The root is an essential part of a plant or tree, The strong roots of the tree are the foundation and allow the tree to grow tall and strong. The tree sucks up the nutrients through its roots. Apostle Paul gives the same analogy in Colossians 2:7 “rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith”. He describes Christians as trees and roots as Christ. In the same way, we all draw our strength from Christ. The more and longer we draw our strength from him, the stronger our faith will grow and thrive.
The tree produces fruit when it matures. Similarly, as we strengthen our faith in Christ, we are called to mature as Christians and bear fruit. Have you noticed that faith-filled individuals, appear to have inner strength and are ready to face any trials of the world? They have a faith that seems to grow stronger even as their world crumbles around them. But how are they able to stand that trail? Because their faith is rooted in Christ. Their base is Strong and they give their problems to Christ and start praising.
How can we deepen our faith in Jesus and stay rooted in him?
1. Receive Christ Jesus
Colossians 2:6 says, As you therefore have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him. This is where a life of faith truly begins: accepting and receiving Jesus, committing to live with him and following his ways.
2. Read and study the word of God
Once we have accepted Christ Jesus as our Lord, we must walk with Him. Romans 10:17 says, So then faith comes by hearing and hearing by the word of God. The word of God means reading the Bible. We need to read and study the Bible, allowing its words to soak deeply into our souls. Psalm 1:2 says, But his delight is in the law of the LORD, And in His law he meditates day and night. That indicates it should be a habit, a part of our daily routine, an essential part of our life.
What is prayer? A conversation with God. What can we pray for? We can pray for anything as Matthew 21:22 says, If you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer. 1 John 3:22 Says, we will receive from Him whatever we ask because we keep His commandments and do what is pleasing in His sight.
4. Trust in God
As we deepen our roots in God’s Word, we learn to trust Him in all things, even through trials. Jeremiah 17:7,8 says, “Blessed is the man who trusts in the LORD, And whose hope is the LORD”. For he shall be like a tree planted by the waters, Which spreads out its roots by the river, And will not fear when heat comes; But its leaf will be green, And will not be anxious in the year of drought, Nor will cease from yielding fruit. Trust in God comes from knowing His faithfulness through scripture and personal experience.
5. Thank god and praise him
Hebrews 13:15 says, Therefore by Him let us continually offer the sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of our lips, giving thanks to His name. Recognize that every blessing comes from the Lord. Be grateful for everything, including trials that build endurance.
When we do all of this, our faith grows stronger, and we become immovable even when the winds and storms of life beat against us. We feel God as our true and steadfast God, with an unshakable nature.
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