Wisdom Nugget: What is Your Foundation?


Today’s meditation is a continuing reflection of what it means to FEAR the LORD. Let us look from the book of Matthew 7: 24- 29 where Jesus says:

 Build on the Rock

24 “Therefore whoever hears these sayings of Mine, and does them, I will liken him to a wise man who built his house on the rock:25 and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it did not fall, for it was founded on the rock.

26 “But everyone who hears these sayings of Mine, and does not do them, will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand: 27 and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it fell. And great was its fall.

28 And so it was, when Jesus had ended these sayings, that the people were astonished at His teaching, 29 for He taught them as one having authority, and not as the scribes.

What can you learn from this Passage of Scripture?

It is better to build on a foundation that is solid than to have a wishy-washy way of life. Let me just say this, this parable is very helpful if you look at it in the context of the houses that are described here. The houses described from this parable can be looked at from a different perspective as we look at how these houses describe ourselves. Our bodies are described in the Bible as the temple of God which houses the Holy Spirit. So each of us are a house that has rooms for something to dwell there. What is dwelling in your heart? Good thoughts or bad thoughts? Is the Holy Spirit present and working in your life? Have you invited Jesus in your house, which is your Heart and your Mind, Will and Emotions? What governs your house? Is your house built on a solid foundation or a weak one? Think about these questions as you continue to read on.

1 Corinthians 3:16
Do you not know that you are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you? 

Think about that question for a moment and ask yourself  “Is the Spirit of God dwelling in you or not?”.  If not, what is? hmm….

Now in knowing this, you must also question what type of house do you presently resemble?

Are you a house built on a rock or a house built on sand?  How you answer that will determine your moral foundation or standards that will either lead to a path of a prosperous and eternal life or a path of destruction that often leads to death. Which path are you walking on right now?

What is your moral foundation/standard today?

A person who operates with Godly standards is :

1) A Wise person, Faithful, Abides in the Truth and is Humble and Obedient (Matthew 7:24).

2) Has a Solid foundation which is God-directed and Spiritual; it is also permanent (Matthew 7: 25).

3) When they encounter troubles or obstacles analogous to the rain, floods and winds (Storms of Life)  that beat at them, they will not fall because they have a solid foundation that remains steadfast, strong, sturdy and unwavering and is able to maintain their Godly standards and is not easily enticed to stray from that standard because they remain confident in what and in whom they believe and they also know who they are in Christ (Matthew 7:25).

1 Corinthians 6:19
Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own?

Maintaining  Godly standards in your life will ensure that you walk uprightly, you will walk in wisdom, stature and strength and you will be able to meet all the challenges that you face when you operate with the gifts of the Holy Spirit. Faith understands the wisdom of God and follows it and walks in it. When you walk in wisdom, you will be able to discern contrary ideas that defy the standards that you believe in. You will not walk in the counsel of the unwise, the foolish, and the wavering. Where there is wisdom there is also safety because a house set upon a rock will remain unmoved when the storms come to hit it.

A person who operates with loose or no standards is:

1) Unwise/Foolish; Faithless, Contrary to Truth and is full of PRIDE and is disobedient (Matthew 7:26).

2) Has a Weak foundation which is Worldly-directed and fleshy/carnal/secular; it is also temporal (Matthew 7:27).

3) When they encounter troubles or obstacles in life analogous to the rain, floods and winds (Storms of life) that beat them, they will crumble under pressure and will fall because they have such a weak foundation that causes them to buckle each time they encounter challenges and will constantly waver in their opinion, thoughts and deeds. They are easily swept away with the tides and continue to wonder aimlessly and never hitting the target. They are easily enticed to do things contrary to what is right and are easily influenced by evil counsel. Ignorance is their bed and foolishness is their pillow. They don’t really know who they are as people because of their unbelief and deny Christ in their plans of their life (Matthew 7:27).

1 Corinthians 3:17
If anyone defiles the temple of God, God will destroy him. For the temple of God is holy, which temple you are.

When one lacks standards, they are double-minded in all their ways (James 1:8). They lack consistency and run into trouble rather than away from it. Their foundation is so weak morally that they don’t know what’s left or right because they swim in the tides of ignorance. Ignorance is not bliss and that is why a sandy foundation will always crumble under peer pressure, pressures of life, and also due to lack of self-confidence. When a house is swept away, there is nothing left except to build again. However, if one builds on the same foundation that failed them the first time, then that is where insanity sets in (doing the same thing over and over expecting a different result). They don’t take heed to those that build on a steady rock because of their heavy sandbag weights of pride. They do not realize the folly in thinking like this because Pride goes before destruction and a haughty spirit before a fall (Proverbs 16:18).

When you consider these two types of houses, it is clear that the house built on the rock is the best foundation. Ask yourself today, What is your foundation? What foundation are you standing on today?

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If you want to walk with God, you must understand that He only abides with those that stand on a solid foundation which is His Word, The Word of God – the Godly Moral Standard. Those that don’t take heed to God’s word are like the houses built on Sand; wishy-washy, wavering and unbelieving – they lack standards and have loose morals just like sand. Those that lack moral standards have houses that house different idols (obsessions or possessions) rather than the Holy Spirit (Righteousness and selflessness). If God is your Standard, then your House will have the Holy Spirit dwelling there, but you must continue to make sure that you get rid of all those things that are not meant to be in your house. Think about that today as you consider what it means to Walk in the Spirit and not in the Flesh.

 2 Corinthians 6:16 

And what agreement has the temple of God with idols? For you are the temple of the living God. As God has said: “I will dwell in them And walk among them. I will be their God, And they shall be My people.

Matthew 16:18
And I also say to you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build My church, and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it.

Last Question and Thought for the day: What is in your house (Your Mind, Will and Emotions)? 

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Missing the Point of the Lesson: Working Very Hard


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Hi Everyone!

I have a great reflection today that I’d like to share with you. It is about a Martial Arts student’s conversation with His Teacher. The story isn’t written by me yet again but there is so much we can understand from the story. Have a read:

A martial arts student went to his teacher and said earnestly, “I am devoted to studying your martial system. How long will it take me to master it.” The teacher’s reply was casual, “Ten years.” Impatiently, the student answered, “But I want to master it faster than that. I will work very hard. I will practice everyday, ten or more hours a day if I have to. How long will it take then?” The teacher thought for a moment, “20 years.”

Source: http://www.inspirationalarchive.com/1848/working-very-hard/#ixzz1lty9wDt6


My 2 cents for the Day:
As you can see, the Martial Arts student missed the point of the lesson. The whole point of the story was that the Teacher could see the weakness in his student’s Character. He can master the craft with great practice as he proposed but skill without mental discipline, preparation, and character will be like a person in possession of great power with no sense of boundaries and is one who lacks self-control. The Teacher could discern that the student would need a lot of patience to build not just his skill but his character to maintain the discpline of Martial arts.
There is nothing more dangerous than a skilled martial artist without self-control and wisdom that comes from perserverance and humility. It’s not enough to build up muscle without building up the wisdom that is required to discipline the mind to briddle this power that has the potential to harm even though it is intended to protect.
There is an african saying that says “hurry hurry has no blessing”, meaning that doing things too rashly to get what we want won’t always end up with the intended results we desired. We have to be humble enough to wait for the great things we can achieve by being patient and resilient as we prepare our mind, body, and emotions to master the Art of SELF-CONTROL with any DISCIPLINE. Being too proud and wanting to speed up the process of character-formation during the training process could end up with disasterous results.
With sound training we can potentially obtain the very things we desire but if we lack self-control, the consequence would be us being unable to handle nor maintain the achieved result in the long run because of our impatience and lack of self-discipline. The longevity of a thing we master can only be maintained through the discipline of our mind, will, and emotions through the practiced cultivation of self-control. The lack thereof will result in futility and a destroyed dream. It is imperative to harness the weight of wisdom that one needs to carry if wanting to harness great power for any discipline (Not limited to just Martial Arts).
We must understand that the focus on “working hard” is not only to master technique(s), but it is to also to work hard to cultivate the character of the yielder of the technique(s). True strength is measured by the level on ones Self-Control.
Patience produces the required skill to sustain the achieved end result, whereas, Pride is what destroys the years of effort and training . The lack of vision and understanding of this truth reveals how longevity can only be maintained when one understands the power that they yield within their hand. Such Power cannot be used to abuse others but is intended to build and save others, including ourselves through a cultivation of wisdom that comes through maturity and great discipline.


How disciplined are we?
 
Are we too impatient to cultivate a humble character that fortifies inner strength  gathered from practicing self-control?
What character do we want to cultivate when we want to achieve what we want to achieve? 
Ask yourselves these questions and reflect on your answers.

LAST NOTE:
Patience builds character, PRIDE breaks it, so inevitably, Humility is the Key to achieving great success.
Although this is a short story, this is what I got out of it. What did you understand from the story?
~~~ Marinate in this thought today.

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