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Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Fashion vs. Foundation

"Craft must have clothes, but truth loves to go naked."
~ Thomas Fuller

And do not fashion yourselves after this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and well pleasing and perfect will of God.
~ Romans 12:2 (EMTV)

"Why do you call Me 'Lord, Lord,' and not do the things which I say? Whoever ... hears My sayings and does them ... is like a man building a house, who dug deep and laid the foundation on the rock."
~ Luke 6:46-49 (NKJV)

Blessed is the man
Who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly ...
But his delight is in the law of the LORD,
And in His law he meditates day and night...
And whatever he does shall prosper.
~ Psalms 1:1-3 (NKJV)

Whether you need an answer to a problem or simply want what you're doing to prosper, what is your source of truth?

This world gives fashionable answers such as, "The heart," "Wisdom of the ages," and "There's no such thing as absolute truth." Jesus calls such "truth" sand, for it shifts with the winds of change and proves unstable.

Jesus directs those looking for a foundation of truth to His sayings—God's Word. Paul says we are able to not simply know, but prove the "good and well pleasing and perfect will of God."

Truth does exist in the world. But it's mixed in with the counsel of the ungodly. How do we know whether or not something is truth and reliable to support us?

If we fashion our lives upon temporal things of this world, we'll be comfortable with this world's brand of truth and will attempt to stand upon it. If we are transformed by the renewing of our minds with the Bible, we'll be familiar enough with genuine truth to recognize the difference between the two.

Whatever truth your life needs right now, God knows the answer, and He wants you to have it. Knowing and living by God's Word is Step Two. Step One is to give your Self—your body—over to the Holy Spirit (yesterday's post).

Upcoming in the last several posts from the book of Romans are highlights of Paul's points on living out the Lord's will. God assures us of blessing in doing His will. And that part about "well pleasing"? His will inevitably proves pleasing to us, too.

Father, we are not worthy of the least of all the mercies and of all the truth which You have shown Your servants! We have no greater earthly treasure than the Bible. Please show us where to find the time to immerse ourselves in Your Words, and give us the desire to do so.

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  1. I delight so much to spend time with the Lord going over His word daily. What a wonderful bonus to have the work of my hands prosper according to His will. For someone to not follow our wonderful Father, they must be blinded from His wonderful truths. Poor souls.

  2. There are so many precious gems in the Bible, I am so grateful for His precious word.

  3. I really like your title for this post, Fashion or Foundation! Let us hold on to the Word of God, our Solid Foundation coz all other grounds are sinking sand!

  4. Jesus is Truth in my life. Because of His Spirit I can sift through the wordly.
    ~ Wendy

  5. If we are transformed by the renewing of our minds with the Bible, we'll be familiar enough with genuine truth to recognize the difference between the two.
    ...We have no greater earthly treasure than the Bible...Oh that we would see the bail out we need is not in dollars and cents but His Holy Word. Thank you Anne.

  6. I stand on the Word of God. I want to "eat the book," rather than feasting on the things of this world.

  7. T. Anne, I cannot imagine trying to get throughout life without a source of truth I know to be reliable.

    Denise, I've asserted there's not a single boring verse.

    Bible Lover, good to see you over here.

    Wendy, I like the thought of sifting through the worldly as sand. A fine definition of discernment.

    Doug, the country can sink, but at least individuals can take the God bail out.

    Jennifer, how appealing to think of "feasting" on His Word, the Bread of life.

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