18 Jun

It takes A LOT more effort than plucking down. A lot more energy.  A lot more focus. And a whole lot more time.

Banah, the Hebrew word for build, means to make, repair, or set up.

Have you ever noticed how the making and setting up for something always seems to take longer than the actual event.

How many times have you slaved over a meal for hours only for it to be consumed in a matter of minutes?

We spend days planning and preparing and when it’s all said and done, the clean up takes less than half the time.

Building definitely takes work, but building is also much more blessed than plucking down.

Carefully and prayerfully, with added emphasis on the second, we must build our houses if we are to have His blessing upon our lives.

I have compiled a lengthy list of those things we can do to build ourselves up in the Lord along with the things that will quickly pluck down and destroy all of our efforts if we neglect to be diligent.

In chapter 14, verse 2, we find our first direction on how exactly to become builders.

 “He that walketh in his uprightness…”

In what ways can I build my house?

1. By walking uprightly.

As I read this verse, a verse in the New Testament comes to mind,  

 “See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise,”

 Ephesians 5:15

The first step in becoming  a successful builder is to be different from those around you. Not much spiritual building will occur if we are busy attempting to create lives that resemble that of the person next to us. We must be determined to build God’s way if any building is to be accomplished.

 The next instruction goes hand in hand with the first.

 “Go from the presence of a foolish man, when thou perceivest not in him the lips of knowledge.”

Proverbs 14:7 

2. By having discernment as to the kind of company I keep.

If we are to be successful builders,we must be careful in choosing our company. It has been said that you can tell a lot about a person by looking at the kind of people they surround themselves with. You know the old adage “Birds of feather, flock together.”

We are clearly instructed in this verse to separate ourselves from those that aren’t following God’s wisdom. As humans,we have been easily influenced since the Garden of Eden. We can be easily swayed. Just ask Eve how quickly she succumbed to the serpent’s bidding. Ask Adam how he found himself toiling under a curse aching for the comfort of his home and the fellowship he once shared with his Creator. Both fell because of the influence of another.

If we desire our labor to be productive, we must avoid those who will distract us from the goal and seek out those who will assist us in our building project.

 A few Proverbs later, we find another verse that further paints this picture.

  “Iron sharpeneth iron; so a man sharpeneth the countenance of his friend.”

 Proverbs 27:17

You can only be helped if the person doing the helping truly grasps your condition.

If I wanted to build, I’d contact a construction company not a demolition crew.

The company we keep will have a great effect on our progress in this project.

I’ll leave you with those two ways to build tonight, but there are many more to come.

I am praying that you join me in picking up your hammer and purposing in your heart that this Summer will be a Summer of Building.

We have the Master Builder to guide us and the Best Instructions we could ever find.


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