How’s Your Foundation?

Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock:  And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock.  And every one that heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand:  And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell: and great was the fall of it.”

                                                                                                       – Matthew 7:24-27

Anytime a building is being constructed, the first thing that is done is the client hires an architect to draft up blueprints for the project.  The whole purpose of the architect is to determine how tall, wide, long, and the overall depth of not only the building itself but each room within the building also.  Basically, the architect’s job is to work behind the scenes providing dimensions which then tells the construction company or workers how to frame the project, the types of material to be used for the project, and most importantly the size and depth of the foundation for the project.  The foundation is the most important part of the building process due to the responsibility it holds.  It is responsible for sustaining and maintaining the load or pressure that is being applied to it.  Load or pressure is the overall structure of the building and projected live or movable weight (I.e. people, furniture, equipment, etc) that will occupy the building.  In addition, the foundation must also be able to a withstand a certain amount of environmental or natural events load, which includes snow, wind, and earthquakes to name a few.  Based on all this information, it is safe to conclude that the foundation of a building gets a lot of attention as a result of all the safety requirements attached to it.

It is the same way in the lives of individuals.  Many don’t look at life as such, but in actuality it is so.  Life is about us using the knowledge we possess, tools that we can access, and the skills that we allow to manifest in order to build the things that we desire to see in our lives. The key factor that we miss in this process is first working on our foundation, which ensures that no matter what comes against us we are able to not only stand but endure.  To determine our ability to stand and endure, we must first address the elephant in the article, What are you building yourself on?  Are you building on the thoughts and opinions of other people?  Are you building on how you see someone else’s life going?  Are you building on your feelings or emotions which change constantly as the wind blows?  Are you building on living a free life that entitles you to be able to do whatever you want, whenever you want, and however you want (sand)?  Or, are you building on the truth which is able to withstand and endure all lies, negativity, emotion, and opinions (rock)?  Strap in because it’s about to be a bumpy ride.

When we purchase a home we hire inspectors to come out and ensure that the house that we are buying is set on a foundation that is able to withstand and endure over time.  When ladies apply makeup to their face the first thing that most do is apply foundation thoroughly and ensure that it is properly blended and set to withstand the additional makeup (contour, blush, eye shadow, etc) that will be applied.  In school we spend years beginning with the foundational or fundamental courses (often called the basics) to ensure that we are properly prepared for the future levels of learning and completing assignments successfully.  In the military the first thing you go through is commonly referred to as basic training which ensures that you are both qualified and fit to properly function in a high risk and fast paced environment.  Question:  If people invest so much time, money, attention, and focus in the natural to ensure that a foundation is able to withstand the different types of loads that are projected to be established upon said foundation, then why do we as believers neglect, reject, object, and forget to do the same when it comes to our spiritual foundation?  If we take all these precautions regarding foundations in the natural, tell me why would God not require the same for those serving him?

When it comes to our spiritual walk and foundation with God, we tend to give little attention to the foundational precepts of God.  Instead, we focus much of our attention on the promises of God.  Why do you say that Kean?  In our text, Jesus says whoever hears these words of mine and does them shall be likened unto a wise man built on solid rock, but if you hear these words and don’t do them you are likened unto a foolish man built on sand.  Can I break it down for us?  The words that Jesus spoke are doctrine or precepts, meaning a principle or command intended as a general rule of action.   The “pre” in “precepts” suggests that it is a precursor or something that must be done “before” the next thing happens.  In other words, in regards to our foundation it is us not only hearing the Word of God but doing it also that lays the foundation.  Once that foundation is laid, then you begin building upon it by tapping into the next phase.  What’s the next phase?  The promises of God.  Now your house is taking root and beginning to look like it did when God first told you he was going to do “such and such” for you.  However, you are not done just because a house has been built.  This house has to be tried and tested by the storms of life to see does it have what it takes to stand, endure, and survive.  It is here where we get confused.  We think God is testing the physical appearance of the house, but in reality He is testing the foundation and (watch this) root of the house.  What’s the root?  “YOU” are the root!  The “Person” who is supposed to be founded upon the rock!  The test is not to simply allow the enemy to take away your stuff, rather the test is to see if the enemy does take away your stuff would you still be standing or will you be experiencing a great fall.  Let that marinate for a moment.

God told me a lot of people who believe that they are founded upon the rock are actually in a state of denial. He said, “they are simply muddying the water.”  Muddying the water is an old saying that means to make confusing or less easy to understand.  I want to suggest that this is what it is like to be built on sand.  You are not grounded on anything firm, and everything that you are grounded upon can be moved, mixed, blended, or better yet stirred.  That’s why when people say something your feelings get hurt.  That’s why when life happens you begin to break down.  That’s why your mind is always tangled and confused regarding this Christian walk.  That’s why when the wind blows, rain falls, and floods come you notice yourself shifting all over the place and your vision begins to get cloudy.  I came to declare the problem is not with your situations rather it is with the foundation in which you are situated upon.  When you are built upon solid rock there is nothing no one can do or say that will cause your foundation to be moved, mixed, blended, or stirred.  Why? It’s solid.  It’s unchangeable.  It’s unshakable.  It’s set in stone and the only way that it can be altered is if the architect comes back and says make this adjustment in order to enlarge your territory or capacity.  In other words, when you are built on solid rock nothing can weaken you BUT it can only strengthen you.

They used to sing this old song that went something like this: “I’m working on a building, it’s a sure foundation.  I’m holding up the blood stained banner for my Lord.  Well I’ll never get tired, tired of working on my building.  (Why?) I’m going up to Heaven to get my reward.”  Back in what is now called the “old church,” they taught endurance.  They taught work it until it’s done.  They taught true patience, tenacity, living a disciplined life, and most importantly ensuring that you are being built on the sure foundation.  What is this sure foundation?  None other than Jesus Christ, because it is only in him that you will be able to stand against the storm and the rain, heartache and pain, trials and strain, all while experiencing the sonshine then back at it again!  However, we don’t want to hear about this.  We would rather hear 5 ways to get God’s attention, 4 ways to use your faith, 3 ways to get God’s blessing, 2 ways to launch your dream or vision, but in reality there’s only 1 way to get it all done.  What’s that way Kean?  Jesus Christ!  For he is the way, the truth, and the life.  Not a single person can access the Father except it be by and through him (John 14:6).  In other words, if you got Jesus then you have everything you need to begin to see everything that God has for you.  I know this is not the popular teaching, and I know this is not the kind of teaching that draws in the masses anymore.  However, in the world that we are living in today it’s the only teaching that is going to bring the world to its knees, causing it to understand that until you have not only made Christ the Head of your life but also chosen to walk according to true biblical standards nothing will get better.

Can I close this thing now?  How high you go in life is solely depended on how deep and firm your foundation is.  The higher a building is projected to rise, the deeper the construction workers must dig to begin laying the foundation.  So for those of us who have been wondering why it seems as if our lives are being dug deeper and deeper into you now have your answer.  God is not trying to destroy you to the point of no return, rather He is destroying everything that is buried that we have forgotten about and cannot be used to situate His skyscraper on.  In other words, God is digging deeper to remove all of our mess and replace it with his best.  Why? When the test comes to test our endurance, stability, and ability to survive WE (the people or person) will still be standing in spite of.  After all of that, now we are ready to understand what it means to be built on solid rock.  Shout cue on the way!

Why does it matter is we are still standing?  It matters because of the foundation in which we stand upon.  It matters because of the mindset we are to have when the storms of life come in.  It matters because it is our ability to remain standing in spite of that lets the enemy know that yeah you took my stuff and I may have even had to give up some stuff just to survive, but I’m still standing!  Can I give you the shout cue?  The real message in our ability to remain standing after experiencing the storms of life is this:  As a result of my foundation and its ability to withstand even more than what you thought I lost, I still have the ability to rebuild.  In other words, I can Do It Again!  The storm came and caused me to lose a lot, but watch me Do It Again!  I had to suffer a little a while, but watch me Do It Again!  Yeah it took my house and cars, but watch me Do It Again! It took my business which I worked hard for, but watch me Do It Again!  The storm did some real damage to the relationship of my family and I, but watch me Do It Again!  The storm strained and stretched me in areas that I didn’t even know could be affected, but watch me Do It Again!  The storm was so severe that it affected every area of my life. Nothing was left untouched.  Nothing was the same after it, but it’s okay.  The foundation which I am founded upon ensures my ability to not only survive it, but it also gives me the ability to Do It Again!

I dare you to ground yourself on the solid rock of Jesus Christ!  I dare you to surrender yourself to his will, his way, his plan, everyday!  I dare you to tell the storms of life you may rise and your winds may blow, but “My hope is built on nothing less than Jesus blood and righteousness.  I dare not trust the sweetest frame but wholly lean on Jesus name.  On Christ the solid rock I stand, all other ground is sinking sand.”  Get grounded! Get rooted!  Be blessed and stay encouraged!

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