Building A Spiritual Foundation
He is like a man which built a house, and digged deep, and laid the foundation on a rock; and when the flood arose, the stream beat vehemently upon that house, and could not shake it for it was founded upon a rock – Luke 6:48.
In order to live a successful Christian life, it is determined by the foundation of what we have been taught. Many built their foundation on everything except the teaching of Jesus and the Apostles. Sometimes people build the foundation they learned from their parents or grandparents from other professing Christians. If the foundation is not built on the Word of God there will be a flaw.
Jesus instructed His disciples to be born of the Spirit and to ask the Father for the gift of the Holy Spirit. (That which is born of flesh, is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit – John 3:5). Flesh is indicating our natural birth, but born of the Spirit is when God comes in and takes up residence in our human Spirit. When the Spirit of the Living God comes and dwells in our human spirit, our appetite changes from the things of the world. What use to gratify us no longer is a desire when God impregnates us with His seed of righteousness.
The gift of the Holy Spirit is for every believer who desires to live according to God’s Word. He’s the enabler that assists us to live according to God’s standards. Wearing certain clothes, and doing things religiously is not the foundation of truth. A portion of God’s Spirit enters the believer when they accept salvation. If the disciples would have received the fullness of the Spirit there wouldn’t have been a need for Jesus to instruct the disciples to go to Jerusalem and wait until they were empowered by the Holy Spirit (And, behold, I send the promise of my Father upon you: but tarry (wait) ye in the city of Jerusalem, until ye be endued with power from on high – Luke 24:49). The disciples had received salvation, but Jesus knew they would need more than salvation, they needed something to empower them to live holy during the good times as well as the bad times.
In this life, storms will come and go, but the Christian must be strong enough to weather the storms of life without back-sliding, losing faith or blaming God for what they’re going through. It’s the Holy Spirit that enables Christians to live according to God’s instructions rather than the instructions of the world. The fulfilling of the Holy Spirit wasn’t just for the Apostles, it’s for every Christian who desires the fullness of God. Reading and studying the Bible is the foundation for spiritual growth. A Christian cannot grow spiritually without knowing the Word of God. How can one follow the instructions if they don’t know the instructions? Secondly, Christians must fast in order to make the fleshly side of them submit to the Word of God. Fasting enables us to see ourselves and where we need spiritual growth. When we’re filled with the Word of God, it speaks to our spirit man when we become weary in well doing. It speaks when the pain and hurts of life surround us. It speaks when Satan tries to influence us to do wrong. To be built on a strong foundation, Christians must pray, fast, read and study the Bible as well as be filled with the Holy Spirit. No spiritual foundation equals no spiritual growth.
Why do you think so many professing Christians can continually be involved with worldly actions? First, they haven’t completely surrendered themselves to God, they received salvation but the heart hadn’t been regenerated by the Spirit. Secondly, in order to grow spiritually, one must take time to communicate with God and build a relationship. Look on it on the natural side, if you have friend or spouse if you don’t communicate with them or spend time with them the relationship will not grow. How can you know a person if you don’t know anything about them other than hear-say? To know God is to learn of Him and we do that by spending time with Him in prayer, praise, reading and studying the Word of God.