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FOUNDATION STONES (Pt.2)

David records the posed question from his enemies, “If the foundations are destroyed, What can the righteous do?”(Psalm 11:2).  He is not in agreement with the wicked.  He knows that he has the help of God.  Even though the foundations of the righteous may be shaking for the moment, they will not fall.  God’s throne is unshakable.

FOUNDATION STONES

Foundations are very important to the stability of any house.  Without a foundation under a house…In times of trouble, persecution and distress you are left as a house of cards. Of course,there are many types of foundations in life.  For example, there are “Social” foundations.  The marriage of a man and a woman, whereby a family is produced from this sacred union was not an idea originating from human beings.  It originated with God. “Let us make a man and a woman and let them be fruitful and multiply”(See Genesis 1:26-27).  This was intended not to reflect what mankind thought of themselves but what God had in mind in the heavens.  Their union was to bring into view what could not otherwise be seen or understood in the heavens.   This highlights one of the reasons Jesus taught us to pray, “Our Father, Who are in the heavens…Your kingdom come, Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven”(Matthew 6:9-10).

 The kingdom of God and the will of God must become first, in priority, if social foundations remain strong.  The weaker a foundation, the more prone to it giving way under pressure.  The Hebrew word for “foundation” is “Shathah”.  It means, “A purpose, basis, or a political or moral support”.  In other words, What is the purpose or basis for the decisions being made as to how they will affect other’s social and moral well-being?

Some foundations matter more than others.  Our first foundation stone or basis for living must be spiritual.  By this we mean our relationship to God which affects our relationship to others. To this end, Jesus spoke a parable in Luke Chapter 6, “But why do you call Me ‘Lord, Lord,’ and not do the things which I say? Whoever comes to Me, and hears My sayings and does them, I will show you whom he is like: He is like a man building a house, who dug deep and laid the foundation on the rock. And when the flood arose, the stream beat vehemently against that house, and could not shake it, for it was founded on the rock. But he who heard and did nothing is like a man who built a house on the earth without a foundation, against which the stream beat vehemently; and immediately it fell. And the ruin of that house was great.”(Luke‬ ‭6:46-49‬ ‭NKJV).

When we embrace Jesus’ Lordship, we see this as both our wisdom and stability in life.  One of the great ways to evaluate the foundation stones in our life is through the biblical teaching given by Jesus Himself(Read Luke Chapter 6:20-23,27-31,37-38).  Here we find three aspects for Kingdom living: (1) Personally – We have come to know them as “Be-Attitudes”.  They are the personal attitudes of the kingdom of heaven on earth.  (2) Socially – My attitude toward Others. Finally, (3) Eternally – In light of these eternal realities, How shall I live and order my world around me…Now?   These are the things that really matter in the final analysis.

(C) Copyright 2015, Walter Fletcher Jr.  all rights reserved.  This article may be copied and shared free of charge, provided that it is not sold or altered from its original content.  Please address all correspondence to: Walterfletcherjr@gmail.com

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FOUNDATION STONES (Pt. 1)

“In the LORD I put my trust; How can you say to my soul, ‘Flee as a bird to your mountain’?…If the foundations are destroyed what can the righteous do?”(Psalm 11:1,3 NKJV)

The decision of the Supreme Court to over-ride our Constitutional rights and the overwhelming wishes of the vast majority of the American public is a serious matter.   It not only is an over-reach of their appointed authority but a direct slap in the face of God and His Word.  I recall a Book that my friend and mentor, Leonard Ravenhill, wrote, SODOM HAD NO BIBLE.  In other words, It is one thing to live in the dark,having no access to a Bible; not knowing what God’s Word may instruct (on any matter) as to how one should live.  But it is quite another matter to know God’s requirements and choose not to do it.   To sin in the dark; having no knowledge of God’s will is one thing.  To sin in the light of God’s will brings a greater judgement upon the land.

FLIGHT

What should God’s people do?  The psalmist gives us really only two possibilities…Flight? or Fight.   The enemy was trying through lies, fear and intimidation to get God’s people to turn and run!  But this is not the answer.  “The wicked flee when no one pursues, but the righteous are as bold as a lion.”(Proverbs 28:1 NKJV)  Taking a course of flight because of fright is not the answer. Boldness comes in the face of the adversary because we know Who is on our side.

FIGHT

 The psalmist, in weighing his options, does not flee but takes a stand of faith, “In the LORD I put my trust”(Psalm 11:1).  With God on our side, the righteous ones cannot be, ultimately, defeated.  He gives us further reason to take our stand of faith. “The LORD is in His holy temple, The LORD’s throne is in heaven; His eyes behold, His eyelids test the sons of men”(Psalm 11:4 NKJV).  Four things we should remember: (1)  God is in His temple.  Our God is not dead.  He is ALIVE. (2)  God is on His throne.  He does not leave His place of power and authority to fallen human beings.  GOD RULES IN THE AFFAIRS OF MANKIND. (3) God Knows.  He sees all that wicked people are attempting to do to throw off God’s rule (Read Psalm 2).  (4)  God will use what was meant for evil to turn it for our good.   God will allow this moment to “test the righteous”. But out of the dark test there will be a greater dawning!   He will cause the righteous ones to shine as lights in a crooked and perverse generation.  The Lord Jesus has commanded,”Let your light so shine before men that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.”(Matthew 5:16)  Shine the light, the truth and the love of God in the midst of this present darkness.

(c) Copyright 2015, Walter Fletcher Jr.  All rights are reserved.  This article may be copied and shared free of charge, provided that it is not sold or altered in any way from its original content.  Please address all correspondence to: Walterfletcherjr@gmail.com