What Foundation do you Live Upon?

Is your foundation upon a rock or is it upon some other material? The word “foundation” is in the Bible 48 times, so it bears consideration into the meaning of what lies behind the word.

Whosoever cometh to me, and heareth my sayings, and doeth them, I will show you to whom he is like;

He is like a man who built an house, and dug deep, and laid the foundation on a rock and when a flood arose, the stream beat vehemently upon that house, and could not shake it; for it was founded upon a rock.

Luke 6: 47-48

In this scripture Jesus spoke these words right after the sermon of the “Beatitudes.” Let us take note that this was said after he said, “for out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaketh,” [Luke 6:45]. We must always consider our heart, for out of our heart flows the issue of life. Taking that into consideration will help us to define where our foundation is laid upon. A good firm foundation on a house is of the utmost importance and everyone knows that in the city a skyscraper must have a good foundation. Have you ever seen the beginning of building a skyscraper? Tall structures need to have a low center of gravity to support the structure, so it must be dug deep until bedrock is found. This can be 85 meters deep. Bedrock is the key to a strong foundation.

When you think about the depth you must dig down to build a skyscraper.  You can understand the importance of what Jesus was saying in this scripture about the foundation.  If the foundation is laid upon a rock or bedrock, it will be able to withstand a flood. I have seen houses flow down a river of water after a big storm hit. It is like the great St. Patrick Day Flood in Pittsburgh in March of 1936. When the rain melted the snow, it carried down the Allegheny River and the Monongahela River a large amount of water and reached past the flood state of 46 feet.  It flooded the city, yet some buildings were left standing.  Read more about it at Pittsburgh’s Golden Triangle. You might say why bring this story up? Because it drives the point home of having a firm foundation to withstand the storm. How about the classic bedtime story of the “Three Little Pigs?” Have you ever thought about its meaning? Jesus is concerned about the foundation you are living on. Is your foundation built upon the rock or is it build upon something else?

The word foundation means the act of laying, establishing, or setting a building with support. Jesus is saying that whoever listens to His words and does them is a wise person who build’s his house upon a rock. In other words, it is Jesus himself who is the rock, the firm foundation and the support is His words. The apostle Paul exclaims this in 1 Corinthians 3:11.

For other foundation, can no man lay than that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ.

Jesus Christ is our foundation, and we should take note of His words spoken in red in the Bible. When building a foundation, you must dig deep. This means you must dig deep into the meaning of the words of Christ in the Bible and ask Him to reveal its meaning. It is the Bible that is our moral compass for living every day and Jesus exclaims if we do them, we will be building a house upon a rock. We must dig deep and allow it to fill our hearts and change us so we can stand strong when the floods come. This is the Christian service that those who are called and saved are now fellow workers with God. We are God’s building being built up for good works [see 1 Corinthians 3:9]. It does not matter who is planting or watering in the garden that God has put us in charge of. What is important is who is the center of our foundation.  Our focus is on our foundation, and we must build upon that foundation only and not on anything else like gold, silver, wood, hay, or straw [see 1 Corinthians 3:12]. The foundation will be tested stated the Apostle Paul in verse 13 of 1 Corinthians chapter 3.

In fact, the whole chapter 3 of 1 Corinthians should be read in context to where our foundation is laid. We are not to deceive ourselves as thinking we are wiser than others.  We are not to give glory to men. We are to glorify God in giving us, a sure foundation in Jesus Christ. We are one body in Christ, and we are His workmanship created in Christ Jesus. This means that you are created to do good works and not evil works. This means that God has a plan for your life in being fellow workers in building upon the Kingdom of God. Working in the place where God has placed you and where you will grow to see the wisdom of God. We are all growing to become a holy temple in the Lord for a habitation of God through the Spirit states Paul in Ephesians chapter 2 verse 21-22. You need not feel alone for you are fellow citizens with the saints, and of the household of God [see verse 19 of Ephesians 2:19]. And in the same chapter of Ephesians 2 verse 20 it states that we “are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone.” I would say” hallelujah!” Is this not a blessing?

Yes, it is, for all things are yours, salvation, healing, eternal life, and much more. All things are possible through Christ Jesus, because he is the chief corner stone of a sure foundation. You can build upon Jesus Christ by digging deep into His foundation and allow him to build you up into a holy temple. Ask God to help you to become a holy temple today. Rely upon Him to give you the answers you seek. Make sure your foundation is built upon Christ only and not upon any other foundation that way you can have the full assurance of security.

Rest, Security

Secret Place of Security

Because thou hast made the Lord, who is my refuge, even the Most high, thy habitation, There shall no evil befall thee, neither shall any plague come near thy dwelling. For he shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways.

Psalms 91:9-11

There is a place of security that each human being desires. A place of peace, love, and joy. A place that is safe from all harm and you do not need to fear the “what if something happens.” A place where love reigns. Can there be such a place? Is there a secret place of security? I am always amazed at how our Lord takes care of His own. I have heard of some great stories of God miraculously saving people from harm. We do not understand what it really means to be in that secret place of security. We do not understand what it means to abide under the shadow of the Almighty.

Can we say the same as King David, “I will say of the Lord, He is my refuge and my fortress, my God; in him will I trust,” [Psalms 91:2]? Can we truly say this within our hearts? If you have said yes, then you are in that secret place of security. There is no doubt within your heart that you are dwelling in the secret place of the Most High. You are secured within His love and know that no matter what happens you belong to Him. Belonging to the Lord is the secret place of security. The promise is here in Psalms 91. He will answer you when you call upon Him. He will be with you when you are in trouble. Not only that but you will be satisfied with a long life, and He will show you, His salvation.

Long life and safety are an act of God. Many have a hard time of comprehending it because we have not experienced it firsthand. I went halfway around the world to finally see God’s salvation. My stepdad went just about all around the world before he saw God’s salvation. My stepdad dug his way out of a pile of rubble after a bomb hit the ground. He also escaped from a concentration camp during World War II. We have heard and read stories of the horror of World War II, but through it people walked out alive like my stepdad and Corrie Ten Boom. Corrie Ten Boom went on sharing her testimony around the world about God’s love and forgiveness. Corrie Ten Boom learned about the secret place to security.

If you look at the world, you’ll be distressed. If you look within, You’ll be depressed. If you look at God you’ll be at rest.

Corrie Ten Boom

Are you at rest? Are you looking at God? Those who are at rest with God are in that secret place. Those who are at rest with God have peace within their hearts. The work of righteousness is peace, and its effect is quietness and assurance as is stated in Isaiah 32:17. What about verse 18 of Isaiah 32, “my people shall dwell in a peaceable habitation, and in sure dwellings, and in quiet resting places.” Can you imagine a dwelling place that is a peaceful habitation? This will happen when our eyes are on the Lord. When we are under His shelter and not our own. It is good to know that He gives His angels charge over us. I can affirm this when I have experienced miraculous saving from death and harmful violence. Like a neighbor who wanted to hit me on my porch, but a force stopped her from hitting me. There was an invisible shield in front of me and I felt it, plus I was frozen in place and could not move. I have witness this three times in different circumstances, so I know that God sends His angels to guard us, and we do not see them.

We are not aware of them, but it is mentioned in Hebrews 13:2, “be not forgetful to entertain strangers: for thereby some have entertained angels unawares.” Angels unawares are ministering spirits sent from God to help those who are heirs of salvation. Have you ever wondered how Lot knew that the two men were angels that came to Sodom and Gomorrah in Genesis chapter 19? Have you seen the movie Sodom and Gomorrah? Lot is warned by the angels to get out of the city because God was going to destroy it. Do not look back on iniquity for it is grievous to God and it should be shocking to you also. Immoral acts affect us all because it is destructive. Its aim is to consume at all costs. That is what was happening in Sodom and Gomorrah.

Destruction is all around us, yet with God there is peace and rest. We do not have to be afraid for we can abide under the shadow of the Almighty.   Psalms 91 can be our prayer from deliverance from destruction that is around us. We can have the assurance of safety in the arms of God knowing that He will deliver us from all evil and no plague shall come near us, for He shall give his angels charge over us to keep us in all ways because He hath set His love upon us and knows us. He will satisfy us with long life and show us His salvation.  Praise His Holy name, let us ever stay in the secret place of the Most High.  If you are not in that secret place, cry out to God in repentance.  We are all sinners in need of saving. 

Christ died on the cross for you and me to save us from the evil one and from the power of the evil one who is Satan.  Christ has freed us from that power of dominion, and we no longer must look back upon our own iniquity.  Asking our Heavenly Father to save us in the name of Jesus is the key to deliverance.  It is a commitment we personally make to stay the course in faith by believing in who and what Christ has done for each of us.  His love for us is real if you allow His spirit to move upon your heart and cleanse it.  This to me is a miracle itself that He alone changes the heart of humanity.  We will forever stay in the place of security when we make Him our refuge.

If you have been following this blog, today marks the [one year event | 52 weeks] of Daily in His Love. I like to thank all those who have followed me each week reading this blog. You are all special and I knew that our Lord will bless you richly with His love, joy and peace. I encourage you to stay the course and continue in the secret place of the Most High. Communion with our God is special, and I have also been encouraged to continue another year in Daily in His Love blog. We are living in an unusual time of uncertainty, but our God is calling us to draw near to Him as revelation begins to unfold and we begin to see many of the prophecies in the Bible come true.