What are you rooted in?

Happy New Year!

I pray 2019 will be a year of continued spiritual growth and maturity as we dig deeper into the Word and truly develop a heart of worship. Worship is much more than a song …. it’s how we live our lives. Worship is the way we live in obedience to Jesus. I truly believe the seeds we have been planting – that some will be harvested this year. We must continue to trust the Lord and His timing. 

This post will be a short one because my hope is that we will individually take some time set aside for the Lord to dig deeper.

As we enter the new year, I wonder …… what are we rooted in?

I looked up the definition of root and according to the Oxford Dictionary, it is defined as:

root1
/ruːt/
noun
  1. the part of a plant which attaches it to the ground or to a support, typically underground, conveying water and nourishment to the rest of the plant via numerous branches and fibres.
    “cacti have deep and spreading roots”
    2. the basic cause, source, or origin of something.

Colossians 2:6-7 (NIV) says:

Spiritual Fullness in Christ

So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live your lives in him, rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness.

Colossians 2:6-7 (NLT) says:

Freedom from Rules and New Life in Christ

And now, just as you accepted Christ Jesus as your Lord, you must continue to follow him. Let your roots grow down into him, and let your lives be built on him. Then your faith will grow strong in the truth you were taught, and you will overflow with thankfulness.

Colossians 2:6-7 (NKJV) says:

As you therefore have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him, rooted and built up in Him and established in the faith, as you have been taught, abounding [a]in it with thanksgiving.

 

What are you rooted in?

My roots should be built on Jesus. Jesus should be my foundation. Not a husband, a house or a job. When humans or things of this world change, my foundation will be built on a source that is unchangeable.

Hebrews 13:8 (NLT) says:

Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.

 

Think about a very large tree, it is able to stand because its roots grow deep and wide into the ground. Usually our eyes can’t see how far it is actually growing unless we dig it up. The roots grow from the seed before the seed starts to sprout above the ground.

What will you look like if you’re “dug up”? Will your roots (foundation) be Jesus? The Word of God?

As your roots grow deeper, things around you will change- you can’t stay the same as you were last year or even yesterday! I read somewhere that growing sometimes means outgrowing certain seasons, mindsets, people and circumstances you can’t take everybody and everything with you to each season of your life. God will always bring what is the best for you as your progress.

As your roots grow deeper – you will learn more about your purpose and the assignment here on Earth. You will hear His voice more clearly.

James 1:17 says: “Every good thing given and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shifting shadow.”

Let’s live deeply rooted this year – let’s spend less time on social media (including messaging and WhatsApp) and more time journaling, praying and reading God’s Word.

lots of love,

The Graced Citizen

 

 

The Wait

Yes, the season of wait. The longest and hardest season period. Usually, the Holy Spirit shows us a promise and then we must wait for God’s timing.

But then our human nature kicks in, we want it now! God why would you show me this. No, I don’t want to fast and pray. You’re taking too long Jesus! * goes about and attempts to do it in our own will and might* —— completely fails ——- return to waiting on Jesus. Talk about impatience and spiritual disobedience!!

What a process! Reminds me of the children of Israel. Instead of waiting patiently – they complained, placed idols before God and tried to make things happen in their own time. Well, what could have been just a few days costed them 40 years of their lives!

The children of Israel walked in spiritual disobedience because they got impatient with God’s Promise.

When you walk in obedience, there is a commanded blessing over your life.

You should declare: ” I will not grow weary in my season of wait”

Exodus 14:14 says: “The Lord himself will fight for you. Just stay calm.”

That simply means God already has it figured out and we need to remain calm and obedient to our now.

It’s in the wait season that you grow. It’s in this season you learn moment to moment. You learn how to make something from nothing. It’s a valley of the unknown meaning we have to learn to lean on the ultimate maker- God himself. It’s in this season you learn to become strong. The wait season brings the best memories that moment when you reach to your breakthrough.

Isaiah 40:31 NKJV says: “But those who wait on the LORD Shall renew their strength; They shall mount up with wings like eagles, They shall run and not be weary, They shall walk and not faint.”

Always remember there is a season after the wait season.

lots of love❤️

The Graced Citizen

The Unexpected

My sister and I recently completed “The Unexpected” by Christine Caine bible study on the Bible app.

Let me just say, this study has changed our lives drastically. Faith without works is definitely DEAD. (James 2:17-18)

The main focus of the study is having faith during the unexpected.

Christine reminds us that what is unexpected to us, isn’t unexpected to God and therefore we should activate our faith and KEEP GOING. When unexpected things happen, we mustn’t try to take things in control.

Us trying to have control means we lack faith! Think about it, us controlling things removes God as the author and controller of our lives! That is dangerous! That removes our fear of the Lord and His plans for us. We can’t be faithful and controlling at the same time.

She teaches in the study that we need to walk by faith, run to God and not to allow fear to consume our daily lives. Also, the fact that we can’t allow daily fears to derail us from our kingdom purpose!

You see loves, in order to grow, things around us MUST change. And believe me, trials are going to come during this unexpected change BUT we know the Bible says “all things are working for our good” – Romans 8:28 …. so that means even though trials arise- All things … not some things BUT ALL things are working for our good —- with that being said we should learn to rejoice no matter what because at the end of the day our God is STILL GOOD and always working.

I definitely recommend this study on the Bible app and you should start it with a friend so you can do the “Talk it Over”.

I will end with a excerpt from the study.

(All rights reserved to Christine Caine and the Bible app)

” Our part is to exercise faith and patience. Faith is believing God, believing that God is who he says he is, and that he will do what he said he would do. Patience is our capacity to tolerate delay—our ability to wait. It’s trusting that God is good, God does good, and God knows what he is doing, no matter how long it takes—no matter what our purpose is. 

We all are called to the unexpected, and it will always take faith to see it through—but when we move forward by faith, God will always fight for us and do the miraculous. Let’s recognize what God is doing for us, the doors he’s opening for us, the steps he’s ordering for us. Let’s recognize his supernatural power at work in our lives.

He will always honor our obedience. In everything God has called me to do, the miracles happened after I stepped out in faith—after I stepped out in obedience, trusting him. “

God bless you! I’ve missed you all so much😔 My computer has been down but I will try my best to share everything from my phone for the time being ( thanks to my dear Aqua for that extra push)

lots and lots of love,

Jesus loves you! Talk to you soon 💕

The Graced Citizen

Hello Tuesday!

Hey loves!

Just a reminder:

Any day you don’t start your day in the name of Jesus – you start your day in the flesh – and the flesh is a dangerous/ weak weapon to bring to the battle.

Ephesians 6: 11-12 says:

11 Put on all of God’s armor so that you will be able to stand firm against all strategies of the devil.12 For we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places.

Every time the devil hears praise he is afraid.

Praise the Lord!

lots of love,

The Graced Citizen