Friday, May 31, 2013

Roots Firmly And Deeply Planted

Plants that have shallow roots don't do too well here in the summer.  They turn brown quickly and need a lot of water.  We have a lot of Eucalyptus trees here in southern California.  They grow quickly and very large.  When the strong Santa Ana winds blow through here, they topple over very easily because their roots don't go very deep.

God's Word admonishes us to have deep roots in Jesus.  Know Him and His ways.  Be familiar with the Bible and Truth.  Those roots need to be daily watered by reading the Word, praying, and being thankful.  In this way, your roots in Jesus will become deep and thick.

When the winds of deception come blowing through, your roots will be so deep in the wisdom of the Lord that you will know deception when you see and hear it.  When trials and tribulation comes, your trust will be in the almighty God and not in the things that are happening around you.

Make sure your children have deep roots in Jesus.  There is such a lack of Bible knowledge today, even among Christians.  Read the Word to them consistently.  Put them in church groups like Awana.  My children went to Christian summer camps and Vacation Bible Schools.  Our deepest desire for our children was for them to know Jesus and know Him intimately.

There is so much deception out there  Satan is alive and well and loves nothing more than to see God's children walking down the wrong path.  Continue speaking God's trugh to those around you even when it hurts and is hard to hear.  People need God's truth.  It is the only thing that saves marriages, families, and societies.

Let all those around you see your deep and abiding love for Jesus by the way you live your life.  Love them deeply.  Walk in obedience to God.  It is the best way to live and in so doing, you are storing treasures in heaven.

Have the roots firmly and deeply planted in Him,
being continually built up in Him,
becoming increasingly more confirmed
and established in the faith,
 just as you were taught,
and abounding and overflowing in it with thanksgiving.
Colossians 2:7