Let your roots go deep!
As you, therefore, have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him, rooted and built up in Him and established in the faith, as you have been taught, abounding in it with thanksgiving. Colossians 2:6-7
The apostle Paul encouraged the believers at Colossae to continue their journey of faith by growing their relationship with Christ. He encouraged them to walk in Him so that they would be continually strengthened and encouraged in every way.
I already told you that I am praying fervently for you. I also want to encourage you in your walk of faith! I want you to grow in God. A tree that develops deep, strong roots, can withstand heavy winds and storms without toppling over. In the same way, a believer who has strong roots will be able to stand when the winds and storms of life beat against us.
Here are some ways that you can develop deep roots in Christ so that you can endure when life gets hard.
Spend time in the Word– You have heard me say this A LOT! The Word W.O.R.K.S! When you allow the Word of God to first transform your life, then guide your life you will know His will and walk out the calling for your life. The Word is nourishment to our thirsty souls. Read your Word, join a Bible Study group, avail yourself to good Biblical teaching. Find yourself in the Word of God daily. It will change your life. Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path. Psalm 119:105
Pray– Communication is important in every relationship. Prayer is sweet communication with your Father. Your Father wants to hear from you! Some feel like they don’t know what to say, but, as my dad always says, “it’s not about how well you pray, it’s about how well He listens.” He hears your heart’s cry even if the words don’t come out just right. If words hang you up, try praying prayers that are prewritten. There are also many prayers in scripture that you can pray. Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God (Philippians 4:6).
Gratitude– It is hard to complain when you are giving thanks. You can always find something to complain about, but you can also always find something to be thankful for. Long day at work? Be thankful that you are employed! Woke up early this morning? You are still among the living. It takes intentional effort not to complain, so make it your intention to have an attitude of gratitude. In everything give thanks, for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you. (1 Thessalonians 5:18)
Worship– Through worship, we have access to the very presence of God. He delights in our worship. He loves to hear our songs of praise (even if they are off-key!) When you enter into worship, all other cares fall to the side. When we set our gaze on Him, our problems seem smaller. They don’t consume our minds and fill us with dread. There are many benefits to worship. But the reason we worship is singular–we worship because He is worthy! When we enter His presence through worship, we are filled with joy! In Your presence is fullness of joy; At Your right hand are pleasures forevermore. (Psalm 16:11)
Fellowship– Fellowship is so important. In a time where isolation and personal space are the thoughts of the day, fellowship remains an important part of our journey of faith. We show our love for God by extending His love to others. The type of fellowship is important. Not everyone will push you towards God. But when we join together with like-minded people who both celebrate you and challenge you to be better you can truly grow deep roots in the Lord. As iron sharpens iron, So a man sharpens the countenance of his friend. (Proverbs 27:17)
Are the winds of life blowing you over? Are the storms toppling your faith walk? If so, you need to develop some deep roots. Sweet friends, growing in God is so important. A fruitful relationship with Him is truly what we need to stand. Every hard day doesn’t have to shake your faith. Every hard trial should mean devastation. You can overcome even the greatest trial with Christ.
So no matter how the trials of life try to blow you over, stay deeply rooted in Christ and you will stand.
Your friend in the journey,
REMEMBER: The Word W.O.R.K.S. Walking in Wholeness, Obedience, Righteousness, and Kingdom Success
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