Friday, February 16, 2007

Builders and Foundations -

Luke 6:46-49 "And why do you call me Lord, Lord and not do what I say? Everyone who comes to me and hears My words and acts upon them, I will show you whom he is like: he is like a man building a house who dug deep and laid a foundation upon the rock and when a flood rose the torrent burst against that house and could not shake it because it had been well built. But the one who has heard and has not acted accordingly is like a man who built upon the ground without any foundation and the torrent burst against it and immediately it collapsed and the ruin of that house was great."

This verse has caused me to think about some basic stuff. Basic principle - why do you call me Lord, Lord and not do what I say? But let's break this down another step. 1) Everyone who comes to me. So first as a builder we have to come to the master architect for the plans. 2) and hears my words. Next we must know how to hear the voice of God. 3) and acts upon them. Then we musts obey God with the same intent that we came to Him and heard Him. Jesus says that the person that can do this won't be shaken when the flood comes because he has a deep foundation.

Now let's look at the antithesis of this principle. 1) the one who has heard and has not acted accordingly. So this man, like the first, came and heard, but the break down came at the obedience step. How many times have I heard the voice of God and not acted accordingly. Jesus says of the man who does this, the house collapsed and the ruin of that house was great. How many times have I allowed "ruin" to come to my "house" because after hearing the voice of God I was disobedient. Lord forgive me. I will share one area with you. There are probably a few to choose from. But I have heard from God to rise early and be with Him at the start of the day. So I came to Him with a problem. He gave me the solution. My problem was not having time during the day and feeling a disconnect. His solution was, rise early and drink of me to your heart's content at the beginning of the day, then give out of that. But here is an area that I have disobeyed. So when the torrents come I feel weak and collapse and bring ruin to my house. We are all building something. Let's be builders with a strong foundation.

2 comments:

Tangerine Tinselbreeze said...

Francesca,

His grace is sufficient for all of us. His grace=power, His grace= covering, His grace =love, His grace=you and Billy and your children, chosen to be His people, His royal priesthood, His, holy nation, your very existence and faitfulness in action a proclamation to His excellence. So whenever you are down about something you could have down better, more excellent, the picture of what you think you need to see, picture the runner that Pam saw, picture the Father resetting the race for you HIs princess, to finish, to know victory in every area. He will be throwing you a party- to celebrate! If you must, repent, then begin again. I love you, you really are fantastic!

Ashlee said...

I wrote a blog about the same idea a few weeks ago (called BOLDNESS)I didn't connect it to the foundations scriptures (which was very good!). I think often times my disobedience comes in when boldness is required. I think God is bringing us all to new places of obedience (We have felt that many times here in Wisconsin) and it is awesome -- even though its hard and somewhat discouraging at times (when we realize we missed it). We have been learning that when God wants us to do something he provides the grace to carry it out, waters the seed, provides the miracle, whatever the need is.

You have everything you need to be obedient in every part of your life.

Blessings!
Ashlee