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How Solid Is Your Foundation?

September 22, 2008

When you are building something…it does not matter what it is…if you don’t have a solid foundation to build upon, whatever you are building will eventually crumble.

Of course, the most obvious first thing we think of are the buildings we live and work in…the places where we spend the most time. We want to know that we are safe in those places.

When my husband and I moved here, we were looking at houses to buy. I had dreams of an old farmhouse or an old “Victorian” era house. Well, we saw some very interesting houses. Many of them had real character and promise, even though they needed a bit of working on. Several times we got a bit excited.

Then Dave would check the foundations and our hearts would sink. How sad to see these houses that had such promise with crumbling foundations. We knew that it would not make any difference what we did with them…how nice we made them look. Eventually, they would just fall.

Some of the houses we looked at already showed signs of weak foundations. We saw fireplaces leaning in and away from the outer walls. We saw floors that were bowed or slanted. We were amazed at what all we saw. I am not simply talking about houses that are out of square, as many of the older houses are. I am talking about houses that are in bad shape due to bad foundations and houses that were headed in that direction due to bad foundations.

We felt sad and wondered how many people in the area were actually living in houses that were literally falling apart around them. We also wondered how many people even knew about it.

Repairing a foundation can be costly. Even more so is trying to replace one. In some instances, the damage to the house may already be so extensive that a bulldozer is really the only option. Bulldoze it and start over with something totally new.

As concerned as we are about the foundations of the places where our physical bodies dwell, there is another foundation that is even more important. The foundations of where our spirits dwell. This life is not all there is. There is a life beyond this one. What do we know about it? How can we know about it? Our spirits are eternal. What happens after physical death? What are we building our spiritual lives upon?

If it is that critical that we get our physical foundations strong and true, how much more critical it is that we get our spiritual foundations strong and true! There are people who do not realize that the houses they are living in are going to someday collapse around them due to a poor foundation. There are also many people who are in for a nasty surprise spiritually because they are not paying attention to the foundation for their spiritual life!

Some may think they are not “spiritual” people. However, we all are, whether we realize it or not. We are all designed by our Creator to worship Him. If we don’t worship Him, we will end up worshiping something else, but we WILL worship for we are designed to worship! We may worship money, or career, or notoriety, or people, or love, or ____(fill in the blank). We WILL worship something or someone!

So, what are you building your spiritual foundation upon? Is it built upon the solid foundation of the Creator and His true word as found in the bible? Is it being built upon His Son Yeshua/Jesus, who is also known as the “Word”?

Just as there are many people who sincerely (yet erroneously) believe that the foundation of their home is fine, there are also many people who sincerely (yet erroneously) believe that their spiritual foundation is fine. Both kinds of people are in for a horrible suprise in the end…IF they don’t check their foundation and do what is needed to fix it…or even replace it.

For some, all that is required is some repair work. Some of us have strayed from living as Yahweh God has called us and designed us to live. We just need to get back into having a stronger understanding of who He is and who we are. We need to strengthen our heart connection with Him. We need to repent (go in the opposite direction) in the areas where we have strayed from Him and His truth.

Some of us need a LOT of changing! We need to replace the foundation altogether because it is so weak and so wrong. Our spiritual lives are a mess because the foundation is so bad. We need major overhauls. We need to get really serious with our Creator and make sure that we are not fooling ourselves as to where we really stand with Him.

The sad thing is, we may be totally blind to the real condition of our spiritual lives. Paul wrote in 2Corinthians 13:5 Test yourselves to see if you are in the faith; examine yourselves! Or do you not recognize this about yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you–unless indeed you fail the test?

Yeshua/Jesus said in Mat 7:22-23 Many will tell me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, didn’t we prophesy in your name, in your name cast out demons, and in your name do many mighty works?’ Then I will tell them, ‘I never knew you. Depart from me, you who work iniquity.’

Those are sobering words! We can think we have it right…and yet don’t! That whole chapter in Matthew is a very interesting one. It gives a story Yeshua told about how important the right foundation is. I encourage everyone to read it.

I also encourage everyone to really think about your spiritual life. You do have one. What is it founded on? Is it founded upon some philosophy of man? Or upon some “religious” book? Or is it founded upon the words of the One who created you? Yeshua is the only One who said that He was going to die (and how) and that He was going to raise from the dead…and then did it!

The antiquity of the writings in the bible have been proven over and over. Yeshua fulfills so many prophecies in that book. To those who have eyes to see and ears to hear, the evidence is there about who Yeshua/Jesus really is.

In addition, we have His own words. He should know better than anyone who He really is. It is written in John 14:6 Yeshua said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father, except through me.”

Did you get that? He is the ONLY way to the heavenly Abba/Father…the ONLY way. He leaves no doubt about there not being any other way besides Him. None!

It is also important to note what is said in this passage:
Mat 16:15-17 He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?”
Simon Peter answered, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.”
And Jesus said to him, “Blessed are you, Simon Barjona, because flesh and blood did not reveal this to you, but My Father who is in heaven.

He is clearly identified here as being the Son of the living God. He is not merely a good teacher or prophet. A good teacher or true prophet will only speak the truth. Yeshua is either who He said He is…the Son of the living God and only way to the Father…or He is a liar or a lunatic or deceived. There are no other options.

Abba, please open people’s eyes and hearts to see the truth and to receive You and Your Son. Help them to build a spiritual foundation that is strong and true. Help us all to stay strong in You and to always make sure that we are in the faith. Amen and amen!

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