Hey Everybody!! I hope you have had good weeks and that this weekend was awesome for you. Today, I was thinking back to something that God had shown me and placed on my heart awhile ago and I realized I hadn’t done a ‘faith life’ post in awhile. SO, I thought it would be cool to share with you guys in a quick little post what God revealed to me because I think it’s pretty cool. Let’s get into it!
This whole thing revolves around the foundation and building of a house. This house has 3 parts: The foundation, the outside structure, and what’s on the inside. Those parts all connect to this verse: Ephesians 2:20-22 which says…
“built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the chief cornerstone…And in him you too are being built together to become a dwelling in which God lives by his Spirit.”
You see, when we make the decision for Christ and we enter into his presence, he begins to work in us and over our hearts making us anew, clean, free in his glorious name. We start the building of his home in our hearts, alongside god and the holy spirit as mentioned in the above verse. Each part of this house is important, and has specific meaning. The building of this home, does not come over night. It requires time and a constant relentless pursual of jesus. You gotta go into it with open faith and a clean slate – a heart of intention. Let’s go through the different parts shall we?
How do we build a good foundation that when “the rain came down, the streams Rose, and the winds blew and beat against the house, yet it did not fall” (Matthew 7:24-27) ? By building your foundation on the rock. What is the rock? God’s word. By reading god’s word, learning his covenants, promises, laws and just plain words of wisdom, and how to put them into practice – you are building a firm foundation in your heart that will stand still through the tough times.
This comes from applying the things in god’s word to your everyday life. By your actions, your words putting it all into practice everyday. When you accept Jesus into your heart you will never be the same, forever changed. Not just in terms of the state of your heart and the foundations you are building in, but in the terms or how you act and portray yourself on the outside, as you put god’s word into practice: this is the exterior of the home He is building in our hearts. We build this by, as Colossians 3:12-14 says:
“Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.”
What’s on the inside is SO important because that is where your intention comes from. If you really intend to build a firm foundation in Christ, and clothe the exterior of your heart in compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, patience, forgiveness and love, it’s gotta come from the inside. Intention is so important if you are too really accomplish these things in your heart. I guarantee it won’t always be easy, but trust me: it’s so worth it. Here’s what the rest of Colossians says about what we need on the interior of our houses:
“Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful. Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts.”
Colossians 3:15-16 NIV
This verse tells us that we are to let peace and thankfulness live in our hearts. But not just that, but we should also let those messages we built our foundation on and the ones we put into practice everyday dwell INSIDE or our hearts. By doing this, we can truly share god’s word with others because it is apart of us as well. And when you make god’s word live inside your heart, so will Jesus and spirit too.
Thanks for reading, and I hope that this all makes sense!! If this touched you, taught you something or challenged you in any specific way, let me know in the comments below, As well as anything else you’d like to add because I love reading your guys’ comments!!! Thanks again, and have a good week!!
Hope you enjoyed this little bit of life.