May your roots run deep

Good morning everyone,
 
Our theme for this month: “The end of anxiety and despair”
 
Our Bible verse for today: ‘The person who trusts in the Lord, is blessed. He will be like a tree planted by water; it sends its roots out toward a stream, it doesn’t fear when heat comes, and its foliage remains green. It will not worry in a year of drought or cease producing fruit.” Jeremiah 17:7-8 (CSB)
 
Our thought for today: “May your roots run deep”
 
As we near the end of what has become a two-month study about dealing with anxiety and despair in our lives, I want to return us to the second-most important point we have covered this month.
 
In Jeremiah 17:7-8 the prophet describes a person who has deep spiritual roots and whose life is therefore like a healthy tree planted close to a clear cool refreshing stream. The tree’s roots run deep into the moist fertile soil on the banks of the stream, and as a result, regardless of what the outer environment brings – be it wind or storms or drought – the tree stands firm and strong, healthy and vibrant, well-watered and nourished.
 
The way a person achieves that kind of spiritual health and vibrancy is through the consistent practice of the basic spiritual disciplines of the Christian faith. These include daily prayer and Bible study, worship, fellowship with other Christians, and service to others in the name of Jesus. When those practices are done from a heart that truly loves Jesus and which is simply seeking a deeper relationship with Him, our spiritual roots grow deep and we will be spiritually healthy and vibrant, regardless of our momentary external circumstances.
 
An important add-on to those basic practices involves our sources of entertainment. We live in an entertainment-oriented culture and we are used to having our attention captured by books, television, movies, and music. So, in addition to the basic disciplines of the Christian life described above, include in your entertainment time the reading of good Christian books (these come in all genres including lifestyle, history, biography, fiction, and fantasy). Also include Christian television programs and movies, and of course, Christian music.
 
All of those things help to nurture your relationship with Christ, causing your spiritual roots to grow deeper and stronger, and that will go a long way towards helping to eliminate anxiety and despair from your life.
 
But I said that being faithful in your practice of the faith was only the second-most important point about dealing with anxiety and despair. What’s the most important? You might be surprised by the answer. We’ll think about that tomorrow.
 
God bless,
Pastor Jim
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