“I will show you what it’s like when someone comes to me, hears my words, and puts them into practice. He is like a man who chooses the right place to build a house and then lays a deep and secure foundation on the bedrock. When the storms and floods rage against that house, it continues to stand strong and unshaken through the tempest, for it has been wisely built on the right foundation. But the one who has heard my teaching and does not obey it is like a man who builds a house without laying any foundation whatsoever. When the storms and floods rage against that house, it will immediately collapse and become a total loss. Which of these two builders will you be?” Luke 6:47-49.
My Father and I are in the early stages of rebuilding the foundation of my life with Him after a tempest storm came raging and took down my house. Because I clung to my Father and kept my eyes on His son, I did not get swept away in the raging floods. Along with my son, we fought on our knees and held steady until the storms calmed down and the floods receded. Today we stand as victors, both stronger in the Lord than ever before, with the blessed assurance that He upholds us by His righteous hand (Isaiah 41:10), and that we will never be ashamed or humiliated (Isaiah 45:17). I am highly favored to be raising a son that still takes his cue from me, allowing me the privilege of speaking into his young life, pointing him in the way to go. The best gift I’ve given him is introducing him to my Father as His Father too, leading Him to accept my savior as his savior too, and the peace he now knows is deep and sound -oh blessed assurance Jesus is mine…
As I stand in the Lord, He continues to firm up my faith, teaching me the mysteries of who I am in Him, reiterating my worth and value to Him while assuring me of just how highly He esteems me. He knows this is necessary as I have believed the lie from the enemy for far too long. That I could believe any ugly label another would want to place on me is gradually becoming foreign to me now, a thing of the past. I am becoming intolerant of any mis-labeling and /or name-calling, simply hanging up the phone or blocking the source of such information, at least for a time until they calm down. As my father affirms my worth, I am awakening to the truth of who I really am after years of accepting a counterfeit truth crafted to bolster insecurities outside of my person.
The old cannot exist with the new, which is why my Father’s word says in 2 Cor.5:17 ‘out with the old, and in with the new.’ I am weeding out toxicity from my life as I awaken to false labels I had accepted in the past without questioning their source or intention. The scales continue to fall from my eyes as the poisonous lies leave my mind and I start to better understand the extent of the damage the enemy’s continuously whispered lies can cause us. I am jealously guarding my newfound freedom from the enemy’s oppression and I have no hesitation when it comes to closing door firmly so other healthier Godly doors can open up for me.
I now understand only too well the futility of building on sinking sand. If I close my eyes, I can still feel that sinking feeling at the pit of my stomach that I could never identify before but now I see so clearly. Indeed my Father lays bare in Psalm 127:1-2 that ‘Unless the Lord builds the house, the builder labors in vain. Unless the Lord watches over the city, the guards stand watch in vain.’ When my Father quickens my heart to verses like this, I almost want to break out in dance as truer words have not been spoken. My heart is bursting with joy at the revelation that there is a way to rebuild my life successfully with Him by my side. He promises to help me build my foundation on His word, that He will guide my every step through His word, and that He will stand guard over me, keeping watch over the house He is building for me. Unspeakable joy!
As I heed my Father’s call to come up higher, I’m enjoying spending copious amounts of time feasting on His word and soaking in His presence. As He continually builds up my faith, my foundation in Him is taking root solidly, verse by verse, chapter my chapter, book by book, revelation after revelation. And brick by brick, the walls of my foundation are firming up. Every time a bad apple tries to sneak into the pile to spoil the whole batch, simply, I mentally click ‘return to sender’ and put up my shield of faith with which we can extinguish the fiery flaming arrows of the enemy (Ephesians 6:16). The Lord has been my stronghold, and my God the rock of my refuge (Psalm 94:22). He is the rock upon which my new foundation is coming up on.
If I allow the enemy to use His captives to insult me, then he’ll have me back where he wants me, feeling small, lost, beaten, defeated, and let’s not forget rejected, dejected, abandoned, discarded, replaced… ‘Forget the things of old, do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland’ (Isaiah 43:18-19). Yes indeed, my Lord wants me to live victoriously, and a winning mindset founded and based on His word is key to living the abundant life He has called us to. As such, I am letting my Father’s spirit write His words on the tablet of my heart, wrapping them around my neck. Oh how I’m falling in love with the word of my Father! It is sweeter than honey (Psalm 119:103) and my heart is full to bursting with each new promise I unearth as I diligently spend time in His word in rapturous wonder and frequent outbursts of praise, worship and thanksgiving.
My Father is creating in me a vessel to contain His love that is wrapped up in His word. He is giving me new wineskins to contain His precious love-cargo as the old wineskins won’t do. As He says in Matthew 9:17, ‘No one pours new wine into old wineskins. If they did, the wineskins would burst, the wine would spill, and the wineskins would be ruined. Instead, people pour new wine into new wineskins so that both are kept safe.’ Indeed I am kept safe by my maker; He is my rock and my salvation, my stronghold, I shall not be shaken (Psalm 62:2). The Lord is my rock, my fortress, and my deliverer; my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold (Psalm 18:2).
More and more, I’m starting to understand that the primary purpose of redemption is a personal relationship with the Lord. His two basic requirements for His people in every dispensation are that we obey His voice and keep His covenant; on this He has remained steadfast. As my Father continues to rejoice over me with singing (Zephaniah 3:17) and His words settle deep within my heart, I feel His yearning and deep desire for a personal relationship with me as He continues to draw me in. And even as I learn to delight myself in the Lord (Psalm 37:4), ‘I do not consider myself to have taken a hold of it yet, but this one thing I do: forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead; I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus’ (Phil 3:13). Do you see how He has clothed my nakedness? Isn’t He an amazing Father? I am continually amazed at His love and my heart is continually singing His praises. My heart is at rest in Him as He lays His hand upon me, surrounding and hemming me in (Psalm 139:5). My soul is quietened in His love -Selah