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SEVEN SURE FOUNDATIONS
FOR ULTIMATE SECURITY

The average Christian is into preparedness these days. But, seldom does he think about his spiritual survival needs. Without spiritual security the believer is no different than the mob that runs to hell in a hang basket.

By Howard E Wright

 

What do you know about SECURITY?

Is there a Bible in your grab bag? No? Well, if you claim to belong to Jesus Christ you sure messed up, right? Go take care of that NOW, and then come back and finish this article.

Now is the time to start thinking about real security. Decay in a society always starts inside and works its way outward. Like a cancer, we have became morally and spiritually bankrupt. Years of our Christian heritage are being systematically eroded and are destroying us.

When a nation's debt is more than its Gross National Product it is bankrupt. Denying these facts will not make them go away. In this sad condition, our securities are dying a terrible death.

Are we in denial? Have you ever wondered why this generation is degenerating at such an alarming rate in morals and materials? Why is it that the things that are destroying us are the things we do not want to think about? Why is it considered a hate crime when anyone talks about Jesus' exclusive salvation message, The Holy Bible, prayer in Jesus' name, Christian family values, eternal judgment for sinners, our obligation to serve the True and Living God, special creation, the Biblical flood, sexual perversions or the murder of innocent babies? In this article, we will show the answer to these questions as we explain the "Seven Sure Foundations For Ultimate Security."


Foundation 1 - Abundant Life!

Life begining at conception is the basis for respect for all life. If we are not secure in the womb, there is no room for the other six sure foundations for ultimate security. When this fact is admitted, we are well on our way to removing the erosion of our present moral and spiritual values.

We tell our girls and women they are no higher than animals, rather than telling them they are made in God's image. We say people are "human resources" that can be discarded at will if they cease to be useful. To add insult to injury, we kill their baby if their baby is an inconvenience. Should we sacrifice the fruit of our womb for the sins of our own doing? There is something wrong with this whole picture.

Furthermore, who is to say what constitutes abundant life? Who are we to think we can outguess God's love and grace in the most disgraceful way people enter this race of life? Where would we be if our parents wanted a "perfect" child?

Another thing, abundant life is not measured by how much we have, how popular, how powerful, how intellectual or how beautiful we are in public! It is has to do more with Who has our time, our talents and our treasures. Abundant life comes from an inner peace that holds us together when everything around us is falling to pieces. It frees us to enjoy a joyful existence that remains in the most trying circumstances. It gives us a healthy outlook that is grounded in who we are in Christ Jesus. Yes! You heard it right! Who we are in Christ Jesus, our Gracious Lord and Savior!

Every human being deserves to have abundant life that only comes from our Heavenly Father above that has extended His love to us through His Son, The Lord Jesus Christ.

John 3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

John 10:10 The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.

 

 

Foundation 2 - Freedom From Paralyzing Fear!
Fear is a murderer.
Fear is a robber. We do not know how to tame it. We try to tame fear with drugs. This does not free anyone from fear. Truth is- drugs enhance fears. Our so-called "remedies" add more risks to peoples' fate. The general attitude is- who cares? Such people are not useful to our human resources mentality. Rather than getting them the help they need we institutionalize them. We sentence them to confusion, loneliness, illusions and hallucinations the rest of their lives. We let the public pay for our failure to relieve the fearful. What kind of security is this?

THERE IS A BETTER WAY.

2 Timothy 1:7 For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.

Some have found the better way. Here it is! Fear is in opposition to faith. Not that all fear is bad. Fear becomes bad when it robs us of the other securities we deserve. We should have a fear when it comes to trifling with God and His Word. The fear of God is the beginning of knowledge and wisdom.

Proverbs 1:7 The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction.

Proverbs 9:10 The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: and the knowledge of the holy is understanding.

A loving relationship with God will cast out all fears.

1 John 4:18 There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love.

Without a healthy fear toward the True and Living God, we turn in fear to people, circumstances, today, tomorrow, yesterday and the list goes on.

Every human being deserves freedom from a paralyzing fear. Faith in God's love and mercy is the key that unlocks the chains of paralyzing fear and ushers us into life's glorious freedom.


Foundation 3 - Liberty To Grow In The Grace and Knowledge of Jesus!

Our life should not be a slave camp for taskmasters to use and abuse. No one person or organization has the right to enslave anyone else. No one has a right to dumb down anyone so they can lord it over them. No one has a duty or permission to force others to go against their conscience or their better judgment.

2 Peter 3:17 Ye therefore, beloved, seeing ye know these things before, beware lest ye also, being led away with the error of the wicked, fall from your own stedfastness.
18 But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and for ever. Amen.

To grow and bring forth good fruit a tree needs to be given proper sunshine, temperature, soil, space to expand and pruning at the right seasons. In God's timing everything has its season. Everything is beautiful in its time.

Ecclesiastes 3:11 He hath made every thing beautiful in his time: also he hath set the world in their heart, so that no man can find out the work that God maketh from the beginning to the end.

We can only grow a healthy society when we are given the sunshine of God's love and grace; the temperature of God's assurance that He is caring for His own; the soil of faith, hope and redeeming love; the space to expand our roots into new opportunities that are freely given to us and gentle pruning away of destructive lifestyles that sap us of our strength to bring forth the fruit of the Holy Spirit of God.

Everyone has different potentials for growth. When citizens are at liberty to grow to their full potential the whole society grows with them. The God that created us knows how to grow us to our full potentials. No human has a right to play god. We are all on the same playing field. Every human being deserves liberty to grow in the grace and knowledge of Jesus.


Foundation 4 - A Godly Heritage That Can Be Passed on to the Next Generation!

This heritage includes parents who love God with all their heart, mind, soul and strength (spiritual life). From this love, love goes out for their neighbor as they love themselves. There must be a self-sacrificing love that puts God and others above ourselves. This love is shown in actions and attitudes. This love must grow. Children deserve parents that model love for and to them. Every family should have a family altar. The family that prays and worships together will stay together. Everyone should have a home that upholds and disciplines itself for the good of themselves and others all along life's journey.

As goes the family so goes the society. Nothing can take the place of one man joined together to one woman in holy matrimony for life. This brings comfort to the children and eliminates divorce. Thus, every human being deserves a godly heritage that is carried to the next generation.

Colossians 3:18 Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as it is fit in the Lord.
19 Husbands, love your wives, and be not bitter against them.
20 Children, obey your parents in all things: for this is well pleasing unto the Lord.
21 Fathers, provoke not your children to anger, lest they be discouraged.

Ephesians 5:21 Submitting yourselves one to another in the fear of God.
22 Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord.
23 For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and he is the saviour of the body.
24 Therefore as the church is subject unto Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in every thing.
25 Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it;

Ephesians 6:1 Children, obey your parents in the Lord: for this is right.
2 Honour thy father and mother; (which is the first commandment with promise;)
3 That it may be well with thee, and thou mayest live long on the earth.
4 And, ye fathers, provoke not your children to wrath: but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.


Foundation 5 - The Five Fold Securities of a New Life in Christ Jesus gives us:

1. A Pure Heart!
The heart reflects the real person. Out of the heart the person speaks. A pure heart has pure motives and actions. Only those with a pure heart will see God.

Matthew 5:8 Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God.

When we have a pure heart we can see God in the face of a child, in a pretty flower and in every season of life from the cradle to the grave. When our heart is not pure we cannot see God. The truth is, a person with an impure heart is hiding from God.

John 3:17 For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.
18 He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.
19 And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.
20 For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved.
21 But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God.

When we have a pure heart we are happy or blessed. Why should we be? Because we know where we came from, how we got here, and where we are going when we leaves this world! We are content to trust God as we go singing along in the sunshine or the rain. We know some "go through the water, some through the flood, but all through the blood. Some through great sorrow, but God gives a song, in the night season and all the day long" (See video of this hymn at the end of this article). We know "weeping may endure for a night but joy comes in the morning."

Psalms 30:5 For his anger endureth but a moment; in his favour is life: weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning.

2. A Strong Abiding Faith!
There are three things that are absolutely necessary to keep us from self-destructing. We need faith, hope and love. When these are missing, death sets in. If left in this condition, we will not live to enjoy the blessings God has for us. We can have all the comforts of life, but without these three life will self-destruct. We must do better than this. Furthermore, this faith must be anchored in the never failing love of the Lord God of Glory, who can and does care for our every need.

Matthew 11:28 Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
29 Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.
30 For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.

Why? Because He is the only one Who is "the Way, the Truth and the Life" with a strong arm to guide us in life-giving paths.

John 14:6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.

3. A Knowledge of the Truth!
The truth is what will set us free from hidden deceptions which lead us into all kinds of hurtful traps. These are in all areas of our life. These deceptions teach us to follow fables rather than the raw facts. If you are not free, chances are you are following one or more of these fables.

2 Peter 1:16 For we have not followed cunningly devised fables, when we made known unto you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but were eyewitnesses of his majesty.

God wants you to be free. The source of truth is The Christian Bible.

Psalms 119:105 Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.

In the Bible, we find the truth about God as the Creator of all things, the fall of the human race into rebellion against God, God's plan to bring us back into His fellowship, and the way we are to love God and others.

Romans 3:4 God forbid: yea, let God be true, but every man a liar; as it is written, That thou mightest be justified in thy sayings, and mightest overcome when thou art judged.

4. A Lasting Hope!
Building our hope on anything rather than the truth we find in God's Holy Word will not endure forever.

Ecclesiastes 12:13 Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man.
14 For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil.

Jeremiah 29:11 For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.

5. A Good Conscience! God has given us
a moral compass we call "conscience."

If it is properly nurtured, it will guide us out of harmful actions and attitudes. This will enable us to live a life of righteousness and true holiness. It will help us develop personal convictions that are not up for sale. It will give our life purpose and stability to face each decision with confidence and assurance that we are doing the right thing.

A good conscience flows out from a pure heart. A bad conscience flows out from a carnal spirit. A bad conscience brings guilt, fear and remorse. It will destroy our peace, love, relationships, values, hope, faith and faithfulness to God and others. When our conscience is deadened and put to silence, it creates a hardened heart that only looks out for its own selfish interests. To the extreme, it produces tyrants, reprobates, perpetrators of hate crimes and heartless murderers. Every human being must have a good conscience for the good of all who are concerned.

Romans 8:5 For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit.
6 For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.
7 Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be.
8 So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God.
9 But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his.
10 And if Christ be in you, the body is dead because of sin; but the Spirit is life because of righteousness.


Foundation 6 - A Safe Haven From the Storms of Life!
Spiritual and emotional security are our greatest needs. We can have all the physical comforts and still be without love, hope or faith. The safe haven should have a "map" for it. A safe haven is of no use if it is "hidden treasure" without a "map" to find it. The problem is at this very point. Many of the "maps" in our modern society have all been dead end roads. They have promised much but delivered little or nothing.

Proverbs 14:12 There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.

Thank God, there is a "map" that will get us to our safe haven. This "map" is The Word of God, The Holy Bible. Jesus as our Savior and Lord is our safe haven of rest from all the everyday storms. The promises in the Bible are trustworthy. There are examples that show how and how not to abide under the mighty hand of God in the pages of the Bible. God gives us an assurance that everything is right between Him and our personal relationships with others.

Psalms 91:9 Because thou hast made the LORD, which is my refuge, even the most High, thy habitation;
10 There shall no evil befall thee, neither shall any plague come nigh thy dwelling.
11 For he shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways.
12 They shall bear thee up in their hands, lest thou dash thy foot against a stone.
13 Thou shalt tread upon the lion and adder: the young lion and the dragon shalt thou trample under feet.
14 Because he hath set his love upon me, therefore will I deliver him: I will set him on high, because he hath known my name.
15 He shall call upon me, and I will answer him: I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him, and honour him.
16 With long life will I satisfy him, and shew him my salvation.

Psalms 103:1 Bless the LORD, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless his holy name.
2 Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits:
3 Who forgiveth all thine iniquities; who healeth all thy diseases;
4 Who redeemeth thy life from destruction; who crowneth thee with lovingkindness and tender mercies;
5 Who satisfieth thy mouth with good things; so that thy youth is renewed like the eagle's.


Foundation 7 - A Loving, Personal Relationship With God and A God to Glorify!

This is obtained through God's work of redemption which is the main message of the Bible from Genesis to Revelation. This is the chief cornerstone which supports all our securities. Without this security we will fail to have the safety we deserve.

Deuteronomy 6:5 And thou shalt love the LORD thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might.

Psalms 1:1 Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful.
2 But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night.
3 And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.
4 The ungodly are not so: but are like the chaff which the wind driveth away.
5 Therefore the ungodly shall not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous.
6 For the LORD knoweth the way of the righteous: but the way of the ungodly shall perish.

 

In Summary.....
those who are rebelling against God and His way of life are in a state of denial. They do not want to face up to the fact that we are heading for eternal ruin. They would rather let the world, the flesh and the devil have dominion over them to their own destruction. Why? Men love darkness rather than light, because their deeds are evil. Until we repent of doing things our own way, and rejecting the plan of God for personal victory, we will see a continual downward spiral into the abyss of lust, confusion, chaos, and self-destruction. If we want real security, it is our duty and responsibility to take the FREE gift of eternal life offered to us by our Creator-Redeemer God, and then LIVE the life he expects of us.

2 Chronicles 7:14 If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.

 

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