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Never-Ending, Unshakeable Peace

John 14:27 – Peace I leave with you; My {own} peace I now give and bequeath to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Do not let your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid. {Stop allowing yourselves to be agitated and disturbed; and do not permit yourselves to be fearful and intimidated and cowardly and unsettled.} (emphasis mine)

John 14:20 – …I am in My Father, and you {are} in Me, and I {am} in you.

John 14:30 – {Satan} …has no claim on Me. {He has nothing in common with Me; there is nothing in Me that belongs to him, and he has no power over Me.} (emphasis mine)

Following the progression in the above Scriptures, we are encouraged and instructed through this good Word to receive and constantly evidence deep abiding peace – always. No matter what the day’s circumstances bring, peace is to be a defining characteristic in the life of a Spirit-filled believer. Through the Holy Spirit God lives in us. Jesus lives in us. There is nothing that we will encounter that diminishes that Truth. We see here the overcoming force of the believer obeying and working with the Lord – through His Spirit Who lives in us. Synergy – two working together.

Each believer must own the Truth of these verses. When we, without reservation, without the diminishing power of unbelief, fully accept God’s Word as true, when His Word is more dear and defining to our lives than any other idea or circumstance or attention-grabbing issue, then peace that passes all understanding (Philippians 4:7) is the inevitable result.

First, in Verse 27, we understand that Jesus has given His peace to us. When the enemy, the world’s attitudes and troubles, and the concerns and ailments and longings of the flesh try to hinder your faith walk (that’s what the world offers us), Jesus tells us that He has already given us, bequeathed to us, His peace. Knowing that, believing and receiving that, agitation, disturbedness, fear, intimidation, unsettledness have no place to live in us. Our Lord’s instructions to us that help us maintain this peace are very clear. “Stop allowing!” We have a role to play here. The role is to believe that our Lord speaks Truth. His peace is ours, and everything else that falls short of that Truth may not stand in our lives. We need to recognize when our heart peace is being challenged and stolen.

And let the peace (soul harmony which comes) from Christ rule {act as umpire continually} in your hearts {deciding and settling with finality all questions that arise in your minds, in that peaceful state} to which as {members of Christ’s} one body you were also called {to live}. And be thankful (appreciative), {giving praise to God always}. (Colossians 3:15)

In verse 20, the extraordinary, awesome way in which our Creator determined to interact with His children is revealed. Knowing our frame, our weaknesses, He enables us to realize all of His benefits by living in us. The Holy Spirit of God dwells in each believer to teach and guide and come alongside and counsel and strengthen us (John 14:16). The divine interaction of Jesus in God, and us in Jesus and God in us reveals the heart and the love of God for His creation – you! And with this holy impartation, there must be peace. How do we “stop allowing” anything at all that would try to diminish that peace? Faith in the Truth and reliability of God’s Word. True faith in our Father’s character and in His Word exhibits peace.

Finally, in verse 30, the Master speaks of his complete separateness and immunity to the devices of the enemy. “He has nothing in common with Me; there is nothing in Me that belongs to him, and he has no power over Me.” Because He lives in us, the same is true of us. The life of God, the Holy Spirit, fills us. There is no place in our lives for the machinations of a defeated foe (Colossians 2:15), the “dictates of the flesh” (Romans 8:1), or the errant philosophies of the world (Romans 12:2). Never-ending, unshakable peace is the heritage of God’s Spirit- filled sons and daughters.

Before you know it, a sense of God’s wholeness, everything coming together for good, will come and settle you down. It’s wonderful what happens when Christ displaces worry at the center of your life. (Philippians 4:7 – Message Bible)

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A Peace Filled Heart

Psalm 34:4-5- I sought (inquired of) the Lord and required Him {of necessity and on the authority of His Word} and He heard me and delivered me from all my fears.

It is through peace that the Son of God is revealed in your life. A peaceful, quiet, confident spirit is tuned into God’s frequency.

John 14:27 – Peace I leave with you; My {own} peace I now give and bequeath to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Do not let your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid. {Stop allowing yourselves to be agitated and disturbed; and do not permit yourselves to be fearful and intimidated and cowardly and unsettled.} (Emphasis mine)

“Do not permit!” Stop allowing the tactics of the enemy to touch your heart. Recognize his “modus operandi” immediately. Satan’s sole intention is to compromise your walk before God; to sow his negative influences of fear, worry, concern, intimidation; to knock you off balance in your faith walk, and to reduce God’s powerful, alive, and active Word (Hebrews 4:12) to a place of ineffectiveness (Mark 7:13) in your life.

Tuned into Satan’s frequency – he is the god of this world order (2 Corinthians 4:4) – we cannot at the same time tune in and yield to our Father’s Truth. And the enemy is often very subtle in the strategic placement of distraction in our lives. Caught up in (ensnared in) worldly issues – financial, political, familial, social – we are submitting to and yielding to an unsettledness that does not honor God. We – His children! – bicker and argue and waste precious time proclaiming the rightness of our opinions on various issues when we are meant to be “busy with His business” (John 9:4). Let’s follow our Lord’s example in this. When faced with something seemingly insurmountable, the news of a death, He remained unaffected – “overhearing but ignoring” (Mark 5:36).

Our Lord’s instructions in John 14:27 teach us to be persistent in looking to Him – His peace, His constant loving provision, His Word. The steadfast look to Jesus – attentive, expectant, a “steady and absorbing gaze” (Numbers 21:9), considering no other viewpoint (Romans 4:19-21; 2 Corinthians 4:18) – is what pleases our Father (Hebrews 10:38), receives all of the promises (Hebrews 10:35-36), and disables the negative impact of Satan’s tactics. Our thoughts become aligned with His thoughts (2 Corinthians 10:5), our words speak only His Word (John 15:7), our days are filled with and focus on Heaven’s purposes, and we flow, unhindered, in Kingdom rhythm.

It is not surprising, living in this present darkness (Ephesians 6:12), that true heart peace can seem to be elusive; carefree living not easy to achieve. I exhort and encourage you this day to place yourself fully, without reservation, in the care and keeping of the Lord (1 Peter 5:7). Look only to our Lord and Master Jesus. Submit only to the indwelling Holy Spirit. Honor God with your joy, reflect Him with your peaceful heart. Jesus gave and bequeathed to us His peace. Purposefully practice it!

What do You See?

In the first chapter of the book of Jeremiah, the Lord asks His prophet, “What do you see?” (verse 11 and again in verse 13). And as Jeremiah’s words spoke forth what he saw in his spirit, as he gave utterance to the heavenly vision, God’s plans and purposes were established and eventually manifested for the nation of Israel. “What do you see?” It is a question I have heard quite often from the Holy Spirit during recent times of quiet listening. Along with this question I have received continuing instruction in the profound importance of the thought life. The Word of God instructs us over and over about how powerful the thought process is in our lives.

Proverbs 4:23 – Keep and guard your heart with all vigilance and above all that you guard, for out of it flows the springs of life.

Proverbs 23:7 – …for as he thinks in his heart so is he.

Luke 6:45 -…for out of the abundance (overflow) of the heart his mouth speaks.

What we see in the Word of God is a picture of who each of us is meant to be – God’s promises and provision for our healthy, prosperous, purposeful lives through faith in our Lord Jesus, and all that He accomplished on our behalf. The Holy Spirit is constantly retraining us to understand and walk in kingdom reality -not worldly reality. Through His guidance, yielded to it, we become the person we see in the Word. What do you see? What we see through our faith in the absolute Truth of God’s Word, and our trust in His faithfulness to His Word (Hebrews 10:23), directly and profoundly informs our thought life. And, in turn, our thoughts inform our words, and our words create our future days (Hebrews 11:3).

Does your thought life assume blessings, well-being, answered prayer? Let there be no poverty of attitude in you- never speak beggar, never allow your words to utter a negative report. Let the Presence of the Holy Spirit in you color every moment with divine audacity! It is what pleases our Father (Hebrews 10:38). God’s constant love reaches out to us, encouraging us to fully own our redemption; to fully and joyfully and confidently receive the extraordinary benefits of our salvation through Jesus Christ.

What do you see? How you see yourself in your heart is the person that you are. That is faith (or lack of it) creating your reality. Your thought life creates your reality – positively or negatively. Thoughts of “less than” in any area of your life are not kingdom thoughts. Your thoughts released into words are a powerful force.

Proverbs 18:21 – Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and they who indulge in it shall eat the fruit of it {for death or life}.

That is why we are instructed in 2 Corinthians 10:5 to:

…refute arguments and theories and reasonings and every proud and lofty thing that sets itself up against the {true} knowledge of God, and we lead every thought and purpose away captive into the obedience of Christ (the Messiah, the Anointed One).

Step up into a way of approaching and walking through your days that honors God and your placement in Christ. When you see it in the Word, expect it in your life. Treat this with the seriousness it deserves. Whenever and wherever you see something that does not line up and come into agreement with the Word of God, speak to it; speak with authority (Luke 22:29).Capture every thought. Yielded to the Holy Spirit, what we see, what we think, and what we say will bless your days and honor the Lord.

Godly Defenses

A friend of mine recently posted on Facebook an apt description of the times we are living through. She described it as similar to the condition of a frog placed in cold water. As the heat is gradually turned up, as the temperature rises incrementally, the frog does not notice the change and eventually dies from the heat of his surroundings.

Everywhere we look today moral standards, godly standards, are not the norm. On the news, in the political arena, in the entertainment world, and in society at large the people do not keep God and His standards as their plumb line. In fact, just the opposite is the case. God’s standards are derided and deemed close-minded, unfair, and unnecessarily judgmental. We have, small step by small step over the last several decades, moved so far away from God’s ways of doing and being right that the slow, moral decline even potentially captures God’s people. Like the frog in the gradually warming water we can become desensitized and influenced by today’s worldview.

In 2 Timothy 3:1-5, written around AD 66, Paul gives a thorough and troubling description of what these days we are living through now would look like. The long list of godless behavior in this passage is a true depiction of the world we live in. He closes this description by writing, “Avoid {all} such people. {Turn away from them.}”. In our ministry of reconciliation (2Corinthians 5:18) we are called to interact with the world. The care needed here is to not let the world’s attitude and misconceptions and godless views interact with us!

Our antidote for this worldly encroachment is, praise God, the Holy Spirit, Whose faithful ministry on our behalf sets God’s standards over our daily walk. He is ever vigilant if we are willing to listen and obey. The poisonous worldviews, the blind acceptance of worldly attitudes that characterize the society in which we live and the people and institutions we daily encounter can very effectively compromise our faith stand without His guidance. He is constantly pointing us toward the wisdom and will of God. Very often, what everyone around us accepts as enlightened, politically correct thinking, He counsels otherwise. Jesus said:

He will honor and glorify Me, because He will take of (receive, draw upon) what is Mine, and will reveal (declare. disclose, transmit) it to you. (John 16:14)

We are “peculiarly” His people (Titus 2:14), a “chosen race, a royal priesthood” (1 Peter 2:9). We are to be a light (Matthew 5:14), salt (Matthew 5:13), and an example to the people of the world – the dead ones (Matthew 8:22) – of what life is really meant to be, what standards honoring God are meant to be upheld, and what current accepted beliefs and philosophies are disrespectful, disobedient, and dishonoring to our Father.

Diluted and compromised standards weaken our witness and our spirit. Listen carefully, daily, to God’s leading through the Holy Spirit. Be quick to obey that check in your spirit. Let your light so shine! (Matthew 5:16) Let calm confidence define your life choices as you allow the Holy Spirit to guide your thoughts and decision making through this end days minefield. In the lives of His children, God’s standards always overcome the attitudes of the world and the enemy’s delusionary tactics.

Clearing Away the Muck

The Holy Spirit surprised me this morning. In my daily time with God I was experiencing a heaviness not easy for me to interpret. It had, in fact, been a recurring and building symptom that had plagued me for many weeks. With little exception I had dutifully attended to the giving over of early morning hours to Bible study and conversation with the Holy Spirit, but the joy, the lively interchange, the rewarding sense of well-being were all missing. It had become an exercise in obedience and diligence but there was no fruit – no sense of life-changing, spirit-strengthening, path-defining joy; no apparent receiving of “His victory, His favor, His love, His peace, His joy, and His matchless, unbroken companionship” which He earnestly desires for me to experience. (Isaiah 30:18)

That is when I heard the Holy Spirit clearly say “Let’s clear up the muck, for where is the joy? Take inventory with me and lighten the load”. So today Bible study and prayer gave way to allowing the Holy Spirit to shine a light on issues that I had been allowing to accumulate; burdens that I had been gathering one by one which weighed down my spirit. Oh, I had been praying about them, of course. That is what we Christians do. And if we are well-taught in spiritual principles, we find God’s promises in Scripture that apply to those issues and we speak them forth in faith. All of this I had done. But when joy is missing, when the conversation with our Abba is not honest and open and true with a resulting sense that all is well and that a day of wonderful promise stretches ahead of us – something is clogging the pipeline.

The Word tells us that we are not ignorant of the enemy’s devices (2 Corinthians 2:11)and that while we may experience “tribulation and trials and distress and frustration” as we walk out and about in this world, Jesus says:

Be of good cheer [take courage, be confident, certain, undaunted]! For I have overcome the world. {I have deprived it of its power to harm you and have conquered it for you}. (John 16:33)

Negative issues will try to cling to us and weigh us down. We have been given the remedy. God’s Word, His promises, His covenant with us is the overcoming force. But we must truly give Him each of our concerns, prayers, and petitions – Give them away! Do not share them with Him in conversation and then grab them back. Do not bemoan the passage of time without apparent results – trust your Abba. Your job is faith in Him and in His Word; His job is to accomplish on your behalf.

The Holy Spirit and I made quite a long list of the issues in my life that were robbing me of my birthright- the joy, peace, and well-being that are meant to be mine in Christ. And I am so grateful for His ministry and for how deeply and effectively He knows me, loves me, and leads me on in sweet victory.

…let us strip off and throw aside every encumbrance (unnecessary weight) and that sin which so readily (deftly and cleverly) clings to and entangles us, and let us run with patient endurance and steady and active persistence the appointed course of the race that is set before us, looking away from all that will distract to Jesus.

The Salve of Heaven

In Proverbs 22-23 God tells us that His Word is medicine for all of our flesh. He then commands us to:

…keep and guard your heart with all vigilence and above all that you guard, for out of it flow the springs of life.

Maintaining and cultivating peace is a healing salve that will profoundly alter your life. The Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines salve as “a remedial or soothing influence or agency”.

We can sense when disharmony in any form attempts to interrupt our peace. That continuous peace ( “harmony, undisturbedness from fears, agitating passions, and moral conflicts – 1 Peter 3:11) that is meant to be a defining characteristic and a nurturing force as we grow daily in this walk in the Spirit. We are admonished to search for peace, to seek it eagerly – to pursue it.

Peace in our hearts, in our daily lives, in our interactions with others is an informed choice, based on our knowledge and understanding of God’s Word. And that informed choice is undergirded through practice and experience. For once we have tasted the heart benefits of the peaceful response to any and every situation we might encounter, once we choose peace rather than agitating passions, once we step out on the authority and absolute reliability of God’s Word and “surrender” to trusting in Him unconditionally – we have placed ourselves on the path of eagerly pursuing that continuous state of peace that will nurture us, sustain us, define us, and utterly defeat any attempt by “the world, the flesh, and the devil” to shatter that “heart calm”!

If faith is the currency of the kingdom then peace is its “Amen – so be it”. Peace in our hearts is the acknowledgement that in everything we encounter God is totally in charge and He wants to do us only good (Psalm 86:5; Psalm 145:9). We choose to think peaceful thoughts and positive outcomes, we take part in peaceful interactions, we choose to respond with peace to any temporary (brief, fleeting, and passing away) storm for within that unflustered state we are nurtured, and with our eyes gazing intently on our Abba – His love and His promises- we are teachers to all who witness our joy in the midst of the storm.

When any negative, disruptive influence tries to infect your days, apply the healing salve of Heaven. From the vantage point of a peace-filled heart, every moment is not only do-able, it is a stunning success and an opportunity to apply the beauty of Heaven’s standards to worldly affairs.

God’s Word on the subject:

Isaiah 26:3 Matthew 5:9 Romans 14:17 Colossians 3:15 1 Peter 3:11

The Place of Honor

I am in the process of reading a very powerful book written by John Bevere entitled Honor’s Reward.  It is one of those heart-enlightening, life re-directing books, and I highly recommend that you add it to your home library!   Bevere says of honor that it is “the essential key to receiving from God and for this very reason the enemy of our souls has all but eliminated honor”.

When we establish, through our actions and in our hearts, patterns which allow negative feelings and words towards others, including those in authority over us, we are setting up life choices that will eventually be to our detriment.  We are practicing disobedience and that severely curtails the blessings of God in our lives.  In John 8:37, Jesus says of such actions, “My Word has no entrance (makes no progress, does not find any place) in you.”

Over and over in the Word the Lord calls for us to love and honor others, with no exception.  And very specifically, He speaks of honoring those in authority (Romans 13:1-2).   Bevere speaks of ministers of the Gospel who have, through their ministry, seen many miracles happen during gatherings in Africa, and yet they can do no mighty works here (same message, same anointing).  They are treated with high esteem and great respect and honor in Africa, but not here!

Through his writing a light shone for me into my emotional and often negative reaction to the American political process.  How can I, at one and the same time, pray for our civic leaders in obedience to the Word (1 Timothy 2:1-4; 1 Peter 2:11-15) and mock and deride them because their viewpoints differ from mine?  Politics in America has always unleashed negative reactions from those holding opposing views.  This may also be true for much of the rest of the world, but it seems that American individualism has raised it to an “artform”!  We have a right, don’t we, as free people to make determinations and pronouncements against those with whom we disagree?

Yet Heaven’s standards and purposes are so different.  First and foremost, our Father says, honor authority.  Pray for them.  Our heart’s priority should be with their relationship with their Creator – their eternal placement.  Bevere shares so many powerful examples and testimonies, from both life and Scripture, of the rewards of honoring others.  Whether a parent, a boss, a pastor, or Senators and Presidents – our hearts, our words and our actions must be guided by honor towards them.  God will see to the rest – as John Bevere so clearly demonstrates throughout this book.  It’s another paradigm shifter!

Divine Protection

The God-begotten are also the God protected.  The evil one can’t lay a hand on them.  We know that we are held firm by God; it’s only the people of the world who continue in the grip of the evil one. And we know that the Son of God came so we could recognize and understand the truth of God – what a gift! – and we are living in the truth itself, in God’s Son, Jesus Christ.  This Jesus is both True God and Real Life. Dear children, be on guard against all clever facsimile (1 John 5:18-21). [Message Bible] [Emphasis mine]

In her book God’s Will is Prosperity Gloria Copeland writes:

“If you refuse to give place in your mind and in your words to that which is contrary to God’s Word, Satan’s temptations, tests, and trials cannot influence your affairs. Satan cannot work in your life apart from fear any more than God can work without faith. If you refuse to fear that God’s Word will not work, Satan has nothing to work with…The mind that has not been renewed to the Word of God does not know that it has a choice not to receive what Satan is offering it.  The unrenewed mind does not know that there is an alternative.”

We have read of the divine protection promised in Psalm 91 and Isaiah 54:17.  No weapon that the enemy tries to raise against us will prosper. We speak that out in faith and God watches over that Word to see that it comes to pass.  Gloria Copeland’s words admonish us to “refuse to fear”. Divine protection is ours; it is for our children and all who know beyond a shadow of a doubt that God will never fail us; His Word is forever established- It carries us through. In Christ, as a daughter of God, you are the God Protected. Your work is to know that and to believe it.  It is a promise that truly thwarts any and every attempt Satan tries to use to diminish your faith walk.

Many will be reading this and reasoning “easier said than done!”  Fear has been a very real issue in the lives of many born again children of God.  Fear is Satan’s number one tactic because if he can swallow you up with fear then he has succeeded in pulling you away from faith.  You look to his lies and believe them rather than believing God’s Truth, firmly and eternally established and activated by faith in Him.  God is love (1 John 4:16) and:

There is no fear in love [dread does not exist], but full-grown (complete, perfect) love turns fear out of doors and expels every trace of terror… (1 John 4:18)

Trust in God’s proclaimed, watchful, and affectionate care for you.  Practice His Presence!  Praise Him joyfully for Satan cannot abide heartfelt praise to our Abba. Praise Him because you know His Word is absolutely true. Speak forth the promises of God regarding the overcoming of the tactic of fear in the lives of those He loves.  Dwell on His goodness, His promise to be an ever present help in times of trouble (Psalm 9:9), His power and authority, your God-given authority, and the fact that the one hassling you has had all of his powers brought down to zero!  Take your faith stand in absolute reliance on the goodness and the love of God.  You are the God protected!

 

God’s Word on the subject:

James 4:7              1 John 4:7-21              1 John 5:18-20

The Character of Faith

“Faith deeply believes God will do what He says and it subsequently produces words of agreement and actions of obedience. The corresponding words and actions are simply evidence that our heart has laid hold of what God has spoken.  That’s it, plain and simple, yet so hard for so many to grasp.” (John Bevere – Extraordinary, the Life You’re Meant to Live) [Emphasis mine]

Corresponding words and actions.  That’s the character of faith.  The definition is simple, but the carrying through is the ongoing challenge.  Released to the indwelling Spirit, The character of faith is more easily seen in a believer’s life.  Having walked up several rungs on your faith ladder (See April 20), having experienced the goodness and reliability of God’s Word, the ability to walk by faith and not by sight increases (2 Corinthians 5:7).  Ultimately, the Word has been extended to all, the wonders of the Gospel message are given to all, and yet so many do not take on the character of faith – there is no benefit to them because their hearing is not mixed with faith (Hebrews 4:2).

Faith produces a character whose first desire is to please God (Hebrews 10:38). Faith looks on storms and tempests and is never shaken (Matthew 8:26 – and Shakespeare!).  Faith knows that God is a Rewarder of those who diligently seek Him (Hebrews 11:6) and that without Him we can do no good thing (John 15:5).

John Bevere’s opening quote lines up with Hebrews 4:2.  Why is it so hard for so many to grasp the character of faith that God not only expects from us but also enables us to accomplish through the Gift of the Holy Spirit, and then blesses us by as we step out into its territory?  Poor teaching on the extraordinary and far reaching implications and blessings of the Gospel message; unwillingness to step away from already established comfort zones, habit patterns and apparent worldly delights; and the tactics and devices of an enemy who wants to keep as many as he possibly can in bondage – these are the prevailing causes which diminish the character of faith in a life.  And how is the character of faith firmly established – time in the Word holding it in your heart and mind as your one true authority,  time spent in God’s Presence, learning to recognize His voice, and continuing to hear strong, uncompromising Gospel teaching.

Let the Word [spoken by] Christ (the Messiah) have its home [in your hearts and minds] and dwell in you in [all its] richness, as you teach and admonish and train one another in all insight and intelligence and wisdom [in spiritual things, and as you sing] psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, making melody to God with [His] grace in your hearts. (Colossians 3:16).

 

God’s Word on the subject:

Romans 3:28              Colossians 3:16                Hebrews 4:2

Deeply Planted

When my husband and I purchased our home we planted a hydrangea bush (often symbolically Cape Cod) to commemorate the event.  We chose the planting sight, prepared the hole, enriched the soil and placed the celebratory hydrangea where we could enjoy its beauty and meaning for years to come.  Unfortunately we neglected to pry open the ball of roots to free them up enough to dig deeply down into the nurturing soil.  For several years we were perplexed as to its seeming inability to grow larger, to blossom as we expected, and to demonstrate health and wellbeing.  One early spring day, during a particularly windy March, our commemorative hydrangea was pulled out of its setting and blown halfway across our yard.  It was only then that we discovered that its roots, still in a ball, had never extended out beyond the original configuration it had held when we planted it years ago.  We had not loosed them from their original entangling shape enough for them to dig deeply into the soil and send the necessary nutrients up into the plant.  Confined within that “prison” of root structure, they continued to ineffectively grow into a tight mass of unstabilized strands which were unable to perform their God-created purpose.

Our Lord often used examples from nature to demonstrate Kingdom principles.  This experience with our Hydrangea bush was certainly a living lesson for me about the importance of sending our roots deeply into Him. The roots of our lives can be sent out into many different soils – man-made philosophies and human tradition, intellectualism which lifts up man’s reason as the ultimate authority, fleshly pursuits which blindly revel in the satisfaction of our physical senses, or even spiritual pursuits that willfully reject God’s ways for man.

We are instructed in our  Scriptures today (“God’s Word on the subject”) to send our roots deeply into faith in ChristWe do this.  We establish our root structure in Him – time in God’s Word, feeding on it, meditating on it, allowing it to inform our thoughts and actions, time in prayer, praying in the Spirit as well as in our own understanding; determining ourselves where our roots may and may not go!  Your life firmly established on faith in Christ is your stabilizer; your will and your choices either defeat you or bring you God’s kind of success.  As we cause our roots to be firmly and deeply planted in Him, we come to fullness of life, we are “filled with the Godhead – Father, Son, and Holy Spirit- and reach full spiritual maturity” (Verse 10).  We are taught here that our obedience in this avoids the captivity that many experience.  A correctly created root system easily dismisses:

…vain deceit (idle fancies and plain nonsense) following human tradition (men’s ideas of the material rather than the spiritual world), just crude notions following the rudimentary and elemental teachings of the universe and disregarding (the teachings of) Christ (the Messiah). (Verse 8).

Send your roots deeply into life in Christ.  Continually build yourself up in Him, “becoming increasingly more confirmed and established” (Verse 7).  Make no mistake about how vitally important this is.

 

God’s Word on the subject:

Proverbs 12:3              Colossians 2:6-10