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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2 years ago
Thank you my Lord and Saviour for all ya many blessings seen and unseen
2 years ago
Dear Sir, thanks for sharing the message. I think there should have been "Destroy Spiritual fatigue" instead it has written 'Destroy Spiritual'. Regards
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2 years ago
Thank you for your input! I have corrected the text to read "Destroy spiritual complacency" which matches the video. Have a blessed day!
2 years ago
Lord Jesus, help me to be planted deep in You.
2 years ago
Prayer is always our way to GOD He listens to all
Praise HIM daily
2 years ago
In Jesus Name I Pray Amen.
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