Foundation Scripture: Matthew 7:24-27 New Living Translation (NLT)
24 “Anyone who listens to my teaching and follows it is wise, like a person who builds a house on solid rock. 25 Though the rain comes in torrents and the floodwaters rise and the winds beat against that house, it won’t collapse because it is built on bedrock. 26 But anyone who hears my teaching and doesn’t obey it is foolish, like a person who builds a house on sand. 27 When the rains and floods come and the winds beat against that house, it will collapse with a mighty crash.”
This new year and era will be one in which we will be able to understand many spiritual truths that have been beyond our comprehension until now. It will be a turning point for the church in many ways.
In a previous post/broadcast I spoke about the need for the church or people of God to strengthen our foundation. In my personal walk with the Lord I wanted my theology to be balanced and not spooky … practical spiritual living … not overemphasizing the practical so as not to have vision … soundness, wholeness, balance.
A constant reiteration of the need for repeated rededication could lead to a stagnant Christian life in which there is no consistent and substantial growth. Charles Ryrie , Ryrie study Bible
Balancing the Christian Life help me understand the importance that balance is the key to a wholesome spiritual life … I still had to make the effort, but it revealed some key foundations to help build my spiritual life on …
“I’m spiritual, and not religious.” I hear this phrase a lot, yet if truth be told most people are religious. One of the first things I learned was that the word spiritual is built on the root word for spirit and means “pertaining to the spirit.” The word spiritual has a wide range of uses in scripture … one that I will mention is 1 Peter 2:5 which reads:
5 you also, like living stones, are being built into a spiritual house to be a holy priesthood, offering spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.
We are the sanctuary, temple where the Holy Spirit resides … our minds are to be filled with spiritual wisdom … reservoirs of every kind of wisdom and spiritual understanding. This wisdom comes from above (Col. 1:9)
One of the distinctive uses of the word spiritual in the New Testament is in connection with the believers growth and maturity in our Christian life. Here’s how Paul contrasts the spiritual man with natural.
14 The person without the Spirit does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God but considers them foolishness, and cannot understand them because they are discerned only through the Spirit. 15 The person with the Spirit makes judgments about all things, but such a person is not subject to merely human judgments, 1 Corinthians 2:14-15 New International Version (NIV)
14 Someone living on an entirely human level[a] rejects[b] the revelations of God’s Spirit, for they make no sense to him. He can’t understand the revelations of the Spirit because they are only discovered by the illumination of the Spirit. 15 Those who live in the Spirit are able to carefully evaluate all things, and they are subject to the scrutiny of no one but God. 1 Corinthians 2:14-15 The Passion Translation (TPT)
I needed the Holy Spirit to teach me the truth of God and illuminate or enlighten me spiritually by shedding light on the Word so that I would be fruitful
Here’s what Jesus said about the coming of the Holy Spirit, But when the truth-giving Spirit comes, he will unveil the reality of every truth[a] within you. He won’t speak his own message, but only what he hears from the Father, and he will reveal prophetically to you what is to come. (John 16:13 TPT)
The Holy Spirit may use different means to teach us. It may be through reading the Bible, books written by men and women, teachers given to the church, concordances, commentaries and the English dictionaries but we must be open to grasp the truth.
May the grace, joy, and peace of God be yours through Jesus Christ our loving Lord. To Him be glory, now and forever.