5 Tips Helping Build Your Life On The Rock

katrina_five_16She came, she destroyed, she left.

With winds exceeding 175 mph, Hurricane Katrina was full of bad intentions. It killed nearly 2000 people and left New Orleans 80% under water.

Katrina endeavored at becoming the deadliest hurricane in US history, falling only short to The Okeechobee Hurricane and The Great Galveston Hurricane.

Katrina is a name we will never forget.

Today August 29th, 2015 marks Katrina’s 10th year anniversary and New Orleans is still recovering from her. But was it Katrina herself that caused the most damage or was it her aftermath?

What Causes A Hurricane?

Hurricanes are created when warm water forms intense low pressure over the warm ocean surface.

Water vapor, also known as the fuel for hurricanes because of its latent heat, evaporates and flow upwards.

As these warm vapors rises they leave an area of low pressure near the ocean surface. And when stored heat energy isn’t released it creates a cycle of upward moving warm air.

God’s nature way of cooling the ocean surface and releasing its “latent heat of condensate” is  by way of wind shear blowing across the top of the storm.

But when there isn’t much wind shear to cool it then low pressure forms and heat builds up pulling in warmer air.

The earth’s rotation influence the storm energy and cause an “eye” to form in its center and set the storm on a destructive path often towards land.

High winds and flooding is what causes the most damage.

What Is The Worst Storm You Can Remember?

Hurricane Katrina was one of the deadliest hurricanes in United States and will be remembered for years but there’s one hurricane I can remember that right up there with Katrina : The hurricane of addiction.

The same year 2005 I was homeless and living in a recovery facility.

I was put out of my home the prior year because of my drug use and all the lies and stealing that came with it.

It had destroyed my life.

But it wasn’t my drug use that caused the most damage, it was my negative attitude towards being put out. It was the aftermath.

See, just like when Hurricane Katrine hit the levees and flood walls broke because of inadequate design.

Well my spiritual levees were broken because my foundation was made of sand: pride, false image, reputation and prosperity.

Life’s storms were too strong for the foundation I had built on. It failed because I didn’t seek the spiritual housing developer.

After my personal crisis I hit ROCK bottom. What a blessing to find out that Rock at the bottom was Jesus Christ himself!

From that day forward He began to rebuilt my life on a solid foundation of hope.

What Kind Of  A Foundation is Your Spiritual House Built On?

In order for God to rebuild your life He waits for you to come to the end of yourself first.

Then He put others in your life to help solidify your foundation by making you accountable.

Here are a few examples of foundations many people build their spiritual house on:

A house built on shaky foundation. Builders who build a house like this depends on their own abilities and not depending on God.

Maybe you have a slippery foundation under and around your house. That’s a house built on you depending on what other people can do for you.

But when you build your house on THE ROCK you have a solid foundation. A house built on it is a house that’s depends on faith in Christ.

No one is holy like the LORD! There is no one besides you; there is no ROCK like our God. (1 Samuel 2:2 NLT)

Storms of Disobedient Claims The Most Spiritual Casualties

Nicole and I are building our dream home as I write this post. We watched with amazement as they began to dig the hole for our home.

Roger, the excavator operator, even let us in on the digging.20150723_082945

We’ve been there every step of the way. We observed the digging and putting in footers to forming our basement walls and waterproofing them.

During this process I couldn’t help but to think of the parable of the wise and foolish builders Jesus talked about in Matthew 7:24-29.

The parable talks about two different kinds of builders: those who hear the word of God and do it and those who hear it and don’t act on what they hear.

We have to do MORE THAN understand God’s word, MORE THAN repeat it, MORE THAN remember it, and MORE THAN debate it. WE MUST DO IT!

Jesus isn’t saying that those who are willing to live by His word will never experience storms. Nor is He saying you will experience the same storm as everybody else.

But what He is saying is when you build your house on The ROCK…STORMS WILL NOT DESTROY YOUR FAITH!

The ROCK represents the truth of the Gospel, faith in Jesus, Jesus himself and…OBEDIENCE TO JESUS’ WORDS!

For no one can lay any foundation other than the one already laid, which is Jesus Christ. (1 Corinthians 3:11 NIV)

We all have a house to build and there is a Rock provided for us to build on. So choose your building foundation wisely.

So this is what the Sovereign LORD says, “See, I lay a stone in Zion, a tested stone, a precious cornerstone for a sure foundation; the one who trusts will never be dismayed. ( Isaiah 28:16 NIV)

When you build on The ROCK you’re building toward hope for eternal life. But when you build on sand you’re building for this world and this life.

The immediate forecast for the weather in your life may be sunny.

BUT A STORM IS COMING!

In John 16:33 the bible says here on earth we will have many trials and sorrows.

In other words we will have many spiritual thunderstorms, spiritual hailstorms, spiritual wind storms and spiritual dust storms!

But take heart because all these storms can be endured with God’s help.

Here are 5 tips you can practice to more firmly establish your house on THE ROCK:

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Study the Bible. It teaches you what’s wrong in your spiritual walk. It also teaches the truth and God’s will so it’s a great measuring tool to help you take an honest self inventory.

Pray for Guidance. I want you to be honest, your way of thinking gets you into a lot of trouble don’t it? Because you don’t have the ability to map out your purpose in life.

When you pray for guidance God will teach you new ways of seeing things and you will develop new guidelines for making decisions.

Remain Open to the Holy Spirit.

But when the Father sends the Counselor as my representative–and by Counselor I mean the Holy Spirit–he will teach you everything and will remind you of everything I myself have told you. (John 14:26 NLT)

Remain open-minded to the Holy Spirit so you can be taught God’s ways and be reminded of God’s ways.

Be Obedient to God’s Will. God’s way of doing things can be difficult because we don’t like letting go of our old ways of doing things. A requirement for God’s blessing is being obedient. And just like being obedient bring blessing being disobedient bring curses (Read Deuteronomy 28).

Focus of Spiritual Things. No matter what good is going on in our life we always focus on what’s not going good. When you focus of godly spiritual things the god of peace will be with you. You can be experiencing the worse storm of your life but no one will notice because of your inner calm knowing Christ is in control.

Your battles against life’s storms seems endless and hard at times. When you find yourself in helpless situations it’s imperative you remember there is hope for a new house if your old one collapses. All you have to do is believe in and stand on…THE ROCK!IMG_08001

 

ASK YOURSELF:

IN THE LAST YEAR HAVE MY SPIRITUAL FOUNDATION GOTTEN WEAKER OR STRONGER?

WHAT BUILDING MATERIALS WILL I USE TO BUILD AND MAINTAIN A FIRM FOUNDATION ON “THE ROCK’?

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  1. Vernon, this is another powerful piece written from your heart. The hurricane metaphor is impactful. I am happy to see how you have embraced your calling and the blessing it has brought your way! Best, Karen

  2. Hi Vernon

    I love the way you use the hurricane story to tie into your personal story. You are right that we need to build our essence on a strong foundation. If we don’t do this, when the storms of challenges come, we will sink.

    Thanks for sharing.

    • Hi Ikechi,

      We both know God is real and not just a figment of our imagination. He desires to help us through all storms so we won’t sink.

      Thanks for visiting!

  3. Hi Vernon,

    These are great questions to ask yourself. A lot of the time you can get so caught up that you don’t pay attention to the progress your’re making, or not making.

    This is a good way to reflect and make changes.

    I think I’ve gotten stronger but I still have work to do. And because of this post I’m more aware of that.

    Thanks
    ~Lea

    • Hey Lea,

      A lot of times we don’t pay attention to our growth. Others can see the progress before we can. It’s one of those things we have to make a conscious decision to ask ourselves.

      That’s why I write often so I can go back and see my spiritual growth. Thanks for sharing.

  4. Vernon
    I am deeply touched by your personal life story. I didn’t know about your background. This shows your strength to come out the biggest hurricane in your personal life. You are a man of steel. It takes guts to reveal the truth and accept the blame. And, see, you have come out as a refined personality
    Lots of love, buddy. I am glad to have a friend like you

  5. Hi Yatin,

    We often see our suffering as a tragedy. But God sees it as a spiritual pathway to maturity. Each time I share it more people are blessed by it.

    That’s what I like about it when I can witness others getting strength and hope from it.

    You kinds word are truly a blessing in and of itself.

    Thanks my friend.

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