How Deep is Your Faith?

Tree by creek

When the Robersons moved into a house not too far from ours, we were thrilled.  It’s always fun to have dear friends living close by, and especially if they give you their trees. Let me explain. You see, they didn’t like the landscaping around their house and wanted to get rid of a few Savannah holly trees. Being the kind and thoughtful friends that we are, we volunteered to take the trees off their hands and plant them in our own yard.  Wow, what a deal!  Free trees!  We found just the right spot for them.  Our house backs up to a pleasant little creek, and so we planted them near the creek to enhance the beauty of the area. Five lovely Savannah hollies lining our creek! We were so proud of ourselves.

The water in our creek tends to rise when we have a rainstorm, and boy did we have a gulley washer one night right after we planted those hollies. On the morning after the storm, we woke up and looked out our window toward the creek. Hmmm, we wondered, what were those large holes in the ground? Wait a minute, and where were our hollies? Three of them were completely gone! Yes, swept away! We had another storm soon after that, and guess what. The other two were swept downstream too. Oh well, easy come, easy go.

Now if the hollies had been given the time to take root in the ground they may have stayed around, but since they were newly planted there was nothing to hold them in the ground as the water rose and the current flowed. If you have ever watched flood waters rise, then you know the strength and power of the water’s current.  It will sweep away anything and everything that is not deeply rooted or firmly founded in the ground. In a moment, large objects can be swept away and carried for miles downstream. The same is true with the flow of life and the current of our culture.  If we are not deeply rooted in the truth of Christ and the assurance of His love, we can easily be carried away by the latest philosophies or our own whims and feelings.

There is a constant flow of ideas that “sound right,” and “seem good” in our culture today. But we must know The truth – God’s truth.  Jesus said, “If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free (John 8:31,32).” As we hold to God’s teaching and are rooted and built up in Him, then we will be free from the pull and drag of man-made rules and fine sounding philosophies. Here is Paul’s encouragement to the Colossians:

 

Colossians 2:6-8

 So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live in him, rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness.  See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the basic principles of this world rather than on Christ.

 

No more shallow Christianity! Let’s be intentional about letting our roots grow down deep into Christ as we study His word and get to know Him. We don’t want to be guided by the latest fads or our finicky feelings. When we get to know what the Bible has to say about Christ, our faith is made strong to weather the storms of life and discern the philosophies of our culture. Take some time to read God’s Word for yourself each day.

 

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The Joy of Anticipation

Hello my positive women friends.  I hope you are having a wonderful summer.  We had a great meeting last week, with our guest teacher Kathleen.  We learned about trusting God through the difficulties.  It was a powerful lesson.  I hope you will join us on the fourth Tuesday in July as we hear another wonderful guest teacher.

Joy's Wedding Portrait

This past weekend I hosted yet another wedding shower for one of my friend’s daughters who is getting married in July.  Yes, this certainly has been wedding season around the Ladd house.  The thing I love most about the bride-to-be is seeing the joy of anticipation as she heads toward her big day.  It’s interesting in the Bible we see the illustration of the groom and bride used as an analogy of Christ and the church.  As followers of Christ, we are His bride and we too should be living in anticipation of the day he comes to bring us home. 

Can you imagine if a bride showed up at her wedding and said, “Oh goodness, am I getting married today?  I’ve been so busy with other stuff in my life that I haven’t really prepared.  And oh, is that the groom?  I’d kinda forgot what he looks like.  I’ve been really distracted you know.”   That seems ridiculous doesn’t it?  Yet we too must examine our own hearts and consider if we are so distracted and busy about the stuff in our lives and not thinking about Heaven.

Jesus told his followers to lay up treasures in Heaven.  He told his followers to remain watchful and to be ready for the day He returns.  He used the parable of the Ten Bridesmaids to teach about the importance of being prepared.  If you recall, five of the bridesmaids were foolish and unprepared and five were ready.  He ends the story by saying, “Therefore keep watch, because you do not know the day or the hour. You can read it in Matthew 25:1-13.

This summer as I have observed precious brides (including my daughter) as they were getting ready for their wedding day, there were certain attributes I noticed in their joy of anticipation.

  • Their resources were spent wisely as they saved and invested for their wedding.
  • Their thoughts were consumed or dominated with wedding details.
  • Although preparation was not always easy, they knew it was worth it as they looked forward to their wedding day, and they knew that soon they would be married.
  • They desired to be exceptionally beautiful for their groom.
  • They chose to forsake all others as they were fully devoted to their husband-to-be.

Now I want you to read back over that list and think about how the same joy of anticipation relates to our preparation for being in Heaven with the Lord. Are you living for that Day or are you living with your eyes on the here and now.  There is great joy in our life here if we live in anticipation of the day we will meet Christ face to face.  Live for it! Be consumed by it! May we continually set our hearts on things above and draw close to our bridegroom in love.

Here are Jesus’ words found in Revelation 22. A beautiful invitation for us to be His bride.

 12“Behold, I am coming soon! My reward is with me, and I will give to everyone according to what he has done. 13I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End.

 14“Blessed are those who wash their robes, that they may have the right to the tree of life and may go through the gates into the city. 15Outside are the dogs, those who practice magic arts, the sexually immoral, the murderers, the idolaters and everyone who loves and practices falsehood.

 16“I, Jesus, have sent my angel to give you this testimony for the churches. I am the Root and the Offspring of David, and the bright Morning Star.”

 17The Spirit and the bride say, “Come!” And let him who hears say, “Come!” Whoever is thirsty, let him come; and whoever wishes, let him take the free gift of the water of life.”

Dear friend, if you have never accepted His invitation to be a part of his family, I encourage you to place your hope and trust in him today. Jesus  loves you as a bridegroom loves and cherishes his bride. Call 1-888-Need-Him to talk with someone about a relationship with Christ.