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Rooted and Grounded in Love

Here is another excerpt from my upcoming devotional activity journal, Lion in My Garden.

That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, length, depth, and height; and to know the love of Christ, which passes knowledge, that you might be filled with all the fullness of God (Ephesians 3:17-19, NKJV).

Are you rooted, are you grounded in the love God has for you?

Are you rooted, are you grounded in the love God has for you?

In my quiet time, I heard these words being sung by the Holy Spirit. He was asking me this question. I sensed He was asking it of His entire Body. The Apostle Paul prayed thousands of years ago for new converts to be rooted and grounded in the love of Christ because Paul understood (by revelation) the important role that a revelation of love plays in a believers spiritual maturity.

In his letter to the believers at Ephesus, Paul advised them to know God’s love, but not how to practically accomplish this. The only way I know to become firmly rooted and grounded in God’s love for me is to feed myself scriptures on this topic until my thinking becomes transformed. To feast on the Word of God until I am changed by it. Until I believe it wholeheartedly, without a shadow of a doubt.

Does the Lord build our confidence in His love through our personal encounters with Him? Yes, absolutely! Our personal experiences of answered prayer, feeling His presence, peace, and comfort all work together to build our confidence in His love for us, but there remains one essential way to grow in confidence in any spiritual area. Feeding ourselves God’s Word and allowing it to grow inside our spirit, mind, and emotions by long and loving meditation increases our faith (see Romans 10:17). 

Song of Songs 4:2 describes the Bridegroom declaring over His Bride: “your teeth are like a flock of sheep that are even shorn, which came up from the washing; whereof every one bear twins and none is barren among them.” He speaks the identical verse again over her in SOS 6:6. Huh? Translated it means that she chews (with her teeth) long and lovingly on His Word. The sheep symbolism is used to compare her to a sheep following her good Shepherd, Jesus.

Declaration Activity: An easy way to locate bible verses that tell us how deeply God loves us is to use a bible search engine. I prefer Bible Gateway for ease of use. Using the Keyword Search function, type in “God’s love” or the word “love”.  Print out all the verses you find describing God’s loving-kindness toward His children. Post this list in a place you will see it daily. I suggest you say a few verses aloud every day for a week. Repeat as often as needed until you notice a change in your thinking.

Using this “say it aloud” exercise is a practical way to plant God’s Word into the soil of the human heart. You can apply this declaration exercise to any topic that you wish to develop in your spiritual life. God’s Word does not return empty (Isaiah 55:10) but always accomplishes its intended purpose. Mixed with our faith, it grows into a flower of spiritual fruit, giving glory to God.

Show some love: If you enjoyed this reading and activity, would you be so kind as to share it with someone who may benefit? Use social media, send it as an email or tell a friend about this website. Someone may need this practical instruction today and you can be the vehicle supplying it! God bless you and thanks!

PS: If you want more faith readings like this, grab a copy of Lion in My Garden: Devotional Activity Journal on sale for just $12.00 through October 18!

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