Monday, 28 May 2012

Deep roots - Good fruits!

Anyone who knows me well enough knows I love the book "God Calling".  I was reading the following in my quiet time over the weekend and really just wanted to share it with you:
"Remember the lesson of the seed too in its sending a shoot down so that it may be rooted and grounded, while at the same time it sends a shoot up to be the plant and flower that shall gladden the world.
The two growths are necessary.  Without the strong root it would soon wither, as much activity fails for lack of growth in Me.  The higher the growth up, the deeper must be the enrooting.
Many forget this and thus their work ceases to be permanent for Me.  Beware of the leaves and flowers without the strong root."
I found this to be very profound.  If we want our work in Christ to be valuable and long lasting we need our roots to grow deep in the Word, deep into the truths of the Lord.  We need to absorb it and live it and in time we will bear that fruit.  Good, usable, honest fruit.


I found it interesting that this excerpt points out to beware of the leaves and flowers that look good but are in fact short-lived and not God-centred.  Its impossible to see the roots and I think its at these times we need to seek God for discernment and guidance so we do not fall for appearances.

1 John 4 v 8:  He who does not love does not know God, for God is love.

Eph 3 v 17:  That Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; that you, being rooted and grounded in love...

God is love and so if we are rooted in God we operate in love.  I hope this encourages you today to walk in love and to dig those roots deeper into God our Father so the fruits we display in time will be fruits of love.

God bless
Tracy

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32 comments:

  1. Thank you Tracey, let us walk in love and dig our roots deeper into God our Father by the grace of Jesus Christ.

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    1. Hi Jedidja - your comments are very precious to me. Yes, let us grow our roots deeper in Christ
      God bless

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  2. "We need to seek God for discernment and guidance so we do not fall for appearances."--very profound, Tracy. Thank you for sharing these truths.
    Have a blessed day!

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    1. Hi Pam - yes and this world is so good at 'appearances' Thankful that we can rely on God for guidance
      God bless

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  3. Beautifully written Tracy; praying that our roots grow deeper and deeper so that we will be deeply rooted and grounded in His love and grace! :)

    Blessings and grace my friend,
    Denise

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    1. Hi Denise - Amen, that is my heart's desire. I dont want to be rooted in anything or anyone else, Just Jesus
      God bless

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  4. I've never thought about "the higher the plant, the deeper the roots need to be." Love this reminder! Just yesterday I was telling my husband that I feel like I need to spend so much more time in the WOrd than I used to need to in order to stay strong and "balanced."... your post is encouraging- maybe I need to "root" more each day b/c God is trying to grow me taller than I used to be! Always a joy to visit you, Tracy!

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    1. Hi Alicia - great thing to aspire to, digging deeper every day in the word.
      God bless

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  5. That is my daily prayer over me and my family...I actually use the prayer in Ephesians 3! Wonderful reminder to us all.

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    1. Hi Sharon - great prayer to pray. They say the best way to pray is to pray the Word
      God bless

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  6. The picture you chose is just perfect for the verbal image, food for thought.

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    1. Hi Stefanie - thanks friend! it caught my attention too
      God bless

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  7. I love when you said, "If we want our work in Christ to be valuable and long lasting we need our roots to grow deep in the Word, deep into the truths of the Lord." Apart from Him we can do nothing. Great reminder to be rooted in our faith!

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    1. Hi Kelli - So true, apart from Him we can do nothing!
      God bless

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    1. Thank you Denise, I'm glad you enjoyed it
      God bless

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  9. Oh...I love God calling...and yes...that one hit me too...deep roots..may God continue to root us in HIs love...all life flowing out from there...blessings~

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    1. Hi Ells - amen, rooted in His love is the only way to grow
      God bless

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  10. Operating in love...what an encouraging thought. We don't have to "try" to love, but as our roots deepen our love grows. All things--in Christ!

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    1. Hi Pamela - yes, I think one day we realize we are handling 'people' and circumstances differently, then we know the love of the Lord is growing in us
      God bless

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  11. Oh, I love what you have done with the nature of growing. Between my boys growing and my garden things growing - this is dear to my heart! You've given me another angle to think about those roots!

    Be blessed dear friend!~

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    1. Hi BCM - glad you enjoyed it and looking forward to what rooted posts you come up with :)
      God bless

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  12. May we all be rooted deeply in His love!!

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    1. Hi Alida - amen and amen
      God bless

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  13. Great reminder Tracy. It's all about keeping the root healthy.

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    1. Hi Eileen - absolutely, root health, along with your heart check-ups and we should be growing fine :)
      God bless
      Tracy

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  14. Hello Tracy, you gave us such a powerful message! Our roots are deeply planted by staying in His Word. This is my first visit, so happy I found you!!

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  15. Hi Mary - thank you, happy to see you here. I will be over to visit shortly.
    God bless
    Tracy

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  16. What a great post! Visiting from GMG Wednesday link up!

    http://lawyergirlruns86.blogspot.com/2012/05/women-in-word-wednesday-2012-summer_30.html

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  17. I love these thoughts - thanks for sharing. And I am wanting to purchase the book you mentioned, as I have heard references to it quite a bit. Love the book, Jesus Calling, and this one sounds a lot like it. (Visiting from Word Filled Wednesday)

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  18. Having a solidly healthy root, going the right direction, right place, right time, is very important. When the Word is my best Root, when I am focusing on the "minerals" that are being poured inside me, I will often sense that wonderful health... and the result is showing through my eyes, with joy, peace, love, blessing others. A good root is good.

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  19. Yes, praying that my roots go deep - into His word, into His presence, into His love.

    Blessings,
    Joan

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