Rebuild the House – By Mary Pena

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I’m not an avid camper…I’m not really even a camper at all but growing up we went on a handful or more of memorable camping trips – not the kind in a camper. The camping trips where you set up tents and sleep on the ground – where you make a fire and eat hot dogs on sticks. The kind of camping that was fun for a weekend adventure, but not too much longer than that.
You see, tents were made for short term living, not permanent stays. Even the good ones with the “fly” to keep the rain off aren’t meant for long term stays. But how often do we figuratively pitch a tent and stay for longer than intended? How often do we set up camp and try to stay there permanently? It’s almost like the foolish man who built his house on the sand. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house and it fell with a great crash.
You can pitch a tent and stay on a beach temporarily, but not indefinitely. It will fall, it will get carried away, it will flood – it will not stand, and you don’t have to live there because it was never intended for that. Scripture says that is foolish. It also says that the wise man built his house on the rock and when the storms came it did not fall. It doesn’t say storms didn’t come. The rain came, the streams rose, the winds blew but, it did not fall.
Are you pitching a tent? Or are you living in a house with a firm foundation? If you feel like you are on a rollercoaster, you might need to put your “tent” away and start rebuilding your house on the rock.
How? Begin daily by putting the full armor of God on so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. He wants you to believe that you can pitch a tent and move it wherever you want to when in reality you need to put the tent away.
Ephesians 6:14 says to stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist…
(and your foundation will be firm)
with the breastplate of righteousness,
(and your foundation will be firm)
with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace
(and your foundation will be firm)
take up the shield of faith with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one
(and your foundation will be firm)
take the helmet of Salvation and the sword of the spirit which is the Word of God.
(and your foundation will be firm)
And pray in the spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests
(and your foundations will be firm)
Forget the tent and work on building a firm foundation with the greatest builder of all time. He is your creator; He is your rock. He is your foundation, and He will help you in and through it all.
Submitted by Mary Pena