Cardboard boxesPut your foot down October 4, 2021
Where do you put your foot down? Where do you take a stand? Where or on what do you stand firm upon? These are questions that Holy Spirit brought to my heart. Think about it for a minute. If you bring your foot down to stand upon a cardboard box, do you think you’ll be standing for long? No, the box can’t stand your weight, therefore it will crumble and break apart beneath you.
We can’t put our foot down on the cardboard box of this world and its things and values. It’s easily shaken. Why? It isn’t based on the truth, which is Jesus Christ. This world and it’s things will pass away, but He is eternal. He is the way, the truth, and the life. He is and always will be, a steadfast and sure foundation. But that’s not the only reason. Why does the cardboard box crumble when you stand on it? Because it can’t take your weight. Its the same way in the spiritual realm. You see, the things of Gods kingdom carry weight. Love, for instance, bears all things.(1 Cor. 13:7) It is able to stand against all weight or pressure coming against it, because love is more weighty or in other words, it weighs more. Love is able to cover, it is able to shelter, it is able to protect. It is more than sufficient. The glory of God is also weighty. When Solomon had finished building the temple, he dedicated it to the Lord and the Bible says this: “And when the priests came out of the Holy Place, a cloud filled the house of the LORD, so that the priests could not stand to minister because of the cloud, for the glory of the LORD filled the house of the LORD.” (1 Kings 8:10–11 ESVi). The glory was so weighty they couldn’t stand!
We have reach that place in our hearts and in our lives where we realize that there is a great weight to the things of God and we have to prepare for it, or else we’ll never grow. Not only that but we’ll never be able to hold or grasp unto the weightier, more glorious things in the Kingdom. One of the last things Jesus said to His disciples was, “I still have many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now.” John 16:12 ESV. They weren’t yet able to carry the weight of the Word. Weren’t able to bear the load of its revelation or handle it at that moment.
I believe that God looks at each one of us every morning, His arms loaded with glorious gifts. He searches our hearts and proves us, asking this question: Is she strong enough today to carry this which I want to give her? Or will he be able to bear the weight of this glorious gift? And in His mercy and loving kindness, if He sees that we are not able, He doesn’t give it. He keeps it for us until we are at the point where we can bear the weight of it.
It’s sad to think that there are many who go through life not able to receive all that God has for them. There is so much, so very much, that He has prepared for His children! The storerooms of heaven are bursting, they are so full. And the eyes of the Lord go to and fro over the whole earth, seeking hearts that are prepared to receive. Seeking the faithful ones. It is the Fathers desire to give to His children! That is His nature. For God so loved the world that He gave! His love causes Him to give, but it also causes Him to not carelessly hand the weighty gifts upon us if we can’t yet bear them.
Where do you plant your feet? Where do you put your foot down? It matters. So think about it. How do you know if it’s solid or not? Here’s how. Every thought you think upon, every word you say, every action of the day, all of them are building the foundation of where you stand upon and step towards. Are you thinking on what is good and right, what is pure and holy? That is building a strong foundation. Are you speaking truth, saying the Word and believing it in your heart? Are you acting upon that which God commands? That is how you build muscles to carry the weight of eternal things. That is how you build strength that will bear the weight of the Word.
Determine today to put your foot down. Sometimes we need to preach to ourselves and give our hearts the truth it needs. At some point in each day you have to put your foot down and say, I’m not being swayed from this truth! At some point in life you have to take a stand and start making deliberate decisions that build solid foundations. Any construction worker will tell you that it doesn’t matter how good the materials are that you’re building with, if the foundation is garbage. The building is only as strong as the foundation it was built upon.
Don’t build on shifting sands. Don’t make the cardboard boxes of earthly values the ground your stepping on. Or the foundation you are building on. Choose to build on truth, on Jesus Christ. How do you do that? It’s pretty simple. Lift your eyes to the heavens from where your help comes from, set your mind on Christ, focus your heart to love God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind. Follow after Jesus and keep following after Jesus!
“On Christ the solid rock I stand , All other ground is sinking sand.”
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