A Sure Foundation
A Firm Foundation.
Sermon Notes – Ps. Jim White
Sunday 30th January 2018
It’s the time of the year when prophetic words are being shared amongst the world wide Christian community, as we take a step into a brand New Year. There’s always that sense that there’s a blank slate just waiting to be written on as one year turns over into the next.
Not all those words receive confirmation amongst the prophetic community – and that’s actually OK, because we all connect uniquely with the various aspects of God’s multi-faceted nature and character.
If any of us would position ourselves to listen to His voice, in the midst of our hectic lifestyles, He will speak – because He actually has a lot of different things to say.
But a prophetic word has come to my attention that has had clear, distinct confirmation – and it flows beautifully with what I believe the Holy Spirit is wanting us to be very clear about, even before the New Year begins.
Anyway – we’ll come back to that particular prophecy in a minute.
The basis for this morning’s message is:
Luke 6:46-49, “But why do you call Me ‘Lord, Lord,’ and not do the things which I say? Whoever comes to Me, and hears My sayings and does them, I will show you whom he is like: He is like a man building a house, who dug deep and laid the foundation on the rock. And when the flood arose, the stream beat vehemently against that house, and could not shake it, for it was founded on the rock. But he who heard and did nothing is like a man who built a house on the earth without a foundation, against which the stream beat vehemently; and immediately it fell. And the ruin of that house was great.”
Before we even consider what God might be saying to us in 2019, I believe He wants us to make sure that the foundation on which we place any new and fresh revelation, is already solid, secure, and dug deep.
Notice in these verses that hearing God is not the issue… The issue is doing what we hear Him say!
The question for all of us is – what kind of foundation does He have to work with in my life?
What have we done with all the incredible teaching, prophetic words, personal revelations… and primarily, the Word of God itself…? How have we secured all that wisdom and established a firm and solid foundation in our life up to this point?
We can be so full and fat with knowledge – still looking to squeeze in the latest revelation – but not actually turning that understanding into foundations for how we live our lives.
You know that I’m usually a New King James man when it comes to the Word of God. That’s normally my anchor into the Word.
But I have to tell you what The Message Bible says at the start of this portion of scripture. It says:
Luke 6:46 (Message), “Why are you so polite with me, always saying ‘Yes, sir,’ and ‘That’s right, sir,’ but never doing a thing I tell you? These words I speak to you are not mere additions to your life, homeowner improvements to your standard of living. They are foundation words, words to build a life on.
Sometimes I think in our head, we know that the Word of God is true – it’s life giving – it’s the answer to all of life’s challenges… and to not wholeheartedly run with it is absolute foolishness.
And yet our head doesn’t always get to rule. We’re driven by passions, desires, emotions, circumstances, expectations of others, even our own past experiences…
It’s even like we can get a little “passive aggressive” with the Word of God. It’s like “Yeah Yeah, I know all that”, but do nothing about it.
And we live like the words of Jesus are nice advice to tack onto our lives if it works for us in the moment. We treat the Word like it has some good suggestions for improving our already full life – like it’s a handy renovations guide.
I don’t know about you, but I don’t see the point of taking hold of some amazing prophetic revelation about a brand new year – trying to incorporate it into the building of my life – when I know there are certain things about my life’s foundations that are still not securely and solidly in place – and functional.
And I bring this as a real thing this morning because I am sobered by the parts of Luke 6 that say the floods are going to arise – and the streams are going to beat vehemently against my house – which is my life.
Vehemently means: forcefully, passionately, intensely, fervently, aggressively, fiercely… I think you get the picture!
And I’m sure you are starting to make the connections as to what that vehement flood might look like in 2019. There’ll be even more aggressive and fierce attacks on righteousness. There’ll be even more raging against the God ordained and God created order of gender and sexual identity.
There’ll be even more attempts to shut the mouths of those who uphold biblical and moral views and values on the sacredness of life in the womb, of marriage between one man and one woman, and eventually – maybe not next year – but in the years to come – we might find ourselves facing an intense battle just to have the freedom to meet together in a house of worship.
But the point I’m making this morning is that we do not have to be overwhelmed by the floods and the vehement streams that rage against our house – if in fact our foundations are secure, they are deep, and they are solid.
Apart from all of that, a common principle in building is that the higher you go, the deeper the foundations need to be. And I want my house to continue to go higher – not in a self exulting kind of way – but in a way that brings even more glory to God – and which sees the kingdom of heaven established more and more on the earth. That’s talking about my own house – my own personal life.
But I want to see the house of God – the church – rise up to greater heights of worship, of miraculous power, of anointed prophetic teaching, of social justice and in fact become the beacon of hope in our community that it should be.
And in both cases, to see that happen, we are going to have to strengthen and go deeper with our foundations.
And according to Luke 6, foundations are actually strengthened and deepened through doing the things we already know to be true.
It’s when our lives are tested by the floods and streams that we really get to see how strong the foundations are.
It’s when the pressures come, the difficult and hard times come, that we see what our lives are really made of.
I know it sounds like a weird thing but some of the most precious, and in some ways – inspiring moments in life that I’ve experienced have been walking alongside people through tragic circumstances.
You don’t get much more of a vehement flood against your house than facing the death of a loved one or even your own impending death!
But I’ve been with certain people right at the end of their life – as I’m sure many of you have been as well… and it’s in those moments you can really tell who has secure foundations and who doesn’t.
It’s when peace is just about tangible around a person’s life, even though they are breaths away from death, that you sense the holiness of God, and you know that all the things they’ve ever said about their faith and relationship with Jesus – is totally real. It’s the most precious and beautiful experience.
Romans 5:1-5, “Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom also we have access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God. And not only that, but we also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance; and perseverance, character; and character, hope. Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us.”
Is this your foundation? Is this the reality of you life? I’m asking myself the same questions. Because unless we can honestly say, I live my life according to God’s peace, faith, grace, hope and glory, are we really ready for anything more?
How do we really feel about the journey towards perseverance, character and hope – when we understand that the outworking of these things comes often through tribulation?
What is tribulation? Well, it can be affliction, suffering, hardship, adversity… it can come as many different kinds of struggles and challenges. It also means pressure – and the root word that tribulation comes from means to press as grapes… to compress and contract.
So this same word would be used in the Greek to describe the crushing of grapes to turn them into wine – or the squeezing and crushing of olives to turn them into oil.
And I can see how this speaks into this whole area of our lives that has to do with our foundations.
It’s going through the pressing and crushing process that produces the ingredients for the foundations of our lives… and part of the foundations is the new wine of the Spirit – and the Anointing Oil of the Spirit.
But it all depends on what we do, or how we respond, as we face the pressures that come against us, that determines how deep the foundations go.
I’ve shared with you before how I sat with my dear friend Roy Cowin in his home as he was preparing to meet with Jesus face to face. It was literally like the room was filled with oil… there was such peace and hope and rejoicing and worship.
I just use these experiences to show that even in the most trying of times in life – if our foundations are strong, we can face anything with God’s glory.
I’ve also known Christians in the past who have run from one prophetic conference to another – seeking the latest word to tickle their ears… and yet I know that their lives have been dysfunctional and out of order. And every minor challenge just about blows them off their feet. It’s because there was no foundation. It was because they would hear all these wonderful and incredible truths, and yet they wouldn’t do anything with it. They wouldn’t build the powerful revelations of the Word into their foundation for living.
Hopefully this coming year none of us will have to face the level of tribulation that I’ve been talking about this morning, but if we haven’t got our foundations in place, even the slightest battering of rain and wind will knock our house completely off it’s footings… if in fact there are any footings at all.
So let me share with you this prophetic word that is ripe for those who whose foundations are solid and secure.
The same word came to me firstly through an email from Laura Yelseth, and a few days later, on social media through Lana Vawser.
Laura’s Word says:
“2019 is a year of being strategic.
Now is not the time to run to your caves but a time of resting in My presence and being restored, refined, retuned and realigned for 2019.
A year of great accomplishment for those who are ready and aligned with My presence says the Lord. This is a time to tune out of the static and white noise and into My still voice. My voice that whispers and calls to you in the still of night. If you hear Me then come and draw near to Me at those times as they will be a time of great blessing and revelation.
Rest on Me and lean on My Word which is life and truth. This is a time to learn what true rest is. It’s not withdrawing, its drawing near to Me and resting on my chest. I AM calling you to such a place of intimacy like never before. Do not miss it. Draw near for 2019 is a new season like never before.
I have told you that I have plans to bless you. Draw near and discover what those plans are. I whisper these plans for your life as this causes you to tune out of the world and to tune into my voice. This causes you to draw near to Me to hear what I AM saying at this time.
I heard Him say….. For no eyes has seen…1 Corinthians 2:9 (so I looked up the Passion version..)
Things never discovered or heard of before, things beyond our ability to imagine – these are the many things God has in store for all His lovers…
2019 is My strategic Year for My Bride and you are My bride.Take time for Me, make My voice a priority in this season so that you will meet 2019 running in My plan and in My blessing for your life.”
So, Laura told me that God gave this word to her in a song.
Which is really cool, because Lana Vawser says after I hit this email:
I HAD A DREAM AND I HEARD THE LORD SAY “MANY HAVE LOST THEIR SONG, BUT IN 2019 IT SHALL NOT ONLY BE RESTORED BUT RESOUND LOUDER THAN BEFORE”
I won’t read all of that particular word, but I was excited to read what Lana said straight after Laura’s email:
Again, this is just a small portion, but you’ll get the drift:
“The Lord has really been speaking to me so much this year about the increase of vision, the increase of strategy and how He is training us to reign with Him in greater ways.
As I have sat with the Lord and asked Him what’s on His heart, He has been speaking to me about the divine strategy that is going to be released in 2019.
“I heard the Lord say:
“The increase of divine strategy I will release in 2019 will be like nothing you have EVER seen before. (Same words that Laura used). There will be an even greater need in 2019 to live in heavenly strategy than the strategy of earth.”
Now, when I read this word just before Christmas, I didn’t even go any further, because to be honest, Lana has a lot to say… and my brain can only take small portions at a time. It’s probably a man thing.
But yesterday, I read on, having already reached this part in my own message. And I realised that Lana then speaks about something different blowing over the church. Not floods and vehement streams – but winds from heaven that we as the church will need to steward and strategically manoeuvre as God builds His church. She says:
“The WINDS OF VELOCITY are going to significantly increase in 2019 and take completely new directions and heavenly strategy will be needed more than EVER before to STEWARD these winds that will come upon My Church. 2019 will be a year of greater ESTABLISHMENT of things I am building by My hand, and a year of the divine rearrange of things not built by My hand. For I am releasing such significant acceleration and momentum in 2019, but it is not to be taken LIGHTLY. For what I am releasing in 2019 is so significant it will impact history from this point on.”
You can read all of Lana Vawser’s prophetic words on her website.
But this is what I am hearing from all of that.
God wants to build us – and He wants to build His church. He is going to release strategies this coming year on how to build purposefully and quickly.
It’s going to be something we’ve never seen before. And we need to be positioning ourselves in that intimate place with Father God so that we can hear His voice.
God is going to build upon the foundations that are already in place in our lives. We’ve been given His Word, His Holy Spirit’s leading, all of that… but our foundations are not just based on knowledge. They are constructed from obedient action. It’s not just hearing the Word – it’s doing it!
There will be increased aggressive and fierce storms come against us – but at the same time, God is releasing His wind from heaven upon the church – which we need to strategically steward.
These are exciting words of encouragement. God has a plan! We’ve always known it – but He is deliberately telling us again.
Our lives carry the oil of anointing – the new wine of the Spirit – and hasn’t just come through blessing. It’s come by walking through tribulation.
And as I close this message – a couple of scriptures come to mind.
Matthew 16:13-19, “When Jesus came into the region of Caesarea Philippi, He asked His disciples, saying, “Who do men say that I, the Son of Man, am?” So they said, “Some say John the Baptist, some Elijah, and others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.” He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” Simon Peter answered and said, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” Jesus answered and said to him, “Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jonah, for flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but My Father who is in heaven. And I also say to you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build My church, and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it. And I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.”
The Rock on which the church is built, is not Peter. It’s the revelation that Peter had, that Jesus Christ is the Son of the Living God.
Above all revelations – that’s the one we need to be building our lives and our foundations on more than my other.
Isaiah 28:16, “Therefore thus says the Lord God: “Behold, I lay in Zion a stone for a foundation, A tried stone, a precious cornerstone, a sure foundation;…”
Matthew 21:42, Jesus is challenging the religious Pharisees as they question His true identity. “Jesus said to them, “Have you never read in the Scriptures: ‘The stone which the builders rejected Has become the chief cornerstone. This was the Lord’s doing, And it is marvelous in our eyes’?
This morning, every one of us needs to be searching out our own heart, and before we enter in to some incredible promises, and challenges, for this coming year – we need to know that our foundations are secure and solid and deep in Jesus Christ our Lord. Is He really the chief cornerstone of the building which is your life?
Are we living out all that we have already been given?
Everything that is to come will need a firm foundation to rest upon, and to build upon. How do you stand? Because the Church is going to make history! And I want to be part of it. What about you?