Is Your Foundation Strong

My husband and I had the opportunity to see the process of our home being built. One of the first things that happens is, a surveyor tests out the soil to see if it is strong enough to withstand all the pressure of the housing materials that will be used to build the house. Once this has been determined, the foundation can be laid.

In order to lay a proper foundation, the builders have to first dig down in the earth to make sure there is a solid, firm, and leveled foundation laid. The material they use is usually concrete or another equally hard substance.

When a tree is first planted in the ground, the roots of that tree have to go down deep in the earth in order to secure itself in a firm and solid foundation. This helps the tree get the rich nutrients it needs to grow strong and stand against harsh weather.

In Matthew 7:24-27 we read a parable of the Wise and Foolish builders:

24 Therefore, everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. 25 The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock. 26 But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. 27 The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash.”

Beloved, as Christians make sure that your foundation is firmly built upon the “rock,” Jesus Christ.

The Bible states in Psalms 18:2, “The Lord is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer, my God, my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.”

It also states in Isaiah 28:16, “Therefore thus says the Lord God, “Behold, I am the one who has laid as a foundation in Zion, a stone, a tested stone, a precious cornerstone, of a sure foundation: ‘Whoever believes will not be in haste.”

When we build our faith on a firm foundation, the challenges in life won’t shake it, disappoints won’t shake it, unexpected events won’t shake it. Jesus is the solid rock. He is our firm foundation. Allow Him to steady you as you weather any storm.

This is Leslie Eaddy Brooks, Think About It.

Own Your Stuff

The Bible says that the word of God is truth. (John 17:17)

The devil does everything he can to keep us from truth. Truth is liberty. Truth is freedom. God tells us in His word that when we look into the perfect law of liberty, not only being a forgetful hearer of the word, but also a doer, that man shall be blessed in his deeds. James 1:25

The devil doesn’t want us to know or acknowledge the truth about ourselves. He wants us to twist the truth in our own heads to justify our actions. The reality is, when we can face the tendency toward the sin nature in our lives, acknowledge it, and ask God to forgive it, we will begin to see His abundant manifestation of blessings in our lives.

I have been reflecting on recent sermons by a Pastor concerning the topic of strongholds. II Corinthians 10:4-5 states:

“The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.”

God wants us to walk into the fullness of who He created us to be. He tells us in this passage of scripture that we need to completely destroy every argument or pretense that directly or indirectly goes against the word and knowledge of God. We need to bring it into captivity and bring it under subjection to the obedience of Christ.

In essence, we need to acknowledge and own those values and belief systems in us that are hindering our walk with God. Once these are acknowledged, we next need to totally eradicate them by seizing their further domination in our lives. This is a process for sure! As we search the scriptures, we can now replace these spaces with the truth found in God’s word.

Beloved, I encourage you to take this walk with me as we discover and acknowledge those areas in our lives that are holding us back from experiencing ALL that God intended us to be. I encourage you to look into that perfect law of liberty, living out the fullness of God’s word in our day to day lives. God promised that when we do this, we will be abundantly blessed in everything we put our hands to.

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Surviving vs Thriving: The Delicate Balance

The dictionary defines surviving as, “still living after another or others have died or died out.” “remaining after another or others have ceased existence, operation, or use.” I would like to add another thought. Surviving is much like existing with no purpose. Likewise, the dictionary defines thriving as, “characterized by success or prosperity.”

Many of us are well versed in how to survive. Some of us have grown up poor and experienced many struggles in our day to day lives. During those times, perhaps your primary goal was to remain alive to see another day.

We see a wonderful balance of surviving and thriving in the word of God. Paul speaks of this balance in the following passage:

Philippians 4:11-13

11I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. 12I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry whether living in plenty or in want. 13I can do all this through him who gives me strength.

It is important that we understand this biblical principle. So many times, people think that times of scarcity mean that God has forsaken us. I challenge us to think differently. Paul stated that he learned the secret of being content. His contentment was not only found when he had plenty, but he was equally content when he found himself in want. Paul learned the lesson here, was to live in a perpetual state of contentment.

The Bible states in Romans 8:28, “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.                        

The Bible also states in III John 2, “Dear friend, I pray that you may enjoy good health and that all may go well with you, even as your soul is getting along well.”

Dear friends, I encourage you to begin to see God in EVERY phase of your life. Times of plenty as well as times of lack weave in us the delicate balance of living a life of contentment in every situation.

This is Leslie Eaddy Brooks, Think About It.

Twisted Truth

I love wicker. It can be molded into so many beautiful things, from baskets to furniture. Wicker is made mostly from twigs or pieces of wood that are easily twisted and shaped into objects.

The word “Wicked” is also derived from the same root word as “Wicker.” The International Bible Encyclopedia (ISBE) gives this definition of wicked according to the Bible: “The state of being wicked; a mental disregard for justice, righteousness, truth, honor, virtue; evil in thought and life; depravity; sinfulness; criminality.”

Wickedness can sometimes manifest as truth! The Bible says that even the devil can appear as an angel of light (II Corinthians 11:14). Quite simply, wickedness is twisted truth, just as wicker is twisted wood! We see evidence of this wickedness in the Garden when the devil came to Adam and Eve.

The Bible says in Genesis 3:1-7, Now the serpent was more crafty than any of the wild animals the Lord God had made. He said to the woman, “Did God really say, ‘You must not eat from any tree in the garden’?”

The woman said to the serpent, “We may eat fruit from the trees in the garden, but God did say, ‘You must not eat fruit from the tree that is in the middle of the garden, and you must not touch it, or you will die.’”

“You will not certainly die,” the serpent said to the woman. “For God knows that when you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.”

When the woman saw that the fruit of the tree was good for food and pleasing to the eye, and also desirable for gaining wisdom, she took some and ate it. She also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it. Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they realized they were naked; so, they sewed fig leaves together and made coverings for themselves.

One of the first things the devil will try to do is twist the truth of God’s word. Genesis 2:16-17 states, “And the Lord God commanded the man, “You are free to eat from any tree in the garden; 17 but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat from it you will certainly die.”

God did not mention touching it and we also see the devil persuaded Eve to distrust what God had told Adam, somehow perhaps thinking that God was keeping something from her.

Beloved, when God says something in his word, He means that very thing! Don’t allow the enemy to twist the things of God.

“Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth.”  2 Timothy 2:15.

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Do the Work

This Christian life doesn’t just happen overnight. It is a day-to-day journey of growing and strengthening our faith, expanding our knowledge of the word of God, and getting to know the ways of God on a more personal level.

God created us to be in relationship with Him and to likewise be in relationship with each other. The world needs to see this process. The world needs to see that living this Christian life is doable. The Bible says in John 13:34-35:

“A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another, even as I have loved you, that you also love one another. 35 By this all men will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.” Notice the word says that the way in which the world will know we are truly God’s disciples; by the love we have for one another.

As Christians, we will never get to the place of being a “Perfect Christian.” Truth be told, this Christian life can seem difficult at times. As humans, we experience the same emotions, struggles, disappointments, and conflicts as anyone else.

However, the difference is, as Christians, we can get our answers to life’s challenges thru the word of God and our relationship with Him. It is important that people see this process to know that living this Christian life is one that can be done.

Christians come from all different backgrounds and life’s experiences. The challenges we face are as varied as our backgrounds. One of the best things we can give other people is our authenticity in our daily Christian walk.

This is Leslie Eaddy Brooks, Think About It.