The past few weeks at church, my pastor has been going through a sermon series entitled "Roots." In it, he described six truths about doctrine that we as believers must hold on to and keep fresh in our minds. Storms of life sometimes have the kind of impact to knock the wind out of us, leaving us so breathless that all we can do is cling to what we know to be true about God. It is essential, therefore, that our foundation be firm before these times of sorrow and grief come upon us. The six roots are as follows:
1. The Bible is entirely reliable and spiritually medicinal.--Hebrews 4:12
2. Nothing is random. God is the gatekeeper of every event of my life. He has good purposes in mind, and He is worthy of my trust.--Romans 8:28
3. God sent Jesus to buy my freedom so I could be permanently adopted as His child. I am obligated to enjoy God as my Father while He loves me, leads me, and raises me in grace.--Galatians 4:4-7
4. I believe there is only one true God, and salvation is available through faith in only one name-Jesus Christ. --Acts 3:1-19, 4:1-12
5. For those under grace, death releases the soul to be at home with Jesus- to live in perfection with the saints who have gone before.--1 Thessalonians 4:13-17
6. To be strong in someone else's storm means to be there for that friend, invest time in them, pray for them, apply the Word of God as a healing balm, and know God so deeply that you can be a testament to His faithfulness.--Job 2:7-13
If you are going through a storm or know someone who is, I encourage you to hold fast to these roots. The deeper your root system, the less likely it is that you will find yourself uprooted. Rely on the truth of the one true God. He is faithful and good in all things, and He loves you dearly!!