What does it mean to “to be established” in God? Established means to make firm, stable, secure, settled, be fixed upon, steadfast. When you are established in God, negative circumstances will no longer immobilize you. Where there was once confusion, now there is confidence. Fear is replaced by faith. The Apostle Paul encourages us in Colossians 2:7 to,
“Have the roots [of your being] firmly and deeply planted [in Him, fixed and founded in Him], being continually built up in Him, becoming increasingly more confirmed and established in the faith, just as you were taught, and abounding and overflowing in it with thanksgiving.”
Notice this verse and all the action phrases: deeply planted, being continually built, becoming increasingly more, abounding in and overflowing in. These are “doing” words. We are instructed to be doers of the Word (James 1:22). In order to be established in God we will have to be actively doing what the Bible tells us. We have to:
~ Reject doubt and embrace belief. Unbelief hinders you from receiving solutions to your problem. God tells us that if we adhere to, trust in, and rely on Him we will enter His rest (Hebrews 3:19). Doubt will cut us off from His blessings. The opposite of belief is doubt. The enemy loves to put doubt in our minds. If the devil can keep us doubting ourselves, doubting if it’s God’s voice we hear, doubting our inner knowing, then the devil is doing his job and he’s winning. I’m tired of letting the devil win in my life. I’ve allowed that to happen for way too many years. It’s time to reject doubt and put our confidence in God.
~ Obey and live righteously. The result of obedience is righteousness. “In righteousness you shall be established…” (Isaiah 43:14) To be established in God we have to be obedient which in turn makes us right with God. In my pastor’s sermon yesterday he asked the congregation, “Are you right with God?” For the first time in a long time I felt comfortable saying “Yes, I am right with God.”
~ Look at the direction of your life – Are you thinking of the consequences of each decision? Do you act before you think? Proverbs 4:26 tells us, “Ponder the path of your feet, and let all your ways be established”. Sometimes we get caught in a difficult situation because we didn’t think first and made a decision too quickly. Remember, today’s decisions will determine your tomorrow.
~ Be grounded in your faith. We need to be grounded in the basic doctrines of God’s Word. Know your Bible, know the Truth, and follow what you have been taught.
The result of being established in God is security and stability. Oh, how I wanted to be stable and secure! The way I had lived my life in the past was like standing on shaky ground. Have you ever been in a fun house at your county fair? Do you remember walking on the floor that kept moving under your feet, shifting up, down and sideways? You would have to hold onto the railing to stabilize yourself in order to walk across it? When I was using, that’s what my life felt like every day, every hour, every minute. Except I didn’t use the railings to secure myself. I would just try and make it across the moving floor all by myself. I failed every time. It wasn’t until I grabbed a hold of the railing, my Lord Jesus Christ, was I able to make it across that shaky floor.
I longed for stability and a sense of security, yet I wasn’t willing to give up my destructive lifestyle. Why it took me so long to finally give it up just baffles me. But I don’t keep my mind on that. I can’t. If I do, I get stuck in it and it’s not a good place to be. I wasted so many years trying to figure out the “why”. Forget it. It’s of no use. I had to ask for forgiveness and I had to forgive myself and not look back. How can I move forward if I’m always looking back? I can’t, so I keep my eyes on Jesus, His Truth, and doing the next right thing with a hope that I can be a positive influence in someone’s life.
No more shaky ground. My feet are planted and rooted in Him. I am nowhere near where I want to be but I keep moving foward, believing in Him and His ways, rejecting doubt and being established in God. It’s a good place to be!