rooted in christ

Have hope so deeply rooted in Christ, so that when the world falls apart around you, you can still stand with your feet firmly on the ground. Trust in Jesus with your whole heart, not just part of it. Our hope is in the One who, unlike anyone or anything in this world, will never fail you. What I find to be even more beautiful about hoping and trusting in the Lord, is that when pain and heartache becomes a reality for those around you, they’ll be searching for comfort and peace. You know the One who brings joy and comfort. They will look at your life and wonder why your hope is unwavering, and why you are at such peace in this crazy world. He will use these things to speak to others. Trusting in God comes with so many blessings that affect not only your life, but everyone around you.

Let your roots grow down into Christ and draw up nourishment from him. See that you go on growing in the Lord, and become strong and vigorous in the truth.
—  Colossians 2:7

DAY 107:

let’s not merely say that we love each other; let us show the truth by our actions. 1 John 3:18

My dear sister,

It’s not enough for him to say he wants a relationship with you. It’s not enough for him to just flirt here and there, send you texts here and there, kiss you here and there…whatever it is, love is more than just words. It’s actions, and as followers of Christ, if we truly desire to do things His way by being intentional and godly in our relationships, we have to give our all to it, not just parts of it!

Love goes deeper than just going on dates or going on an emotional roller-coaster with a guy. Love must be deeply rooted in Christ and deeply rooted in the things of God. We don’t just do things just because. We don’t just enter into relationships out of boredom. Because of Christ, everything we do has purpose.

So if you’re talking to a guy or are interested in someone who has words with no actions, it’s time to really look at the time you’re investing. This is important because no matter what this guy says, it is his actions that will really show you where his heart is! Remember this when it comes to:

1. That guy who just wants to text and talk but never commit
2. That guy who likes to flirt with you, but flirts with other girls too
3. That guy who is not respecting your time, your heart, your body
4. That guy who you’ve been thinking about all day, even though you know he is not willing to pursue you
5. That guy who is leaning on you emotionally, physically, or spiritually and he is not committed to being in an intentional relationship
6. That guy who are not in a relationship with but keeps sending you mixed emotions
7. That guy who you are no longer in a relationship with but still wants to talk to you regularly and be completely involved in your life
8. That guy who you are constantly going back and forth over if this is “the one” God has for you

Whatever it is, don’t retreat back to what he said. Think about what he does. Don’t think about the time he said, “Yea, I’m a Christian!” Think about how he LIVES for Christ!

Biblical context + further reading: 1 John 3:11-24
Written by itsmorganlife

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jesus christ this is so expertly crafted I’ve watched it about 15 times

the jahan au:
  • shaw probs just drags a kid in the same way she would a stray
  • “root it needs a bath. and like, crackers or something”
  • “sameen. why is there a a toddler on the couch.”
  • “parents didn’t make it. robbery gone bad. are you gonna give him a bath or not?”
  • she picks him up, holds him at arms length
  • he giggles
  • root gives her that I Certainly Am Not eyebrow raise
  • “sam. sam, why is he laughing? is he mocking me?”
  • kids aren’t her thing. they’re sticky
  • why are they always sticky?
  • shaw better keep it away from her computers
  • she drops him in the tub. walks back to talk to shaw.
  • “root? where’s the kid?”
  • “in the bath?”
  • “BY HIMSELF?”
  • “bear can watch him.”
  • shaw’s sprinting
  • “HUMANS ARE NOT KITTENS, ROOT. BEAR CANT WATCH A TODDLER UNSUPERVISED.”
  • root shrugs. you learn something new every day.
  • the toddler is happily splashing away in the bath tub, oblivious.
  • “jesus christ, root. you can’t tell me you’ve never looked after a kid before.”
  • “she rarely gives me missions where i interact with children.”
  • “not even…before the machine?”
  • a dark look crosses root’s face. “definitely not before.”
  • shaw sighs. they both look down at the tub.
  • “i suppose bringing home a human stray was inevitable for you, shaw.”
  • “root. c'mon.”
  • “…i’m not feeding it. or cleaning its litter box.”
  • “ROOT HES NOT A CAT YOU’RE BEING IGNORANT ON PURPOSE.”

Friends, be strong. Don’t be strong in yourself because your own strength is not enough to keep you standing. It will wear you down. Instead lean unto Christ, His strength is enough, it will carry you

Darling, be strong in Christ. That you may remain firmly rooted in Christ. That you may not be swayed or swept underneath the weight of this world

As we speak, the war on identity has never been heightened as today’s times. Who you are, who you should be, what you represent has been heavily twisted that no one really knows what and who they are, confusion

Who you are is wonderfully and fearfully made; God knitted you perfectly in His goodness: He made no mistake when He made you a boy, a girl. There’s a purpose in Him creating you so. He made no mistake when He gave you that birthmark that sometimes you hide for you’re ashamed of it. He made no mistake making a boy attracted to a girl and vice versa, thus making you attracted only to the opposite gender. He made no mistake making you short, dark, tall, or light. Long legged, broad shoulders, with a long torso, left handed, having that unique lisp, or ADHD. Nor did He make a mistake in making you prone to eat more than the doctor recommends or having those cravings to workout at those odd times. He made no mistake in making you outspoken or more reserved, knowing many people or just having that one dear friend

God makes no mistakes and He did not make a mistake creating you as you are. You were and are created for a purpose just the way you are, a purpose only you can fulfill. He, your creator, adores you with an unending adoration. He, the painter of the stars calls you beautiful, He delights in you, He sings over you for you are special and beloved in His eyes. Yes you don’t deserve this at all, but He says you deserve it just because He created you. You are accepted and always will be, you are whole, you are wanted, you are enough. Yes you are enough. Just the way you are

So darling, lean unto Jesus Christ, our eternal strength and friend now and tomorrow and always. Knowing Him, is unlocking your purpose, its knowing your identity. The world can describe you but Christ defines you. Don’t forget that

One thing that always bugged me is how liberals and other “pro-gay rights activists” claim that Jesus would have baked a cake for a gay wedding.

Not only is that disproven in Scripture itself (”go and sin no more”), but it overlooks the facts and practices of early Christians.

When Christianity took root in Rome shortly after Christ’s resurrection, some Roman citizens of course converted: but at a great price.  Not just with their lives, but with their jobs.  Those who chiseled small statues would risk exposing themselves for persecution if they refused to create an image of Zeus; those who were in pottery or ceramics would have to explain why they refused to paint the heroes of Roman mythos on their vessels; those in the farmers market would have to explain why they won’t sell their meat for sacrificial reasons.

In short, many Christians could not, in good conscience, provide services that would involve idolatry or other sinful practices.

Roman pagans worshiped in private, but their religion was deeply embedded in their everyday life.  For many artisans and other workers who were Christian, this meant they had to either publicly deny service to pagan practices and risk rape/torture/death, or to lose their job and face poverty to avoid persecution.

These people lived not long after Christ, and it is not unlikely that they were given instructions of the faith either directly or secondhand from Christ’s own disciples and apostles.  And one of those instructions? Do not participate in sin.  And what was one kind of sin that Christ talked about? Any marriage that did not involve one man and one woman.

So please, tell me again: would Jesus have really made that gay wedding cake?

Rooted.

Therefore, as you received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in him, rooted and built up in him and established in the faith, just as you were taught, abounding in thanksgiving.

See to it that no one takes you captive by philosophy and empty deceit, according to human tradition, according to the elemental spirits of the world, and not according to Christ. For in him the whole fullness of deity dwells bodily, and you have been filled in him, who is the head of all rule and authority. In him also you were circumcised with a circumcision made without hands, by putting off the body of the flesh, by the circumcision of Christ, having been buried with him in baptism, in which you were also raised with him through faith in the powerful working of God, who raised him from the dead. And you, who were dead in your trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, God made alive together with him, having forgiven us all our trespasses, by canceling the record of debt that stood against us with its legal demands. This he set aside, nailing it to the cross. He disarmed the rulers and authorities and put them to open shame, by triumphing over them in him.

We are able to have a secure foundation because He has already won.