The sun arose with raging reds, like letters from a page. According to the divine will of our Creator, hope was spilled anew. Cares were abandoned as I stared into the flames, allowing their heat to sear my wounds.
Yes, there is healing to be received from His words.
Beholding the blazes on the horizon, I am reminded of the cleansing properties and powers of fire. Again, I am drawn to the scorching truth revealed thru Christ. Embracing the purification of my thoughts, I am led to the red…
Therefore, everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. The rain, came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock. -Matthew 7:24-25
The strength of our houses is the foundation of Jesus. Hearing His words and putting them into action allows us to build and live our lives from that standpoint of strength.
What do we NOT see in this verse? We do not see other houses. He doesn’t tell us that our strength lies in the number of houses that we have surrounding us. He doesn’t advise us to build our houses close together in order to withstand the storms. He doesn’t tell us to use the shelter of other houses to protect our own from the winds. No, He simply refers to the foundation.
In these days, there are so many people attempting to draw strength from their associations with other people. Christians are banding together for strength to confront the enemy. It appears that many have lost contact with the true source of Christian strength – Christ.
It is rare to look at my social media without seeing call after call for Christians to band together to boycott this business or that business. Yes, I understand and agree with paying attention to the destination of my spent dollars. I do not want to be a part of funding anything that puts itself in front of what Divinity has commanded me to do.
As followers of Christ, shouldn’t we be making those choices individually, based on our foundation, then coming together in obedience of His commandments?
Maybe we should ask ourselves some more questions:
Have we forgotten that our battles are fought and truly won in the spiritual realm?
Have we forgotten our instruction to love, above anything else?
Are our continuous calls to rally together perceived by the world as hate?
Have we built our own houses directly upon that foundational rock, or have we left a layer of slippery fear between it and our structure?
I had many fears as a child, but one that now comes to mind is a fear of the church. Yes, I was afraid of the very place where I met the most precious Saving Grace. My mind did not, could not, connect the beauty of His presence with the judgement that I felt from His people. This was a weapon that the enemy used to hide from me the value of assembling together with others in praise and worship of my God.
I never want to take part in evoking those fears in others.
We are a separated people, as children of the Most High, but let us not allow ourselves to be separated from His purpose thru us.
Let us be sure that we are allowing love to lead us – love for the world – and not fear of it.
Let us battle in the realm of reality – the spirit.
And, finally, let us never forget that light does not avoid the darkness. No, it simply overtakes it by the virtue of what it is.
For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because he has not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son. This is the verdict: Light has come into the world, but men loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil. Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear that his deeds will be exposed. But whoever lives by the truth comes into the light, so that it may be seen plainly that what he has done has been done through God. – John 3:16-21
Lord, thank you for giving us the red to draw us deeper into the white-hot purification of your glory. Keep us, Lord, and keep us pliable for Your will, not our own.