Our house was over 100 years old.  The evidence of this truth could be seen in the foundation whenever we entered the basement – which was daily.  The dirt floor could be seen under the plywood in the storage room.  The rock walls had crumbling cement between each boulder.  As we waited for the results from the inspector our potential buyer hired, we wished that we had the house inspected before we purchased it.  But that would have caused a lot of problems within the extended family, so we didn’t bother. 

We sure regretted it now.  Because we knew that there were some serious issues and the cost to fix them would be too high.  We’d then be stuck in this house forever.  But God is faithful  So faithful.  While we were correct in knowing there were serious issues with the foundation, the buyers used it as leverage to get the move in date they wanted.  That was a miracle.  But this helped me realize even more that my spiritual life requires a strong foundation for my faith to grow.  Let’s talk about How To Build A Firm Foundation In Faith.
Have you ever felt like God was stripping everything away from you? Relationships? Material things? A job? How you serve in church? Maybe there is a bigger reason for this.  Maybe He is preparing to build your life on Him.  Here is How To Build A Firm Foundation In Faith. 
A firm foundation is absolutely necessary in order to build a healthy spiritual life.  When that foundation is weak or not built properly, it will crack under pressure.  To have a firm foundation, there is some hard work that needs to happen before the building can occur.

Grade Before Building

We need a level base before we can start any construction work.  This is not a fun job.  It’s boring and exhausting.  But it is necessary for strong building.  Grading will not only create a flat piece of land, it will also get rid of things that get in the way of a strong structure.  Like trees, rocks, roots, etc.  These things need to go before continuing on.  

In some cases, you might require an excavator or bulldozer to remove debris that is deeply rooted or too large for a grader.  And then bring in the grader to finish the job.  

What do you need to remove from your spiritual life in order for God to continue building?  Is anything stopping your spiritual life from growing and developing?  What is coming between you and God?  

  • Doubt?
  • Confusion?
  • Unhealthy relationships?
  • Unhealthy habits?
  • Mistrust?
  • Sin?

God is always ready and willing to help us do this work in our spiritual lives.  In fact, it is best to be taking direction from Him in order to excavate and grade those things He wants to be removed.  We are not doing this alone nor are we in charge of the entire process.  He is the General Contractor, after all.

In order to build a strong foundation, we need to excavate and grade, preparing for God to do His work.

Dig Deep

The next step in this process of prepping the ground for building a healthy spiritual life is digging.  I know, another step that is not fun, but necessary.  You need to dig deep down until you hit bedrock.  This is the solid rock underneath the subsoil.  By getting down to the bedrock, you get rid of the roots and rocks that are hidden underneath.  The bedrock also gives the foundation something solid and strong to sit upon.    

This digging also helps get rid of things in our lives that hinder our spiritual walk.  These are the things that tend to be more deeply rooted, hence the digging!  Before laying a foundation, you need to let God get rid of some things like:

  • Negative/toxic thinking that does not line up with God’s word.
  • Relationships that stop you from becoming who God meant you to be.
  • Lies you have been believing.

These are things that will prevent you from laying a strong foundation with the Lord.  When you entertain bad thoughts about yourself, your life, your family, or your circumstances, you invite those bad things into your heart, into your foundation.  That means you are building your foundation on those things. 

Let’s take a closer look at these three things.

Your Thoughts

Don’t get me wrong.  I’m not talking about the power of positive thinking here.  I’m talking about the kind of thinking that is found in Philippians 4:8.  

When you hear those negative comments whispered to your mind, see if it lines up with this verse.  If it doesn’t, then chuck that root in the burn pile.  Replace it with His truth.  

For example, you look in the mirror and when you see your reflection, you immediately think, “I look ugly today!” or “I am so fat!”.  Is this true?  Is it honorable?  How about pure, lovely or commendable?  Is there any excellence in it?  Nope.  Absolutely not.  Chuck it in the burn pile, baby!  What is God’s truth?  God has made you in His image!  You are priceless.  You are beautiful.  

What about these other things we tend to say or think about:

  • My life sucks.
  • I am so stupid.
  • I am such a terrible wife/mother/woman/daughter/person.
  • Why can’t I just get it together?
  • I am such a screw-up.

Do any of those sound familiar?  I bet they do!  Or some form of those negative thoughts.  Let Jesus dig up those roots and replace them with His wonderful truth. 

Toxic Relationships

And what about those negative and toxic relationships?  Does God’s word have something to say about them?  Do they hinder a firm foundation in Christ?  Yes and yes.  Let’s take a look:

1 Corinthians 15:33 ~ Do not be deceived: “Bad company corrupts good morals.”

2 Corinthians 6:14 ~ Do not be bound together with unbelievers; for what partnership have righteousness and lawlessness, or what fellowship has light with darkness?

Proverbs 14:7 ~ Leave the presence of a fool, Or you will not discern words of knowledge.

Proverbs 13:20 ~ He who walks with wise men will be wise, But the companion of fools will suffer harm.

I can tell you first-hand, from experience, more experience than I would like to admit.  Toxic relationships WILL stop you from growing in your faith.  There is no doubt about it.  There is no way around it.  Those relationships that are abusive, emotionally draining, or just flat out sinful will destroy your foundation.  They will prevent the Lord from building your life for you.  The life He wants for you.  

How do I know?  Because I’ve had my fair share of toxic relationships and as soon as those people were out of my life, my faith and spiritual walk matured beyond what I could ever imagine.  And my healthy relationships strengthened and were blessed.  

So, bottom line:

If you are engaged in a toxic relationship, end it.  It doesn’t matter how much it hurts.  If it is preventing you from growing closer to God, purge it out of your life.  

If you are engaged in a toxic relationship, end it.  It doesn’t matter how much it hurts.  If it is preventing you from growing closer to God, purge it out of your life.  

I can’t even begin to tell you how wonderful it has been for me to not worry anymore if someone was going to explode in rage towards me.  Walking on eggshells is not a part of my life anymore.  I am free.  And I have so much more JOY.  Now that those people are out of my life, I truly see just how much they hindered my spiritual growth.  I see just how much damage they have done in my life.  And I am healing.  

Get Rid Of Lies

When we let God dig in preparation for building and laying a foundation, we allow Him to dig out the lies we have been believing.  There have been plenty of lies I have believed.  Lies about my Heavenly Father.  Lies about Jesus.  There have also been lies about my marriage and mothering.  And lies about friendships.  I’ve had to let God dig them out from my life and replace them with His truth.

What lies have you been believing?

In order to build a strong foundation, we need to let God dig down deep and purge the junk.

What do you need to do in order for God to start preparing the ground of your life to lay a strong foundation?

Next week, we’ll talk about what…or who our foundation is as well as steps to laying a strong foundation.

Have you ever felt like God was stripping everything away from you? Relationships? Material things? A job? How you serve in church? Maybe there is a bigger reason for this.  Maybe He is preparing to build your life on Him.  Here is How To Build A Firm Foundation In Faith.

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Aimee Imbeau

Aimee is a wife to an incredible husband, Marcus, and mother to three fabulous children. She works from home as a homeschool support teacher and she homeschools her own children as well. She loves writing abut her faith and decided to give blogging a try in 2013. The rest is history...