Foundation: Series Intro/Post #1
Happy New Year friends! Are you one of those people who love the new year? I am :)! I know nothing has changed at all, but I feel so excited to think about what this new year will bring and to make new goals in my personal life and for my blog. Unfortunately, I’ve had strep throat and haven’t been able to work on anything. Ha! But that’s the way life goes sometimes, and thankfully with God, we get fresh starts anytime we need them! I’ve mentioned before that I want to refocus things here, towards encouraging women in their walks with God. So, this year, I’ve decided to start a new series simply called “Foundation.”
This will walk through the essentials to a strong relationship with God. I feel God compelling me to pass along the things I’ve discovered in my walk with him. I am by all means not perfect. I’m not a bible teacher, I didn’t go to seminary school or anything remotely close. I didn’t grow up going to church, reading a bible, or praying. I’m just a woman who has found a new life, new hope, and new joy through Jesus. I’m still learning a ton, but my walk with him is unlike anything I’ve ever had before, and I just want to share it.
If you are still reading this, you probably either already have some kind of a relationship with God or you are interested in having a relationship with God. Either way, this should be good!
If you already have a relationship with God:
“Foundation” sounds pretty basic. I hope you don’t walk away thinking there will be nothing here for you. We all have different seasons in our walks with God, or we are distracted, or hurt and as humans we easily forget what we have been taught. Have you ever heard anyone say it takes a lot more effort to build a good habit but it takes a lot less effort to lose a good habit? I have heard it and experienced it many times. I can even relate that to my walk with God.
For example, when I became a Christian, I had women who met with me on a regular basis to open up the bible and look at scripture with me. They taught me so much and the biggest think I learned was that looking at the Word was how I was going to know God. Even though, I had that conviction it hasn’t been easy to keep to that foundation. There have been so many days as a Christian when I haven’t opened my bible. In fact, there have been little seasons when it was even rare (anyone else have a hard time after bringing home baby?) I sure did, even though it was one of the first “basics” I was taught. This series is meant to solidify those basic convictions that you’ve already been taught and help you uphold and apply them.
If you want to develop a relationship with God:
I commend you! Honestly, nothing else matters in comparison and I hope you will experience that understanding. It’s hard to comprehend that until you start experiencing God and the new hope he offers, but I pray you will give it a shot. God promises that if you seek him with your whole heart, you will find him (Jeremiah 29:13, Deuteronomy 4:29, & Acts 17:24-27). Also, if you need more help, I would love to connect with you more. You can contact me using the form here.
Why Our Foundation Matters?
As an introduction the the series we’re going to be looking at Matthew 7:24-27 to help us understand why a strong foundation matters. So here we go, from someone who is completely lacking, but who is confident, because her God is more than enough! Let’s get started!
“Therefore, everyone who hears these words of mine and acts on them will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock.The rain fell, the rivers rose, and the winds blew and pounded that house. Yet it didn’t collapse, because its foundation was on the rock. 26 But everyone who hears these words of mine and doesn’t act on them will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand. 27 The rain fell, the rivers rose, the winds blew and pounded that house, and it collapsed. It collapsed with a great crash.” Matthew 7:24-27
This section of scriptures follows 2 chapters of Jesus preaching to people who have been following him (You can read that here in Matthew 5-7). Matthew 4:25 says “Large crowds followed him from Galilee, the Decapolis, Jerusalem, Judea, and beyond the Jordan” Then Chapter 5 begins and Jesus began his “Sermon on the Mount” and closes with what we just read.
Solid Foundation: Hear + Act = Wisdom
“Therefore, everyone who hears these words of mine and acts on them is like a wise man who built his house on a rock.The rain fell, the rivers rose, and the winds blew and pounded that house. Yet it didn’t collapse, because its foundation was on the rock.”
- First we must hear. How do we hear Jesus’ words? We hear Jesus’ words through scripture. Jesus was the word that was with God in the beginning. John 1:1-5 & John 1:14
- Then we must apply. Simply listening to God’s word isn’t enough to prepare us for the storms of life. Simply going to church on Sunday and hearing isn’t enough. For Jesus’ audience here, they must have made sacrifices to follow Jesus around. I’m sure some missed work, some walked from afar, some faced ridicule and made people they love angry by leaving to follow Jesus. Take a minute to put yourselves in their shoes. But, Jesus says we need more to withstand what’s coming. We need to be putting his words in practice. I will be the first one to tell you this is so much easier said than done, but its a foundation we need to start building right away.
**** Little side note: It can be often assumed and even taught that when you follow Jesus your life will be easy peasy and full of nothing but blessings but here Jesus actually states that there will be trials aplenty. Make sure you capture any times like this when you’ve been taught or heard something that doesn’t line up with the bible. Satan misused scripture to tempt Jesus Matthew 4:1-11, Also see 2 Timothy 4:3
Sandy Foundation: Hearing Only = Foolishness
“But everyone who hears these words of mine and doesn’t act on them will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand.”
Hearing the word but not acting on it is a dangerous place to be. It can give you a false sense of security. You may believe you’re on a solid foundation because of the knowledge that you have but when you are tested you will not respond like Christ. You’ll respond like you…after having the worst day. (Trust me, you don’t want to see me on my worst days without Jesus)
“The rain fell, the rivers rose, the winds blew and pounded that house, and it collapsed. It collapsed with a great crash.”
Storms Will Test Our Foundation
Jesus says either way, the storms a comin’ and the storms don’t show favoritism. We live in a broken world and we all will suffer and be affected by sin, whether ours our someone else’s. The only way to withstand trials in my life is to have a solid foundation like the one Jesus’ talks about here.
Jesus believed it was important to have a rock solid foundation. That is why I wan’t to go back to the basics and make sure I’m anchored. I think He warns us because there probably are plenty of people who have a not so solid foundation but have no clue.
I think it would be my natural choice to do the easiest thing: listen to Jesus’ words, whenever I could, and then just see what happens. Instead, I must be intentional to “hear these words of mine” (Jesus’). Jesus was intentional about making the command. I obey by reading the bible. I can’t be passive in this.. and I can’t stop with reading his words but applying them as well. Every time I read I should ask myself “how can I apply this today?” and if I don’t see a direct application ask “what is God’s heart here? What is he trying to reveal in my heart? Why is this important?”
If you are looking for some more bible study resources I have a few listed here. In time I hope to add more but the ones listed I personally use and love.
I hope that was helpful for me to break down the scripture and walk through it a section at a time. Let me know in the comments what you thought about this intro. Also, tell me if there are any specifics you are hoping to see in the series.
Did you find some value in this? Please pass it along so more women can too 🙂 Thanks my friends!
PS. I had a little helper “edit” my work, I thought she made some interesting points! hehe 😀