This week in our Ladies' Sunday School class we continued in a series about building a good foundation under us in order to handle what comes at us. Basically putting a strong biblical and spiritual foundation under us in order to remain strong and spirit filled when the worst hits us.
Christ is supposed to be our foundation. He's solid. He doesn't break. He doesn't change. He doesn't wash away like sand. He doesn't shift. If He isn't our foundation, we're going to flounder, we'll have our world crumble like a house in an earthquake or feel like we're in a whirlwind (think Oklahoma or Kansas in the spring). Without a solid base, we can't fully operate.
How do we get that base?
We first make sure that we know Jesus as Lord and Savior. How do you do that? First, we visit Romans 3: to find out the answer to the question of "who is good"...
Who is Good?"As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one. There is none, that understandeth, there is none that seeketh after God. They are all gone out of the way, they are together become unprofitable; there is none that doeth good, no not one." (Romans 3:10-12)
Then we move on to:
Who Has Sinned?"For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God." (Romans 3:23)"Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned:" (Romans 5:12)
Next we find out the cost of our sin:
What Is The Eternal Cost of Your Sin?"For the wages of sin is death..." (Romans 6:23)"For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men..." (Romans 1:18)
What can you do about the cost of your sin??
You Cannot Save Yourself"Therefore by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in his sight..." (Romans 3:20)"Where is boasting then? It is excluded. By what law? of works? Nay: but by the law of faith." (Romans 3:27)
God's Love Has Provided The Way!"But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him." (Romans 5:8-9)
You Must Place Your Complete Faith in Jesus Christ"Or despisest thou the riches of his goodness and forbearance and longsuffering: not knowing that the goodness of God leadeth thee to repentance?" (Romans 2:4)"Even the righteousness of god which is by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe." (Romans 3:22)"Therefore we conclude that a man is justified by faith without the deeds of the law." (Romans 3:28)"That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved." (Romans 10:9)
Do You Believe That Jesus Christ Alone Can Save You?The Bible states, "And being fully persuaded that, what he (God) had promised, he was able also to perform." (Romans 4:21)
Here is God's Promise to You:"...if we believe on him that raised up Jesus our Lord from the dead; Who was delivered for our offences, and was raised again for our justification. Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ:" (Romans 4:24-5:1)
Pray Now And Ask Him To Save You!
"For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation." (Romans 10:10)
If we don't have salvation according to Scripture squared away, we won't have a foundation to work with. A foundation is not an apostle, nor a building, nor a preacher/priest/rabbi/bishop/etc. It is Jesus Christ, the Son of God.
From salvation, we build. We devour the Bible. We dive into it head first, learning, reading, soaking in everything we can. To go farther, we use study helps, like bible encyclopedias, Strongs' Concordances, Bible dictionaries, whatever it takes to learn the meanings of each individual word written in Scripture. Individual study is key to learning. If you don't spend time in your bible on your own, your foundation will remain as it was when you first got saved.
You also build by getting under solid bible preaching and teaching. While not popular, there are bible preaching and teaching churches out there. Most likely they won't be mega churches--God's Word is not the most popular, but there are lots of smaller churches sprinkled around and still faithfully holding to the Bible every service. If you dig deeper you may find one that still uses the old hymnals as well--you get doctrine in the songs and the sermon!
As you learn and read, you start applying what you've learned to your every day life. You start listening to that voice that says "you know you shouldn't do that", or "here help this person", or "that doesn't sound right lined up against the Bible". You are learning to discern truly right from wrong and also listen to the Holy Spirit as He guides you. You find that the Lord does provide what you need, when you need it, and you learn to trust in Him to take care of you.
Then the hard times come.
After flexing your faith muscles a little through the better days, you have chance to really gain a few pounds of muscle here. You may go through every human emotion available. You may want to give in. But...you don't. You stay the course, trusting that God is there with you, standing by you, comforting you when you're needing it most, finding solace in the Bible, other believers who stand with you, and in knowing He never leaves you.
Now...repeat that over and over...the cycle of growing and flexing...
In time your foundation grows very very strong. You have the layers built up enough to withstand anything the devil may throw at you. Then, you look back and can tell others how God got you through....and share your foundation's strength with another who may be floundering or even seeking the very beginning layers of a foundation.
This takes time, this doesn't all happen over night. It takes lots of work building and taking care of that foundation, nurturing it and taking care of any cracks or chips that come with the shaking and winds of life.
Now, have you started your foundation? Have you built up to be able to withstand storms in life? If not, I'd be glad to help you get started!
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