A Foundation That Will Stand
I shall never forget my first encounter with the Holy Spirit of the Living God.
It was in the late 70’s in a mighty revival at my home church in Tennessee.
My Pastor had arranged a revival to allow the young preachers at our church to exercise their gifts. I remember standing the first night and taking my text from 2cd Timothy 2 and verse 19. which states kjv ‘’Nevertheless the foundation of God standeth sure, having this seal, the lord knoweth them that are his, And let everyone that nameth the name of the Christ depart from iniquity”.
I began my sermon thinking of the times I had helped my dad construct a foundation to support a structure we were attempting to build which was going to become a large garage to do maintenance on large trucks.
I spoke of how we would dig deep until we hit solid rock or a hard texture in the dirt. We then would secure the digging measurements with wood to keep our concrete that would be poured in its formation until it would harden.
My job was to get the sand and concrete mixed up with the right amount of water until it was ready to be poured into our foundation.
Dad would always instill into me that the foundation must be strong enough to support the weight of the building or it would collapse.
Dad would take time and calculate for the project how much concrete we would need by figuring the height and the width of the intended structure.
Sometimes dad would insert metal rods in our molding to give the foundation greater strength.
When I was a young Preacher, I remember preaching a message on the Foundation of God and speaking of Paul and Silas being beaten with stripes and cast into the jail cell at Philippe as recorded in Acts 16 verses 33-40.
In this chapter, we find these men with their backs no doubt still bleeding from the recent beating and being placed in confinement, suddenly lifting their voices in a song of praise unto the Living God.
Suddenly, a strong earthquake shook the foundations of the prison and all the bands were supernaturally loosed from the prisoners which caused the jailer to awaken out of his sleep and pull his sword to take his life.
He became afraid that some the prisoners had escaped in the quake which would cause the authorities to demand his life for theirs.
In my sermon, I could not remember what the jailer said when Paul informed him that they were all there and none had escaped.
My mind went into an elapse state and I could not think of anything. Everyone in the service knew the scripture that I was trying to quote and the pastor’s wife was trying frantically to use her mouth in slow motion to quote the scripture to me.
The situation was overwhelming and I was about ready to cry when out of nowhere there was an airplane appeared in my mind pulling a sign with the message embedded in bold letters “Sirs what must I do to be saved”?
I almost had to laugh but God let me know right then and there that he had chosen me and would be there with me when I would do his work in building his Kingdom his way and that he has done through these many years of ministry in radio and TV.
1st Corinthians 3 Verse 11 states “No other foundation can no man lay than that is laid which is Jesus Christ".
If The Foundation Is Good Everything Else Can Be Fixed.
Many times in our Christian Pilgrimage, God will allow trouble to come our way to test our inner strength.
We can liken this to contractors hired to refurbish or restore an old house.
First they must strip the house to make sure the foundation is not cracked and make sure the structure is secure. To an outsider, the work would look like they are destroying the house but in reality, they are making sure that the joists are strong and in place and that no termites have damaged the old wood.
Once they are satisfied that the foundation and structure is sound then theyb can begin the process of restoring the home to a beautiful dwelling that will stand for many years.
This is exactly what God will allow to happen to those whom he has purpose for to be leaders in his service.
I am glad that God knows them that are his and this gives us hope which is called the Anchor of our soul in knowing that if this Earthly house were dissolved (which means our earthly body made of flesh) we have a house in the heavens not made with hands.
The child of God may leave their body but they will never loose consciousness at death.
God states in his word that the death of his saints is precious in his eyes.
Thank God when this mortal will put on immortality and I may be sown in weakness but will be raised in his power.
I may be somewhat of a philosopher now and some may think I have lost my marbles but one day I shall be changed and bear the image of the heavenly just as Christ bore the image of the earthly and became our sin substitute which satisfied the law and wrath of God. Yes, I walked out of sins burdens, my chains set free and I don’t have to pay sins penalty (of death), for the Shepard gave his life the wrath of God was satisfied when the Shepard gave his life for the sheep.
1st Corinthians 8 verse 3 expresses the fact that the man who loves God is known of God.
I want to close this hub with Romans 8 verse 37 in plain English “Who can separate us from the love of Christ, shall trouble, hardship, persecution, hunger, poverty, danger, or death, “Nay in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.