“Therefore, as you received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in him, rooted andbuilt up in him andestablished in the faith, justas you were taught, aboundingin thanksgiving.
See to it that no one takes you captive by philosophy andempty deceit, according tohuman tradition, according to theelemental spirits of the world,
and not according to Christ.”
We live in a world that is constantly trying to influence the way we think, act and feel. At times, it can be the most challenging thing to look at what those around us believe and not count it as truth. These are the moments for which I am so grateful for the Word of God. Verses like Colossians 2:6 remind us that we are rooted and built up in Christ and that we are not to allow the things of this world to deceive us.
Although this is an encouraging verse, I also believe it is a warning to us as believers. Paul is informing us that we need to be strong in the Lord and that we need to walk in him. There will be things, people, and ideas that will deceive us, and if we are not strong enough in our own beliefs, we will be swayed. We see this warned about all throughout scripture, and it is truly a conviction for me, personally. When I am struggling through something or battling a sin in my life, I am convicted to look at my walk with God, and I will usually discover that I was lacking in my connection with God in a certain area. This is something we all face in different seasons as believers. It is for this reason that God both warns and encourages us in His Word that these times will come and tat we need to be prepared for them.
God never promised us that a life of following after Him would be easy; however, He has equipped us with tools to strengthen and bless us through those battles.
Remember, when you are convicted of something in your life, seek God in that moment and ask Him to reveal to you the areas in your life that need strengthening. He is so good to us and wants to build us up to be strong men and women who are rooted in Him. Conviction is the start to a beautiful, growing season in the Lord - embrace it, fall into it with Jesus, and He will be faithful to teach you and bless you through it.