A season of shaking - IV
“Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock. But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash.” (Matthew 7:24-27 NIV)
And so we know and rely on the love God has for us. God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them. This is how love is made complete among us so that we will have confidence on the day of judgment: In this world we are like Jesus. There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love. (1 John 4:16-18 NIV)
As we are planted in love we are also planted in the Father’s comfort. Comfort should become the mattress of our lives, the resting place of his love becoming the source and root of who we are. When comfort is the foundation of our hearts love will be dominant in these times of change.
As we read in Hebrews a few weeks ago, it will be the things that are made which will be removed through the shaking. Man made structures or responses will not stand as they do not have a firm foundation. The foundation for our lives is the Father’s love and therefore anything not built on that will be shaken and if it has no roots it will be removed. The stronger and deeper our roots go into love the less likely things will be uprooted and shaken out of our lives.
The kingdom of Heaven is a kingdom of love. It is not a kingdom of fear. When we live in fear we deny the power of love working in our lives and therefore we have a root system which is not secure. Fear will always lead us to look at the negatives, the what-ifs and the maybes. As we live in love so fear is driven out; the two can not exist side by side. When love comes, fear goes. If we build our lives on fear it is like the house built on sand and when the storms come (as they will) there are no foundations to hold the building up. When we build in love and on love we are the like house built on rock. The storms may come and lash against us but we are held by foundations that go down into the strongest force in the universe – the Father’s love.
The kingdom of love can not be shaken. When change comes we live in an unshakeable kingdom if we are rooted and grounded in love. Living in love will produce the fruit of the Spirit in our lives, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control are the natural and automatic by products of a life lived in love. No law will rise up against these as they are not the product of a life lived satisfying the law but a life lived in love where the Father’s own spirit within us becomes our motivating force.
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