A Strong Foundation

Today, as I was reading through Luke 6, the topic of foundations was placed on my heart. So commonly Christians ignore the very thing we need to truly be intimate with God: A strong foundation. Often we build our “house” on the weaker, easily obtained (if not just completely absent) foundation of a lack of constant communication with Jesus. Obviously we should never have a foundation consisting of a lack of anything; especially not when it comes to our relationship with God.

The bible CLEARLY states that if we are not following Him as we should be, then our foundation is weak. Luke 6:46-48 says this:

“Why do you call me ‘Lord, Lord’ and don’t do what I say? I will show you what someone is like who comes to Me, hears My words, and acts on them: He is like a man building a house, who dug deep and laid the foundation on the rock. When the flood came, the river crashed against that house and couldn’t shake it, because it was well built.”

Verse 49 goes on to speak about the one who hears and does not act. The house was built without a foundation, therefore it collapsed as soon as the river hit. So let’s pay close attention to these verses; we are GOING to get a flood. Things will definitely be thrown at us that will shake our faith, so we need a foundation. Where does that come from? Hearing and acting on God’s word. If we are not consistently spending time with God, not accepting His help in resisting temptation, than our sin becomes our destruction. The flood isn’t what’s going to cause the real damage, it’s the way we choose to build our house.

As Christians we are meant to be set apart, and it is not always going to be easy. In Luke 6:27-36 Jesus speaks about how important it is to be different by comparing Christ-like love to the worlds love. In those verses, He calls us to be DIFFERENT in the way we love. Why shouldn’t we be different in all other things? The verses that actually make this point stand out the most to me is Matthew 7:13-14:

“Enter through the narrow gate. For the gate is wide and the road is broad that leads to destruction, and there are many who go through it. How narrow is the gate and difficult the road that leads to life, and few find it.”

We shouldn’t be walking in the way everyone else is. After months of listening to pretty much everything Heather Lindsey has ever posted, one phrase stands out: It DOES take all that. I know you want to tell yourself that the lust in your heart is okay, everyone has it, everyone acts on it. Oh, no, I don’t really have to work to let this sin go. What do you mean I can’t listen to that? This person does. Why can’t I watch that? EVERYONE else does. The excuses just go on and on. Stop coming up with pathetic excuses about how you’re young, or you’re just a girl, or just a guy, or all of your friends do it. We are called to live life with Godly standards, not worldly standards. It does take all that. You have got to get out of this world-based mindset to truly experience Jesus.

Stop building your house without a foundation. Stop faking intimacy with Jesus. Let God prepare you for the unavoidable storms by being intentional with Him.

 

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