Word from Paulette
I can remember as a child, my twin sister and I, in the Summer being taken to the beach at Southport in England. We had our little plastic bucket and spade each that we had both been given by our parents to build castles in the sand. We just called them sandcastles. It was a lot of fun, but half the time they ended up lobsided and fell apart immediately. Other people on the beach were more creative and were building pieces of art. They were so lovely to look at but when the sea eventually did come further up the shoreline, these splendid castles would all be washed away. Some people would come back the next day and build them back up again as they had done the day before only for them to be knocked down again and washed away.
Some of us have been working very hard to get to where we are in our lives today. We have toiled and put in so much effort, only to have our lifelong dreams and aspirations washed away like those castles in the sand. Obviously, we know deep down in our hearts as Believers that our only real security can be found in Jesus Christ. Nevertheless, we have this habit of becoming so self-reliant we have taken our eyes off Jesus and gone ahead building shaky and unreliable structures built on faulty foundations in our lives.
Whatever we do in life needs to be ordered by our knowledge of walking step by step with the Lord. And we can’t do this if we do not have more disciplined and prayerful lives where we spend quality time in His Presence. When we go to buy a house don’t we usually get a surveyor to find out if the house has got good foundations and is structurally sound? We spend good money for the services of a professional to make sure of this. We ensure our homes and our cars, and even ourselves in case we have health issues. It is the spiritual application of maintaining our own body, soul, and spirit, with Jesus Christ that we so easily forget about because we are so busy trying to take care of everything else in our individual lives and also in the lives of our families.
Next time you happen to be able to visit a nearby beach or be somewhere where there is a sand pit, just take a minute or two to think about how much God loves you and how He is the one Who orders our lives if we will let Him. The stress and worry and anxiety are lifted off our shoulders and He takes our burden instead. Some of us, however, have been so fiercely independent and proud that we find it a bit humbling to admit that we need to surrender our lives a bit more to the Lord.
As we approach a New Year, we need more than ever to lay our lives down in sweet surrender to our Lord Jesus Christ. We need to be solid in our Faith and ready for all sorts of new situations we might face in the future. Let us keep Jesus as the solid Rock and foundation of whom we build our lives upon daily in walking forward day by day with Him. We will never have to look back and say where did I miss it somehow because our hope is fully in Him
For no one can lay a foundation other than the one already laid, which is Jesus Christ.
1 Corinthians 3:11 (NIV)
Anyone who listens to my teaching and follows it is wise, like a person who builds a house on solid rock. 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. But anyone who hears my teaching and doesn’t obey it is foolish, like a person who builds a house on sand. When the rains and floods come and the winds beat against that house, it will collapse with a mighty crash.
Matthew 7:24-27 (NLT)
For this is contained in scripture: “Behold, I lay in Zion a choice stone, a precious corner stone, and he who believes in Him will not be disappointed.”
1 Peter 2:6 (NAS)
He only is my rock and my salvation, My stronghold; I shall not be greatly shaken.
Psalm 62:2 (NAS)
Start a simple home church or an apostolic hub in your place today and make it a house of prayer.