Rooted In Christ

By Chidi Udemezue 

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Job 14:7-9 (NIV)
“At least there is hope for a tree. If it is cut down, it will sprout again, and its new shoots will not fail.
Its roots may grow old in the ground and its stump die in the soil,
Yet at the scent of water it will bud and put forth shoots like a plant.”

There’s something magical about trees, no? The root is the organ of the tree and typically a lot bigger than the tree itself.
Is it a coincidence that there are references made throughout the bible to our relationship with Christ to be like the roots of a tree? The root is the ORGAN – what is needed to keep the tree alive. Strong roots are not easily uprooted, they span so far and so long that you probably would be unable to get to the beginning.

Recently, I felt almost very restless and a stirring, so I took my Mums car to run some errands but ultimately to go for a drive to clear my head. I think my best when I am outside, uninterrupted just me, my thoughts and the Holy Spirit.
I ended up parking next to an old school which has turned into a construction site. Literally bricks, rubbish, mess everywhere.
I felt like the Holy Spirit was saying ‘Okay see that school, how much pressure do you reckon it has taken to pull that school all the way down? The resistance? The force? And then how much more pressure and resistance do you reckon it will take to re-build it up again?’
See maybe you are like me and you feel like there is some resistance or pressure in your life. You feel restless and almost jumpy like “come on, I’m ready!”
But from that encounter I realized, when God is breaking things off you, e.g. your character, personality traits, habits etc. it is not a comfortable place to be in. Likewise, when He is re-building you and instilling in you what you need to be all that you want to be and more.

But then I realized, once He has finished building you up, how much will it take for you to come tumbling down again? Our roots, our organs need to be rooted in Christ so that if and when we are cut down (because God and life will serve us slices of humble pie if we aren’t careful) when the Holy Spirit comes again, we can still grow and shoot forth again.

I shared this on snapchat when I caught the revelation, but I’m really glad I have the opportunity to share on a wider platform!
I pray that somehow it touches you and encourages you to seek Gods face a little bit more so that your roots become planted firmer in Him!

Stay blessed,
Chid x
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Rooted In The Truth

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Rooted in the truth/in Christ, how do we get there? How does one become rooted?. These questions were running through my mind these past few weeks. And God showed an answer. It’s very simple yet comes with complications. Being rooted in Christ is when you know the word of God and having the ability to obey His commandments without compromising. Doing what the Lord says and building a personal relationship with Him. However ladies, don’t get it twisted, this is easier said than done.

One thing we must understand is that when we decide to become rooted it is not an overnight transformation. It is a long-term process, and it differs for everybody. I know sometimes we want to speed the process and get to where God wants us to be fast, becoming impatient. But we need to understand the best time is God’s time “To everything there is a season, A time for every purpose under heaven”(Ecclesiastes 3:1). This process will be full of conflict, challenges, and spiritual warfare.

Even Jesus in the Gospel of Luke expressed how following him would cause conflict within families, “Father will be divided against son and son against father, mother against daughter and daughter against mother, mother-in-law against her daughter-in-law and daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law.” (Luke 12:53). For some, there will be battles for Christ with their parents. Nevertheless, with conflict comes courage, to stand for what you believe in. To stand for the truth. To stand for Christ.

When Rooted In Christ there comes challenges. This world will bring forth many ideas that go against the word of God. We sometimes become afraid to stand up for Christ. Especially young people, we start to become ashamed of who we are. But it says in the word ” For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes” (Romans 1:16). We cannot be ashamed because we do not seek validation from this world but we seek it from God. Furthermore, commitment, we must be committed to change, to letting go of past behaviours and giving our all to God.

Lastly, we enter a spiritual warfare. We have one enemy and that enemy is the devil who comes to steal, kill and destroy (John 10:10). We need to understand that he will try and persuade us to go astray but we must remain grounded in the things of Christ and resist temptations. Like Jesus resist temptations by the devil himself in the wilderness (Luke 4:1-13). Jesus also set an example of how we can also resist the devil’s temptations, through the word of God. Stay blessed!

Stay Rooted in the Truth

A Little Encouragement

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Hey ladies, apologies for not posting for the past two weeks. It was exam period and things had gotten a bit out of hand.
So, for anyone who was in my position and needs a little encouragement you have come to the right place.

Sometimes you can get wrapped up in the thought that you have reached your maximum, you can’t push any further, you can’t go on. Just remember to tell yourself NO! Say NO to falling down, say NO to giving up. For our Father who is in Heaven, the Lord, God, Almighty is faithful. He will lead you, He will cause your feet not to stumble. depend on Him always.

“In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths.”(Proverbs 3:16) Do not forget the Lord your God in times of hardships, His waiting on you to call on Him so He can direct the way for you. Stay blessed!

Blessed are those who trust in the Lord 🙂

Courage

By Chidi Udemezue 

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When I think of courage, the very next thing that I think of is overcoming fear.
You have to overcome fear first to then have courage.

2 Timothy 1:7 (NKJV)

“For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of POWER, of LOVE and of a SOUND MIND.”

For me, to have power and to exercise that power is also to be courageous. So, keeping in context with the scripture, power = courage and therefore in order to have courage we must first overcome the spirit of fear.

Fear is ugly. It sits in your stomach and eats at you. Literally. When you’re fearful about something, you can feel it gnawing at your insides until you’ve convinced yourself that you don’t actually need to do the thing that you’re fearful about.

What if unlocking the key to your fear and tapping into your power, was what stood between you and your destiny?

If David had fear, would he have beaten Goliath?

If Daniel and his friends had fear, would they have been able to withstand the fire and the lions’ den?

If Jesus had fear, would He have been able to die on the cross for our sins?

Fear I think is needed because it pushes you to realise that you can’t do life on your own. We need the help of others and of Jesus to get to where we want to be.

In all of the above questions, I can only assume that all three of them had massive amounts of fear!!! But the scripture tells us that each time, they fell on their face before God, confronting their fear and therefore gaining courage!

This is something that I’m definitely still learning – behind every courageous person that I know, is someone who overcomes the spirit of fear in their prayer closet.

In order to have courage, don’t let fear cripple you.

Stay blessed,
Chidi x

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