Deep Roots

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Psalm 1: 1-3: Blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked or stand in the way of sinners or sit in the seat of mockers. But his delight is in the law of the LORD, and on his law he meditates day and night. He is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither. Whatever he does prospers.

 

When you sink your roots down deep into God’s Word, you will find the fruits of the Holy Spirit, love, joy, peace (for yourself), patience, kindness, gentleness (for others), and goodness, faithfulness, and self-control (for God), appear more regularly on the tree that is your life.

Self-control implies that we have something to do with it. You take responsibility for your actions and watch changes happen from the inside. When you depend on God, walking with Jesus, the Holy Spirit will change your “want to’s” and produce good fruits. Things you used to like to do, say, or watch, things thought you had to have, and the negative people in your life will suddenly seem empty, boring, or downright repulsive. Things God asks you to do will change from “I have to do this” to “I want to do this.” Then, when you find yourself saying, “I get to do this,” others will see the fruit in you, too.

One prison inmate I met had taken her faith in God to a new level—trust—while she was in prison. Maybe it was because she was in prison. She began to take God seriously and to study His Word intentionally. In this same way, you can take your faith in God to a new level of trust. And, just like that inmate, you will discover that you can do a huge amount for God wherever you are. Just think how many people God can change through you. It’s your choice.

Start by sinking your roots down deep into God’s Word—your offensive weapon against Satan. Don’t just pick and choose scriptures. Read and study the whole New Testament. Read straight through the books by Matthew (a book by the tax collector (a bad guy—deluxe) who immediately left his table stacked with money to follow Jesus), Mark (not one of the 12 disciples, but a true follower of Jesus), Luke (also not one of the 12, but a follower, a physician, who, being a scientist, wrote more details about Jesus’ life and ministry), and John (one of Jesus’ closest disciples, who wrote about the last year and a half of Jesus life, recording miracle after miracle, so others (including you) would believe in Jesus). Then read the rest of the New Testament for life-practice information, some of which will open your eyes to God and His will, challenges and commands you’ve never seen or heard before—and that you’ve never done. When you finish the New Testament, read the Old Testament and look for the red thread of Jesus, which runs throughout the Bible.

Prayer: O Lord, please forgive me of the things I’ve done that didn’t please you, cleanse me, and fill me again with the power of the Holy Spirit to read, comprehend, and apply your precious Word to my life. Help me truly sink my roots into your Word so I will have deep roots like a tree that is planted beside the water and doesn’t blow over when storms come. Cover me with good fruit that shows. In Jesus holy and precious Name, Amen!

Truth: Don’t read God’s word just to “study the Bible.” Read it to know and do what God says.

 

Carol Middlekauff