Our pastor preached an impactful message that relates to so much of what we are doing with the Take Back Your Temple program.
The message was based upon Psalm 11:3:
If the foundations be destroyed, what can the righteous do?”
Consider a house; if a home’s foundation problems are severe enough, they will eventually cause a collapse!
What is true in a natural home is also true with your Spiritual and emotional foundation in caring for your temple.
The Importance of a Solid Foundation
Below are my notes from our Pastor’s message. I hope it makes you think about the state of your own Spiritual foundation:
- A foundation is the load-bearing part of the building. If the foundation is unstable, cracks will develop in the building.
- A foundation is below the ground and is not seen. Most cracks in homes come from foundation issues; in other words, a problem with something you can’t see is causing a problem with something you CAN see.
- A foundation must be deeper and stronger than the building itself.
Many people today are only interested in filling in cracks and painting over them.
Their lives become just about looking good, not in developing goodness in their lives.
That was the Pharisees’ problem in the Bible! Jesus said of them:
“Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you are like whitewashed tombs which indeed appear beautiful outwardly, but inside are full of dead men’s bones and all uncleanness. (Matthew 23:27).”
Foundation and Weight Loss Issues
I believe the previous picture illustrates the core problem with the diet industry; it is about crack filling, not addressing the foundational issues that can cause the problem in the first place (if the weight gain is not related to underlying medical issues).
That is why so many people lose and regain weight.
This is the reason why the first 2 steps of the Take Back Your Temple program address the foundation of your life.
We focus on these before we even start talking about eating and exercise.
From my own weight loss journey, I’ve learned that it does little good to address eating and exercise if life issues have you collapsing under the weight of them and turning to addictions to cope.
7 Signs of Spiritual and/or Emotional Foundation Problems
Here are signs that you have foundational problems in your life:
1. A negative/nasty attitude
2. Lack of commitment
3. Operating in fear
4. Getting jealous or envious of others’ successes; unable to celebrate with them
5. Becoming offended easily
6. Practicing addictions or out of control spending habits (example: have 100 pairs of shoes but don’t have $50 in the bank)
7. Can’t get along with other people; always in conflict with someone
Let this year be the year each of us builds a stronger Spiritual and emotional foundation.
This process is not always exciting, but it will enable you to remain standing in times of shaking. And that is exciting!
1 Peter 2:6 says,
“Therefore it is also contained in the Scripture, “Behold, I lay in Zion A chief cornerstone, elect, precious, And he who believes on Him will by no means be put to shame.”
A cornerstone is “an important feature on which a particular thing depends or is based.”
Since our bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, does He not have the right to determine what happens in them?
Following the Lord’s way is the only way to ensure our foundations remain secure!
Be blessed with health, healing, and wholeness,
Author of the Take Back Your Temple program
P.S. When it comes to weight loss, do you often know what you should do but have a hard time doing it?
I struggled with this issue on my own weight loss journey, but I discovered the truth of this statement:
“Nothing is different until you think differently.” – Pastor James MacDonald
In the Take Back Your Temple program, you will discover how to win the Spiritual and mental battle that often causes us to become inconsistent and get off-track on our weight loss journey.
Join a community of other Christians losing weight and keep it off.
Original article 4/2/2020; Updated 7/10/2021