Rooted in the soil of Scripture

By Dave Henning / April 29, 2018

“In order to develop a thriving root system, our lives must be rooted in the soil of Scripture.  There are many areas where God develops your root system, but none is more important than going deep in the Word of God.”- Banning Liebscher

“But his delight is in the law of the LORD, and in His law he meditates day and night.  He shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that brings forth its fruit in its season whose leaf also shall not whither; and whatever he does shall prosper.”- Psalm 1:2-3 (NKJV)

In Chapter 6 (“Beyond the Feelings”) of Rooted, Banning Liebscher comments on Psalm 1:2-3.  Pastor Liebscher underscores that delighting and meditating go beyond simply reading the text.  Thus, to truly establish a firmly planted root system founded on God’s Word, we must go deep in the Bible.  Just as King David built his foundation on Scripture.  It’s essential that we chew on, study, memorize, and especially live God’s Word.

Therefore, God leads us into both trust tests and deep-end experiences in order to build our root system.  And this root system consists of complete trust in, dependence on, intimacy with, and faith in God.   However, Banning explains, we need more than personal experience:

“But God doesn’t expect us to know and trust Him solely through these personal experiences.  He is also revealed through the established, authoritative record of how He has revealed Himself to people throughout history, namely, the Scriptures.   He wants the truth about who He is as revealed in the Scriptures to lead us into faith and trust. . . .  It’s when your roots go deep in the soil of the Word that you develop an ability to hear Him, and when you can hear Him, faith comes.”

Today’s question: What Bible verses, hymns, and Christian songs keep you firmly rooted in the soil of Scripture?  Please share.

Tomorrow’s blog: “Entering environments where God’s moving”

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