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Building Your Foundation
Written by: JR Vezain< Back to Articles
A house built on a solid foundation is crucial to provide protection and safety to anything that lives inside. The function of a well-built foundation is to hold up and hold together the structure built above it. The foundation increases the amount of abuse the house can take while remaining safe for those living inside. The three main purposes of a building foundation are to bear the weight of the building, increase the stability against natural forces such as wind or shifting ground, and to shield from any other obstacle that might be detrimental to the building or its occupants such as flooding or predators. Just as it is important for a buildings foundation, it is equally important to build our faith on a solid foundation.
Matthew 7:24-27 tells us “Anyone who listens to my teaching and follows it is wise, like a person who builds a house on solid rock. Though the rain comes in torrents and the floodwaters rise and the winds beat against that house, it won’t collapse because it is built on bedrock. But anyone who hears my teaching and doesn’t obey it is foolish, like a person who builds a house on sand. When the rains and floods come and the winds beat against that house, it will collapse with a mighty crash.”
The foundation in which we build our faith upon has similar purposes to a buildings foundation. The relationship with God that we have provides stability to bear our weight. We can take all our problems, insecurities, and burdens to him and let him carry the load rather than try to handle them ourselves. The words we bury in our hearts help provide stability against the winds and shifting ground in our lives that try to knock us down. Through our conversations and prayer with Christ we can resist the lies that come from the predator as he tries to flood our minds and wash away our foundation.
The last eleven months has given me plenty of time to revamp, repatch, and restore any cracks in my foundation. As the devil tries to shift the ground around me, sneak in the basement, and flood my foundation I have spent countless hours seeking God, spending time in his word, and praying to build my foundation stronger so that I can resist against the enemies lies. The foundation I had before has been solid enough to get me this far but since my wreck I have had numerous opportunities to continue to build and solidify my foundation in Christ.
The thing about building a solid foundation in Christ is not only so we will follow his instructions, but also so we can continue moving forward knowing the best is yet to come when our world gets rocked and knocked upside down. It can become hard to see the light at the end of the tunnel sometimes after months and months of not seeing your dreams come to pass. Or after sometimes years of not seeing change, whether it be in your marriage, your finances, or your physical being when you are seeking healing. The Lord tells us that his word is alive and active, sharper than any double edged sword. The more we bury in our hearts, the more we memorize, and the more we reflect on them, the more weapons we have to combat the devil throughout the day. When he tries telling us this is it, this is all the better it’s going to get we can use Jeremiah 29:11 knowing that God has a plan for our future and his plan is to prosper not to harm us. When the enemy tries to lie to us saying that God doesn’t want to take care of our problems we can use Psalms 55:22 and know that we can give our burdens to the Lord, and he will care for us and not allow us to slip and fall. When Satan tries to tell us since God hasn’t answered your prayer yet he isn’t going to we can use Matthew 7:7 knowing that if we continue to ask he will give us what we ask for. Also, when we don’t know how we are ever going to get out of the situation we are in we can use Isaiah 55:8-9 knowing that God’s ways are not like our ways, and his thoughts are higher than anything we can fathom.
The foundation we build in Christ has many purposes. To build our character so we follow the Lords instructions. To build our faith in God knowing we can take all our worries, cares and burdens no matter how big or small, to him so he can carry the load rather than try to carry it ourselves. And lastly, so we have a solid base with many weapons in store to resist the devil’s temptations and lies so we can lean on the solidity of the bedrock of Christ. So make sure you are building your foundation on the concrete of Christ so it can stand the storms that come your way!
“The Lord is my rock, my fortress, and my savior; my God is my rock, in whom I find protection. He is my shield, the power that saves me, and my place of safety.” Psalms 18:2