Solid Foundation – Part 1

The title of a sermon, I heard nearly two decades ago, has always stuck with me: It was Keep Your Tent Pegs Light.

While I don’t remember the sermon, I realize God has highlighted this title to me recently to remind me of an important message for this hour: 

That we are to continue to walk in holiness as we move forward with God and grow in His promises.

First, we must believe that we have one solid foundation, which is Holy Spirit, the Spirit of Truth and Christ’s resurrection life within us (Jn 14:17, 1 Tim 3:15).

1 Corinthians 3:11 AMPC tells us, “For no other foundation can anyone lay than that which is [already] laid, which is Jesus Christ (the Messiah, the Anointed One).”

Acts 17:28 says, “For in Him we live and move and have our being…”

We know that Christ, as our firm foundation, doesn’t change; but He changes us. 

In this, we get to trust Him as we walk through the process of transformation to greater promise, which is God instilling His higher standard as He defines our path and delineates our boundaries—first inwardly, then outwardly.

Like Abraham and the Israelites, who moved with God into the unknown-to-them, we are to grow in the grace of pulling up stakes, departing from our past and moving from glory to glory as God continues to pour into us and out of us. 

We are to continually acknowledge Him and rely on Him during increase, as graciously held pegs re-set into holy ground (Is 22:23).

Move by move, every time the ancients of faith pierced the ground with their pegs of identity, purpose and commitment, their faith had an opportunity to grow; and their houses became increasingly established in a secure foundation of glorious new dominion with The Lord.

Like them, we are to go from Him to more of Him in our soul.

From more of Him to much more of Him.

And from much more of Him to much, much more. 

Psalms 18:31 TPT asks, “Could there be any other god like you? You are the only God to be worshiped, for there is not a more secure foundation to build my life upon than you.”

So, in this journey of consecration and fruit production, we are to keep our fierce focus on God and live in the honor of worship to Him alone, turning from all wickedness (Is 26:13, Pr 3:6, Is 19:13). 

As we align with our Chief Cornerstone, He will strengthen us, reveal what we need to know and ultimately deliver us into an expansive reward to make His Name great (Ps 119:38). 

Our full dependence on God invites His fulfillment of promise (Jn 1:16).

Just like Joshua, who was known to be carefully obedient, and Caleb, who was known to be wholehearted, our reality-walk will expand and go long from believing God’s promises; to acting on them; then to experiencing the manifest heart of God, which is to have and to hold Him in the possession of good, exponential fruit. For His glory.

It is a walk where we experience all the pieces come together.

We can be encouraged in this process by Ephesians 2:20-22 TPT, which say: 

You are rising like the perfectly fitted stones of the temple; and your lives are being built up together upon the ideal foundation laid by the apostles and prophets, and best of all, you are connected to the Head Cornerstone of the building, the Anointed One, Jesus Christ himself! This entire building is under construction and is continually growing under his supervision until it rises up completed as the holy temple of the Lord himself. This means that God is transforming each one of you into the Holy of Holies, his dwelling place, through the power of the Holy Spirit living in you!

So, in order for our reality to change for the better, we have to embrace The Lord’s higher ways and keep Him first and center as He reveals Himself and delivers us. 

We must believe God at His Word beyond our circumstances and trust that He sees us as deserving such an inheritance through Christ, our Savior, who makes a way by grace where we could not go otherwise.

We must willingly come to operate in the kind of balance that excels in both God’s Spirit and applied wisdom to the practical—remaining on solid ground.

This balance is the key to, and the fruit of, a life built on a firm foundation that is stable and, therefore, does not waffle or waver but produces what God intended.

For those who are not there yet, there’s hope for those who remember Him—the repentant and the willing.

He offers us an example in Isaiah 19:18-23, where we see people in five Egyptian (worldly) cities turn and commit themselves to God in worship and intimately knowing Him as their Lord. As a result, God revealed Himself as a promise keeper: He healed and restored them, and He called them His people. 

So, friends, how about you?

Are you ready to faithfully walk on the solid ground of wholeness, where you will see your life come together in purposeful ways?

Are you ready to trust God more in a greater role? To establish His Kingdom even more in the earth through you as you abide in Him? 

There is no need to fear; but there is a need for faith, as God raises a standard, does a new thing and helps us move past our past in His overcoming grace (Is 43:18-19).

Join me next week for Part 2 of Solid Foundation

This video-devo was graciously re-posted by the Salem Web Network, which includes iBelieve.com.

Legend or Legacy – Part 1

Very recently, The Lord revealed to me that He wills to re-write people’s heritage and bring us from legend to legacy with inward to outward manifestations of His great blessings.

God wills to change our genealogy and give us a legacy that will never be outdated. 

This fruitful increase of authenticity invites us into a more renewed mind and resurrected life on earth. 

An enthroned life for His glory.

God is doing a new and purposed thing (Is 43:19).

He is awakening His bride even more for a banquet (Ma 22:2, 25:7, 10).

And it’s just beginning.

We know that when we become born again into God’s Kingdom, through the grace of Jesus Christ, we begin a new heavenly heritage. 

The word “heritage” can mean (Encarta):

  • Something someone is born into.
  • Legal inheritance.
  • Riches of the past.

As His redeemed, we understand that we become heirs to receive rich spiritual and physical blessings from the Ancient of Days (Da 7:22).

James 1:17 tells us that “Every good gift and every perfect (free, large, full) gift is from above…from the Father of all [that gives] light, in [the shining of] Whom there can be no variation [rising or setting] or shadow cast…”

1 Timothy 6:17 TPT describes God as “…the one who lavishes upon us all good things, fulfilling our every need.”

Like heritage, legacy can also mean “inheritance.” And legacy can be specific. 

Legacy means (Webster’s):

  • “A gift by will, especially of money or other personal property.”
  • “Something…received from…a predecessor or from the past.”

Friends, what dream has God placed deeply in your heart that you’ve been expecting Him to fulfill? 

This is a legacy He wills for you.

Are you ready to receive the true blessings God wills to hand down?

God knows when we are ready.

On the other hand, the word “legend” brings to mind super heroes, cowboys, athletes, movie stars and, well, intriguing stories passed down in families through generations.

But although legends are well-known among family members or society-at-large, the stories contain an unverifiable element. In fact, a definition of “legend” is the word “myth.” And a synonym of “legend” is the word “fictitious” (Webster’s). In the case of celebrities, by definition, they are legends, because they are admired for their talent or skill, which, of course, God gave them (Encarta).

A biblical example of a legend as story is in Matthew 28:11-15 TPT, which says:

After the women left the tomb, a few of the guards went into Jerusalem and told the chief priests everything they had seen and heard. So, the chief priests called a meeting with all the religious leaders and came up with a plan. They bribed the guards with a large sum of money and told them, “Tell everyone, ‘While we were asleep, his disciples came at night and stole his body!’ If Pilate finds out about this, don’t worry. We’ll make sure you don’t get blamed.” So, they took the money and did as they were told. (That is why the story of the guards is still circulated among the Jews to this day.)

Those guards opposed holy angels. Those chief priests opposed Jesus. Their character and actions were false, not favorable. Their version of a legend included a false plan with a false “gift” (a bribe), in a false power, with a false expectation.

The story they concocted perpetuated a lie. 

In this way, legends can steer people away from God and His destiny for them.

James 1:16 AMPC says, “Do not be misled, my beloved brethren.”

Because legends can set a false expectation from a false standard, they can also breed a mentality of false entitlement.

At their worst, legends can adversely affect people’s faith. 

The kind of faith God gives us is our true title-deed—the guarantee of His fulfillment of His promises in our lives.

God wills to free us of false hope, even traces of unbelief and misplaced faith. He wills to awaken our hope and faith in Him to guide us into all of His truth and fulfill His promises in our lives for His glory. 

We are to make Him famous. So, that means a shift of our focus. 

God also wills for us to remember Him when we are blessed. 

So, there’s no need to compromise true legacy to a legend, since God has higher for us.

God’s standard is holiness.

A heritage of holiness that brings Him glory.

God wills to bring us into greater purity to enable us to receive “life real and genuine…A life active and vigorous, devoted to God…even in this world [for] those who put their trust in Christ…A happy life and every kind of blessing” (Thayer’s Greek Lexicon).

For those of us who are walking through or have walked through refiner’s fire, and those of us who have waited for what feels like a long time, this gives us hope.

God wills to make things right for us by first making them right in us and through us. 

He alone is our best standard. 

God wills to make our soul strong enough in Him to stand in His higher blessings. 

James 1:12 AMPC assures us that “Blessed (happy, to be envied) is the man who is patient under trial and stands up under temptation, for when he has stood the test and been approved, he will receive [the victor’s] crown of life which God has promised to those who love Him.”

The kind of life in this scripture is zóé life, which means resurrection life on earth as well as in Heaven.

In other words, it is the Spirit of Christ, who is the Holy Spirit, the Spirit of Grace, living in and through us (Ro 8:9).

2 Corinthians 8:9 AMPC tells us, “For you have experienced the extravagant grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that although he was infinitely rich, he impoverished himself for our sake, so that by his poverty, we could become rich beyond measure.”

The word “rich” here means to be “filled by having God’s muchness” and includes both spiritual and material provisions (HELPS Word-studies).

Friends, I encourage you to keep the faith, because God wills to build us to handle our new heritage and legacy forward. It is a worthwhile inheritance that is abundantly supplied and fully resourced by grace through faith. One that we can enjoy and leave behind for His glory. 

Join me next week for the continuation of Legend Or Legacy.

This video-devo was graciously re-posted by the Salem Web Network, which includes iBelieve.com.