From My Pen...

I'm a journaler. I like to journal about life, love and my Lord. I also love technology but busyness keeps me from being as tech-savvy as I'd like to be. This blog gives me a chance to play computer and learn a few new tricks along the way; all the while serving as my 21st century journal. A journaler is just a writer by another name and writing defines me almost as much as my faith does. I've always had a desire to blend my faith and my writing into a ministry of encouragement. This blog gives birth to that desire. Be blessed as you read these weekly devotions taken from the pages of my old-fashioned journal.

Monday, 27 April 2015

FOUNDATION ERODERS

Part three of three - scroll down to read parts one and two.

I’m taking the risk and taking the foundation imagery one step further!

I have seen crumbling foundations. I have seen eroding foundations; and not just on age-worn buildings. In fact, I have seen historic properties with original foundations still solid. Inferior materials, exposure to the elements, a few well-placed blows and fissures form – the foundation has been compromised. Jude felt compelled to warn the recipient of his letter to “contend for the faith” (verse 3). He warned of ungodly influence by those distorting the truth, of immorality, of strife-breeding – foundation eroders, all! In concluding his letter (verses 24-25) Jude gives glory to the One who is able to keep our foundations firm, to keep us from stumbling.

With our faith in Jesus Christ we can persevere. We can protect our foundation against inferior materials by building ourselves up in the most holy faith. The Word of Truth contains the building blocks we use against heresy. We can protect our faith foundation against exposure to the elements by partnering with the Holy Spirit in the place of prayer and in life. He is our source of power and guidance. He enables us to withstand the erosion that today’s acceptable immorality can bring to bear upon our faith foundation. The well-placed blows aimed at our foundation by strife-breeders, grumblers, nay-sayers, and fault-finders cannot stand up against the most powerful force in the universe – the love of God. Jude is right. We must “keep ourselves in God’s love (verse 21).”

Has your foundation been compromised? It happens to the best of us and the rest of us. Our world is rife with foundation eroders. I have seen crumbling foundations restored. In fact, I have hands-on, up-close experience with the restoration process – literally and spiritually. We shored up the building; we worked hard, we stayed at the task, we encouraged one another, we exercised caution when threats arose. “We” were a network of individuals who invested ourselves in restoring that which was damaged.

Oh wounded soul; your foundation is compromised. Do not despair. Shore up your soul afresh upon the Solid Rock. Stay prayerful. Encourage yourself in the Word. Find a network of believers prepared to invest themselves in restoring a wounded comrade. Do not forget to exercise caution; be vigilant, because your adversary walks about seeking to devour (1 Peter 5:8). You need not fall prey to his advances. Your foundation is a Solid Rock. Remember “when all around my soul gives way, He then is all my hope and stay.” Resist the enemy of your soul “standing firm in the faith…and the God of all grace…will Himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast” (1 Peter 5:9-10).

Monday, 20 April 2015

EXCAVATING

The second of a three part series - scroll down to read part one.

In light of last week’s post and with a mind to Paul’s young companion in ministry I give pause for thought and realize that a ROCK SOLID foundation is not phase one in a building project. Someone first has to do the excavation work. Timothy had a strong faith foundation and Paul gives a strong indicator of who did the excavation work in Timothy’s life. Timothy’s sincere faith – his ROCK SOLID foundation – first lived in his grandmother, Lois and in his mother, Eunice. Paul saw it in Timothy also (2 Timothy 1:5). These women saw to it, no doubt, that a thorough job was done in excavating the soil of a young boy’s heart so that a solid foundation could take shape in his life. Paul reminded Timothy (2 Timothy 3:14-15) that the excavation done in his life contributed to the solidity of his foundation and that he should keep building on that solid foundation.

When the excavator does a stellar job the foundation goes down right. I have had some stellar excavators in my life. Godly parents, trustworthy pastors and vested mentors did a thorough job of preparing the groundwork of my life for a ROCK SOLID foundation. “On Christ the solid rock I stand. All other ground is sinking sand.” I trust that I have excavated well so that my children and others in my sphere of influence are able to lay a solid faith foundation.

Saturday, 11 April 2015

ROCK SOLID

The first of a three part series.


Jesus’ parable of the wise and foolish builders catches my eye today…
 
Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock.  But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash. (Matthew 7:24-27)

I think everyone wants a firm foundation for life. Jesus is mine. He’s my rock-solid! As I spend time with this passage to day I got to thinking about a soul foundation. I truly don’t think that you can divorce your daily life from your soul. That inner core of who I am, knit into me by God’s unseen hand as my mother carried me, is intrinsically linked with every other aspect of my being. At the crux of who I am I want a sure foundation for eternity; one that will ultimately bring me face-to-face with this One I have founded my life upon.

Jesus tells me that obedience is key. Bringing His Word into me and moving it from knowledge to practice is the foundation that will establish me in a solid place in Him. Bringing His Word in, knowing it but not engaging it does not a firm foundation make. When the winds of adversity blow over the soul – and blow they will – the one who is a mere hearer of the Word is doomed for a wash-out. The faithful doer will withstand the tidal waves – soul intact! (James 1:22)

How firm a foundation, ye Saints of the Lord, is laid for your faith in his excellent word…When through the deep waters I call thee to go, the rivers of sorrow shall not thee o'erflow.*
(John Keith, 1787)