It is all about the Foundation
Sunday morning March 22, 2020
This morning I was reading from Luke 6. I have been studying Luke for my personal time with the Lord. In the secret place, He whispered something to me this AM. I felt the Holy Spirit say, it is all about the foundation. Lay down a solid foundation.
46 “Why do you call me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ and do not do what I say? 47 As for everyone who comes to me and hears my words and puts them into practice, I will show you what they are like. 48 They are like a man building a house, who dug down deep and laid the foundation on rock. When a flood came, the torrent struck that house but could not shake it, because it was well built. 49 But the one who hears my words and does not put them into practice is like a man who built a house on the ground without a foundation. The moment the torrent struck that house, it collapsed and its destruction was complete.”
Gordon B. Hinckley said;
“You can’t build a great building on a weak foundation. You must have a solid foundation if you’re going to have a strong superstructure.”
During these days, it is a great opportunity, to go back and look at our foundation of faith and ask some questions.
What did we build our faith on? The promise of a better life, on being blessed financially, physically, emotionally.
Or did we build it on the fact the Jesus is enough. If the world comes apart at the seams, if things don’t turn out like I expected, if storms blow into my life like a hurricane, is Jesus enough to see me through.
Our foundation of faith must be established with a strong foundation of deep digging into our heart and soul and answering the questions, Is Jesus enough?
Once we have established the bedrock that Jesus is who we believe in, that what He did in life and on the cross, that He took on my sin, that He rose from the dead, and that in those moments, He defeated the devil’s power in my life, we then have something to build on. We may never be enough, we may never be good enough, strong enough or smart enough. But Jesus in our lives is enough. In our weakness He is made strong, He paid for our lives with His blood, and the Holy Spirit will guide us into all truth. Jesus is enough.
It is time we go back to our foundation and inspect it. When I lived in California, we had a series of major earthquakes. The houses that were not built very well were shaken off their foundation. Some were cracked, some were broken and other houses were completely off the foundation. But there were many houses that stood solid, unwaivered, unshifted, and in perfect place. What was the difference?… how they build the foundation. In the aftermath, many houses had their foundations inspected. By the grace of God, the house Lois and I lived in the foundation was unshaken. This is what Jesus is saying here in Luke. The house built on the foundation of the truth found in the Jesus and the Word of God is a foundation that has been dug deep in the secret place. A foundation that was laid with care, is secure, and is built on solid ground.
That house, when trouble comes, virus shows up, the wind of financial struggles blow in, when our head is telling us things our heart knows isn’t true, we can stand on this solid foundation and know that no matter what comes our way, we will be unshaken because of the foundation our lives are built on.
That doesn’t mean we can’t have compassion or empathy, but it does mean that we realize it is the Lord that is our strength, that we are more than conquers in Christ Jesus and that if we are going to build a strong structure, a superstructure life with Christ there are some things we must blast out of our way and rely on that foundation that Jesus has laid deep in our soul.
We need to take the time to blast away, the fear, the lies, the “what if’s” in our circumstances and get back to the power of the bedrock, which is the word of God. Dig that foundation again, by blasting away all the things that lie between us and the truth. Once you build on the secure foundation of the truth, the word, that building isn’t going anywhere. No matter what storm, what rain, what wind, what circumstance, the strength of a foundation put down on the truth of God will sustain us through anything.
Pastor Rick Warren once said,
“God encourages His followers to “Fear Not” 365 times in the Bible.
This is enough times that every day we should “Fear Not”, for the Lord thy God is with us.
Lastly, it was Claudio Monteverdi who said;
“The modern composer builds upon the foundation of truth.”
Church, let us build our lives on the foundation of truth which comes from the word of God, the knowledge of Jesus, and the following of the Holy Spirit.
During these days, don’t trust your feelings, I have found they lie to me all the time. Don’t trust the media, they are paid to create news, and most of us, at this point, would agree it is hard to trust anything they say as literal truth.
I will leave you with a wise saying:
3 My son, do not forget my teaching, but keep my commands in your heart,
2 for they will prolong your life many years and bring you peace and prosperity.
3 Let love and faithfulness never leave you; bind them around your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart.
4 Then you will win favor and a good name in the sight of God and man.
5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding;
6 in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.[a]