Jesus said, "I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful...no branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me. I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing." (John 15:1-2,4-5) So, there is a vine we should allow to flourish. God uses challenging situations in our lives to help us grow in Him. Instead of allowing circumstances or sins to overtake us, we should turn back to the One we take root in and allow Him to help us bear fruit in those situations. Here are a few examples of how people take root in God:
*"His delight is in the law of the Lord; and on His law he meditates day and night." (Ps. 1:2)
*"The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life, and he who wins souls is wise." (Prov. 11:30)
*"But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. Against such things there is no law. Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the sinful nature with its passions and desires." (Gal. 5:22-24)
Of course, there are plenty of other examples, but part of taking root in God involves studying these topics on your own. "Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer," study God's Word, and don't allow yourself to become entangled in the vines of this world!