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Deeply Rooted

They are like trees planted along the riverbank, bearing fruit each season. Their leaves never wither, and they prosper in all they do. Psalm 1:3

Trees are deeply rooted. Although there are different types of trees which have different root systems this is what I want you to keep in mind. Each root system serves a purpose for stability, absorbing nutrients, anchoring and growth.

Tap roots: Every tree starts with a tap root that grows downward into the soil which provides stability and absorption. Over time, other roots outgrow the tap root.

Lateral roots: Lateral roots grow outwards right under the soil surface. They absorb a lot of water and nutrients as well as anchoring the tree.

Oblique/heart roots: Oblique roots, also known as heart roots, grow diagonally and have the same function as lateral roots. So now the tree is even more anchored.

Sinker roots: Sinker roots grow downwards from the lateral roots to a depth of several feet increasing the stability even more.

Fine roots: Fine roots grow underneath all the root types which increase the absorption capacity. Therefore, absorbing even more water and nutrients.

My point is when we absorb all the right nutrients through reading the Word and remaining in Christ we become deeply rooted. At first we absorb a little at a time and gain some stability. Over time we start absorbing more and become even more stable knowing that Jesus is our anchor. Once everything starts to sink down in our heart and soul we want to be rooted even deeper.

When we remain in Christ we receive the power of stability and more growth. We become stronger and more secure. Now we are better equipped so we can bear fruit in every season. Yes, even the difficult seasons because we know when we are deeply rooted we will be able to stand strong. Our endurance, patience, and hope will grow stronger. Our faith will be strengthened. We will do more than survive; we will thrive.

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