Our Foundation

At a certain season in my family’s life we kept moving into houses that had pests problems.
In other words… mice.

It was gross.

My family and I were never animal people, and besides me (a true lover of well behaved dogs), we did not have pets or like animals in our home, except for a strong fish named Sebastian (I love that fish).

For the first home we moved into, mice would dart back and forth from under the oven to the basement.

We called pest control to find out what to do, and a red, pinched face man, gave us assurance that the posing traps were set near strategic locations in our house so they would die.

A couple of days afterward, I went into the basement to do laundry.

I saw it.

Two. One dead. And one alive!

I screamed and ran quickly back up the stairs.

Halfway up, I realized how dumb I looked.

For one, these were two little mice.

They couldn’t do anything to harm me, right?

So I went bodly back down, opened the door, and commenced to stare back at it.

It stood back minding its own business, it’s tail moving back and forth calmly. (I am pretty sure it was drugged with poison).

It surprised me how small it was. And fluffy. And…. it was kind of cute.

I walked around it, getting my clothes from the washer, putting it in the dryer. Saying inside myself:

“There’s nothing to be scared of…It’s one little mouse.”

As I moved up the stairs,

All that fear was for nothing. It was just a little mouse.

Now that I recall this memory, and the last house which we suspected had pests problems, and the current place we are staying in…I wonder….

Why did we keep having this problem?

And how do we fix it permanently?

I realized, even though that this small, cute and seemed harmless; when you let one in, you open the door for more to come in. These little animals can multiply. They come together and eat away at the foundation of your home and damage it irrevocably.
Just like that secret sin you can’t get rid of. Or telling little white lies.

Or gossiping, just a little in-between friends.

Or sharing a dirty story with a neighbor.

Or stealing a candy bar, every now in then.

These “little sins”, these little habits, these little problems, if not taken care of, can damage the foundation of faith of your inner house.

And your inner house, is your heart.

“Out of the abundance of the heart, the mouth speaks….” Jesus says.

This translation helps us understand how our hearts work:
“A good man produces good out of the good storeroom of his heart. An evil man produces evil out of the evil storeroom, for his mouth speaks from the overflow of the heart.” –Jesus, Luke 6:43

Your heart is the place where everything is stored–including the faith you have in Christ Jesus.

When you allow these problems to come in, they eat away at, little by little, the truth you stand on. Bringing in more sin, more bad habits, more problems, till one day, they erode and destroy the very core of your being, the foundation of faith for your soul.

That’s why when you see a seemingly small habit, a small sin, in your life you get rid of it–one by one– and immediately. Because if there is one, it not only opens the door for more problems to come in, but it gives Satan access to kill, steal and destroy your life.

These problems in my life, I have found to be lusts of the flesh or even habits of the flesh we have kept on since childhood.

These things are hard to face.

Even harder to acknowledge.

For me, it was pride. I was rittled with insecurities that I was not aware of till God made it clear to me. So much of these seeds of self rejection, fear of failure and low self esteem, and shame dug deep roots in my heart and could not be pulled up and healed until I was willing to face the truth. Until I was willing to acknowledge my sins…And give God my mind, and my heart to heal inside out. I tried suffocating that pain, frustration, anger, fear of rejection and low self esteem with food, media, and other selfish pleasures of my flesh. But I was still bound and I became miserable. I was miserable.

But He rescued me. He saved me.

I acknowledged my wrong and confessed my sins.

He forgave me, set me free from these bondages and gave me a new heart and new life in Him.

“A good man produces good out of the good storeroom of his heart. An evil man produces evil out of the evil storeroom, for his mouth speaks from the overflow of the heart.” –Jesus, Luke 6:43

We are still on a journey of complete restoration of my heart but I ask Him for strength everyday.

And He gives it to me faithfully everyday.

It does us no good to ignore it and walk around it, or even run away from it. But face it.

Call on the exterminator. God, The Father, and the The Holy Ghost.

For it says in 1 John 1:9:

“If you confess your sins, He is faithful and just to forgive you of all sin and cleanse you of all unrighteousness.”

Acknowledge, and bring your sins to God. Don’t be ashamed. He knows everything already. He loves you.

Now that He has forgiven, cleansed you and you are righteous in Him, ask The Father for wisdom on how to rid of these sins and bad habits.

He will give you the strength to overcome every temptation and fear.

He will help you fight the enemy’s attacks, devices and schemes.

He will give you power from His Spirit to overcome these things that overtake you. He loves you.

“If you confess your sins, He is faithful and just to forgive you of all sin and cleanse you of all unrighteousness.” –1 John 1:9

So face it.

Acknowledge it.

Ask God the Father to help you. And fix it in His strength. He will.

Ask God to heal the core of your heart.

Once and for all.

Because the heart is important part of your foundation.

I love you all, please keep staying close to Jesus. He is our only hope in this world.

Don’t every be afraid to come to The Lord Jesus Christ. He is your friend. Come to Him with your issues. Come to Him in your despair. He loves you deeply. “Nothing will be able to seperate you from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 8:39, NIV).

God bless you all.

Good morning or good night,

To every season,

Amarachi

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