how-firm-a-foundation-2Prov. 9:1 “Wisdom hath builded her house, she hath hewn out her seven pillars”

Anyone with even a bit of imagination can visualize the building of a house. It is especially interesting to pull together the verses which deal with this topic. I love to see the “big picture” that God is trying to paint when He refers to our spiritual lives.

Amuse me a bit as I take you along my mental project of house building. I’ve never built a house, but I have watched many a home improvement program to know the process. One of the important factors is having a solid piece of land to lay the foundation on. There’s no sense in laying a foundation on sand – no matter how strong that foundation is, it will crack. A good solid ground, yes even a good solid Rock, will hold up the foundation. This is the starting point. A word search on the word foundation blessed my heart so much.

As the whirlwind passeth, so is the wicked no more: but the righteous is an everlasting foundation. (Pro 10:25)Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD, Behold, I lay in Zion for a foundation a stone, a tried stone, a precious corner stone, a sure foundation: he that believeth shall not make haste. (Isa 28:16)

He is like a man which built an house, and digged deep, and laid the foundation on a rock: and when the flood arose, the stream beat vehemently upon that house, and could not shake it: for it was founded upon a rock. (Luk 6:48)

For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ. (1Co 3:11)

Now if any man build upon this foundation gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, stubble; (1Co 3:12)

And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone; (Eph 2:20)

 

Here we see that Christ is the Chief Corner stone (the strongest stone used in a foundation because it unites two sides) of the foundation. The apostles and prophets (the Word of God) make up the rest of the foundation. As we read through these verses, we see that the saved’s foundation is eternal because it is the foundation of Jesus Christ. The building materials reflect our spiritual homes as they are built upon the foundation (gold, silver, precious stones or wood, hay and stubble). We should take a moment here to compare this to the quality of building supplies you use in building your earthly home… do you use cheap insulation or did you go with the good stuff? When the cold winter winds blow, do you see your curtains moving and drafts coming out of all the cracks? Your house will reflect the time and money you put into building it. What about your spiritual house?

The shell of the house is next – putting up pillars (if that’s your design) – solid load-bearing walls, insulation, drywall, etc. We see that Wisdom’s house in Proverb 9:1 had seven pillars! The number seven in the Bible depicts completion. Creation was finished and God rested on the seventh day. There are seven days in the week. There are seven churches referenced in Revelation, etc. Seven is known as God’s perfect number – the number for completion. Wisdom has seven pillars on her house. The house is perfectly solid – it is complete.

Why would God use this application for wisdom? Everyone knows what it’s like to start a new job. Oh the feeling of insecurity we have because we don’t know all the “ins and outs” of that position just yet. Our manager can teach us the various tasks and we can take thorough notes, but until we actually perform those tasks ourselves, we do not have that warm fuzzy feeling of comfort. Each day, we become more and more experienced with the day-to-day tasks at hand. Eventually, we can perform those same tasks with our eyes closed.

This simple example can be applied to our own spiritual lives. When we are saved, we now have the foundation of our spiritual homes. The more we are in the Word of God and apply and practice His teachings in our lives, we are constructing our spiritual homes upon the foundation. If our building materials are weak, we will not weather the storms of life and the devil’s attacks – our house will be shaken. However, we can start over and rebuild using those materials which are everlasting. Those same storms can come, but this time our house will stand strong and firm!

Let’s apply wisdom in our spiritual lives and building upon Christ’s solid foundation. In so doing, we will have precious building materials in our spiritual house which will fair the storms of life.

How Firm a Foundation
By John Rippon

How firm a foundation, ye saints of the Lord,
Is laid for your faith in His excellent Word!
What more can He say than to you He hath said,
You, who unto Jesus for refuge have fled?

In every condition, in sickness, in health;
In poverty’s vale, or abounding in wealth;
At home and abroad, on the land, on the sea,
As thy days may demand, shall thy strength ever be.

Fear not, I am with thee, O be not dismayed,
For I am thy God and will still give thee aid;
I’ll strengthen and help thee, and cause thee to stand
Upheld by My righteous, omnipotent hand.

When through the deep waters I call thee to go,
The rivers of woe shall not thee overflow;
For I will be with thee, thy troubles to bless,
And sanctify to thee thy deepest distress.

When through fiery trials thy pathways shall lie,
My grace, all sufficient, shall be thy supply;
The flame shall not hurt thee; I only design
Thy dross to consume, and thy gold to refine.

Even down to old age all My people shall prove
My sovereign, eternal, unchangeable love;
And when hoary hairs shall their temples adorn,
Like lambs they shall still in My bosom be borne.

The soul that on Jesus has leaned for repose,
I will not, I will not desert to its foes;
That soul, though all hell should endeavor to shake,
I’ll never, no never, no never forsake.

 

Joh 14:6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.

The Scriptures speak of Jesus Christ, our Rock and Saviour, seven times! Seven is God’s perfect number. It excites me to see that He would refer to the Rock (proper noun) seven times – the perfect Rock – the perfect plan of salvation – the perfect Saviour!

~Deuteronomy 32:4 He is the Rock, his work is perfect: for all his ways are judgment: a God of truth and without iniquity, just and right is he.

~Deuteronomy 32:15 But Jeshurun waxed fat, and kicked: thou art waxen fat, thou art grown thick, thou art covered with fatness; then he forsook God which made him, and lightly esteemed the Rock of his salvation.

~Deuteronomy 32:18 Of the Rock that begat thee thou art unmindful, and hast forgotten God that formed thee.

~Deuteronomy 32:30 How should one chase a thousand, and two put ten thousand to flight, except their Rock had sold them, and the LORD had shut them up?

~Deuteronomy 32:31 For their rock is not as our Rock, even our enemies themselves being judges.

~2 Samuel 23:3 The God of Israel said, the Rock of Israel spake to me, He that ruleth over men must be just, ruling in the fear of God.

~1 Corinthians 10:4 And did all drink the same spiritual drink: for they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them: and that Rock was Christ.

The Word describes the Rock’s attributes to us. The final verse in the New Testament tells us just who that Rock is: Jesus Christ!

(1) Rock = Works are perfect, ways are judgments, God of truth, God without sin, God is just and right
(2) Rock = Salvation
(3) Rock = Creator of man
(4) Rock = Does not forsake us
(5) Rock = Not the god of this world, but the one and only!
(6) Rock = God of Israel and Christians
(7) Rock = Jesus Christ

No other “religion” on earth can describe their god to such perfection through perfect scriptures as Christians can. Our Rock is God. Our Rock left His throne to take on flesh. Our Rock never sinned so He could be the perfect Lamb. Our Rock shed His blood so He could pay the ransom for our sin. Our Rock arose from the dead and ascended into Heaven. Our Rock awaits His return to reign over this earth.

~Isaiah 9:6 For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.

Our Rock is Wonderful! Our Rock is our Counsellor! Our Rock is the mighty God and everlasting Father. Our Rock is the Prince of Peace! Glory be to God in the highest!!


“Cherish those things which God has given to you.”

These are wonderful words of advice spoken at a ladies’ function that I attended. After all, we all have something to be thankful for, don’t we? Even if we can’t think of anything right off the bat, surely if we dig deep enough and look hard enough, we will find something! Today’s pic of the day ought to stir something up in your “grateful basket”!

We women are such emotional creatures and, more times than not, we have the capability of turning our thoughts around. Think about it! You’ve had a horrible day and your husband comes home with beautiful flowers! Voila! Your day suddenly takes on a new light 🙂

But seriously, a bad mood can truly filter down to those we love and it produces a “domino effect of hurt” that we never intended. Our ‘mood’ dictates the ‘spirit’ in our homes. A grumpy woman makes for a very unsettled atmosphere in her home! Her family scatters like roaches in the kitchen when the lights are turned on! A joyous woman, however, is a breath of fresh air to those who enter the house. Her smile is contagious and that seemingly “hard and difficult day” melts away! Oh ladies, we have such an awesome and wonderful responsibility! God has placed us in such a special position! We can either “make or break” our home.

~Proverbs 14:1 Every wise woman buildeth her house: but the foolish plucketh it down with her hands.

We are either building or tearing our home down – even doing “nothing” is tearing the home down; complacency tears the home down. We either produce gems in our home building or we are producing lumps of coal – it’s as simple as that. So, I must ask myself, “Am I a gem to my husband or am I a lump of coal?” It’s important to build a solid foundation for our home before children come along. Every day, our foundation is built upon the day before. We have a choice in what we use as our building material.

~Proverbs 31:10 Who can find a virtuous woman? for her price is far above rubies.

A husband shouldn’t have to wonder what kind of mood his wife will be in when he walks through the front door. Our children shouldn’t be afraid to get Mommy in a bad mood. These cracks in the foundation can be fixed if handled early.  However, if we let it go too long, it will cost us dearly to repair. And, yes, at times it can never be repaired. We wives and mothers are human, after all. But the best thing we can do for ourselves is to quickly seek forgiveness for our mistakes and move on. Has your temper gotten the best of you? Ask forgiveness! Our children are so quick to forgive! They love us so unconditionally when they are little – a quality we should really seek to keep in our own lives.

Contentiousness is a sin that causes a heavy weight to be borne by those who live in its midst. Just what does that word mean, anyway? Noah Webster’s 1828 Dictionary defines contentious as “given to angry debate; quarrelsome; perverse.” This opens things up a bit.  Digging deeper, we find that perverse means “Obstinate in the wrong; disposed to be contrary; stubborn;” Ahhh, now a clearer picture is being painted! What family wants to come home to a woman who displays these characteristics? No one does! In fact, they will do everything in their power to work late, stay at a friend’s house, etc.!

You just have to love the way God describes a contentious woman:

~Proverbs 21:19 It is better to dwell in the wilderness, than with a contentious and an angry woman.

~Proverbs 27:15 A continual dropping in a very rainy day and a contentious woman are alike.

Ouch! The Lord sure has a way with words, doesn’t He? 🙂 I don’t need to explain those two verses – just let your imagination work for a few seconds and you’ll get it. But let’s not stop there – let’s meditate on it.  Is the Lord talking to me here? Am I that negative person? What comes out of my mouth: angry words or uplifting ones? Am I always ready to debate? Am I quick to lose my temper? Do I criticize instead of “building up”? Am I stubborn – do I have to have my way? If I don’t get my own way, do I sulk like a child?

These characteristics are part of the foundation that we lay for our marriage. Is it really something we want? If you stand back and look at these faults, what’s the first thing that comes to mind? I see a woman who is “self” centered. New marriages are generally spent trying to conform our spouse into the ideal we want. That is the epitome of self-centeredness! What about conforming ourselves into the image of Christ?? If each of us spent our time allowing the Holy Spirit to mold us, we wouldn’t have any time left to try to change our spouse – or, as I like to put it, trying to be our spouse’s personal little ‘holy spirit.’

Our goal should be to make our home a sweet haven of rest for our family. They should long to run to it after a day filled with strife and pain. It ought to be a place where they know they will receive encouragement, love, hugs and sweet words. It reminded me of the following verse:

~Psalms 55:6 And I said, Oh that I had wings like a dove! for then would I fly away, and be at rest.

Many times our days are filled with so many trials and tribulations that we just can’t wait to get home and escape from them all! Calgon take me away! 🙂 But wait – we’re not alone in those feelings! What about our husband and our children? This is the type of home we should try to create – a haven of rest for them to run to so they can be sheltered from the storms of life. It’s an awesome accomplishment for a wife and mother when her family actually enjoys coming home because of the haven she has created for them!

These are the characteristics we women ought to be laying in our home’s foundation. 🙂 Our foundation must be built on the Rock, Jesus Christ. His Holy Spirit teaches us and molds us into the image of our Saviour as we yield ourselves to Him. Are we lumps of coal? If yes, the Holy Spirit will point out each area He wants us to change if we allow Him.

Our foundation’s strength will be in direct proportion to our ‘yielding’ to Him. Do we allow the Lord to mend our foundation’s cracks? Only He can mend it for good and make it strong!

I don’t think there’s a woman alive who wouldn’t want to hear these words:

~Proverbs 31:28 Her children arise up, and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praiseth her.

Gleaning Gold

~Ephesians 3:17-19, That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love, May be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height; And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God.

Nuggets of Truth

Rooted and grounded in love … just what is Paul teaching us here?  To be grounded in our faith is to base our faith on Jesus Christ, our foundation.

~1 Corinthians 3:11  For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ.

With Christ as the foundation, a believer now has the opportunity to grow as a Christian as he reads the Word and allows himself to be taught by the Holy Spirit.  Like a plant, as the believer grows, his spiritual roots grow deeper and deeper and he becomes stable and well planted in his beliefs.  As we glean from Ephesians 3:17-19, we find that the love of God is the center of the very life of the believer.  It is this love that permeates every level of the believer’s life.

~1 John 4:16-17 And we have known and believed the love that God hath to us. God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him. Herein is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment: because as he is, so are we in this world.

When someone claims to be “born again,” it becomes evident in his actions.  The act of dwelling implies permanence in these verses in 1 John.  Anyone who has experienced the love of God cannot help but to expose that love in his actions and words.  Anyone who has experienced God’s mercy in their lives cannot help but share that mercy with others.

Refining the Gold

~2 Thessalonians 2:15-17 Therefore, brethren, stand fast, and hold the traditions which ye have been taught, whether by word, or our epistle. Now our Lord Jesus Christ himself, and God, even our Father, which hath loved us, and hath given us everlasting consolation and good hope through grace, Comfort your hearts, and stablish you in every good word and work.

As we build on the foundation of Christ and root ourselves in His Word, we find ourselves dwelling in God’s love.  As a result, we are able to stand fast and hang onto what Christ has taught us.  We are not blown about with the wind of false doctrine but we hold to the traditions taught us in the Word.  Not the traditions of men, as some “religions” teach, but the traditions based on the foundation of the world, Jesus Christ.  Christ is seen in and revealed throughout the Old Testament and these “traditions” from the Word are the very foundation of the Christian church.

In these end times, it is all the more important for us to follow these instructions.  Let’s be rooted – let’s dwell in God’s love – let’s stand fast and hold to what we have been taught in God’s Word!  God, in His great love, has promised us consolation, good hope and comfort during these upcoming trials which will come upon the whole world.

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The Prophet Isaiah prophesied that a Messiah was coming who would be the foundation for all things.

~Isaiah 28:16 Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD, Behold, I lay in Zion for a foundation a stone, a tried stone, a precious corner stone, a sure foundation: he that believeth shall not make haste.

Isaiah says that not only is Jesus the foundation but His foundation is tried, precious and sure! Why are these adjectives so important? They are important because Christ’s foundation is like no other. No religious organization can have a foundation of equal value or strength. Let’s look at these adjectives and see what makes Jesus so different from religion.

Isaiah says that Jesus is a tried stone. As a refiner works with metal, he puts it through the fire and tests its quality. The same word used for tried is the same word as in:

~Job 23:10 But he knoweth the way that I take: when he hath tried me, I shall come forth as gold.

Christ had to take human form to become the perfect sacrifice on the cross. His life was tried and He came forth as gold. As a result, He was the perfect Lamb of God. Therefore, His Gospel, the very foundation of the Christian faith, was tried and proved worthy. Christ is the same yesterday, today and tomorrow (Hebrews 13:8 ). Therefore, He does not change. His Word does not change. It stands as firm as His foundation. Any religion that changes their stand or eventually compromises does not have Christ as their foundation.

Secondly, Isaiah says that the Messiah was a precious corner stone. What a wonderful graphic picture of what Christianity is all about. A builder will use the largest and strongest blocks to place in the corners of his building. This word precious, according to Strong’s:

H3368
יקר
yâqâr
yaw-kawr’
From H3365; valuable (objectively or subjectively): – brightness, clear, costly, excellent, fat, honourable women, precious, reputation.

It is safe to conclude that the best and strongest stone was used in Isaiah’s depiction of the foundation that Jesus Christ was to lay for us.

Thirdly, Isaiah refers to Jesus’ foundation as a sure foundation.

H3245
יסד
yâsad
yaw-sad’
A primitive root; to set (literally or figuratively); intensively to found; reflexively to sit down together, that is, settle, consult: – appoint, take counsel, establish, (lay the, lay for a) found (-ation), instruct, lay, ordain, set, X sure.

There is no other foundation that can be as perfect as the foundation that Jesus Christ has laid for us. He is the Chief corner stone.

~1 Peter 2:6 Wherefore also it is contained in the scripture, Behold, I lay in Sion a chief corner stone, elect, precious: and he that believeth on him shall not be confounded.

Yes, the Apostles helped to lay this foundation but we cannot forget that Christ is still the Chief corner stone. He is the Head – it is His work that paid the price, not ours. It is because of His strength as the Chief corner stone that we are able to stand as His church. It is not religion – it is not the catholic church – it is not Judaism. It is all Jesus Christ and Jesus Christ only.

The Apostles and early church disciples always pointed others to Christ. When they encouraged others to follow their example, they always ended by pointing their followers to Christ!

~1 Corinthians 11:1 Be ye followers of me, even as I also am of Christ.

Many religions use this verse as their basis for church tradition and following after the Apostles, i.e. Apostolic succession. However, note the latter part of the verse: even as I also am of Christ. In other words, follow after me because I follow after Christ. But it stands to reason that if the one you are following strays from what Christ taught or laid in His foundation, you should not follow him any longer. Christ has the final word.

Cults begin and end with following after men who lay another foundation. Mormonism, catholicism, Jehovan’s witnesses, etc. They add to the simplicity of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

~2 Corinthians 11:3-4 But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtilty, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ. (3) For if he that cometh preacheth another Jesus, whom we have not preached, or if ye receive another spirit, which ye have not received, or another gospel, which ye have not accepted, ye might well bear with him. (4)

The devil’s subtleties crept into some of the early churches and men adopted heresies as a result of their fleshly desires. The catholic church is famous in this area for it has been building on a foundation laid in sand. Their doctrine is quite contrary to the foundation that Christ laid. Christ makes no mistakes. Christ’s words are final as He is the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the End. Let’s take a look at some of the dogmas and sacred traditions the catholic church requires of its members:

  • Celibacy of its priests
  • Nuns
  • Praying and worshipping Mary, Queen of Heaven
  • Mary’s sinless beginning and sinless life
  • Baptism of babies
  • Praying to the dead and to the saints and saying the rosary
  • Purgatory
  • Indulgences
  • The saying of masses for the dead
  • The Lord’s supper administered only in bread and not grape juice
  • The seven sacraments
  • Only the catholic can be saved because salvation is only in the catholic church

These are just a few – I could keep on going but my point is made. IF these traditions and dogmas are true and are so important that people are cursed if they don’t follow them, then why are they not recorded in God’s Word – especially that of salvation found in only the catholic churh. This is not the foundation that Christ laid. In fact, there are no Scriptures to be found that describe these traditions or dogmas.

There is no other foundation than that which Christ laid for our salvation. There is nothing to be added, no matter what people tell you. Everything we need for salvation is found in Christ and in His Word. If we needed more, God would not have us in the dark but He would have told us in His Word.

~John 12:46 I am come a light into the world, that whosoever believeth on me should not abide in darkness.

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