing her as a friend and sister in Christ,
  • Asking forgiveness for questioning another person’s character to a friend.

How about you? What sin is the Holy Spirit putting His “finger” on in your life? Rather than excusing it as “not a big deal,” would you respond with instant obedience, so the Spirit can flow through you . . . in POWER? After all, the great evil of all sin consists of this one fact: It’s all against GOD (Ps. 51:4).

Did you discover God’s Truth today?

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About the Author

Paula Marsteller

Paula Marsteller

Paula has served with Revive Our Hearts for thirteen years. She is the author of Confessions of a Boy-Crazy Girl: On Her Journey from Neediness to Freedom. There's nothing she loves to share more than the gospel-centered truths that have so transformed her own life: what it means on a daily basis to be "dead to sin, alive to God, and in Christ Jesus." Paula, Trevor, and their son, Iren, make their home in New York.

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