“Search me, O G-d, and know my heart.”
We’ve considered the cost, agreed to it, and are building the house of our lives upon The Rock. As we build, we continue to work with G-d that our building is soundly constructed. The Lord tells us through the writer of the letter to the Hebrews (ch. 6 v.9), there are things that accompany salvation. We must carefully work these things out with our Lord, in fear and trembling. “For every tree is known by its own fruit. For men do not gather figs from thorns, nor do they gather grapes from a bramble bush.” (Luke 6:44 MKJV)
We ought also look at Eph. 4:11,12, and consider that this house doesn’t need to look like all the other houses in the community of the Lord. Each of us receives different gifts—gifts for building up the church of our Lord Y’shuaJesus. In one sense we are responsible for the life we build, the life we build. But in another sense we are not only for ourselves; gifts we are given we use to help build another’s house. Perhaps I excel in building the frame of the house while you are best with the exterior. Can we not aid one another?
As we build this new house upon the rock, we must continue removing old things, things left from our old house, our old life. We ask our Lord to search us and know our hearts. Our Lord will show us areas of sin in need of repentance.
Bacteria that remains in a wound is like old sin that remains within us. Last winter I slipped on the ice in a parking lot. My knee was cut. I cleaned it and covered it. The surface healed, but beneath a festering began as the bacteria left behind grew. Eventually it erupted.
We are warned against a root of bitterness. Sin, left beneath the surface, erupts when we are least able to control ourselves. We sin again.
We move away from our old life, building a new life upon the foundation our Lord gives us in His word. We need to think, and think hard on “what manner of persons we ought to be. . .” (2 Peter 3:11). The writer M. Scott Peck, M.D., wrote that one of the great probles of our time is the lack of good thinking. We need to meditate upon the Word of our Lord, asking how we apply His Word to the lives we are building, the lives He wants to build in us.
The old buildinga and the new buildings of our lives are spoken of in Paul’s letter to the Galatians:
“For the flesh lusts against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh. And these are contrary to one another; lest whatever you may will, these things you do. But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under law. Now the works of the flesh are clearly revealed, which are: adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lustfulness, idolatry, sorcery, hatreds, fightings, jealousies, angers, rivalries, divisions, heresies, envyings, murders, drunkennesses, revelings, and things like these; of which I tell you before, as I also said before, that they who do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God. But the fruit of the Spirit is: love, joy, peace, long-suffering, kindness, goodness, faith, meekness, self-control; against such things there is no law. But those belonging to Christ have crucified the flesh with its passions and lusts. If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit. Let us not become glory-seeking, provoking one another, envying one another.” (Galatians 5:17-26 MKJV)
We are not building this new house alone. G-d is building it with us, as we yield to Him, receive Him, know Him.
May our Lord continue shed His light into our lives, revealing our hearts, cleansing us from sin, that we might be build into holy dwelling places for G-d on Earth until the Lord returns.
Lord Bless, Keep, Shine upon and through you all.
Peace of the Lord this and all seasons as we watch, wait, grow in Messiah’s Love.