Colossians 2:7 NLT
 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.
I was out walking this morning. The spring rains have started and the creek not far away from my home is full and flowing fast. Along with the heavy rains from the other night, there were strong winds and many of the trees growing along the creek have fallen over. I have been watching the soil erode away and expose the roots more each year for the last few years and the trees have been dying slow deaths becoming more unstable and now they could not stand anymore.
I started to weep as the Lord showed me how many of His children here on earth are like those trees. The soil of God’s grace in which they were planted when they were born again, has been washed away by the words of the world, the devil and even themselves. Too many in the church do not know what their Heavenly Father thinks of them. They think He is angry with them or disappointed in them. The words of the devil and the world has stripped them of their confidence and they speak what they have heard and berate themselves. Those words have come like a flood or fast flowing water and have washed away the words of our loving God.
Too often we have not even allowed ourselves to be buried in the soil of God’s grace. Much like the seed in Matthew 13:5 where it fell on shallow soil. When we found Jesus, we did not get into the Word of God and find more soil to stay in and grow up.
Other times we have listened to the voice of reason, finding ourselves working 24/7 to make ends meet, worrying about how we will have enough to buy the things we need. We have little time to sit at His feet and spend time with Him getting to know Him better so we can trust Him. Then we wonder why we find ourselves depleted and unable to stand up under the pressures of the world and we cave into worry and depression. When we know Him, we know He is a good, good Father and He will provide all we need as we seek Him (Matthew 6:19-34).
Dear One, the tree does not take itself out of the soil. The soil gets washed away, exposing the roots to the air and unable to get the nutrition and support they need. It does not have a choice, but we do! We can choose to build up the soil, much like a farmer would tend his crops, making sure they get the right amount of water and the soil is kept healthy and stays replenished.
If you are a follower of Jesus you are a child of God and Father God is your gardener. As you choose to make the Word of God your primary influence and you begin to build yourself up in who you are in Christ and let your roots grow down into Him, He will cause the soil of His grace to be full of nutrients and give you a firm foundation to stand and be strong, no matter what comes at you.
I urge you to cut away influences that are not serving you well. Ones that will eventually pull you away from God and cause you to find yourself vulnerable to the words of the world, the devil and yourself. Trust God when He says “Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need” Matthew 6:33 NLT.
As you seek Him and get to know Him and He is your primary influence in life, you will be filled with wisdom. In Proverbs 9:10 we read that the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom. This is a reverential fear, standing in awe of Him and falling in love with Him. As you do this you will be filled with His Spirit and you will be able to live righteously and you will be able to quench the voice of the world, the devil, and yourself.
Be firmly rooted in Him and His Word, ask Him to fill you daily with His Spirit and replenish the soil of His grace and you will find yourself overflowing with thankfulness and peace.
Blessings of joy and peace to you as you root yourself in Him and His Word.
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