Grounded and Settled in the Faith
Colossians 1:23: The reason people do not continue in the faith. The reason that they move away is that they are not grounded and settled in their faith. If a person is truly grounded and settled in his or her faith they will continue in it and not be moved away from it.
The grounding and settling in the faith is a gradual process over time where a believer matures in his faith and his understanding of the Word of God. As the Word takes root in the heart and mind of a believer they become more grounded and more settled.
"Faith cometh by hearing, and the hearing by the Word of God" (Romans 10:17). As we hear the Word of God and willingly take it in our faith grows. Only as our faith grows are we grounded and settled.
Believers ought to love God's Word (Psalm 119:97 and 103). We ought to prefer it to all other Literature (Psalm 119:113). We often take lightly that which God has magnified above His name (Psalm 138:2).
So many believers remain as babes in Christ solely to the fact that they do not desire God's Word (I Peter 2:2).
So many believers cannot grasp simple Bible truths due to entirely to their lack of study (I Corinthians 3:1-2). Their lack of Biblical understanding results in a carnal life (I Corinthians 1:3-4).
Believers are easily led astray when they are not grounded and settled in the faith through regular Bible study (Ephesians 4:11-15).
The Galatians were led into Legalism from not being grounded and settled (Galatians 1:6-9). The Ephesians were led in the Health and Wealth Gospel (I Timothy 6:3-8). The Thessalonians were worried that they had missed the Rapture or at least the newly departed had missed it due entirely to the fact that they were not grounded and settled (I Thessalonians 4:13 and II Thessalonians 2:1-5). Many in the Bible times as well as today are confused by seemingly divine miracles because they are not grounded and settled (Acts 8:9-24).