“Then we will no longer be infants, tossed back and forth by the waves, and blown here and there by every wind of teaching and by the cunning and craftiness of men in their deceitful scheming. Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will in all things grow up into him who is the Head, that is, Christ” (Ephesians 4:14-15).
The Enemy wants us to live with shallow roots because he knows that eventually that will lead to a disaster in our public lives. Without a continually developing, solid, spiritual root system, we will eventually burn out. We then quickly become ineffective and fall into spiritual disarray. When the winds of adversity come along in our public lives in the form of temptation, persecution, or sin, our public tree will be toppled over and our shallow root system will be exposed.
Many of us are continually tempted with having a passion for ministry, a passion for success, or a passion for spiritual activity that is greater than our passion for God. If we fail at resisting this temptation, disaster will eventually catch up with us.
–Taken from The Path toward Passion (Nine Disciplines that Connect Your Heart to God’s) by Dean Trune. (Click on the blue title for more information about this resource).
Lord Jesus, give me the strength I need to withstand the winds of temptation and the experiences of adversity. Help my roots to grow deep as my love for You continues to deepen. Turn my heart away from foolish things that would trip me up so that You can use me in kingdom-advancing ways!
Praise God that he promises to refresh you like the dew from heaven in order to blossom as the lily (Hos. 14:5). Give thanks for the beauty of flowers, a beauty to be reflected in the life of every Christian. Confess to God the times you disguise that beauty with outward circumstances which keep you from reflecting his image (Col. 3:5-10). Commit yourself to being clothed with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, patience, and especially love, which binds believers together in unity (3:12-14). Ask God to root out the weeds and let the beauty of Jesus be seen in you.
Pray that your family and friends may see the real inward beauty of your life reflecting Jesus, which makes your outward appearance beautiful at all times (1 Sam. 16:7).
–Prayer Points taken from Patterns for Prayer by Alvin VanderGriend (Click on the blue title for more information about this resource).