Monday, December 7, 2015

"Rooted, Built-Up, and Established"

“Rooted, Built-Up, and Established”


Therefore, as you have received Christ Jesus the Lord, walk in Him, rooted and built up in Him and established in the faith, just as you were taught, overflowing with gratitude.          Colossians 2:6


When a person accepts Jesus Christ as their SAVIOR and LORD, it is their responsibility to grow in Christ, and you do that by “walking” in Him.  The word “WALKING” here means “LIVING” in Him.  We do that by being ROOTED and BUILT-UP in Him and ESTABLISHED in our faith.


“WALKING” in Him, means to allow the Holy Spirit to GUIDE your steps and to LEAD you down the RIGHT paths.  When we turn our lives over to the Holy Spirit we are submitting to His GUIDANCE and LEADERSHIP and we can be assured of being on the RIGHT path.


“ROOTED” means that we have a STRONG anchoring.  It means that we have a STRONG root system that will HOLD tight to the Lord Jesus Christ, and through which we are nourished and refreshed in our faith.  It is STEADFAST and won’t be swayed or up-rooted when the storms of life batter and beat at us.  We have an ANCHOR that will have a strong hold on us.


“BUILT-UP” means that as we are WALKING in Christ, and ROOTED in Him, we are to GROW or be BUILT-UP in Him and this is where it comes down to US being opened to being fed SPIRITUALLY, when we GROW in the Word of God through Bible study and Worship and a very active prayer life, we are then being BUILT-UP in Christ.  This is why it is VERY important for us to study the Word of the Living God, through our local church, by ATTENDING every time we have the opportunity to do so. 


“ESTABLISHED” in our FAITH, means that we have an ASSURED understanding and knowledge of God and His LOVE for us, and that we can TRUST His hand when we don’t understand His plans.  We have the ASSURANCE that He is at work in our lives, and our FAITH is STRONG and ESTABLISHED.  We are able to stand STRONG and FIRM when the strong winds of life blow at our poor, battered souls. 


And we can accomplish being “ROOTED, BUILT-UP, and “ESTABLISHED” in Christ Jesus, through our being GUIDED and LED by His precious Holy Spirit. 


You can ONLY have that ASSURANCE and HOPE if you have given your HEART and LIFE to God.  If you haven’t done that, then you are adrift on an ocean of uncertainties and fears of what the future holds.  We are TRULY living in UNCERTAIN TIMES, and if you were to be taken out of this lifetime, where would you end up?  You can have that HOPE and ASSURANCE of an eternity in Heaven with Christ and the Heavenly Father by:  CONFESSING your sins to God and asking Him for His FORGIVENESS, BELIEVING, with ALL your HEART, that Jesus died for YOU and is ALIVE in Heaven, making intercession for you, before God, then ACCEPT His gift of SALVATION, and allow the Holy Spirit to GUIDE and LEAD you down the RIGHT paths, and WORK at being ROOTED, BUILT-UP, and ESTABLISHED in your FAITH, and do it with gratitude.  Do it NOW, while you still can.  He’s waiting and coming SOON!!!


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