Deep Roots = Deep Faith - Your Daily Forward Devotional

Deep Roots = Deep Faith


October 16





When coaching offensive lineman for youth football, I remind them to plant their feet in a way that they won’t be moved. Their goal is to stay put no matter who charges their way.

Our Christian life is much the same way. To grow spiritually means having a strong base. It’s like having deep, growing roots. When our roots are deep, we won’t be blown down by life’s hardship and successes.

Want to grow deep roots? Listen to what Paul wrote to the Colossian church:

“Therefore, as you received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in him, rooted and built up in him and established in the faith, just as you were taught, abounding in thanksgiving” (Colossians 2:6-7).

We all become spiritually stuck. Like our roots stop growing. However, Paul says, to be established in faith, you need teaching and thanksgiving.

Are you feeling stuck? Push yourself to learn by digging into God’s Word. Know God better day by day through sound biblical teaching in the church and ministries like Back to the Bible. Destroy spiritual complacency by cultivating an attitude of gratitude. Thank God for all your blessings, big and small, new, and old.

Want to grow deep roots? Want to destroy spiritual fatigue? Learn deeply and thank freely.


Text in Context: Read Colossians 2:6-15

Reflect: What are some examples of worldly philosophy and empty deceit (v. 8)? How do these differ from Christian teaching?  What are some of the experiences Christians share with Christ? Why does this matter?

Respond: When have you felt like your roots were surface deep? Why? When have you felt like your roots were their strongest? Why? How does Christ’s triumph over the world and its authorities impact how you live?

Prayer: Father, thank you for sending Jesus to live, die, and rise from the grave. That changes everything. Amen!

~ Pastor Nat Crawford


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I'm so sorry for your pain and struggle right now. Feel free to reach out and perhaps we can offer some counsel and specific prayer. Until then, I pray that God will guard your heart and mind in Christ Jesus!
Thank you for your encouragement and prayers. God's grace is sufficient and overflowing through people like you! Blessings!
I am praying for daily strength for you and for you to grow closer to God every day!
Thank you for your prayers!
Thank you for your input! I have corrected the text to read "Destroy spiritual complacency" which matches the video. Have a blessed day!
Thank you my Lord and Saviour for all ya many blessings seen and unseen
Dear Sir, thanks for sharing the message. I think there should have been "Destroy Spiritual fatigue" instead it has written 'Destroy Spiritual'. Regards
Lord Jesus, help me to be planted deep in You.
Prayer is always our way to GOD He listens to all Praise HIM daily
In Jesus Name I Pray Amen.
Praying for Back to the Bible family. I
So encouraging. Nat, praying for you and all your many responsibilities. Also, for you, the BB staff and families.
Truth...Amen, by the grace and help of God.
God has never gave me the opportunity to be spiritual stuck. As a young child of 4 I asked God to be my friend from that day forward it was like my life was no longer mine and for every danger that came my way God was their to protect me by forming incredible miracles including reversing and resetting the time line, without anyone being aware of the changing in the timeline flow, sometime I wish I didn’t because of having memories of both timelines of the one my life ended and the change that was made so I could continue to exist, all because I asked God to be my friend.
Thanks Father for making me the vessel i am for the praise of your glory. Thanks to back to the Bible for reaching this profound truth in God's word
Thank you Jesus
Lord I need Your help. Help me to be spiritually rooted in You and Your word. Help me to stand when life tries to knock me down. Thank You for Your blessings, grace, and Mercy. In Your precious Son, Jesus name I pray, Amen.
Please pray for me and my family. I am so confused right now and I don't know what God would have me to do. My heart is broken and I feel like I can't keep going through this battle over and over again
My roots are their strongest when I feel the present of the Holy Spirit. He is my teacher. I thank God when I grow deep roots, that's when I learn deeply and thank freely.
God has given us this firm foundation in his word, I can do in the faith.
As I have started a Cancer fight in June I am so thankful I can plant My Feet firmly in The Word of God and His Promises to us!
Thank you for the message. It's important to have strong roots.
Blessed be your holy name,please keep filling me with your truth.
I'm so thankful for the Word of God, prayer and the consistent fellowship of the saints. For me, This is the recipe for Deep root growing. Amen
Thank you Pastor Nate, I'm reminded of a passage in Isaiah 37:31 "And the remnant that is escaped of the house of Juda shall yet again take root downward and bear fruit upward.
Amen,Great Example
Reflect: What are some examples of worldly philosophy and empty deceit (v. 8)? How do these differ from Christian teaching? What are some of the experiences Christians share with Christ? Why does this matter? "See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the elemental spiritual forces of this world rather than on Christ." These include doubts about God's existence, Jesus' identity and life, and beliefs that there are several paths to God and eternal life. These go against the core of our faith which at times sets us up for rejection and persecution - which Christ endured and so must we. Misfortune tests the sincerity of our friendship and faithfulness to Christ. It's important to know where we stand. Respond: My roots are strongest when I am surrounded by prayer and the Word but more so when God speaks to me. You know you've grown deep when the fruit of the Spirit responds to life's difficult challenges instead of your fleshly self
Jan - you are right - we have an amazing God who loves us & he is right there by your side. I pray that you will feel his strength & peace right now.
Thank you LORD please continue to allow me to have great soil so that I can bear fruit
Thank you Pastor Nat for reminding me of this message today. I want to destroy spiritual fatigue in my life, so I am going to take your advise, recommit and "learn deeply and thank freely" each day. I want to "grow deep roots", so I am not easily swayed.
Jan, I'm praying for you now!
Thank you for the message today!
I’m going through something right now that could be earth shattering for me if I wasn’t rooted in Christ. I spent the whole day yesterday praying in my prayer room, praying everywhere I could pray. Crying out to God to bind Satan and to help me in the situation. Please pray for my daughter and her husband and me in our relationship that has gone sour and just one afternoon. I am asking you to join with me to pray that apology‘s will be excepted and made, and that the relationship will be restored very very soon. I don’t know you and you don’t know me, but we have one thing in common. Our great beautiful Father in Heaven who loves us. Thank you for praying.
Thank you pastor Nat may God bless you. May Almighty God bless everyone and everybody have a wonderful weekend
Sometimes it is as simple as the words of a song " on solid rock I stand, all others on shifting sand"
When the word of God penetrates my heart so my attitude and actions lean on Jesus it seems my roots of faith are growing. When trials come and my trust in Jesus is stronger than before I realize my roots have gone deeper in to his love. My time in prayer and the word has given my heart the capability to grow deeper in love with the Lord Jesus. May the fruit of righteousness be produced in my life. Amen
Thank you for teachibg me to be rooted. I maybe stuck but your word sets me free to move forward cin your name Jesus Christ in strength and in faith. Thank you for dying dor me and my family and the world. My mon is very I ll today but i kbow she is in God's hands and grace and he is in control of all things. Life and in death. Amen.
Father, thank you for sending Jesus to live, die, and rise from the grave. That changes everything. Amen! Awesome!!