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What’s Your Foundation?

What’s Your Foundation?

Is your faith is based on church attendance, homeschooling, Scripture memorization,reading a certain Bible, Calvinism, or other “good” works or denomination?

Pride in “we don’t smoke, drink, cuss, chew or go to movies” is a house built on sand with a crashing waves approaching.

Take a minute to examine your foundation. Do you depend on God or your works? Legalism is about controlling God, manipulating God by your good actions and expecting God to bless you for your efforts.Spirituality becomes a list of “dos” and “don’ts” by which you measure your own progress.Living in legalism you never sit still long enough to be still and know He is God.

Without a relationship depending on God our  faith is like a sand-castle. Everything can look perfect on the outside, the slightest nudge from the weather can bring the whole thing crashing down. An unexpected problem, an unkind word,  a health or financial crisis and our faith washes away.

But when we have a rock solid  relationship with Jesus (as He taught in Matthew 7) we can withstand the cares of this life and attacks from the enemy.

Faith matures in hardship. When we allow God to be our foundation, He enables us to stand firm through anything.
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

A foundation is the root upon which a thing stands, is established, or is sustained. A concrete foundation is necessary to withstand the storms of life Only the Lord is our rock, our fortress, our deliverer!

The LORD is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer, my God, my rock, in whom I take refuge; my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.” Psalms 18:2

Yet those who wait for the LORD will gain new strength; they will mount up with wings like eagles, they will run and not get tired, they will walk and not become weary.” Isaiah 40:31

So that you will walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, to please Him in all respects, bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God; strengthened with all power, according to His glorious might, for the attaining of all steadfastness and patience; joyously giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified us to share in the inheritance of the saints in Light.” Colossians 1:10-12

Legalism suffocates a relationship with God. Break free from the bondage and rest in Him! Remember nothing absolutely nothing,  can sever your relationship with God.  Stand firm on the Rock, and you will not be shaken.

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9 comments

  1. All so VERY true, Robin! I’m posting this link on my FB page! Use it, Lord!

    Btw, you’re a treasure!:o)

  2. Tamara Scire

    Thank you Robin–so very true!

    Legalism for me has kept me from being the person I was created to be, forever ashamed of who I am and how I don’t measure up to the “law”. God is showing me His mercy and grace–it flows over me. He chose me, I didn’t choose Him. The Creator of the Universe chose ME!

    “It was for freedom that Christ set us free; therefore keep standing firm (against legalism :) and do not be subject again to a yoke of slavery (Gal. 5:1). Praise God I am a daughter of a free woman (Sarah–see Gal. 4:31) so I can walk free–grafted into the tree of Abraham by the work of Christ–Holy One that He is, the only One who could set me free from legalism.

    God, keep transforming Your people! You are setting us free and we praise you! Amen!

    Thanks, Robin, for your obedience to Christ–when we’ve been set free–we have no other choice–we bear fruit! Awesome

    Tamara Scire

  3. Wendee

    Amen!

  4. GrandFatherB

    You are right on the mark, Robin. Legalism comes in all kinds of appearance but it always piles heavy chains on those it captures.
    After we escape from its clutches, Pride keeps trying to hold us down but as we see the Lord as He really is, we are humbled and can accept His free gift of Life, Light, and Love – freeing us from the bondage of sin! Thank you Lord!

  5. My pastor frequently says that legalists reduce God’s law to a keepable standard. There is nothing we can do to earn our salvation.

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  7. We can’t ‘earn’ salvation — only God can provide that. However, a ‘relationship’ with God takes work on the part of both parties. One has to come to ‘know’ God; it’s hard to have a real, personal relationship with someone if you don’t even know His name . . . The best place dto come to ‘know’ Him is through the study of His actual spoken words . . . Torah, Prophets, Psalms, and the words of Yahowsha.

  8. So, if you want to ‘Live’ consider God’s advice:

    “These are (wa z’eth) the commandments, the terms and the conditions of the binding contract (mitswah), the clearly communicated prescriptions and decrees (choq), and the means used to achieve justice and resolve disputes (mishpat), which, as a result of the relationship (‘asher), Yahowah, your God (Yahowah ‘elohym), instructed and directed (sawah) you to (la) learn and teach (lamad) what should be done (la ‘asah) in the land into which (ba ha ‘erets ‘asher – within the realm) you all (‘atem) are going to pass over into (‘abar sam) as an inheritance (la yaras),…” (Dabarym 6:1)

    “…for the intent and purpose (ma’an) you really come to revere and respect (yare’) Yahowah, your God (Yahowah ‘elohym) by observing (shamar) all of (kol) His clearly communicated prescriptions and decrees (chuwqah), and (wa) His commandments, terms and conditions (mitswah), which (‘asher) I (‘anky) have instructed and directed (sawah) you individually (‘atah), your children (wa ben), and your children’s children (wa ben ben) all (kol) of the days (yowmym) of your lives (chayym), and for the purpose of (ma’an) elongating (‘arak) your days (yowmym),…” (6:2)

    “…and so that (wa) you listen and hear (shama’) Yisra’el – those who strive and persist with God (Yisra’el), and so that (wa) you are observant, closely scrutinizing and examining, carefully exploring and considering (shamar), thereby (la) doing and engaging in (‘asah) that which relationally (‘asher) is good and beneficial for you (yatab la), and which (wa ‘asher) will cause you to substantially increase, grow dramatically, and become exceedingly great and powerful (rabah ma’od), consistent with (ka) that which (‘asher) Yahowah, your God (Yahowah ‘elohym) promised and affirmed to (dabar) your fathers (‘ab) on your behalf (la).” (6:3)

    “Yisra’el – those who persist and endure with God (Yisra’el), listen to and hear (shama’) Yahowah, our God (Yahowah ‘elohym). Yahowah (Yahowah) is one, certain, and unique (‘echad).” (6:4) “And (wa) you should truly and totally love (‘ahab ‘eth) Yahowah, your God (Yahowah ‘elohym), with (ba) all (kol) your heart and emotions (leb), and with all (wa ba kol) your soul (nepesh – consciousness), and with all (wa ba kol) your capacity and capability, to the greatest extent of your ability (ma’od ).” (6:5)

    “And these (wa ‘eleh) words (dabar) which (‘asher) I am (‘anky) guiding and directing you with (sawah) this day (ha yowm), they shall come to exist, and they should always be (hayah), on (‘al) your heart, guiding your feelings (leb).” (6:6) “And your goal should be (wa la) to teach them by rote by reciting them to prepare and equip (sanan) your children (ben). And you should consistently speak about them (wa dabar ba) during your life (ba yasha), and inside your home and with your family (wa ba beyth), and as you walk (ba halak), and along the Path (ba derek), and when you lie down and rest, pausing to reflect (wa ba sakab), and when you stand up and are restored and established (wa quwm).” (6:7) “And you shall fasten them, closely associating yourself with them by affixing them (wa qasar) as a sign, as proof, and as a reminder (la ‘owth) upon your hand to influence your actions (‘al yad), and they should come to exit (wa hayah) between your eyes to provide perspective and enhance your thinking (bayn ‘ayn).” (6:8) “And (wa) you should write them (katab) upon the doorframes (‘al mazuwzah) of you home (beyth), and upon the gates to your community and property (wa ba sa’ar).” (6:9)

    “Indeed, truly and surely (ky), you should actually listen to (shama’ ba) the voice and the call (qowl) of Yahowah, your God (Yahowah ‘elohym), for the purpose of closely examining and carefully considering (la shamar) His Commandments, the terms and conditions of His binding contract (mitswah) and His clearly communicated prescriptions (wa chuwqah), which are inscribed (ha katab) in (ba) the written scroll (ha seper) of this (z’eth), the Towrah – Instruction and Teaching, Guidance and Direction (ha Towrah).” (Dabarym 30:10)

    “That is because (ky) you will really return and actually be restored (suwb) to (‘el) Yahowah, your God (Yahowah ‘elohym), with all (ba kol) your heart (leb), and with all (wa ba kol) your soul (nepesh).” (30:10) “For (ky) these (z’eth) terms and conditions (mitswah) which as a result of the relationship (‘asher), I am (‘anky) instructing and guiding you (sawah) this day (ha yowm), they are not too difficult for you, they are not a hardship (huw’ lo’ pala’) for you (min), nor are they beyond your reach (wa lo’ huw’ rahowq).” (30:11) “For indeed (ky), the exceedingly powerful and great (ma’od) Word (ha dabar) of your God (‘el) facilitates your approach and brings you near, enabling you to engage in a close and personal relationship (qarowb)—as part of your speech (ba peh), and in your heart (wa ba leb)—to engage with, capitalize upon, and celebrate Him (la ‘asah).” (30:14)

    “Open your eyes, establish this perspective, and become aware (ra’ah), I am offering (natan) on your behalf and in your presence (la paneh) this day (ha yowm) an association with (‘eth) the Life (ha chay) and (wa) an association with (‘eth) that which is Good (ha towb).” (30:15) “But also (wa) that which is associated with (‘eth) death (ha mawet) and (wa) an association with (‘eth) that which is bad (ra’).” (30:15)

    “Because, that which (‘asher) I am (‘anky) instructing and guiding you (sawah) this day (ha yowm) is for the purpose of (la) your really loving, your actually demonstrating your affection in a close, personal, familial relationship (‘ahab) and being associated with (‘eth) Yahowah, your God (Yahowah ‘elohym), and achieving this result by (la) actually walking (halak) in His Ways (ba derek), and also (wa) for the purpose of (la) really observing, which is closely examining and carefully considering (shamar) His Commandments, which represent the terms and conditions of His binding contract (mitswah), His clearly communicated prescriptions (chuwqah), and (wa) His means used to achieve justice and resolve disputes (mishpat), and also (wa) to restore your life and keep you alive (chayah) and (wa) to make you great (rabah) and so (wa) Yahowah, your God (Yahowah ‘elohym) will kneel down, diminishing Himself, in love to greet, favor, and bless you (barak) in the realm (ba ha ‘erets) where relationally (‘asher) you (‘atah) are going to, and will be included within (bow’ la), this named place of renown (sham / shem), to receive it as an inherited gift (la yaras).” (30:16)

    “But if (wa ‘im), you turn your heart away from Him (panah / paneh leb), and if you do not listen (wa lo’ shama’), and you are lured away (wa nadah), and you bow down in worship (hawah) to other gods (la ‘aher ‘elohym), and you actively engage with and serve them (wa ‘abad), (30:17) I am reporting the following message, warning, and verdict (nagad la) this day (ha yowm) that indeed (ky) you will be utterly destroyed and completely annihilated (‘abad ‘abad), not elongating your days (lo’ ‘arak yowmym) upon the surface (‘al) of the earth (‘adamah)….” (30:18)

    “I have testified repeatedly to restore and warn (‘uwd) you in (ba) this day (ha yowm) with regard to (‘eth) the spiritual realm (ha shamaym) and with regard to (‘eth) the material world (ha ‘erets), and about life (wa ha chay) and death (wa ha mawet). I have freely offered (natan) on your behalf and in your presence (la paneh) the blessing which restores the relationship (barakah) and also (wa) the curse of being abated as worthless (qalalah). And so (wa) you should actually choose in favor of (bahar ba) continued life and renewal (chay), so that (ma’am) you (‘atah) and your offspring (zera’) are restored to life and spared (chayah).” (19)

    “By (la) genuinely loving and associating with (‘ahab ‘eth) Yahowah, your God (Yahowah ‘elohym), by (la) really listening to (shama’) His voice and His call (qowl), and by (wa la) staying close to Him (dabaq). For indeed (ky), He (huw’) is the source of your life (chay), and of lengthening (wa ‘orek) your days (yowm), enabling you to dwell (la yasab) upon the earth (‘al ‘adamah) which (‘asher) Yahowah (Yahowah) promised (saba’) to your fathers (la ‘ab), to Abraham (la ‘Abraham), to Yitschaq (la Yitschaq), and to Ya’aqob (wa la Ya’aqob), to give it as a gift (natan) to them (la).” (30:20)

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