Foundation Stones

Jesus is our hope. Hope says that my life doesn’t have to stay the same, tomorrow can be better than yesterday. Hope lifts us up and propels us forward to fulfill God’s purpose for our lives. Proverbs 4:18 says, “The path of the righteous is like the first gleam of dawn, shining ever brighter till the full light of day.”

The world sees a future without hope and hopelessness breeds helplessness. We feel stuck. We think, “Nothing is going to change. Whatever I do won’t matter. I’ve tried before to no avail.” God doesn’t speak about me that way. God says I am made in His image (Genesis 1:27); I have dominion (Genesis 1:28); I am more than a conqueror (Romans 8:37). That’s what makes us as Christians different from the world.

Romans 12:2 says don’t be conformed to the world. The world’s view is I am a victim, helpless and hopeless. Recognize that losers think a certain way; champions think a certain way. What makes the difference? Primarily what I am letting in. Is my choice of radio station: KLUV vs. KFunk? What books am I reading: trash or growth focused? Is my TV time saturated with Oprah, Day of Our Lives and The Simpsons? Mark 4:24 (Amplified) warns: “Be careful what you are hearing. [The measure] [of thought and study] you give [to the truth you hear] will be the measure of virtue and knowledge] that comes back to you–and more [besides] will be given to you who hear.”

Change a thought, change your future. I might battle addiction to drugs, alcohol, pornography, fast food, or negativity. Only if I change a thought can I change direction. Repentance isn’t about feeling sorry. It isn’t about feelings at all. Repentance is above all a change in the way I think.

Why do I think the way I think? Is it because of the way I was brought up? Something Uncle Joe said? What I heard on Dr. Phil? Or is it based on the Word of God?

The devil is probably whispering, “It doesn’t matter. It won’t work.” How do we counter that? We need the right foundation. Construction of a skyscraper starts with digging a proper foundation. The higher the building, the deeper the foundation must be. In the construction of the Empire State Building, they first dug down 55 feet to bedrock. The Sears Tower in Chicago required a foundation 100 feet deep. Burj Khalifa in Dubai, the tallest building in the world, has a foundation that goes down 164 feet! Matthew 7:24-27 tells us we must build on the rock of God’s truth.

Here are a few key foundation stones you might want to apply to your life:

1. Identity: Do I know and believe who I am in Christ? 2Cor 5:16-17 says I am a new creation, the old things have passed away and everything about my life, my future is brand new. I am valuable, loved and chosen. I am what the Bible says I am. Perhaps someone has told you, “You’re stupid.” or “You were just an accident.” We often blame ourselves for actions of others, whether that be divorce of our parents, physical abuse or sexual abuse. I can prevent God’s power from working in my life by my negative identity. Ever heard the saying, “God don’t make no junk.” It’s true! I am not defined by the flesh: black, white, brown, young, old, handsome or ugly (Don’t point at the person next to you). Think about a newborn baby. (Our 10th grandchild was just born and our first great-grandchild is due in a few weeks). All they can do is eat, sleep and poop but we call them precious. How much more valuable are you? Luke 12:7 (GNT) declares, “Even the hairs of your head have all been counted. So do not be afraid; you are worth much more than many sparrows!” Psalm 8:4-5 declares, “What is Gill, that You think of him? The son of man, that You care for him? For You have made Gill a little lower than God, and crowned Gill with glory and honor.” I am valuable to God.

2. Destiny: Phil 3:12-14 encourages us to press toward the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. I have a purpose from God. Am I just trying to pay the bills? To get a new truck? To just make it to the next paycheck? No, that is not my God-given purpose. What is that prize? It is to impact the lives of others, to call them into a relationship with the living God. Others are watching. How are you influencing others? Is it drawing them closer to God?

3. Strength through faith: Romans 6:10 challenges us to “Be strong in the Lord and in His mighty power.” My strength is not from Red Bull, Rock Star, protein shakes or steroids. My strength comes from my spirit being connected to God. In Mark 9:23, Jesus says, “All things are possible to him who believes.” The more I build my faith, the stronger I will be when I face life’s challenges. I can do anything I choose with my time. I can choose to watch hours of football on TV, sleep in on Sunday morning instead of attending church or fill my afternoons with soap operas. Joshua 24:15 is the verse quoted at our front door: “As for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.” I choose to build up my spirit by reading my Bible, prayer and going to church. The economy may go up and down, but Psalm 121:2 says, “My help comes from the Lord.” He is the source of my strength for living.

What motivates you, what is your passion? Is it prestige, possessions, peer pressure, power? In Matthew 9:36 we are told Jesus was motivated by God’s love, He was moved with compassion. 1Cor 13, the “love” chapter ends in verse13 with, “But now remain faith, hope, and love: these three. The greatest of these is love.” When this world fades away, what will be left? Our faith in God, our hope in His promises and the love we have shared with others. Love is not a feeling but a choice. What will you choose?

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2 Comments on “Foundation Stones”

  1. Oh ! This is lifting, i enjoyed the message, i’m blessed

  2. Bella Wartovo Says:

    Thank you for redirecting my focus on what I regard is eternal destiny. This reading has helped redirect my focus on my true identity and that is a child of the one true King of Heaven. I choose to love the Lord my God with all my heart, soul and mind and desire his presence in me always so I can impact others to desire the same. As I draw to descover my identity in Christ I realised that my destiny is heaven and my purpose in continuing my journey in this world is to help in the great commission. To help in the process of witnessing Christ to mankind thus man are drawn to Christ through the power of the Holy Spirit. This I desire to do joyfully with the power of the word of God in me. Amen

    Bella Wartovo

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