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    Unit 5 - Building Your Life on a Spiritual Foundation

    It's so easy to get caught up into this world system and get pulled and maybe even dragged along with its principles. In a world that's constant message is to seek success through fame and fortune, it's easy to lose ourselves and what really matters.

    God, in the scripture, helps to keep us grounded by encouraging us to build a strong foundation in Christ. In Matthew 7: 24 , Jesus tells his disciples, everyone who hears these words of mine and doesn't do them will be like a foolish man, who built his house on sand. The rain came down, the floods descended, and the winds blew and beat on that house, and it fell - and great was the fall because it had not been founded upon the rock.

    We are constantly being bombarded to pursue those things that bring temporal happiness instead of lasting and eternal joy and satisfaction. We must seek the Lord to break the chains that keep us living among the dead and dead things.

    Instead of pursuing activities that are passing away, we must build our life on love, peace, faith, integrity, honesty, truth and purpose, in other words, the Kingdom of God.

    Jesus said in Matthew 6: 4, you cannot serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.

    Jesus makes it so clear the distinction between serving him versus pursuing the things of this world,  yet because we are bombarded daily with a worldly philosophy that indoctrinates us with success through worldly gains, we can often get lost in translation.

    If we are to fulfill this mandate, we must step back, become still, and begin to slowly sever the mindsets and beliefs that have trapped us in the dominant culture. Building our life on Godly principles requires that we break free from our earthly taskmaster, repent, and then surrender all that we have to the Lord. This is no easy feat, for many are like the rich young ruler, who when compelled to sell all he had and turn to Jesus, he turned away sadly because he had many possessions, or his possessions had him.

    We must continually ask God to purify our hearts and help us to bring any worldly attachments that we have built upon sand and not on the spiritual Rock of Christ. Right now take a moment to denounce anything you've pursued or put before the Lord. Ask him to forgive you. Lord we ask you to wipe clean the slate, and push the reset button, so that we can have a fresh start on building our spiritual dwelling.

    Affirm along with me: It is written, man does not live by bread alone (material goods) but by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God. I shall serve the Lord God and him only.

    Module # 1

    December 17, 2017