WHAT IS YOUR LIFE BUILT UPON? 4 Foundational Principles – Part 2
by Ps. Jerry
Strong foundational principles or laws based on God’s Word gives us a firm foundation that helps us overcome the storms of life and prosper us. The first foundational principle shared last week was, Truth is Power. The first aspect of this principle is being truthful, being an honest and truthful person and always speaking the truth. Another aspect is, to know the truth for the truth will set you free because knowing God’s truth frees, liberates and empowers you to live the abundant life in Christ.
The second principle is, All Truth is Parallel. God does not contradict Himself. There are many truths, but the truths do not contradict themselves. For instance, the law of gravity is a truth, a natural truth. But there is the law of aerodynamics, which is a higher law. And it sits well together. There is the law of sin and death, which is a truth. There is also the law of grace and mercy, which is the superior law. God’s laws do not contradict themselves. If you look at a truth or a law and it seems to you to contradict itself, change your vantage point. That means you are looking at it from a wrong perspective. You must look at it from the right vantage point.
Start with the premise that the laws were made for man and not man for the laws. God made the laws to help you, bless you and prosper you. I asked God about the many contradictions of the many laws. God gave me an example that gave me clarity and understanding. He asked me, “Jerald, don’t you give rules and laws to your son?” I said, “Yes, I give laws and rules to Jaden.” God continued, “If there is a three-lane highway and there is traffic all over the place, would you tell him not to cross?” I said, “Yes, definitely he must not cross!” So, where should he cross? He will have to go down maybe 100 or 200 meters and then the road ends and that’s where he should cross. So, that is a law. That is a truth. But a zebra crossing will override this law. If there is no zebra crossing, he can still cross because a policeman can override this. And now Jaden gets concerned and says, how come your truths are now contradicting themselves? The policeman can even override the traffic lights. He just puts up his hands, then the traffic stops. Then you are allowed to cross even though the traffic light shows green to go and red to stop. I said, there are so many laws. Then God said, I haven’t told you about the overhead bridge yet! So, I laughed and He laughed. And that’s the beauty of our God. You must know God’s truths. And they are all parallel. It’s just that you have to understand it. You have to spend time meditating on the word of God, meditating on the laws of God.
The third truth is God is a God of plan, of design, of purpose and objectivity. Whatever happens, He is in control. Do not doubt that. Take the account of Joseph, he was thrown into a pit and was sold into slavery. Was it God’s plan? Was it God’s design? Was God in control? The scripture says, the Lord was with him. When Joseph went into Potiphar’s house and his household prospered, was it God’s plan? Yes. When he was falsely accused, charged, convicted and put in prison, was it God’s plan? Yes. And when he met the butler there, was it God’s plan? Remember not to take lightly the people that God brings your way, there is a reason because the butler changed Joseph’s life completely. The butler spoke of Joseph to Pharaoh and in time, he became only second to Pharaoh. So, whatever you are going through, recognize that the Lord is with you. He knew you while you were in your mother’s womb. He has numbered the hair on your head. His thoughts toward you are always good, to give you a hope and a future.
The point is, Joseph goes on to save the world. God’s plan for your life involves a personal plan, but there is also a macro plan. And the macro plan is always the world. For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. (John 3:16) And in Joseph’s case, God was planning to save the world, Christians and non-Christians, but we always think only of Christians. He was planning to save the Israelites, Jacob’s descendants and the whole of the known world at that time, because there was going to be a famine. God wants to bless you. But remember, God’s plan is always for the world, to help both Christians and non-Christians alike. His plans, His design is for the world. That’s why we are the light of the world and salt of the earth. You are called according to His design, purpose and plan, not yours. So, get into the plan and purpose of God and it is always to bless the world. It is always to bless your neighbor.
The fourth and final principle is Timing. The key to spiritual breakthrough is timing. In fact, the key to any breakthrough is timing, even in the natural realm. God created the times and the seasons. Ecclesiastes 3:1 says, There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens. God is outside of time. But for us, He created time and seasons. God has organized spring, summer, autumn and winter and it impacts us whether we like it or not. In Psalm 1:3, it says: He shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that brings forth its fruit in its season, whose leaf also shall not wither; And whatever he does shall prosper. There is a timing in God. There is a season. That’s why in 1 Chronicles 12:32, it says the children of Issachar understood the times and knew what Israel should do.
Take the law of sowing and reaping. If you sow in winter, if you plant corn in the winter, will you get a harvest? No. You may say, but I sowed. Yes, but you won’t get a harvest because you missed the timing of God. That’s one of the foundational truths. So, you may know the truth but you must also know the timing of God. Proverbs 27:14 illustrates this point: If anyone loudly blesses their neighbor early in the morning, it will be taken as a curse. It may be a blessing but the timing was wrong! So, you must recognize that in the Kingdom of God and in the kingdom of man, it is so important to recognize timing. God wants you to be patient and wait for the correct timing. Have the perseverance and endurance, which is a fruit of the Spirit. All that God has promised, will come to pass. Don’t give up on the brink of a miracle. Don’t give up on the promises of God. He will make all things beautiful in His time. Only trust, believe and obey, and you will see it all come to pass in your life!