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If the foundations are destroyed, what can the righteous do? Psalms 11:3 NKJV 

 

This verse asks what can the righteous do, not the sinner.  The sinner, the rejecter of God's plans, have no foundations in life.  Today we are seeing may of the foundations of the church removed, not by Satan directly, but by churches themselves.  In the name of not offending church attendees, especially the unbelievers, the Holy Spirit, His infilling, and His gifts are being left out of the service.  There is no power in the service except for human power.  Divine power for healing, deliverance, and supernatural guidance is left to the individual believer to answer for themselves.  Power to resist sins is missing because this comes through the teaching of foundational doctrines.

 

“Your Word I have hidden in my heart that I might not sin against you.” Psalm 119; 11 NKJV

 

Strengthen and Stability 

 

The purpose of foundations is strength and stability.  This comes from teaching after salvation, or becoming a disciple.  Discipleship has become a disappearing asset in many churches and a push to make converts has replaced the teaching of foundation truths. The great commission is two-fold, making converts (Mark 16;15, 6) and then making the converts into disciples. Matthew ( 28:19,20). The first is accomplished by the gospel and the second by the word of God

 

Learn, Learn, Learn 

 

Jesus gave an invitation to the multitudes to come to him for salvation in Matthew 11;28 NKJV. 'Come to Me al lthat are labor and heaven laden, and I will give you rest.'' This is the rest of the new birth for those who had been under the heavy load of sin. But He did not stop there. The next verse, Matthew 11;29 KJV, says " Take my yoke upon you and learn from me,'' After salvation Jesus commands us to learn His word and become like Him. In John , Jesus spoke to the Jews in the crowd who just put their faith in Him as Their Messiah and told them in verse 1 and 32, “Then Jesus said to those Jews who believed in Him, If you abide in My word, you are my disciples indeed, and you shall know the truth and the truth shall make you free'' Matthew 11:31-32 NKJV. After salvation it is learn, learn, and learn A mature believer a disciple does not ignore sin, but comes at it with the strength of the word, confessing the sin and the turn in form it (Proverbs 28:13). The word of God also helps us to resist the temptation of sin as it did when Jesus was tempted by Satan. He resisted three times by the word. You have to know the word to quote it when you are tempted.

 

Easy to Understand

 

Basic doctrines are not difficult, but easy to understand. They often come disguised as complicated or deep sounding words, but the definitions are simple. Redemption is the buying back of a slave for freedom. Reconciliation is the procurement of peace between two warning parties.

 

In his Service,

 

Bishop James Swinson

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