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How’s your Walk?

How’s your Walk?

Words of Faith 10-23-19

Dr. Jeffrey D. Hoy © 2019

Jeff.Hoy@faithfellowshipweb.com

Faith Fellowship Church - Melbourne, FL

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Colossians 2

  [6] So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live in him, [7] rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness. 

 

      There are three specific aspects of walking out life in Christ. 

      First, a believer is to be rooted and built up in Christ. There are actually two word-pictures in this statement, a tree and a building. There is a picture of being rooted like a tree. The believer is to be like a tree that has its roots deeply planted in the ground. The firm and solid ground provides strength against wind and storms and nourishment for life. The believer is to draw nourishment and strength from Christ.  But the believer is also to be constructed and reinforced like a building established on a sure foundation.

       These two images reveal different but vital truths about our walk with God.  Of course, Jesus Christ is the foundation for life.  He is the only sure foundation—the ground in which we grow and the rock upon which we are built. The mature believer is a person who has built his life upon Christ.

       In the walk of life in Christ, there is a vital attachment to Christ and a flow of nourishment from Christ. We are to walk in a continuous, unbroken communion and fellowship with Christ.  An uprooted tree does not survive long!  Our life and mind are to focus upon Christ without interruption, drawing all nourishment and strength from Him. There is no other permanent nourishment or strength— not that lasts forever and imparts eternal life to the human soul.

       Jesus said: "Everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock.  The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock.  But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand (Matthew 7:24-26).

       A second aspect of life in Christ is to walk in the faith just as we have been taught. Teaching is important.  The ministry of teaching helps to establish and build up the believer.  The word "established" means to be firm, stable, holding fast, and not letting go. Solid teaching helps us to learn all we can about the faith and hold fast to it. Mature believers are established in the faith, and they are to stand fast in the faith just as they have been taught.

       Finally, Paul tells us that a believer is to walk overflowing with thanksgiving.  Literally, super-abounding—flowing over and splashing out.  Christ Jesus, the Lord, has done so much for the believer that thanksgiving flows on, never ceasing, not even for one moment of any day. We learn to walk in an unbroken spirit of thanksgiving—a thanksgiving that overflows in praise to the Lord moment by moment throughout the day. Give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus (1 Thes. 5:18).  Through Jesus, therefore, let us continually offer to God a sacrifice of praise--the fruit of lips that confess his name (Hebrews 13:15).

       How is your walk?  Are you connected to Christ for nourishment and strength?  Are you built upon the sure foundation of Jesus and His Word?  Are you being built up in a place of strong and faithful teaching?  Are you overflowing with thanksgiving?  Do people walk away from you, feeling there was an overflow of thankfulness to God that splashed on them?

 

      Father God, connect me and root me in Jesus.  Nourish me with roots that are deep in Jesus and His Word.  Set me upon the sure foundation of Christ and build me up by sound teaching.  Let my life overflow with gratitude for the wonders and blessings You have given in Jesus' Name.

 

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