by Christina Farris
5 For though I be absent in the flesh, yet am I with you in the spirit, joying and beholding your order, and the stedfastness of your faith in Christ.
6 As ye have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk ye in him:
7 Rooted and built up in him, and stablished in the faith, as ye have been taught, abounding therein with thanksgiving.
8 Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.
9 For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily.
10 And ye are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power: To be rooted and established in faith is to be rooted in faith in Christ Jesus, to have a solid foundation of who Christ is and why you believe the Gospel message. It does mean just rooted in the four Gospels, but rooted in the word of God from begin to end of scripture, to know the base to keep your feet from falling. No one can remember it all that is why fellowship is important and studying of God's word. No one can be in church 24/7 there as to be a break, but not break from faith. If you believe something it must be practiced in one's daily life, if not, a person can become like a huge bull going out his stall, bucking off the rider every time. You can not ride in the world of sin and think you can wrestle the devil without faith. You can not wrestle the devil without hope. You can fight this world of evil without knowing how to live under the authority of Christ and submission to Him. Bulls eventually if ridden long enough do become mellow, yet the issue most never can ride one long enough to break his spirit. God will be destroying the enemy himself with His word. It not our job to tear the enemy down but only rebuke in truth, love and rebuking him from our lives.
To abound in thanksgiving is to know first the devil has been defeat in your own life when you receive Christ as Lord, and that worth shouting about and praising the Lord. To abound in thanksgiving is to rejoice in hearing the word of God and the truth of God's word. I can remember in college how just one verse would speak volumes to college friends. And what I mean is God's word was clear and loud to their heart, because as they study those words came so clear. It was something to hold to and to glean from, through out the day. I knew some understood the peace of God through Christ, for some meditated on scripture, knowing it held the truth of hope they needed for each day. There is not a word of scripture that we can not find hope within, one might have to dig for it. Sometimes a person name speaks of God's promise or hope, and sometimes it just an action of a person in scripture that speaks volumes of the type of God I proclaim to serve. There a verse in Genesis, and a name is Nimrod, and it says he is a mighty and a mighty hunter for the Lord. He was supplier of food for his people. He hunted for food and built empire. The point being sometimes our task as God's people is not what we had hoped and dreamed about, but is about being excellent in the task God has established for us. Nimrod was hunter, and his task was caring for his family and tribe. His skills useful in the hunter gathering period of history. Oh we still gather and hunt in our world, but it seems not as profitable as it once was unless one is doing so to feed their family. Nimrod was established in faith for his work he did was for the Lord.
Paul the writer to the Colossians was one of their teachers/ evangelist in that area, who had taught that church and so Paul rejoiced in their faith. He rejoiced that their faith was well established and rooted in Christ. His joy was knowing the message of Christ was established in a place he had been. I often amazed of how diverse the church world is today, and yet are we are rejoicing because someone got saved even in another place then not our own. Are we excited for them are we willing to rejoice in their salvation and encourage them and pray for them as they get rooted in the bases of their faith. What is the base to know the word of God. To know why you believe in Christ, to understand your faith more deeply. Can we rejoice knowing God is working in the lives of believers everywhere to established the word of God and message of Christ in the heart of others. Can we rejoice in our brothers and sisters in faith, just knowing there are other believers in God. Can we be happy for those in our church that are growing in Christ. The missionary that goes and spreads the gospel is the missionary that is continuing to pray for a people that is not necessarily their own. Sometimes they are people that they meet only to leave behind and go elsewhere in hope that they leaving the knowing of Christ with the people they witnessed too. That a church or group of people will continue in faith.
The desire to see others grow in the foundation of faith and not in the things of this world, in traditions of our world and not things of this world but in the foundation of Christ who the Godhead bodily is built upon..How is the Godhead built only on Christ, without God's word the foundation of who God is and his Son can not be established nor can the Holy Spirit be established. The word of truth spoken by God to man like Moses, Noah Paul, John and so forth and so. The spoken word is just as valuable as the writen word of God. Now whether or not we hear God audibly, we can understand there is truth in scripture. Truth can be back by historical and scientific truth. Yet one has to decide to believe the stories in scripture to then decide on it evidence to be true. What can decide about truth. If you believe God exist do you accept his word, the Bible to be truth. If you believe scripture one has to break each story of who said what, and what did God say. What human said based on scriptural knowledge in each character. In the New Testament we get to see Peter and Paul life recorded from leadership role, but not everything in their life was always about scripture. Peter fished and Paul made tents. Nimrod in the Old Testament was mighty hunter before the Lord. Yet what they were, were men of faith that served the church world and in the working world. They were called to serve God and did so in the role of speaking truth about God to the people.
Noah was said to preach but I doubt he preached with his lips 24/7. He hammer and hit his thumb a few times, and maybe even cut himself with saw, or missed the board he drilled a hole in once or twice. Now even a righteous man having hit his thumb with a hammer as a few choice words to say. Did Noah when he did not work on the ark, did he work another job. Perhaps, because he grew grapes we know after the flood. He prehaps tended to garden and live stock. Maybe even into animal husbandry. We really do not know. What we see in scripture is not the daily going on of believers, unless we look at the story of the wilderness, where miracle after miracle took place. Everything done was established in oral and written traditions of faith. The legalism of faith established with Abraham and Noah in regards of belief in God making one righteous. God's plan of salvation coming as prince of peace was established afar off. Yet the law must be establish had to be separated/divide faith from the law. The law never established faith. Faith only established the law. The law only a reminder of faith, yet it became a task master because it was exercised without faith. With Christ coming faith was restablished and set apart from the law so the law could come again by the Holy Spirit. So the fullness of the Godhead reestablished in the heart of man with the coming of Christ Jesus.
It kind of like working on a resume after thirty years of not needing one. It like reestablishing one's life. And yet at the same time it knowing that once established once more in the working world it will change my life once again. See God never intends anyone to preach 24/7. Life is worth sharing and worth having. God wants us to rejoice as each believer receives Christ and continues to be established in faith as well as rejoice as the truth of God's word sinks even in our own heart. We are to continually rejoice in the Lord, but not to cease from doing what we need to do in life.
Dear Heavenly Father thank you for reminder to rejoice in the salvation of others and the knowledge of your truth as it established in others. In Jesus precious name, Amen.
Continual Thanksgiving Countdown; Day 25: Thank you for others that come to know you Lord, that there is sweet fellowship of faith with other believers.
Continual Scripture Study for Devotion:Genesis 10:8-9 KJV
8 And Cush begat Nimrod: he began to be a mighty one in the earth.
9 He was a mighty hunter before the LORD: wherefore it is said, Even as Nimrod the mighty hunter before the LORD.