I thought we would be talking about putting on the new man this week but the best laid plans don’t always pan out in writing. Instead we are going to talk about a foundation.
The purpose of a foundation is normally to bring stability to a structure. Is your foundation built on your own strength, abilities or resources? Or is your foundation a little deeper, one that is deeply embedded and connected to the presence of God?
When we take the step to ask Jesus into our lives, He becomes the foundation for our entire life. The strength in which we approach life, live it and impact others is reliant on the foundation we have under us.
The Bible tells us in Matthew 7 and verses 24-29 “Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock. But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash.”
The strength of a person lies in the quality of the foundation they stand on. The foundation we choose is important because it will determine the quality of our life. A foundation is not just what is above the ground that we can see, it is also what is below the surface. The outer structure (the part we and others see) is influenced by what is underneath the surface.
We were never meant to lead this life without a solid foundation underneath us. We were meant to live our lives deeply rooted in Christ Himself.
I want to share a few scriptures that give an understanding of the foundation that God gave us to stand firmly and securely on. As we renew our minds to the truth of who our support system truly is, we can walk in a greater degree of trust as we take each step of faith, one at a time.
- Colossians 1:13-14 (NIV), For He has rescued us from the kingdom of darkness and transferred us into the Kingdom of His dear Son, who purchased our freedom and forgave our sins.
- 2 Corinthians 5:17 (NKJV), Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.
- 1 Peter 2:6 (ESV), For it stands in Scripture: “Behold, I am laying in Zion a stone, a cornerstone chosen and precious, and whoever believes in him will not be put to shame.”
- Ephesians 2:19 (NIV), Consequently, you are no longer foreigners and strangers, but fellow citizens with God’s people and also members of his household.
- 1 Corinthians 6:19-20 (NIV), Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore, honor God with your bodies.
- Romans 10:8-11 (NKJV), But what does it say? “The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart” (that is, the word of faith which we preach): that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one confesses unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. For the Scripture says, “Whoever believes on Him will not be put to shame.”
As we place our trust in the faithfulness of God and what He has already done for us through Christ, we start to think, speak, and act differently. Our trust doesn’t come from trying to control our behavior, it comes from the presence of God influencing our hearts to reflect Him. As you meditate on God’s word this week, let it overflow your mind until it overtakes your heart and He fully abides.
@Linda Wilson or lindawilsonwriting.com, March 19, 2019