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Building your Foundation

THE STRENGTH OF YOUR SPIRITUAL FOUNDATION WILL DETERMINE THE STRENGTH OF YOUR SPIRITUAL LIFE

If The Foundation Be Destroyed What Can The Righteous Do? Psalm 11:3

To Discover how you can build a strong, unshakable and immovable foundation I strongly recommend you to get a copy of this powerful book—Revisiting The Foundations. You can get this book in our e-store, on any online Christian store, amazon and any Christian book store in your area. I guarantee  you, you will be blessed and empowered.

Many people and churches have been blessed by this book and Dr. Kazumba has been invited to speak in numerous Churches around Canada and other nations about this important and timely subject. We are living in the most difficult, ungodly and unspiritual world—but through this powerful book you will discover how you can live for God powerfully and advance His kingdom here on earth. Your Spiritual life and stability is only as strong as the foundation your life is built on. If that foundation is destroyed or tempered with anything you do in life will be unstable. Choose to build a firm foundation today and you will never be shaken by anything in life.  Read below  briefly the content of the book and the reasons why we should build a strong foundation. 


REVISITING THE FOUNDATIONS

We are living in the most challenging, difficult, devastating, and overwhelming time our generation has ever seen. There is much talk of a global economic or financial crisis on the horizon. Deadly uprisings, civil wars, riots, and hunger plague the world, and Christians are persecuted and killed in many countries. And it appears these things are not going to stop anytime soon; rather, it seems we are going to see an escalation at all levels. The good news is that tough times do not last forever, but tough and well-prepared people do. Well-prepared Christians will stand the test of time, overcome every obstacle, and live for the kingdom of God, no matter what condition the world is in. 


The key to living for God in an ungodly environment is building a strong spiritual foundation. Behind every social and spiritual problem stands the greater problem of the foundation. The foundation is the source of every issue of life, whether good or bad, spiritual or physical. Mankind has tried very hard to transform, reform, or change people and society but had little success, because the focus has been on the symptoms, not on the disease itself. Transformation is achievable, but it comes only by dealing with the root cause of the problem. That root cause is in the foundation on which people?s lives are built for the foundation is the source of attitudes and actions. 


God focuses on our heart because therein is the foundation of our lives. When the heart is corrupt, everything in us becomes corrupt. However, when the heart is pure before God, we live pure lives in the light of God?s purity and holiness. Without the power of the Lord Jesus Christ and the Spirit of God, no person and no society can be transformed. We send thieves to prison; but after they have served their sentences, the chances are great they will return to the same life of crime unless they encounter the power and presence of God in their lives. Indeed, unless the presence and power of God touches and changes the very foundation of the lives of God?s people and the church in general, they will continue to have a form of godliness without God and His power. 


We Christians can come up with movements, programs, and laws to try to change the hearts and minds of people, but we will have no success until we allow the Holy Spirit to operate in our lives and let Him do what He does best: transform and change lives. Without the power of the Holy Spirit, it is impossible for us to make a difference in the world. The problems the world is currently experiencing present a great opportunity for the church to rise up in the power and strength of God and become the anchor of peace, life, and stability in this unstable world. However, many Christians and Christian leaders are still spiritually asleep. They are waiting on God to do something, but God is waiting on them to act according to the power and strength He has invested in them through the Holy Spirit. Too many of us have prostituted ourselves to the things of this world and forgotten our kingdom call and mission here on earth. We look for things we can get from God, instead of looking for things we can do for the kingdom of God. God is calling on the church to wake up. He is calling on this generation of Christians to rise up in the power and presence of God and demonstrate the goodness of God?s kingdom here on earth. 


The troubling events taking place around the world are not only affecting the nations but also intensely affecting the body of Christ, God?s people. As a result, the church today is experiencing a global spiritual meltdown. Passivity and apathy have overtaken the hearts of God?s children. Many Christians are silently abandoning their faith and trust in Jesus Christ. False prophets, who seek only to elevate themselves instead of elevating God and pointing people to Christ, are springing up like mushrooms. The worship of God for who He is, is slowly fading away from many Christians? lives. People are worshiping God for His blessings and for what He can give to them rather than for who He is as our Father and Creator. Many, many Christians have built their lives on a foundation of prosperity and not on the One who gives prosperity. 


In many nations around the globe, it is slowly becoming an offense and even a crime to speak about the Lord Jesus Christ in public. This has caused many Christians to become passive, silent, voiceless, fearful, spiritually cold, and uninterested in the things of God. It is fair to say most Christians today are spiritually ?hot? only on Sundays and within their church buildings, while being extremely cold outside the church walls. Where is that remnant of God, those men and women who are fearless and bold in bringing the presence and power of God to the hurting world? God is counting on His people to bring change and stability to this world. In every season and time, God raises up a remnant who will stand strong when everything around them is falling apart and breaking down. They become pillars of their nation and a source of hope and direction to the hurting world. Where is God?s remnant in this season? Where are the mighty men and women of God of this generation who will rise up to proclaim the life-transforming Word of God and lead the nations back to Him? They are the people who are unshakable and fearless in difficult and challenging times. They fix their eyes on the powerful Word of God and on God?s ability to do extraordinary things and not on the wicked environment that surrounds them. 


The powerful people of God in the Bible who stood in difficult times and hostile environments and proclaimed the Word of God and worshiped only the Lord (Yahweh) had one thing in common: a strong, biblical foundation in their lives. Men of God like Daniel, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego refused to worship manufactured gods even to the point of death simply because of the solid, biblical foundation in their lives. They refused to allow their passing situations or environments to alter their belief in God or their love for Him. Sadly, today many Christians around the world have allowed the things of this world to shape their faith and belief system. And many more Christians are slowly becoming spiritually weak and unstable. In order for us to regain our spiritual position in the world and become strong in the Lord, we need to do one thing: rebuild the spiritual foundation of our lives. 


Without a strong biblical foundation in our lives, it is impossible to stand against the spiritual forces and rulers of this world. We urgently need to revisit and reexamine our personal spiritual foundations if we are to stand strong in the Lord and against the powerful and evil forces of this world. The type of foundation we build our life, faith, and hope on surely will determine the strength and stability of our spiritual lives. We are stronger spiritually, mentally, and physically when we build our lives on the Word of God and on Jesus Christ, the true foundation. 


Paul declared in 1 Corinthians 3:10?11, ?According to God?s grace that was given to me, as a skilled master builder I have laid a foundation, and another builds on it. But each one must be careful how he builds on it, because no one can lay any other foundation than what has been laid?that is, Jesus Christ.? Paul here is simply declaring that there is only one strong, stable, and trusted foundation people can build on, and that foundation is Jesus Christ. Any other foundation is subject to destruction. 

In Isaiah 28:16 the prophet Isaiah writes, ?Therefore the Lord God said: ?Look, I have laid a stone in Zion, a tested stone, a precious cornerstone, a sure foundation; the one who believes will be unshakable.?? Isaiah is speaking of a foundation stone, a precious cornerstone that would be laid in Zion. This cornerstone is Jesus Christ, the Messiah. The foundation of the church and of all believers must be Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ alone must be our base, and everything we are and do must fit into the pattern provided by Him. Here is Paul?s warning: If anyone builds on the foundation with gold, silver, costly stones, wood, hay, or straw, each one?s work will become obvious, for the day will disclose it, because it will be revealed by fire; the fire will test the quality of each one?s work. If anyone?s work that he has built survives, he will receive a reward. If anyone?s work is burned up, it will be lost, but he will be saved; yet it will be like an escape through fire. (1 Corinthians 3:12?15)


Christ is the foundation, but we add to that foundation by building upon it what we might call our spiritual foundation. The foundation we have in Christ through faith in Him is essential, and it is the starting point for the spiritual foundation of our lives, which we build upon Him. We can build on Christ?s foundation with all sorts of materials, but we must remember that on the day of the Lord, the fire of God will test and reveal what kind of foundation each one of us has been standing on. God knows exactly what kind of spiritual foundation each one of us has built. We can hide from each other and convince others that we are standing strong and building on Christ the foundation, but we cannot hide from the eyes of God. He knows where we stand and how we have constructed our spiritual lives. 


Before God tests the spiritual foundation of our lives, Satan certainly will test it; in fact, he has already begun to do so. A person who has built a weak spiritual foundation will not be able to withstand the pressure and influence of the enemy. Only those who have built a strong spiritual foundation on Christ will be able to resist the Devil?s influence and stand firmly on the Word of God. One portion of our spiritual foundation the enemy likes to attack is our faith in and faithfulness to God. If our faith in God is based primarily on God?s blessings and not on who God is, as God Almighty, we will be defeated and give in to the enemy's influence.


If we look at the life of Job and Satan?s accusations against him, we can better understand the concept we are talking about here. Satan accused Job of fearing and following God simply because God had put a hedge of protection around him, his home, and his property and had made Job prosperous in everything he did (Job 1:9?10). However, when God gave Satan an opportunity to test Job?s motives for fearing God, Job proved that his reverence for God was not based on the protection and prosperity God gave him. Job feared God because of who God is: the almighty and all-powerful God. Job?s life was built on who God is, not on what God gives; and as such he was able to endure Satan?s testing without turning against God. His faith in and faithfulness to God were sealed and unbreakable, and in return God eventually blessed Job even more than He had before. A good and strong foundation can enable us to stand strong during the most difficult times of life.


Building one?s life on the blessings of God rather than on God Himself is like building a house on a sandy foundation. When the blessings of God seem to disappear, can we still stand and worship God? Many people have given up their faith in God simply because their relationship with God was deeply dependent on God?s blessings and not on God Himself. True faith and faithfulness to God?s Word should be rooted in the character and nature of God. Can we remain faithful to God and His Word with all that is happening in the world? Can God count on us to become light to the nations, hope to the hopeless, and life to the lifeless?   

                       

What is a Foundation

 A foundation is the lowest and supporting layer of a structure or a building. Foundations are generally divided into two parts; shallow foundations and deep foundations.  A foundation is simply a basis upon which something stands or is supported. The definition of a foundation of a building can help us understand what a spiritual foundation is and how important it is to build a strong foundation in our spiritual lives. Each one of us has a foundation. From it, we base everything we believe in, everything we see and everything we do. In most cases through this foundation we base our past, present, and future of our lives. If our foundation is a godly foundation we are more likely to be influenced by the things of God and if our foundation is a worldly foundation we are also more likely to be influenced by the things of the world. Establishing or re-establishing of a biblical foundation in our lives is extremely important and a serious thing to do. If this step isn't done properly then your entire Christian life will be an up and down Christian life, because you don?t have a proper biblical foundation to support your spiritual life.


It is important to know that Satan?s strategies or goals are to attack and destroy a spiritual foundation of every believer in Christ. Once he has achieved that goal, everything else is easy target for him to attack and destroy, because if the basis or structure upon which your life stands is destroyed everything else in your life crumbles down and nothing can stand. One of the first things that the enemy attacks is our faith, hope and trust in God why? Because he knows that our faith, hope and trust in God is what gives us the power to stand in the Lord and to live our lives in Christ. Faith, hope and trust are what make our spiritual foundation strong and unmovable. Faith and trust in God and in His Son Jesus Christ is the greatest weapon that the enemy cannot withstand. We will expend more on faith and the importance of it in the later chapters.


What is a Spiritual foundation?

 In most contexts a Spiritual foundation can be defined as a foundation that has its source of origin in the Character and nature of God and in His word. In another way, it is foundation that is founded upon the principles of the Bible. A Christian builds his or her life on the principles of Jesus Christ and the word of God. Through Jesus Christ God has provided for mankind a strong foundation upon which each one of us should build our lives on. He has also provided the Bible as our book to help us build our spiritual foundation according to His word. And not only that He has also given us the Holy Spirit to guide us through this process of building a spiritual foundation and re-enforcing it with the power of God.

Every building has a foundation that supports it, these foundations are very crucial because if they are not well done the building can collapse and kill many people. From time to time we have seen the strengths of many foundations of the buildings tested by the power of floods, earthquakes, and tsunamis. Only a few buildings with strong foundations have been able to survive the power of these floods, earthquakes or tsunamis. If the foundation of our lives is not properly established our spiritual lives can collapse and we can die spiritually. What causes spiritual death mostly is a poorly built spiritual foundation.


So building a strong foundation is one of the most important tasks while building a house, because if the foundation is not properly laid down and not strong enough then the entire edifice will be unstable. In the Spiritual world as well a spiritual foundation is very crucial. If you don?t build a strong foundation your entire Christian life will be unstable and the enemy will be able to walk over you, influence you and destroy your life.


The journey to build a spiritual foundation begins the moment we allow and accept the Lord Jesus Christ in our lives us our master, but unfortunately for many Christians they stop right here and never desire to build their spiritual lives, while others begin to build their new found life in Christ on an old foundation. No wonder why we remain the same and struggles with the same things we struggled with before we accepted the influence of Christ in our lives. You can?t expect change to take place effectively in your life if you continue doing the same things that led you to seek change in the first place. Change is a process by which we move from where we used to be to where God wants us to be. That means the old things we used to do have now no place in the new things we want to do in Christ. 


It is important to know that just because you have accepted the influence of the Lord Jesus Christ in your life doesn't mean that you have automatically established your life upon His foundation. You must desire and be willing to first scrap off everything in your life that cannot help your spiritual life or empower your spiritual foundation. Too many Christian?s are still holding on to the things of the past in their lives whether good or bad and those things are not beneficial to their spiritual lives and growth. That is why the Church is weak and powerless because the people of God are more influenced by the worldly things of the past they participated in other than by the present power of the kingdom of heaven. 

Paul writes in 2 Corinthians 5:17 that,? Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away, and look, new things have come.? {HCSB}


Apostle Paul?s point here is that true conversion begins life transformation, but not by reforming the old nature. Many of us want to reform only our old nature, which means we just amend or change into an improved form. But God desires us to go through transformation, which is a radical change that changes our very nature and character. Transformation brings a radical change that captures the soul, mind, body and spirit of a person and leads him to the heart of God. For change to effectively happen in your life you need to change the entire foundation of your life. revisit your life and spiritual foundation today and ask Adonia to build a strong foundation in your life that cannot be shaken or moved.

This book will add value to your Spiritual life and empower you to live a victorious life in Christ.

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