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Refreshed by God's Love

Establish yourself in the Lord and no longer allow the devil to use your failures to destroy your faith

Refreshed by God’s Love
Rooted and Established – Part I

Scripture Reading: Ephesians 3:14-21

Key Verse: Ephesians 3:17
And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love…

In the next seven days, let’s study the idea of being “rooted and established” in God’s love. Take a few moments to think about what this phrase means in your walk with God.

When I think of being “rooted and established,” I think of an even and steady walk with God. It means a person is no longer easily tripped up in their walk with God. It means that a person has studied the Scriptures enough to defeat the devil’s lies.

It does not mean that we never fail the Lord. But failures no longer bring condemnation and shame. A person who is “rooted and established” in the Lord no longer allows the devil to use their failures to destroy their faith in God’s love for them.

Once a person is “rooted and established”, they do not experience the extreme ups and downs in their walk with God. They do not allow their victories to make them proud people, nor do they allow their failures to get them so far down that they lose their joy.

Look at the Apostle Paul’s words in Colossians 2:6-7:

So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live your lives in him, rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness.

In other words, strengthen your faith through prayer and Bible reading. We can only be “rooted and built up in Him” by knowing increasingly more about God whom we serve. God gives us the Bible to guide our growth in knowledge so that it is correct. Colossians 2:8 reminds us of what “rooted and built up in Him” protects us from:

See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the elemental spiritual forces of this world rather than on Christ.

When we do not work at being rooted and established in Christ, the philosophies of this world easily deceive us. Immature Christ-followers constantly cater to the cravings of their flesh, and the spiritual forces of the world easily lead them away from God’s wisdom.

No one needs to be stuck in the strongholds of the flesh. God can set us free from that and give our lives stability in our walk with Him. Decide to be rooted and established in God’s love!

Father, I am tired of my flesh’s cravings weakening me. Grant me Your strength to be rooted and established in You. In Jesus’s Name, I pray, amen.