Firm Foundation

16
Nov

Do you sometimes feel like you are running in circles? You fight so hard to be holy for God, but keep falling again and again to the same sins. Are you tired and worn out of this endless cycle?

You may have a crack in your foundation. It’s as if you are filling the pot with water again and again because you want to be overflowing, but in the end it never fills up because it’s leaking out of a crack. It’s like a house with crack in the walls — you’re running around repairing every crack in the house trying to get it right, but it just does’t stay, because the foundation is cracked. This crack is a crack in our identity – it’s the core of our being. 

Father God wants us to understand how He sees us. He looks past the sins that we’ve committed and sees the children that he originally created us to be. His wrath was poured out on His Son on the cross. He no longer bears that anymore. He has given the judgement of this world into His Son’s hands. He sees His creation with love. He sees them with hope. It is not His will that any of these children should die, but that they would grab hold of what He sees — who He created them to be from the beginning. Seeing ourselves the way He sees us, in Christ, is the truth that’s sets us free.

The foundation: we must start to see ourselves that way. That is the only way to live a perfect life. We need to see that God has made us new, and live from that place. If we are born again, then we are no longer sinners, we are no longer slaves. Jesus became sin and a curse so that we could become a new creation. We are no longer fighting to overcome sickness, sins, bad habits. Rather, we are fighting to accept who we really are now. When we see that and believe it, then we will not walk anymore in those old things. We are not fighting to overcome them, they’ve already been overcome. We’re fighting to change the way we see ourself so that it conforms to how the Father sees us. This is called the renewing of the mind, and when that foundation is laid, then all the other amazing works God has called us to do can follow easily.   

Romans 12:2 talks about not being conformed to the image of this world, but instead renewing our mind. To really understand what is involved in that, we need to look at other scriptures that talk about the mind and thinking as well. Take a look at how Paul talk about our weapons here:

“For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strongholds, casting down imaginations and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ,” 2 Corinthians 10:4-5

This verse puts spiritual warfare entirely into the context of what goes on in your mind. Not only that, he gives us instructions to actively take control over the things that are going on in your mind. This is talking about Biblical meditation. I’m not referring to something from the world, I’m referring to something God has taught from the beginning – take a look at these verses:

“Be still and know that I am God,” Psalm 46:10

“Isaac went out in the evening to meditate in the field; and he lifted up his eyes and looked, and surely the camels were coming.” Genesis 24:63

“and in His law he meditates day and night.” Psalm 1:2

The still small voice Elijah heard in 1 Kings 19

These verses show us what biblical mediation is:

Be still — slow down. Be quiet. Become aware of every thought in your mind, and start taking control of them. Exercise the authority you have in Christ. From Christ within you, you take authority of the thoughts, one by one, and actually visualize them disappearing. You must see it.

Know that I am God — Replace those thoughts with truth form the Word of God. If you are regularly filling yourself with His word, this will come, because His word has a voice (Ps 103:20). 

This process involves slowing down and becoming aware of what is going on in your mind, and then actively engaging your mind to take control over it. And this isn’t just for a minute, you exercise this authority for longer and longer periods of time until your Spirit always has complete, permanent control over what goes on in your mind 24 hours a day. Our mind was meant to work together in harmony with our spirit and body from the beginning, but because of the Fall, we must make the active decision to take our mind under subjection to Christ – that is our born again person. 

We we were born again from the Word of God 1 Peter 1:23, which is Christ. When you are born again you have a new, perfect person living on the inside of you. This activity of biblical meditation is the means by which the old man and his thoughts are depleted and replaced with the new man and His thoughts. It is something we will have to do all our lives as long as we are on this earth and have to fight against the rulers of this corrupt world. In the beginning, however, it is so imperative to know who that new man is and what it looks like according to the Word, so that you can fix your mind on Him, because that IS your new identity. That is how you overcome sin, by walking in that new Man. 

That new man is a child, adopted and loved by God (Eph. 1:5-6). It Christ in us (Gal. 2:19, Col 1:27). It is His express image (Heb. 1:3, John 17:20). It is the Spirit of the Living God (1 Cor. 6:19). It is perfect and sin free (1 John 3:9). It is powerful and everything we need (1 John 2:27).

If we are living and breathing out of that new man, we are living on the rock, the solid foundation foundation — we don’t produce the things ourselves and try to be righteous in our own effort. We simply go in what He gave us, who he created us to be. The house on the sand was built on self-effort, the house on the rock is built on the new man that God made us – Christ in us. Our identity. 

Knowing this makes the difference between circling in the wilderness again and again, or entering in the promised land. The Israelites didn’t know their identity. They couldn’t see who they were. They kept looking back at what God had already delivered them from. Let us learn from their mistakes and understand what it means to be beloved children, so that the blessings and victory of God can flow through our lives. If we walk in the new Man, which Paul called walking in the Spirit, then we are not living in self effort and condemnation, but we are living in grace. Life becomes easier as we start to understand the love of God. As we start to live out of this grace, we are empowered to be the people we always wanted to be, but never felt we could reach. We stop worrying, judging and condemning others and ourselves, and stressing. We step into the place Jesus meant when he said “Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavily burdened, and I will give you rest … For My yoke is easy, and My burden is light.” (Mat. 11:28-29)

So as we are fasting and praying and seeking the Lord, it is so important that we are first and foremost seeking to build that foundation, by seeking to see ourselves the way He sees us. When we are secure in that, then walking holy and sinless is no problem, and when we are secure in that then living in signs and wonders will be natural for us.

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