Dig into Solid Ground

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

“But everyone who hears my teaching and does not apply it to his life can be compared to a foolish man who built his house on sand. When it rained and rained and the flood came, with wind and waves beating upon his house, it collapsed and was swept away.”

Dig into the Solid Rock (Jesus), instead of boring into the sinking sand around it. 

Our connection to Jesus needs to be like an anchor into concrete or brick. 

First, a hole is drilled. Our faith in Jesus develops. 

Next, a threaded or corrugated piece is inserted into the hole. Our knowledge of Jesus increases as we read His Word, the Bible. 

Lastly, using a screw with hi-low threads, mount your item. Our connection with Him is solidified with continual prayer. 

The mounted item will not be removed easily or without damage. We will not be easily pulled away from Jesus.

Our culture is full of daily struggles and conflicts. It is easy to be distracted by worldly issues and sink into the quagmire those issues bring. 

Anchoring to Jesus keeps our feet on solid ground. We may turn our attention away momentarily, but the foundation in Jesus will hold us. lg

Psalm 40:2 (TPT) He stooped down to lift me out of danger

    from the desolate pit I was in,

    out of the muddy mess I had fallen into.

    Now he’s lifted me up into a firm, secure place

    and steadied me while I walk along his ascending path.

Turtle Shell: The Full Armor of God

I once thought that a turtle could climb out of its armored shell. I was wrong! A turtle’s skeleton and shell grow together, providing integrated 24/7/365 protection. (https://biocyclopedia.com/index/general_zoology/images/images28/fig006.jpg) 

In this same way, praying, studying and reading the Bible fuses God’s character into our lives. Blend in the Belt of Truth, the Breastplate of Righteousness, the Shoes of Peace, the Shield of Faith, and the Helmet of Salvation and we have His protection 24/7/365! 

While praying may not seem like doing much, it is the most important activity. Regardless of location: in the shower, in the car, on a plane, on a walk, or on our knees, God is faithful to hear our prayers. 

Nearly six years ago, I fell gravely ill while hiking in Yosemite National Park (see tab “Hike of My Life” for blog). I was life-flighted to a trauma center. Before we left our hotel that morning, I posted “Hike of my life. Prayers appreciated.” on my Facebook page. As news of my situation spread, prayer teams were activated around the country! Strangers were hounding heaven on my behalf. A random man came to visit and pray with me because the aunt of his church friend had sent word to pray. My neighbors and church gathered for a prayer vigil in my driveway. God heard their petitioning and restored my body.

At the end of our Armor of God scripture, we find Paul urging people to not simply pray, but to pray “in the Spirit”. Jesus promised the Comforter, Holy Spirit, would come after him. 

Romans 8:26 (TPT) And in a similar way, the Holy Spirit takes hold of us in our human frailty to empower us in our weakness. For example, at times we don’t even know how to pray, or know the best things to ask for. But the Holy Spirit rises up within us to super-intercede on our behalf, pleading to God with emotional sighs too deep for words.

The Spirit gives us direct communication with the Father and intercedes on our behalf, activating our armor! Hallelujah!

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Ephesians 6:13-18 (NIV) Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lords people.