How Rooted in Faith are You?
Faith is a gift given that must be nurtured. Without proper nourishment, our faith will never be rooted deep enough to withstand what the devil throws at us.
Since the devil’s main objective is to rid us of our faith and destroy us for eternity, we would do well to focus on growing our faith and making sure it is properly rooted.
To grow our faith properly we need to know on what kind of soil our “seed of faith” has landed, move it if necessary, then prepare and cultivate that soil for the seed to take root properly and grow! Jesus uses the Parable of the Sower to help us understand this.
A farmer went out to sow his seed. As he was scattering the seed, some fell along the path; it was trampled on, and the birds of the air ate it up.
Some fell on rock, and when it came up, the plants withered because they had not moisture.
Other seed fell among thorns, which grew up with it and choked the plants.
Still other seed fell on good soil. It came up and yielded a crop, a hundred times more than was sown.
Part of understanding what kind of soil we have is to understand where we are trying to plant our faith seed. Faith is believing in the unseen, but too many times we put our faith in the wrong things that we can see.
We might put our faith in the people who shared Christ with us. We put them on a pedestal, doing what they do, and looking to them to help steer our spiritual lives. This person might even be a great Christian author, preacher, or speaker.
We must be careful of this and we must encourage those in our lives not to put us or anyone else on a pedestal in this way. Why? Because we are all imperfect and need Christ. When the person we have put our faith in inevitably does something wrong, instead of working to bring them back, we may become disenchanted or confused and crushed in our faith.
The devil would prefer we fix our eyes on a person rather than Christ because then he can quickly snatch our faith away.
“Those along the path are the ones who hear, and then the devil comes and takes away the word from their hearts, so that they may not believe and be saved.”
We should only fix our faith on Christ and His Word, realizing that he alone is perfect and will never fail us.
There is an idea floating around that once we turn our lives to Christ and follow Him the blessings will flow. Oh, dear sister, blessing do flow, but not always in the earthly, physical sense.
Our blessings come from heaven and an eternal perspective. Christ is able to bring us peace and joy in the most difficult of circumstances, when it makes no earthly sense to have peace or joy. He gifts us courage to stand up for Him and what is right, in the face of opposition. Christ even provides for us in the ways we need, when finances are beyond slim.
Jesus, many times, reminds us that we should not focus on the things of this world that will bring us comfort, but on the Lord who will bring us eternal comfort. If we tie our faith to our earthly blessings, our faith will quickly be squelched when financial hard times come.
“The seed that fell among the thorns stands for those who hear, but as they go on their way they are choked by life’s worries, riches and pleasures, and they do not mature.”
Let’s not let our faith be choked out by the worries of this life, but allow our faith to mature by giving these worries to Christ and letting Him provide for us and mature our faith in the process.
When health starts to deteriorate, we often see one of two things happen:
- People lose their faith or
- People inspire others by their faith.
We all understand that one day we will pass away. Satan will try to use this, and any situation, to make us feel like God has let us down. If our faith is deeply rooted, we can eventually overcome this lie with the truth. But if our faith isn’t rooted in the truth, we will fall for the devil’s lies.
How to grow deep roots
Maybe there is another area of your life than those mentioned above in which the devil is more likely to attack. If so, take time to do the following things:
- Dig into the Scriptures
- Write down the truths that correlate to the area where you need to grow
- Memorize those Scriptures so you can defend yourself against Satan’s attacks
- Persevere through attacks and difficult times by holding to these truths and encouraging others in their faith
When Jesus spoke the Parable of the Sower, he shared this same recipe for deep rooted faith.
“But the seed on good soils stands for those with a noble and good heart, who hear the word, retain it, and by persevering produce a crop.”
A Challenge for You
Take some time to read over this parable and figure out where your “seed of faith” has fallen. If the “seed of faith” is not taking root in the good soil then start prepping your heart to be good soil. Once you’ve prepped it, continue to cultivate it. Just like any garden, the soil, the seeds and the plants need continual nurturing.