Friday, July 20, 2018


Definition of support (verb)
supportedsupporting1: to hold up or in position serve as a foundation or prop for 2: to take sides with favor 3: to provide evidence for verify 4: to pay the costs of maintain 5: to keep going sustain 6: to provide help or encouragement to
 Definition of support (noun)1: the act of supporting the condition of being supported
2: someone or something that supports
Supporting, anyway you look at this word it means to help in some way or fashion, from being a foundation to just a little nudge of help. When Paul was teaching in Rome he had these words to say...
For if the first fruit is holy, the lump is also holy; and if the root is holy, so are the branches. And if some of the branches were broken off, and you, being a wild olive tree, were grafted in among them, and with them became a partaker of the root and fatness of the olive tree, do not boast against the branches. But if you do boast, remember that you do not support the root, but the root supports you. You will say then, “Branches were broken off that I might be grafted in.” Well said. Because of unbelief they were broken off, and you stand by faith. Do not be haughty, but fear. For if God did not spare the natural branches, He may not spare you either. Therefore, consider the goodness and severity of God: on those who fell, severity; but toward you, goodness, if you continue in His goodness. Otherwise you also will be cut off. Roman 11:16-22 
These verses are talking about the Gentiles (us) being allowed into the family of God. There were branches broken off because of unbelief, those in Israel who did not believe that Jesus is the Son of God. The wild olive tree were the Gentiles who were believing in faith. They had not been witness to the events but believed anyway. Paul was reminding them that the root, the foundation was Jesus and that they had nothing to do with their salvation, He did. They could still be cutoff if they did not live in His goodness. That doesn't mean that they no longer would have salvation but that they would not have or feel the support of the root any longer. 

God does not need us to do anything here on the earth. He does not need our support. He is our support. Yet, I think he wants us to be willing to "support" His family, to be willing to be the tool He uses to provide the support He gives. That may be in the form of just a prayer, a kind word, maybe buying groceries for a needy person, or just giving a hug. Whatever way you help God support someone, it helps to deepen your graft into the tree, where the root can support you more.

I hope this makes sense... I really didn't know where to go with this word, because it is one of those obvious words... There is a negative side to supporting someone but I didn't want to go there.

Thanks for Reading. God Bless You all!

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