Isaiah 40:5-8 NIV 5 And the glory of the Lord will be revealed, and all people will see it together. For the mouth of the Lord has spoken.” 6 A voice says, “Cry out.” And I said, “What shall I cry?” “All people are like grass, and all their faithfulness is like the flowers of the field. 7 The grass withers and the flowers fall, because the breath of the Lord blows on them. Surely the people are grass. 8 The grass withers and the flowers fall, but the word of our God endures forever.”
Those of us who believe in God can sometimes take for granted that because we know God's power is at work in us, we are going to always come out on the up side of anything we face. We can take God for granted in so many ways. His mercy, His grace, His unmerited favor on our lives--He is worthy to be praised on an incessant basis (1 Thessalonians 5:17, Psalm 34:1). Beyond our praise, God's presence and the perpetuation of His power in our lives should be protected. Our prayers, our praise, our worship, our obedience, our commitment to the ways of God should be nonnegotiable. There comes a time in our lives when we have to be clear about who we are, whose we are, and what we are about. There comes a time when we have to be resolute in our thinking and being about our Father's business (Luke 2:49). The time for playing like we are about the business of God's Kingdom, but compromising to keep the benefits of the world has expired. We have to decide, declare, and demonstrate where we stand. Our cultural infatuations with mousy mantras that are laced in scriptural allusions, but latent in power to produce the spiritual growth, development, and fruit we need to prevail in the Kingdom purpose for our lives, are not going to stand when there is a shaking in the atmosphere of our faith. A faith built on a wave of what's popular about God among people, but not promulgated from a position of sound Biblical truth will not stand (2 Timothy 4:3-5 AMP) when the wind blows. There comes a time when exactly where you stand will in fact matter. On what ground is your life built? Is your life built on your reliance on what people say, or knowing and declaring the infallible word of God for yourself? (Luke 9:20) Is your life built on the things and the pleasures of this world, or on that which is pleasing to God?
My encouragement for you today is to make sure that your life is built on the Solid Rock. Know God for yourself, and build your life according to His word. The grass withers, and flower fades, but the word of our God will stand forever (Isaiah 40:8).
I invite you to meditate on Matthew 7:24-27 today. “Thereforewhoever hears these sayings of Mine, and does them, I will liken him to a wise man who built his house on the rock:and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it did not fall, for it was founded on the rock. “But everyone who hears these sayings of Mine, and does not do them, will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand:and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it fell. And great was its fall.”
Be Blessed! ~Nina
Declaration: I am building my life on the strong and solid foundation of God's word.