Loving God. Loving People.

Fast 2018: Day 4

Text: Ephesians 3:14-18
I bow my knees to the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, 15 from whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named, 16 that He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with might through His Spirit in the inner man, 17 that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; that you, being rooted and grounded in love…

As Paul prayed for the church, He prayed for strength and power. Where does power come from? First, from Christ dwelling in our hearts.
And second, being ROOTED and GROUNDED in Love!

“Rooted” is an agricultural term. “Grounded” is an architectural term. Both words mean to lay the foundation and be established!

Paul used the terms because it was a common ideology used in scripture and because the people understood the language. They understood what it meant to dig deep and lay a foundation. They understood what it meant to have strong roots. That if you wanted strength and power you had to have a solid foundation.
You had to have deep and healthy roots to develop and grow to maturity. Developing strength and power is all about spiritual growth, but we first have to dig down deep and establish a foundation or root system.

Trees have deep roots. It’s a wide, established system that provides the foundation of a tree and grows as deep as the tree is tall. The more mature the tree, the stronger the root system. Roots are the life-line of the tree.

In Matthew 3, John the Baptist came preaching a strong message, “The Kingdom of Heaven is at hand…the axe is about to be laid to the root of the trees.” John was referring to detrimental belief systems, old paradigms, and patterns, mindsets that have been developed, grown roots, and established themselves over the span of your life. Dealing with roots is about excavating, clearing out, and rooting up things that don’t belong so new roots can be planted in the soil of your heart. It’s getting to the root of who you are, uncovering the way you think, what you believe, how you live and coming to terms with what your source of life is!

This is all about heart transformation!

The longer we live, the older we get, the more grounded and established we are in our ways, our thoughts, beliefs, and ways of life, the more difficult it is to deal with roots! But, until we get to the root of the way we think, what we believe, and why we live how we live, and ultimately identify the source of our life, we can’t be transformed. And if we aren’t being transformed, there is no chance that we are seeing God’s power. He will not blow your mind with his power if you are committed to staying the same!

So you have to get to the root! It’s hard work, but it is necessary so new roots can be planted in the soil of your heart!

Consider this:
Let your Roots and your Foundation be LOVE! The only way true love can be produced in us is if Christ dwells there. He is the source of love. He is the root! When Christ dwells in our hearts and we abide in Him, we will love with a new, uncommon, unconditional, sacrificial, others-first kind of love! An enemy-loving, peace-making, forgiving kind of love. A kind of love that walks in truth, lives the truth, speaks the truth in love kind of love!

Christ, dwell in my heart, help me identify and deal with my roots and to be rooted and grounded in your love!

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