Thursday, August 8, 2013

Jackson And The Firm Foundation

As I approached the intersection near my house, I noticed a dead cat on my side of the road. It looked just like my cat, Jackson. In a split second, I not only noticed the cat looked like Jackson, but it also had a blue collar like Jackson’s as well. My heart sank. 

Jackson as a kitten.

Oh no! It can’t be. Not my Jackson! Would he have come this far from home? No, Lord, No!

I pulled around the block and parked. I thought about going home first but then I didn’t want to have to come back. Determined to be courageous, I walked around the corner. I asked Jesus to make me strong to face whatever I would find. I prayed with gusto with every step. I also reminded Jesus that yesterday I had read where He had given us power to raise the dead in His word. I don’t know what I would actually do, but I was preparing my faith to act.

First, I looked at the cat and its resemblance to Jackson. Then I made myself look at the collar. When I saw the collar was darker blue with little paw prints, I knew instantly it was not Jackson. Relief flooded my soul.

As I walked back to the car, I prayed for the family who had lost their pet. Then I thanked and praised God the dead cat was not Jackson. It was then, I heard the Lord speak,

“Mary Jane that is what is really within you. When the trial came, you turned to Me, you prayed, and you reminded me of My promises to you. Your firm foundation is secure in Me. Now walk forward in peace.”

All of the sudden I had a totally different reason to praise Him as I rejoiced in the victory. My hands flew up in the air but I didn’t care who saw. God had just revealed my true heart and assure me of my firm foundation in Him. I needed that assurance to move forward in faith and defeat the enemy’s lies that had creped in lately.

Sometimes, when we question what is deep within our hearts, God shows us what we need to know through our everyday lives. The true state of our heart’s foundation is revealed, when what is within us, is tired and tested. Our maturity in Christ will be evident in our action and reaction to stressful situations.

What is your foundation based on? The Word? Or the World? It is very risky to wait until you are in a trial or temptation to start with the right material. Trust has to be poured and cured or it will crack under pressure. Stressful situations will reveal what we believe to be true. Thankfully, God is willing and ready with no condemnation to help us move forward no matter what we may find.

 “For no matter how many promises God has made, they are “Yes” in Christ. And so through him the “Amen” is spoken by us to the glory of God.”
2 Corinthians 1:20


  1. I needed this. Thanks so much for the sweet reminder. You're right, we don't need to wait until a trial hits to pray. The phraise on our church prayer newsletter is, "Make pprayer your first response, not your last resort." Love you, and see you soon!

    1. Glad I could remind you. Yes...I will see you soon.

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