Securing your Spiritual Foundation

By Kimberly Taylor

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.”

My prayer is that each of us make Jesus our chief cornerstone and fellowship with Him daily. We learn His word and practice it, praise to receive strength, and allow His Holy Spirit to guide us.

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 in health, healing and wholeness,

Kimberly Taylor

Author of the Take Back Your Temple program

P.S. Do you struggle with eating too much sugar? If so, you are not alone!

Overcoming sugar addiction was a key factor on my journey to losing 85 pounds and dropping from a size 22 to a size 8.

In our 14-day Sugar Detox Challenge (inside the the Take Back Your Temple program), you’ll get the same success strategies and support to gain peace in your eating habits and achieve lasting weight loss success.

Click here to learn more about the Take Back Your Temple program.

Original article 4/2/2020; Updated 7/10/2021

Kimberly Taylor

About the author

Kimberly Taylor has a heart to encourage others struggling with emotional eating and weight loss. Once 240 pounds and a size 22 herself, she can testify of God’s goodness and healing power to overcome. She dropped over 85 pounds through renewing her mind with Biblical principles.

    • Chela – That is a great question. We are people who live in a body, so negative emotions and temptations ARE going to come against us. We are in a Spiritual battle and we have a real enemy.

      However, see these as a warning sign to strengthen ourselves in the Lord through prayer, praise, worship, God’s word, and fellowship with others believers. In that way, the world may shake but we will remain resilient in the Lord.

  • Thanks, Kim. Keep doing what you are doing. This was confirmation for me on working on my spiritual foundation. I know there are some cracks, but I can tell God is working on them.
    Your exhortations are appreciated.
    Thanks again.

    • Wonderful, Gwendolyn! The Lord has begun a good work in you and promises to complete it. Keep trusting in Him and you will experience wholeness in Him!

  • I have enjoyed your emails. I have prayed and asked for help in losing weight and I am actually loosing weight. Doing a low carb diet with a weight loss doctor. Of course everything like to eat is carbs. So it’s been a definite challenge for me. But with Gods help I will get there. 10 years or so I did Weight Watchers and lost 65 lbs but added it all back plus. Doesn’t help that I sit in front of a computer 10 hours 4 days a week. So started doing some exercises, hopefully can stick to it. I will start them then there is always excuses not to do them to the point where not doing them at all. Thank you so much for these emails.

    • You are welcome, Juanita. Remember that the journey is not about losing weight but becoming a fit and healthy person because your behaviors are always going to line up with the person you believe that you are. If you see yourself as a fit and healthy person and make choices consistent with that, you will not only become that person but you will keep the weight off!

  • I do not at all understand why you would use the term ( sexy ) when referring to a person trying to strengthen their relationship and walk with God. Not exciting would have been a good enough description. I love your work, and I think you are just phenomenal the amazing way you present your message that myself, and many others truly rely on to get us through another day. Sorry, that reference just threw me.

    • Hi Pamela,

      This is Mike Taylor responding. I am the TBYT Virtual Assistant and the husband of Kimberly.

      Perhaps Kim should have used another word other than “sexy” and for that I ask your forgiveness.

      However I will say that when Kim post, she usually respond as though she is responding for herself when possible.

      She is indeed a virtuous woman and I can assure you she is very “SEXY” to her husband and I would not have it any other way.

      If I may be personal and hopefully not offensive to you or others, “SEX” is a delightful part of our marriage that we fully enjoy.

      Now, I will take the liberty to speak for the other “HUSBANDS” that are in this group or that are married to a woman in this group.

      BE SEXY for your husband. Come out of those “Sackcloth and Ashes” outfits. I will be 64 years old in June of 2020 and this old man is rolling strong!

      When Kim speaks about sex, she is usually directing her comments to individuals who are linked through the Holy bonds of matrimony.

      Nonetheless, we will be mindful of our audience and I suspect Kim will see this post and may elect to respond as well.

      To God be the Glory!

      Mike Taylor

    • Hi Pamela – thank you for writing! Um…Well, as you can see my Mike responded first. God love him, but as a wife his response made me blush!

      However, to your point I was actually thinking about modern commercials and how they try to make everything ”sexy” and exciting for maximum appeal, which is why I put that word in quotes. Certainly no offense was meant.

      May the Lord continue to bless you,

  • I at times do 4 out of the 7 things you mentions above.
    What ar ethe steps
    For a strong solid spiritual foundation?
    Who new I was so off.
    I love God but I guess I do t trust Him?
    I don’t know

      • I am really happy that l had the opportunity to read your information about spiritual foundation in my life.
        This information made me look at my life thinking
        What is what . And how to go about things.

  • Thank you Kimberly for this eye openness age and of hope! I can relate to what is written. I do see though some of the things you mentioned with Gods help I have gotten better at!
    There are some things I still struggle with like commitment and spending
    I continue to see the Holy Spirits guidance and help with these! It is a process

    • Hi Mary – I am glad this was helpful. We are ALL works in progress! One scripture that gives us hope is Philippians 1:6 – ”being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ;.” God is faithful!

  • Thanks for sharing the seven foundational problems we may have in our lives. That was awesome thanks for sharing.

  • Thank you for this message it is right on target with what I been struggling with. I am not happy with negative emotions I am fully aware of them and continue to pray daily asked god to remove unhealthy emotions.

  • Thank you Kim for reminding me it takes a ferm foundation, growing in my emotional time today. Guess I’m just disappointed my nice went to the woman’s march last week. She is a believe & I guess I just don’t understand. I think she has her eyes closed to the real truth . I pray she sees the truth .

  • AMEN! Commitment is where I struggle, “I want it, but that’s too hard. I will just stay this size and not gain anymore weight (said that 20 pds ago)” I finally realized, God’s way is the only way! I think God for the divinely inspired woman you are! Be blessed!

  • Lying in bed, going through emails in a very cluttered inbox but read this. Now i know it was the Holy Spirit guiding me because I needed this so very much. Thank you!

  • Yesr ago I belonged to a so called “religious” prayer group, the group was rought with termoil. I asked the Lord, what is wrong with these people, I heard.

  • This is exactly right, I had found a serious ‘fault line’….I ran to the Lord and He either lifted me over or brought me through the broken piece. All Glory Be To God! This is a timely word….
    Live, Karen

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