Solid Foundation: Who’s Building Your House?

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All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work. (II Timothy 3:16, 17 NKJV)

No other ground I know to stand on that will not sink is Christ. He is the Solid Rock, the Cornerstone, the great Foundation that were are able to affix ourselves to without falling if we so choose. Choosing our own paths may provide a temporary fix but we will ultimately be back at square one. Choosing the wrong foundation will have us stressed out, angry, confused, bitter and perhaps even destructive towards ourselves and others.

There is no peace. No true peace and contentment when we are our own guide, builder and god. We cannot always blame others or Satan for things not working out.

Is it ever taken into account that things may be going wrong for a reason? Maybe God closed a door for your own good or it could even be that its just not the right time.

Questions.
Are we attempting to solve things in our own thinking? Are we speeding up the process because we cannot wait on God and His timing? Do we feel that God has not given us the answer(s) that we want?

Let’s pause and think about that shall we….

“Therefore whoever hears these sayings of Mine, and does them, I will liken him to a wise man who built his house on the rock: and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it did not fall, for it was founded on the rock. “But everyone who hears these sayings of Mine, and does not do them, will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand: and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it fell. And great was its fall.” (Matthew 7:24-27 NKJV)

We should not continue to keep doing things in our own thinking and understanding when we do nothing but fail time and time again in the end. We cannot work in our own strength when we will eventually grow weary in doing so.

The Bible is our manual for life. It should not be pulled out and used like cake for special occasions catering to the quick fix “God I need You real quick, so can I get some help?” type of meal. God isn’t fast food.

Instead, it is our Daily Bread. Jesus is our daily bread. The Word will feed us, nourish us, provide peace, give us joy, hope, comfort, healing, understanding and correction along the way. To have righteous living and to be holy we need to align our ways with His. God is love. He is our eternal Word that sustains us through all circumstances.

Who is your Builder? Self or Christ?

Life will bring ups and downs. We cannot avoid them. What can take place is an unsurpassable peace residing within us that Christ himself provides. We will not become consumed with doubt and fear or filled with anxiety if we are standing on the Solid Foundation that keeps us from falling or sinking.

May we look to God at all times rather than when it accommodates us.

“I will lift up my eyes to the hills— From whence comes my help? My help comes from the Lord, Who made heaven and earth. He will not allow your foot to be moved; He who keeps you will not slumber. (Psalms 121:1-3 NKJV)

Our Lord will not fail us. He can not error. His building codes have been tested and founded to be true and stamped with approval.

Who wouldn’t want a lifetime guarantee?

Be encouraged today as the the Master Architect builds your home with loving and supportive care.

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Following Directions: Just whose GPS are you using anyway?!!

I can’t begin to tell you how good God is. Just when we think we can get over a little bit…… NOPE! He will surely put us in our place. Sometimes His discipline may seem harsh but it is done in a loving way and it is for our own good. Trust and believe that I know this. Am I hardheaded? Yes I am and I know I’m not the only one out there who isn’t. Am I trying to become less of that way? Sure! Nothing happens overnight, but putting myself in a position to let God pilot ALONE seems to work much better. He seriously does not need a co-pilot at all!!

When we come to a time of rest on our journey the mode of prayer, reflection and regrouping seems to come into play. We know what we want to do and where we want to go spiritually but it all should be carefully sought after with guidance of the Holy Spirit, taking none of our own decisions into account because we will likely end up in a ditch somewhere waiting for a tow truck to come pull us out. So the question we should ask ourselves  is “Just whose GPS are we using, God’s or our own?” To follow our own will ( directions ) most likely will put us back at the beginning of our journey in some form. We tend to think with our own thoughts and feelings. We begin to sway back and forth as to what to do, which way seems easier and will get us to our destination the fastest all the while, we are just setting ourselves up to become frustrated and without peace in our heart. To follow God’s will, that path is straight leading us in the right direction the entire time WITH peace. In Colossians 3:15 it says ” And let the peace (soul harmony which comes) from Christ rule (act as umpire continually) in your hearts [deciding and settling with finality all questions that arise in your minds,in that peaceful state] to which as [members of Christ’s] one body you were also called [to live]. And be thankful (appreciative), [giving praise to God always].

With this personal lesson learned once again, I really need to slow down more and think before I take any action. I thank God for coming to my rescue. He saved me from myself, the stress I was putting myself under and got me back on track. Did I learn something from this? You best believe I did because I hit a pothole big enough to wake me up out of the lane I was traveling in. You too can learn from my lesson if you haven’t already. There is always room for growth in us all. When we make a mistake, admit it and ask God to get us back on course. His GPS works sooooo much better!

My prayer for us both is that we allow God to set our course before us and that we are willing to be compliant. May our hearts and minds be set on Him and all that he has for us leaving no room to be co-pilots on our journey in this life that we live. Obedience is a key factor to moving in the right direction. May the grace of the Most High be enough for us as we realize that he is God and we are not. We don’t deserve but the love shown and given should be appreciated. He’s brought us a mighty long way and He isn’t done with us yet.

Blessings to you in the name of Christ our Risen Savior……..