TWO FOUNDATIONS ON WHICH TO BUILD
Jesus Himself told us of these two foundations in Matthew 7:24-27: "Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock: And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock. And every one that heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand: And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell: and great was the fall of it."†
Obviously, from this text, Jesus was referring to two foundations upon which a house can be build - one is ROCK, and the other is SAND. Here Jesus is telling us that a house which is built on SAND will not be able to stand up to the storms of this world, and will ultimately fall - Whereas, the house which is built on ROCK will stand!† I talked of three foundations in my message that evening: (1) National Foundations; (2) Spiritual Foundations; and (3) Physical Foundations.
I - NATIONAL FOUNDATIONS
This country was founded on two great and important documents - The BIBLE, and the CONSTITUTION OF THE UNITED STATES! Both the Bible and the Constitution promised, if the citizenry of this country followed them, and allowed themselves to be governed by them - LIFE,
LIBERTY, and THE PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS! Our nation has had a wonderful history, because we followed the Bible's teachings, and had the protections afforded us by the Constitution. This enabled the citizenry of these to enjoy a freedom and prosperity unequaled by any other nation in history. "Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD!" (Psalm 33:12) United States
But today, I see the foundations upon which this great nation was established, being eroded, not only by some of its own citizens, but often, even by those who make up our Judicial and Legislative branches of government. History reveals that when the moral foundations upon which the
Roman Empire was built, were destroyed, that empire fell, and great was the fall of it. Today, we see many of those same conditions that caused the fall of the Roman Empire, prevalent in our own nation. "Wherefore let him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he fall." (I Corinthians 10:12)
Today, we live in a nation where a person is no longer responsible for his or her own actions. For just one example, a person can smoke, and drink, and take drugs, and eat bad things, and when they get sick, someone else is forced to pay their medical bills. I take care of my body, I do not smoke, and I do not drink alcoholic beverages, and I do not do drugs, and I do not eat foods that will harm my body, so why should I be forced to pay, through my taxes, for someone else's failure to take proper care of their physical body? If people would take proper care of their physical bodies, sickness could almost be eradicated! The Bible tells us: "Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap."
If the churches and people of this great nation do not return to the BIBLICAL FOUNDATIONS, and the CONSTITUTION OF THE UNITED STATES, and the GOD upon which this great land was founded; and if our Judicial and Legislative branches of government do not return to a strict interpretation of the Constitution; and if they do not stop legislating from the bench immoral judgments (of which, abortion on demand is just one example); we will continue to see an eroding of the foundations upon which our great nation was established. "The wicked shall be turned into hell, and all the nations that forget God." (Psalm 9:17)†
II - SPIRITUAL FOUNDATIONS
The Bible tells us how we can have a personal relationship with our Creator God. The Bible also tells us how we should conduct our lives, so that our life can be successful and a help to others. Within the context of the Bible, God gives us certain moral values upon which our life must be built, if it is to be successful, and helpful to others. Many of these moral values are contained within the Ten Commandments. Today, however, many forces are trying to destroy the very moral and Biblical foundations upon which this nation was founded and upon which our lives were to be
based. Following are just a few examples:
Prayer and Bible reading used to be a part of our children's education in the public school system, they were an invaluable part of a child's education - but today, Prayer and Bible reading have been kicked out of our schools, and the majority of our homes. Our children used to be taught that "In the beginning God created" this world and everything contained within, INCLUDING MAN - but today our children are taught their origin was through a ridiculous and disproved theory called evolution, and that their ancestors once swung by their tails from a tree.
The family was designed by God to be the bedrock of our society - yet today, some 50% of all marriages end in divorce. Children were to be raised by one mother and one father - but today, many children are being raised without one or the other of their parents. The Bible tells us "Foolishness is bound in the heart of a child; but the rod of correction shall drive it far from him." (Proverbs 22:15) Yet today, discipline has been replaced with "don't spank Johnny or Susie, or you may warp their personality." Permissiveness pervades our nation, and our children are doing that which is right in their own eyes - not that which is right in God's eyes. Our children are not being held accountable for their actions, to our children's and nations great detriment.
Many of our churches have left the Bible, and the salvation message, and rather are proclaiming a social gospel. New versions of the Bible have been written, taking liberties with the text that destroy some of its fundamental teachings. Much of the music of our land, rather than being God honoring - is God dishonoring, sensual, and combative, containing lyrics that destroy innocence, respect, honor, and faithfulness, while promoting promiscuity, unfaithfulness, lying, cheating, disrespect, combativeness, and worse. And I could go on and on and on.
Remember our text - "If the foundations be destroyed, what can the righteous do?" For both the first and second points in this message, I know of only one solution: "If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land." (2 Chronicles 7:14)
III - PHYSICAL FOUNDATIONS
In Genesis Chapter 1, verse 29, God gave Adam and Eve, and all of mankind that would follow, a diet. Now for a moment, let's consider the setting - God had just finished creating the physical body of Adam. Then He, God, the Creator, placed Adam, the creation, in a garden called Eden, where He, God, the Creator had already created and placed within, all manner of plant life (fruits and vegetables), in anticipation of Adam's arrival. In Genesis 1:29, God told Adam that these fruits and vegetables were to be his food. Who would know better what Adam's physical body had been designed to be nourished with, than the Creator of that physical body?
For the next seventeen hundred years, from creation to the flood, mans life was sustained by this Genesis 1:29 diet, as God had designed! And scripture reveals that during those seventeen hundred years, on this pure vegan diet, man lived to an average age of 912 (age of patriarchs at death), without a single recorded instance of sickness. But then came the flood, which covered all plant life, and so in Genesis9:3, God gave man permission, possibly for survival purposes, to eat the flesh of the clean animals that had been placed in the ark. Interestingly, it was only after the introduction of animal flesh into the physical body of mankind, that we read of the first instance of sickness, and the lifespan starts dropping dramatically from an average lifespan of 912 on the pure Genesis 1:29 diet before the flood, to 110 years within 10 generations after the flood.
There were other changes in this world and its environment that also played a part in this decreasing of the lifespan, of man, not just the food, as the strength of the magnetic poles and the atmospheric pressure. But today we canít undo those changes, we have no power over them, but we have power to change our eating habits and stop eating that which is garbage and poison to our bodies.
Well, here we are 6,000 years later, and what are we placing into our beautiful God made bodies for food? Well, if we are honest, very little of what God designed these physical bodies to be nourished with. We put all manner of animal products into our bodies, which are loaded with fat; containing all the toxins from everything that animal has eaten during its entire lifetime, not to mention the antibiotics and growth hormones that were introduced into that animal's body. This animal fat accumulates in the body, clogs up the arteries, and causes the death of about 50% of our population due to heart attacks and strokes each year, while the other toxins contained within, cause all manner of physical breakdown.
If you are going to eat animal protein and there is nothing in itself wrong with that, you have to do two things, (1) follow Godís direction of what is clean and unclean meat because that was not a Jewish issue, but a health issue and the reason for those commands was the health of man and (2) we have to eat that which is natural and organic, as God created it. By that I mean, naturally raised chickens without hormones or antibiotics, the way my grandparents raised them. Fresh caught wild fish, not farm raised fish. Fresh salmon is healthy whereas farm raised salmon is unhealthy. Instead of having the natural salmon color, they are light grey and so the producers inject them with color to make them pinkish so people will buy them, though nothing like the real salmon, especially in taste. Most grocery store meat and most canned and all processed foods are poison to our heath. Natural meat, as a range free natural chicken tastes so much better than normal grocery store chicken. This is true will all meats. However, it is best not to eat red meat or too much of it anyway. The less meat you eat the better, especially if it is not naturally raised or grown.
The point is, whatever man has put his hands to, to manipulate for greater profit and money, he has ruined its food value and benefit to the body. That is why when you get spinach today, it has about one fifth the nutrients of what spinach had fifty years ago. Men are not doing things right, because all they see is money. God, who made us, made the food we could eat and stay healthy. He knew what our immune systems could handle and what would keep it strong and protecting us so that we would be healthy. That is all summarized in Exodus 23:25 ďÖhe shall bless thy bread, and thy water; and I will take sickness away from the midst of thee.Ē God originated food, not manís highly processed and manufactured food and pure water is the key to health.
Today, man puts some 172 pounds of refined sugar into his body each year, sugar, which is an immune system suppressant, neutralizes our body's immune system Ė an immune system given us by our Creator to protect us from the germs, viruses, and bacteria of this world. Sugar also affects our brain, causing emotional upset, misbehavior of children and adults alike, and so much more. We consume fiberless and nutrient devoid white flour products that clog up our systems, causing constipation and other physical breakdown. And I could go on and on telling of the
harmful effects of the Standard American Diet.
Friends, "IF THE FOUNDATIONS (upon which our bodies were designed to be nourished) BE DESTROYED, WHAT CAN THE RIGHTOUS DO?" - We can get sick - OR - we can return to eating the foods God designed these physical bodies to be nourished with and be well! And what is so amazing to me, is that when a person returns to that Genesis 1:29 diet, the very diet that God, our Creator, gave Adam, and through Adam all mankind, some 6,000 years ago, almost everyone who applies God's original diet to their body, GETS WELL FROM ALMOST EVERY PHYSICAL PROBLEM THEY WERE EXPERIENCING. And they usually just don't get sick anymore, and they die of old age, rather than disease! As that old song concludes: "WHO COULD ASK FOR ANYTHING MORE?"
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