Firm Foundation for Fifteen
For the last several years God has spoken very specific words for Rive of Life (prophetically). Going back a few years it was relate in 2008, shine in 2009, send in 2010, Kingdom of Heaven for 2011 delve in 2012 (definition tied in perfectly for 2012), to be seen in 2013 (as you may recall we helped City Light launch their church in January 2013) and this past year was a war team for 2014. I’d like to do a quick recap to add validity to these prophetic words; specifically a few of the words were, “you’re going to need a war team for 2014.” Everything that can be shaken will be shaken – right to the very core. Our faith would be tested, both individually and corporately (many of you were). In war there are casualties so don’t be dismayed but those that are left standing the foundation would be strengthened (firm foundation). Most of you that were here experienced that and know that that shaking was real. For me it was one of the most challenging years of my life! I could share a lot more on the year in review. But I think that will suffice to make the point. Couple that with what happened in the world, ISIS sprung up which I had not heard of before and they are ruthless, barbaric and just plain evil. Christians are being eradicated in countries like Iraq, Syria, Pakistan and throughout the middle east. Truly a war! You’ll need a war team for 2014 was also a word globally. The themed scripture was Ephesians 6:12. We war not against flesh and blood but against powers and principalities. Pure evil, satanic. We’re not exempt here in Dundee or in the U.S. from attacks. We’ve seen school shootings, riots and beheadings. Marriages and families are under attack. War team for 2014 was real and fulfilled. I do think we’d be wise to take heed of these words inspired by the Holy Spirit that gives us insight into the future.
The 3 points I want to make for this year regarding firm foundation are:
- The word of God is our firm foundation. God spoke 7 scriptures and a hymn that make this very clear. Ryan hit the nail on the head last week by challenging us to memorize scripture, one a week for 8, 12, 16 weeks…
7 scriptures in rapid fire:
- 2 Thessalonians 2:15 So then stand firm brothers and hold onto the teaching we have passed onto you whether by word or letter
- 2 Timothy 2:19 God’s solid foundation stands firm
- Hebrews 6:19 He is the anchor to our soul firm and secure
- 2 Corinthians 1:24 Because it is by faith you stand firm
- Mark 13:12 He who stands firm to the end will be victorious
- 1 Corinthians 3: 11-15
- Isaiah 28:16
I get a feel for what we might see, I don’t know entirely but enough to prepare. He prepares us! Building on that firm foundation (the word of God) is first and foremost.
- The book of John and looking at John’s life. It teaches us so much. It’s at the very core of building a firm foundation. John’s life was built steadfastly on Jesus.
One scripture that grabbed me was John 8:12 which says I am the Light of the world whoever follows me will never walk in darkness but will have the light of life. Light dispels darkness and we need to increase our wattage this year. As we see the world getting darker the light will grow brighter. We need to flip that switch on more and more this year and have that light in us illuminate the room. I think it will increasingly be more evident as we pursue the Lord and people will want what we have. They will question where does your hope come from? Kind of like “what’s your secret?” Calm, peace, confidence… we should exude.
The hymn, My hope is built on nothing less than Jesus’ blood and his righteousness. That’s our hope and that’s who we trust in.
Everything about John’s life pointed us to Jesus. He never even mentions his own name as he writes. He refers to himself as the one whom Jesus loved. This is easily misinterpreted, as possibly a bit arrogant, like he was something special to Jesus. Rather he was so thankful that Jesus loved him in spite of his shortcomings. He was so appreciative of Jesus’ love, mercy and grace. He was so humbled and in awe that God loved him that much. Another misinterpretation of John is that perhaps he was feminine by leaning on Jesus’ chest (especially in our culture today). In actuality he was probably a rugged, rowdy fisherman. After all he was one of the “son’s of thunder.” I really think he just wanted to hear and absorb every word Jesus spoke. He had an intimate close relationship with Jesus and it completely transformed his life just like it should transform ours. John’s perseverance is something we should learn from. He lived to around 100 years of age, he saw Jesus crucified, his brother James martyred and all his closest friends (the disciples) crucified. He probably wondered why not me? Most of the disciples only lived into their 30’s like Jesus. He’s got all kinds of life experience so in his writings it gives us hope no matter what we go through. He even took care of Mary the mother of Jesus. This speaks volumes of his love and compassion. And so much wisdom to offer. At the end of his life he was exiled to the Island of Patmos, alone where he wrote the book of Revelation. What an amazing life of love and perseverance he lived!
- The church: We must have a firm foundation here to grow. The infrastructure has to be in place to accommodate growth. As we zero in on our firm foundation for fifteen (the four F’s) we’re also zeroing in on the fourth gospel (the gospel of John), and we’re setting in our fourth elder Ryan next week, and Larry and Jon as deacons which will give us four deacons. These all faithful men of God. The challenge is to grow rock solid this year as the Holy Spirit prepares us for the future. The old hymn that he laid on my heart for this year is “On Christ the solid rock I stand, all other ground is sinking sand…”
by: Kevin SeegertShare