Because of the never-ending access to other people through social media, Christians today have a real battle on their hands to avoid getting tripped up by the temptations to play the comparison game or to seek to approval of others. Or worse yet, we read about ideas that sound good, and we incorporate them into our lives and belief systems.
It happens all the time.
We constantly see images of scantily clad, super thin women, and we come to believe that defines beauty.
We listen to sarcasm and foul language enough until we, too, think it’s funny.
We read someone’s post about a new car, new phone, or new outfit, and suddenly we are discontent.
We read rants on blogs or Facebook, and we begin to believe ripping others with our words when we’ve been wronged is a good idea.
Living the Christian life sure ain’t easy. We are constantly bombarded with ideas that challenge our standards and sometimes make us stumble.
But, there is a way to avoid those temptations. To not believe those lies. To stand strong in our faith.
The secret….the key…to standing strong in our faith and to avoid falling for the lies is found here:
“Let your roots grow down into him, and let your lives be built on him. Then your faith will grow strong in the truth you were taught, and you will overflow with thankfulness.” Col 2:7
In this verse, we learn the secret is a one-two punch:
- Let your roots grow down into Him: Our “roots” are our understanding of Scripture and our personal, intimate relationship with God. They anchor us in our beliefs! By reading God’s word daily, our roots will grow deep and strong, and our knowledge and wisdom will expand, helping us know lies from truth.
- Let your lives be built on Him: Once strengthened, our roots provide us the nourishment we need to live our lives! Our knowledge and understanding of God’s word equips us to make wise, Godly choices and decisions. Our lives are built one decision at a time…..and each of those choices can be made through the filter of God’s Word!
Soooo, as we grow our roots down into Him and then build our lives on obedience to God, we grow closer and closer to our Father and farther and farther away from the enemy and falsehoods. And, friends, close to God is exactly where we want to be!
The next time life takes a swing at you, hit back with your own one-two punch!