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Thursday, January 22, 2015

The Joy in Sinking Roots

And now, just as you accepted Christ Jesus as your Lord, you must continue to follow him. Let your roots grow down into him, and let your lives be built on him. Then your faith will grow strong in the truth you were taught, and you will overflow with thankfulness” (Colssians 2:6-7, NLT).

Belief,” Paul wrote, “can only come from hearing the message, and the message is the word of Christ” (Romans 10:17, JB Phillips). When you accept Christ as your Savior, you believe His message of salvation. It is real with no complications. You are joyful and on top of the world. Then life happens. The storms come against you, and realize you are not as strong as you thought. Unless you faithfully follow Jesus Christ by growing deep roots that anchor your life to His firm foundation, you will be swallowed up in the waves of life's overwhelming sea. Faith grows by hearing the truth of His Word. For His truth to make a difference and anchor you, you must know it, and apply it to every part of your life. You must structure your life around its teaching. You must allow it to mold you and transform your life in order to have deep enough roots to secure you

Unless the Lord builds the house, the builders labor in vain. Unless the Lord watches over the city, the guards stand watch in vain” Psalm 127:1, NIV). Unless you grow in His truth and allow it to change your life, your efforts to live in peace and joy–to ride out the storms of life will ultimately fail. You will be weak and have no protection from the enemy's lies that are hurled against you. But there is great hope and promise! Jesus Christ invested all of His life in you so that you might receive salvation, and learn how to live His fulfilling purpose for your life. You had enough saving faith at one time to believe what He offered you. He wants you now to mature in your faith and have a rich spiritual life! Invest your life in His Word. If you do not invest, you will not receive. Allow whatever happens in this life to develop you into a spiritually stronger person by allowing the Word to control your thoughts and actions. Your roots will begin to grow deeper. The Word will speak more to your heart and mind. You will hear His voice, and know that He not only walks with you, but carries you safely over each hurdle you face. Strong in His truth you have learned, your life will overflow with a joy that is complete.

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