46 “So why do you keep calling me ‘Lord, Lord!’ when you don’t do what I say? 47 I will show you what it’s like when someone comes to me, listens to my teaching, and then follows it. 48 It is like a person building a house who digs deep and lays the foundation on solid rock. When the floodwaters rise and break against that house, it stands firm because it is well built. 49 But anyone who hears and doesn’t obey is like a person who builds a house right on the ground, without a foundation. When the floods sweep down against that house, it will collapse into a heap of ruins.” (Luke 6:46-49 NLT)
A solid foundation, no matter what we are talking about, is the key to sustainability. If a foundation is weak then whatever is built upon it will be easily shaken. Our faith most of all.
Building a strong faith upon the foundation and following of the Word will allow us to weather life’s storms.
4 Enter his gates with thanksgiving;
go into his courts with praise.
Give thanks to him and praise his name.
5 For the Lord is good.
His unfailing love continues forever,
and his faithfulness continues to each generation. (Psalm 100:4-5 NLT)
God’s unfailing love deserves our gratitude and praise. We, the sinful and unlovable, are counted at sons and daughters. Looking to Christ for our salvation, then accepting his unconditional love…what more could we ask?
Who else will accept us with all our warts and many failings. Only Christ through his blood.
This is a great mystery and a great thanksgiving!
14 And we are confident that he hears us whenever we ask for anything that pleases him. 15 And since we know he hears us when we make our requests, we also know that he will give us what we ask for. (1 John 5:!4-15 NLT)
Prayer is one of the strongest forces in the world we have at our disposal. When we ask for God to intervene He will do so. It may not be in the way we expect but we can rest assured that He is moving in response to our prayer.
Thus, we should pray and wait expectantly upon the Lord.
2 Let someone else praise you, and not your own mouth;
an outsider, and not your own lips. (Proverbs 27:2 NIV)
It is great to hear kind words of praise from others. When someone boast of us or our skills it can bring feelings of confidence or embarrassment, depending upon how we take compliments.
If in confidence we should be humble in our acceptance of praise.
If embarrassed we should be greatful in our acceptance of praise.
In whatever way we accept a compliment it should always be remembered where the real reason for the praise comes from. Our God who looks loving upon each of us.
17 People who accept discipline are on the pathway to life,
but those who ignore correction will go astray. (Proverbs 10:17 NLT)
Being told we need to correct something about ourselves can be difficult to take. We may not feel that we are the way we are being charactized or we may not like the source of the information.
However, we should always ask if there might be a root of truth to what we are hearing. Do the hard work to accept the correction so that we do not, potentially, go further astray.
Of course this is always easier if the correction is provided in a constructive, loving way. However, even if it comes in harsh manner we must assess ourselves and determine what we have to learn.
28 Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy to bear, and the burden I give you is light.”. (Matthew 11:28-30 NLT)
Sometimes the weight of the world seems to be on our shoulders. We are burdened with every kind of concern and our responsibilities are too much to bear.
God says for us to come to Him and release our burdens into his care and to feel his rest for our souls.
4 Don’t you see how wonderfully kind, tolerant, and patient God is with you? Does this mean nothing to you? Can’t you see that his kindness is intended to turn you from your sin? (Romans 2:4 NLT)
There is much spoken today about tolerance. This, of course, is focused upon our tolerance of others. Yet, it is God who shows us the wonderfully kind, tolerant patience that is intended to turn us from our sin.
He works on our behalf with great patience trying to nudge us from our sinful nature and move us toward his loving nature. Through works to chisel away that of us which is in the way so that, when done, only Christ is seen.