“Rooted and built up in him, and stablished in the faith, as ye have been taught, abounding therein with thanksgiving.”
A plant without roots is a plant that will soon wither in the heat or fall in the storms. Likewise, a believer whose faith is not rooted is a believer who will wither in the heat of the spiritual battle or fall in the storms of life. You cannot make it in the Christian walk without having a rooted faith. Many believers have fallen by the wayside because they never took the time to let their faith be rooted in the principles of the Word of God. Many believers allowed the excitement of salvation to be their driving force to serve the LORD, but when the excitement wore away they stopped serving the LORD. A rooted faith has several roots that help the believer to continue in the heat of the spiritual battle.
First, a rooted faith is stablished in the faith. You must grow your faith if you are going to have a strong faith. The verse above says, “…and stablished in the faith, as ye have been taught…” You must take time to hear the teaching of God’s Word if you are going to establish your faith. Romans 10:17 says, “So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” You must be a lifetime student of God’s Word if you want your faith to be rooted.
Second, a rooted faith abounds in thanksgiving. The verse above says, “…abounding therein with thanksgiving.” The shallow faith is ungrateful. The believer who is rooted in the faith is appreciative of what God and others do for them. A selfish believer assumes people should do things for them, but a believer who has a rooted faith will be thankful for everything in life.
Third, a rooted faith guards against false doctrine. Verse 8 says, “Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit…” You will never know what false doctrine is if you don’t spend time in God’s Word growing your faith. One reason so many people are caught away in the philosophies of man is because they never spend time in God’s Word. Just because something sounds good and right doesn’t make it right; only God’s Word makes it right. Be careful about allowing your feelings to determine truth; instead, let God’s Word be your measurement of truth.
Fourth, a rooted faith is cautious about man’s tradition. There is nothing wrong with tradition as long as tradition doesn’t conflict with truth. The believer is cautioned about following “after the tradition of men.” Traditions don’t always mean that certain actions have been handed down through history; rather, traditions sometimes mean that the present generation has established certain actions as right and wrong. Be careful about letting tradition to dictate what you believe and do.
Fifth, a rooted faith guards against worldliness. A rooted faith desires to be accepted by God. A rooted faith never looks at how the world accepts what it does. A rooted faith never lets present-day culture or one’s conscience to dictate truth because its source of sustenance is God’s Word. Beware of those who want to intermingle worldliness with godliness.
Sixth, a rooted faith is full of the Holy Ghost. The fullness of the Holy Ghost will help your faith to grow deeply and to guard against these things that would spoil your faith. My friend, working in the power of the flesh will destroy your faith. Let me challenge you to be filled with the Spirit daily so that your faith will be rooted in God.