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Root: Dependency on His Word

Jan 24, 2016
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The Cultivate Challenge
We know that roots give a tree both nourishment and stability. In Isaiah 11, the prophet says, “There shall come forth a shoot from the stump of Jesse, and a branch from his roots shall bear fruit…” That shoot, from that stump, would be Jesus!

The rooted analogy is found 2 times in Scripture:

  1. Colossians 2:6-8 – To root something means to strengthen it, or to say that it is firmly grounded. In noun form, it means “the foot of a mountain”, or “the founding of a city”. We live in very uncertain times, and it is our “RESPONSITUNITY” to stay rooted in the Word. It is life, it is absolute Truth, and it keeps us nourished and grounded. We must remember that it is not unkind or unloving to have a deep conviction. We must love people with the foundation and truth of the Scripture. But, we must be careful not to fall prey to the obsession and love of knowledge, which leads to pride. Elevating the Word too much can lead to a hardness.
  2. Ephesians 3:14-17 – We must trust in a person…not a book! Jesus is the Word, and He is love. We must stay rooted and grounded in love. When we are rooted in the person of Christ, we can love even those that look unlovable.

To discuss today
1. Are you being nourished and grounded the way you want to be? Why?

2. How can you utilize the Word to help navigate the very confusing and misleading thoughts of our culture today? How do you love others with this Truth?

3. What steps will you take this week to spend more time in the Word? How will that impact how you interact with those around you? How do you think that will impact your Cultivate Commitment?

Father, thank you for the Word. Jesus, I confess that you are the Word made flesh. Too often, I let the voices of _____________________ get in the way of your Word. I want to eat meat and potatoes, not a sugar substitute. I want to be filled up with your Truth so that I can make a difference in my sphere of influence. Forgive me for when I get puffed up and feel like I know more than others. Help me be like You.