a stand to withstand
in the most loving name of our Lord.
write these few lines in order that no one may
delude you with beguiling speech. Yet I am with you
in spirit, rejoicing to see your good order and the
firmness of your faith in Christ As therefore, you
received Christ Jesus, the Lord, so live in Christ,
rooted and built up in him and established in the
faith, just you were taught (NKJV) abounding in
the above verses, we could see a counseling,
exhortation or warning to all of us, not to be
deluded with beguiling speech i.e. attractive speech
to deceive people. Satan knows that if you are well
established with the word of God and have a good
foundation in your spiritual life, he cannot carry
out his plans. Hence he would try to deviate your
thoughts by giving attractive speeches to stop the
growth of your life in the Lord. Therefore, Paul
says that we have to be so vigilant in our lives by
giving due regard to the following principles of
spiritual development and prosperity.
1.11 He came to his own home, and his own people
received Him not. But to all who received Him, who
believed in His name, he gave power to become
children of God. God gives power, privilege to
become his sons and daughters, when we get faith in
the name of Jesus and accept him as our personal
saviour. Accepting Him in the sense, receiving Jesus
in our hearts as saviour by faith.
Thes. 2:13 And we also thank God constantly for
this, that when you received the word of God which
you heard from us, you accepted it not as the word
of men, which is at work in you believers.
Paul says accepting the word of God is also a method
to receive Jesus in our hearts. I Thes 1:6 is
talking about the testimony of the believers in
Thessolonian. And you became imitators of us and of
Lord, for you receive the word in much affliction
with joy inspired by the Holy Spirit.
from the above verses, we come to understand that we
have to receive the faith in Jesus name, receive the
word of God and put it in our practice to show our
testimony for His glory, so that people will see
Jesus in us.
ROOTED IN CHRIST
strength of the tree is in its roots, which goes
deeper into the earth. In the same way every
believer must have a deep root in Jesus Christ. A
righteous man is compared with a tree. Ps.1:3 He is
like a tree, planted by the streams of water that
yields its fruits in its season and its leaf does
not wither. In all that he does, he prospers.
is the man who trusts in the Lord, he is like a tree
planted by water that sends out its root by the
stream and does not fear when heat comes for its
leaves remain green and is not anxious in the
drought. For it does not cease to bear fruits. If
the root does not go deeper into the land and fails
to supply the needed strength to its branches the
tree cannot give fruits(results) Luke 8:12-13.
seed is the word of God. The ones along the paths
are those who have heard, then the devil comes, and
takes away the word from the hearts, that they may
not believe and be saved. And the ones on the rock
are those who , when they hear the word, receive it
with joy, but as these have no deep root, they
believe for a while and in times of temptations fall
away.Therefore it should be understood people who do
not have deep root(foundation), they fall away
because of temptations, unbelief, and riches and
pleasure of worldly life.
WE CAN HAVE DEEP ROOT?
14:7-9. For there is hope for a tree if it cut down,
that will sprout again and that its shoots will not
cease though its root grow old in the earth and its
stumps die in the ground, yet at the scent of water
it will bud and put forth branches like a young
plant. Verse 8 says about scent of water or smell of
water. Water is the anointing of the Holy Spirit. So
as a tree smells the water, a believer should be
filled with the anointing of the Holy Spirit, and he
should meditate the word of God and keep it in his
heart(Isa.55:13). The tree will send the strength to
all the branches only after sucking the water by its
deep roots. In the same way we have to eat
(meditate) the word of God and keep it to have good
fellowship in Christ.
4:4 It is written Man shall not live by bread alone,
but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth
of God.It is not the tree that supports the root,
but it is the root that supports the entire tree.In
the same way we the believers, if we have a very
strong fellowship or foundation (Luke 6:47) we will
not be ashamed by any satanic forces. Romans 11:18
Remember it is not you that support the root, but
the root that supports you.
BUILD- UP? IN CHRIST
? Every one who hears these words of mine and does
them will be like a wise men who built his house
upon the rock (Jesus Christ) This portion explains
how we have to take the word of God as our guide and
trust the name of the Lord. People have to seek the
permission of the word of God before getting into
Therefore we ought to give the more earnest heed to
the things which we have heard, lest at any time we
should let them slip. Luke 11:28 Blessed are they
that hear the word of God and keep it. Therefore we
can be assured of a blessed and strong life as long
as we are in complete union with his word.
LIVING IN CHRIST
is a life that we must give implicit obedience
towards God and demonstrate the features of Jesus
Christ. if you want to live in Kuwait. You have to
maintain your position safe by valid visa and
prepared to conduct yourself according to the rules
and regulations of this country. You cannot change
it according to your convenience. In the same way if
you want to have real spiritual prosperity you have
to be in full realization of His biblical
Cor.5:17. Therefore if anyone in Christ, he is a new
creation, the old has passed away, behold the new
Cor.2:14 Thanks be to God, who in Christ always
leads us in triumph and through us spreads the
fragrance of the knowledge of Him every where.
Eph.5:8. For once you were darkness, but now you are
the light in the Lord. Walk as children of light.
Gal.1:23. (Testimony of Paul in the churches of
Judea) He who once persecuted us in times, now
preaches the faith which once he destroyed.
ESTABLISH IN FAITH
in this world wants to establish their position,
status, business, family in their respective
countries. They go on doing something to maintain
the same position. Christ has started the faith in
our hearts by His words. Bible tells us faith cometh
by hearing and hearing by the word of God.
11:6 And without faith it is impossible to please
Him. For whosoever would draw near to God must
believe that He exists and that He rewards those who
seek Him. Apostle Paul was so confident in His faith
and he says in II Tim 1:12 I know whom I have
believed and I am sure that he is able to guard
until that day. Meditating the word of God and
putting the same into practice can make a person to
be established in his faith.
Tim 6:12 Fight the good fight of the faith, take
hold of the eternal life to which you were called.
20:31 These are written that you may believe that
Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God and that
believing you may have life in His name.
live in an acquisitive society where worth is judged
by wealth. So we have to realise a greatest
commission delegated by our Lord, the work of
bringing others to His faith. We should not be in
bondage to inordinate desire ? a slave to our
passions. We must live on His summons not on a guess
but on our goal.
let us pray O God how can we face the future unless
we are empowered by your spirit. Give us, O give us
the dynamic energy as the early churches experience
and enjoyed, so that we can truly turn the world
upside down. Bring us to the point, where we rely
not on our natural wisdom and expertise but the
direction and the wisdom of the spirit. Forgive us
for our guilty silence if we refuse to share with
others that you have done for us. We come to your
presence to make it responsive to your perfect will.
Help us vitally Christians, so that we draw people
not to ourselves but to you.
Jesus name Amen.