The Thought for the Week this week is written by Janice Henderson

by Susie Jean Sharkey


When the rains fell and the flood came, with fierce winds beating upon his house, it stood firm because of its strong foundation.  Matthew 7 v 24-27 (TPT)

I was blessed to have a week in the sun after the new year conference.  Late one evening out in the balcony looking up at the stars i was uplifted and suddenly aware that my life was standing on a solid foundation,  in Christian language we would say ' standing on the mountain of God ', the words alive within me were 'all other ground is sinking sand '

Everyone who hears my teaching and applies it to his life can be compared to a wise man who built his house on an unshakeable foundation.  When the rains fell and the flood came, with fierce winds beating upon his house, it stood firm because of its strong foundation.  Matthew 7 v 24-27 (TPT)

How do we get to this place of unshakeable stability in our lives? the illustration of the wise man makes it very simple to understand but it takes daily practise of building on the ' Rock ' who is Christ our firm foundation.  The wise man has wisdom and this is his protection and safety, God loves us so much that he wants to keep us safe and secure in His unchangeable perfect love.

Do not forsake wisdom, love her and she will guard you.  Proverbs 4 v 6  

Overawed to find the transformation in my own life from brokenness to absolute security in Christ I knew how this had happened, it wasn't overnight but the final piece of the process just quietly fell into place. Particularly over the last couple of years, life had brought a circumstance where I was continually disappointed at first this suffering was very painful and I could only take it to the Lord, each time I cried to the Lord and laid it at His feet the pain lessened, recently I was enabled to hand it over to the Lord again then suddenly the revelation came not only was I standing on the Mount of God, but face to face with God! GLORY!!! 

We are those who build, with a weapon in one hand and building materials in the other.  

Nehemiah 4 v 17.

Everything we lay at the feet of Christ, our troubles, infirmities of body and soul, even our joys, He transforms from' Dust' or 'Adam' until layer upon layer the foundation of our ' house' is solid and will stand for time and eternity.

For just as all people die because of their union with Adam, in the same way all will be raised to life because of their union with Christ.  1 Corinthians 15:22 (GNT)

Finally, when the rains and winds come, others will see that our lives are standing on Christ and will come to take refuge because we love the world through Christ, the highest point of vision.  Amen