How Rooted Are You?

The depth of our roots determines the quality of fruit. Inner strongholds make the soil of our heart stony. When we confess them as sin, He is ready to forgive and help us destroy them.

Hosea 14 was written to Israel. Embrace them for yourself. Verse 4 says, “I will heal their backsliding, I will love them freely, for My anger has turned away from him.” Verse 5-6 says, “….he shall grow like the lily, and lengthen his roots like Lebanon. His branches shall spread; his beauty shall be like an olive tree, and his fragrance like Lebanon.”

Read Jacob’s blessing on Joseph. Genesis 49:22 says, “Joseph is a fruitful bough, and fruitful bough by a well; his branches run over the wall.” What a picture of one being deeply rooted in their relationship with the Lord.

David was deeply rooted. What did he do when his army of men were ready to stone him? 1 Samuel 30:6 says, “Now David was greatly distressed, for the people spoke of stoning him, because the soul of all the people was grieved…But David strengthened himself in the Lord his God.”

Colossians 2:7 says, “Rooted and built up in Him and established in the faith, as you have been taught, abounding in it with thanksgiving.” Colossians 3:16 is a picture of one deeply rooted.

It says, “Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly…” Everything in our relationship with the Lord is built around His word. If we are ‘word less’ then we are shallow rooted. Intimate communion with the Lord feeds our roots. It is the essential spiritual nitrogen that enables us to bear fruit for His glory.

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