Summary: A man’s foundation has a direct impact on his destiny. This is why the through examination of our foundation as Christians is essential for us to endure lasting success. This message looks at what a human foundation and how the Lord seeks to start a fresh
By Bode Ayodele
Foundation, in the general sense is the invisible aspect of a building on which it main structure rests upon. The strength of the a building is largely dependant upon its foundation.
What is human foundation?
Drawing from above we may define the human foundation as being made up of a person’s past deeds and activities, those of his ancestors, and entire family lineage (including parents, grandparents’ etc). It is suffice to say that the deeds of ones past lineage make up the foundation of an individual.
Why do we have to deal with human foundations?
Just as a house, no matter how beautiful it may appear to be, would not last if the foundation is faulty, likewise the life of an individual cannot retain enduring success if the foundation is not addressed.
This is made clear by the psalmist in the following verse:
If the foundation is destroyed what can the righteous do?
This indicates that even when one is born – again and living a righteous life if the person’s foundation is flawed there is little one can do to achieve greatness or success in life. It is for this reason that many children of God find it difficult to understand why it seems their prayers go unanswered; why, at times, success seems to be elusive. It could be as result of a faulty foundation.
• An individual who comes from a home of idol worshippers and is the first in his lineage to profess Christianity will not find things as easy as one in whose lineage, relationships with God through Jesus traces back to the fourth generation.
Going further, the psalmist notes that even the world itself has its own foundations and they are not necessarily in order:
They know not, neither will they understand they walk on in darkness all the foundations of the earth are out of course.
From this verse we may gather that most of the confusion witnessed in the earth today is as a direct result of faulty foundations.
Before proceeding please take the following prayer points:
• Oh Lord, repair my faulty foundation in the name of Jesus.
• I shall not build my house upon a faulty foundation.
How to deal with a faulty human foundation-Separation
A close scrutiny of the scriptures reveals that when God wants to use a person he first of all deals with the person’s foundation. He does this through separation.
Examples of such are seen in the lives of Noah, Abraham, Gideon, and David.
Prior to the existence of Noah man continuously lived in sin:
(5) And GOD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.
The bible states that God found righteousness in Noah and chose to begin a new foundation- through him. He chose to cut off the old foundation of sin and build upon, through the life of Noah, a foundation of righteousness:
(1) And the LORD said unto Noah, Come thou and all thy house into the ark; for thee have I seen righteous before me in this generation.
Please let us pause here to take this prayer point:
• Oh Lord, build a new foundation of righteousness through me in the name of Jesus.
Another biblical example of where the Lord dealt with and caused an individual to separate from his evil foundation is the life of Abraham.
Abraham was from an idolatrous background. His grandfather, Nahor and father, Terah, were from the Ur of Chadeles; a land identified with idolatry. The book of Joshua states as much:
And Joshua said unto all the people, Thus saith the LORD God of Israel, Your fathers dwelt on the other side of the flood in old time, even Terah, the father of Abraham, and the father of Nahor: and they served other gods.
God chose to commence a new foundation with Abraham. He chose to separate him from his past in order to give him a new beginning.
Terah could not achieve his objective of going to Canaan from Ur of Chadeles, he died in Haran.
(31) And Terah took Abram his son, and Lot the son of Haran his son’s son, and Sarai his daughter-in-law, his son Abram’s wife; and they went forth with them from Ur of the Chaldees, to go into the land of Canaan; and they came unto Haran, and dwelt there.
(32) And the days of Terah were two hundred and five years: and Terah died in Haran.
This is the place where God wanted to build a future with Abraham. For Abraham to succeed where his father failed God had to separate him from his foundation. To achieve this he told Abraham to separate from his father’s house, kindred and country: