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What are you rooted in?

What are you rooted in?

Colossians 2:7 says, “Let your roots grow down into him and draw up nourishment from him, so you will grow in faith, strong and vigorous in the truth you were taught. Let your lives overflow with thanksgiving for all he has done.”

The root system of a tree performs many vital functions. In winter, it is a storehouse for essential food reserves needed by the tree to produce spring foliage. Roots absorb and transport water and minerals from the soil to the rest of the tree. Roots also anchor the portion of the tree above ground. It is important to keep the portion above ground healthy to ensure an adequate food supply for the roots to continue their important functions.  The roots also get all that it needs to produce the fruit that it was made to produce.

Roots grow where water, minerals and oxygen are found in the soil.  We have to let our roots grow down into Christ.  He is where we get all that we need to grow, and to live a strong and victorious life.  Examples of these scriptures are throughout the Bible.

“But blessed are those who trust in the LORD and have made the LORD their hope and confidence.  They are like trees planted along a riverbank, with roots that reach deep into the water. Such trees are not bothered by the heat or worried by long months of drought. Their leaves stay green, and they go right on producing delicious fruit” (Jeremiah 17:8-7).

says, “I pray that from his glorious, unlimited resources he will give you mighty inner strength through his Holy Spirit.  And I pray that Christ will be more and more at home in your hearts as you trust in him. May your roots go down deep into the soil of God’s marvelous love.  And may you have the power to understand, as all God’s people should, how wide, how long, how high, and how deep his love really is” (Ephesians 3:16-18).

Oh, the joys of those who do not follow the advice of the wicked, or stand around with sinners, or join in with scoffers. But they delight in doing everything the LORD wants; day and night they think about his law. They are like trees planted along the riverbank, bearing fruit each season without fail. Their leaves never wither, and in all they do, they prosper” (Psalms 1:1-3).

Wickedness never brings stability; only the godly have deep roots” (Proverbs 12:3).

And Jesus gave many parables about those whose roots don’t go very deep in the ground. (Matthew 3:10, Matthew 13:6,21 and Mark 4:6,17)

If we have our roots in anything else we will not grow, we will not produce fruit, and we will perish.  We cannot have our roots in our talents, our money, our friends, our education, people, and our selfish desires, because those things dry up, they cannot satisfy they cannot supply the nutrition that we need.   In Christ lie hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge, he will never dry up.

Minister Immanuel Forshee

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