Daily Archives: June 21, 2014

FAITH MUST BE FOUNDED ON THE WORD

God is concerned that His people are being shaken in their faith—that they won’t trust Him in their crisis. Beloved, our worst sin is our unwillingness to believe He will do what He promised.

His Word says, “The Lord knoweth how to deliver the godly out of temptations” (2 Peter 2:9). “God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it” (1 Corinthians 10:13).

These verses are either the truth or they are lies. But if they are the truth, then we must stand on them. God wants us to be able to say, “Lord, if I die standing here, then let me die in faith. I trust You to see me through, so live or die, I’m Yours.”

Let all the winds and waves of hell come at you. Let everything come at you. Our God said He is able—and He knows how to deliver you.

He intended that you and I have joy, peace, victory and rest in our walk with Him. He is looking for men and women who will stand against what is coming in this dark age—servants who will stand with a calm and a peace because Christ abides in them.

God desires that you come into a place of such trust that you will never again fear, but truly rest in His power and ability. He knows how to deliver you from all snares, trials and temptations—if you will trust Him.

“He only is my rock and my salvation: he is my defense; I shall not be moved. In God is my salvation and my glory: the rock of my strength, and my refuge, is in God. Trust in him at all times; ye people, pour out your heart before Him: God is a refuge for us” (Psalm 62:6-8).

Rooted In Faith

Now staying rooted in faith would indicate that there is going to be a struggle. In the parable of the sower, (Matthew 13:3-21) Jesus explains that the seed is the word of God, and Jesus indicated that the devil will come immediately to steal the word out of 
your heart; but he can only steal the word that you don’t understand.

As you plant a seed, it takes time for the seed to take root. Many people don’t stay rooted because of impatience; you see that the seed does not immediately come up, it first must grow underground before you will begin to see anything growing above 
ground. This causes many to give up, because they don’t see it.

The Bible tells us how the root grows in Jeremiah 7:7-8; which says “blessed is the man that trusts in the Lord, and whose hope is in the Lord. For he 
shall be as a tree planted by the waters, and that spreads out her roots by the river, and her leaf shall be green, and shall not be careful in the years of drought, neither shall cease from yielding fruit”.

We see this also in Psalms 1:1-3 “blessed is the man that walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of the scornful. But his delight is in the law of the Lord; and in His law does he meditate day and night. And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that brings forth its fruit in its season; its leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he does shall prosper”.

To be rooted means to be established in the word of God. Remember that the root is the part of a plant that provides stability and nourishment for the plant. Jesus is our root that we must stay connected to (John 15:4-6) Jesus says “abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can you, except you abide in Me. I am the vine, you are the branches, he that abides in Me, and I in him, the same brings forth much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing. If a man abide not in Me, he is cast forth as a branch, and is withered, and men gather them, and cast them into the fire; and they are burned”.  

The apostle Paul tells us in Romans 11:16-18 “for if the first fruit be holy, the lump is also holy; and if the root be holy, so are the branches. And if some of the branches be broken off, and you, being a wild olive tree, was grafted in among them, and with them partakes of the root and fatness of the olive tree. Boast not against the branches, but if you boast, you bear not the root, but the root you”.  

The apostle Paul prayed in Ephesians 3:14-19 saying “for this cause I bow my knees to the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. Of whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named. That He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with might by His Spirit in the inner man. That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that you, being rooted and grounded in love. May be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height. And to know the love of Christ, which passes knowledge, that you might be filled with all the fullness of God”. I believe that he was praying for me too. Remember that he would pray for those that had not seen him in the flesh.

The apostle Paul gives us, who were before an enemy of God hope in Colossians 1:21-23 which says “and you, that were sometime alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now has He reconciled. In the body of His flesh through death, to present you holy, and unblameable and unreproveable in His sight. If you 
continue in the faith; grounded and settled, and be not moved away from the hope of the gospel, which you have heard, and which was preached to every creature which is under heaven; whereof I Paul am made a minister”.  

And he goes on in Colossians 2:6-7 to explain how we can stay rooted; it says “as you have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk you in Him. Rooted and built up in Him, and established in the faith, as you have been taught, abounding therein with thanksgiving”. Receiving Christ as Lord of your life is the beginning of life with Christ. But you must continue to follow His leadership by being rooted, built up, and strengthened in the faith. Just as you accepted Christ Jesus as your Lord, you must continue to live in obedience to Him, so you will grow in faith, strong and vigorous in the truth you were taught.  

Some people will tell you things that may sound good, but we are supposed to test them, and cast out what does not line up with the word of God (II Corinthians 10:3-5) “for though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh. For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds. Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalts itself against the 
knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ”.

The apostle Paul uses the illustration of our being rooted in Christ, just as plants draw nourishment from the soil through their roots, so we draw our life giving strength from Christ (Acts 17:28) “for in Him we live, and move, and have our being; as certain also of your own poets have said, for we are also His offspring”.

You can live for Christ by committing your life and submitting your will to Him. Seeking to learn from Him, from His life, and His teachings (Colossians 3:16-17) “let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord. And whatsoever you do in word of deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus giving thanks to God and the Father by Him”.

We can thank God that He sent the Holy Spirit, and as we recognize the Holy Spirit’s power in us. The Holy Spirit was given to us to guide us, and we have to draw near, by listening to the Spirit of God (Galatians 5:22-25).

The apostle Peter tells us in II Peter 1:4-10 keys in staying rooted in faith; it says “whereby are given to us exceeding great and precious promises; that by these you might be partakers of the divine nature; having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust. And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge. And to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness. And to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity (love). For if these things be in you, and abound, they make you that you shall neither be barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. But he that lacks these things is blind. And cannot see afar off, and has forgotten that he was purged from his old sins. Wherefore the rather, brethren, give diligence to make your calling and election sure; for if you do these things, you shall never fall”.

Spiritual growth is always dependent on our vital connection to God. God has provided all things for life and godliness, we have to strengthen our spirit man to understand and hear the word of God, for the word of God is the truth.  

We see in Jude verses 20-21which says “but you, beloved, building up yourselves on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Spirit. Keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ to eternal life”.

If we will walk in the knowledge of God, the understanding of God and the wisdom of God, no matter how dark it is around us, we will shine with the light of heaven. We have to be serious about knowing God and having the thoughts of God. We should have a biblical reason for everything we do (Galatians 5:16) “this I say then, walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh”.

We are told to guard our hearts; things get into our heart by what we see, hear and say. And Jesus said that out of the abundance of the heart the mouth will speak. We are warned not to let a root of bitterness affect us (Hebrews 12:14-15) “follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord. Looking diligently less any man fail of the grace of God; less any root of bitterness springing up trouble you, and thereby many be defiled”.  

Remember that the devil will bring people in your path to get you angry, but remember what the apostle Paul tells us to be strong in the Lord, and in the power of His might. Put on the whole armor of God that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against 
spiritual wickedness in high places. Wherefore take to you the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day; and having done all, to stand. Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness. And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace.  
Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith you shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints”