THE UPWARD CALL
Brethren, I do not regard myself as having laid hold of it yet;
but one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and reaching forward to what lies ahead,
I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God
IN CHRIST JESUS.
(Philippians 3:13-14 NASB)
by – Stuart H. Pouliot
December 30, 2014
Clear the Foundation
According to the grace of God which was given to me, as a wise master builder I laid a foundation, and another
is building upon it. But let each man be careful how he builds upon it. For no man can lay a foundation other
than the one which is laid, which is Jesus Christ. (1 Corinthians 3:10-11 NASB)
The very first issue of The Upward Call was written in 1998, and it was on this very subject.
In constructing any type of building, the most important part of the structure is the foundation because the whole
weight of the building must rest on it. The foundation is everything. If the foundation is not built properly, then
the building will not withstand the many forces of nature that might come against it, such as wind, rain,
temperature extremes, or violent shaking of the ground due to earthquakes. The type of soil or rock the
foundation is set in, the depth of the foundation, and the material used to construct the foundation determine its
strength and the fate of the building. Foundations that are built in sand, are not dug very deep, or are constructed
of inferior materials are most vulnerable to all the stresses placed on them. If the foundation is faulty, then the
building will not stand. Ultimately, if not built properly and not made of the right material, the whole building will
collapse if the forces of nature shake or stress it sufficiently.
We are living in days of shaking, and every created thing that can be shaken will be shaken so that the things
which cannot be shaken may remain. Why? We receive a kingdom which cannot be shaken, and that kingdom is
the Stone Kingdom that is built on the Rock (Daniel 2:35; Hebrews 12:26-29).
There is only one foundation that can and will withstand the shaking; it is none other than our Lord Jesus. God's
foundation is Christ, and all that is built upon Him shall remain. If it is not built upon Him and is not built of His
character, then it will crumble and in the last day it will come short of the glory of God. There is only one true
foundation, and we need to be built upon Him alone and with His life.
In fact, He is more than just the foundation. Christ is the whole building. It is Christ all in all. He is the foundation,
the cornerstone, the top stone, and all the materials of God's great building project called New Jerusalem . Christ
is the One who fills all in all (Ephesians 1:23). We must be clear that anything built upon a foundation other than
the foundation of Christ will crumble in the Day of Judgment.
"Therefore everyone who hears these words of Mine, and acts upon them, may be compared to a wise man,
who built his house upon the rock. And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and burst
against that house; and yet it did not fall, for it had been founded upon the rock. And everyone who hears
these words of Mine, and does not act upon them, will be like a foolish man, who built his house upon the
sand. And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and burst against that house; and it
fell, and great was its fall." (Matthew 7:24-27 NASB)
These words were spoken after the Lord had said that not everyone who says, "Lord, Lord," will enter the
Kingdom of the Heavens , but only those who do the will of God the Father who is in heaven. If we are not doing
according to the will of the Father, then we are building on sand and in that day we will have regret. All who
believe on the Lord Jesus have the promise of immortality one day, but not all on the same day, as a free gift by
grace; but entering into the kingdom in the next eon, that is, receiving eonian life, is based on obedience to God's
will. It is a matter of reward for an overcoming, conquering life (Revelation 2-3).
Clear the Foundation
As I listen to what is coming forth from the pulpits and the multiple forms of Christian media today, I get this
groan within me. I feel that there is a great divide between what God is doing and what His people are doing.
There is a disconnect, and the church, especially its leadership, is lost in a sea of confusion that is built upon and
encouraged by the flesh of men. The church is Laodicean in character as she has been seduced by the Harlot
called Babylon, the Great . The meaning of the word Babel or Babylon is confusion.
Is not the church of our day in confusion? The church-at-large is so divided over so many things, teaching so many
things, emphasizing so many things, and building so many things that, if it were all put together, it would leave
our heads spinning in a vortex with no way out. Add to this the traditions of men, and the situation becomes even
more distressed. The Lord Jesus stood against the precepts of men (Mark 7:6-9). They are a mighty powerful force
that keeps the Lord's people from pressing on toward the goal and being readied for Tabernacles. Many are
looking either to die and go to heaven or to escape this earth in the so-called "rapture" and leave the rest of
mankind to rot in man's hell. What is the answer to babel ?
First, we need to clear the foundation .
When the remnant of Judah was called out of Babylonian captivity, they returned to Jerusalem that was in ruin.
The temple had been destroyed and was left a pile of rubble. Under the leadership of Zerubbabel, the remnant
was called to rebuild the temple, the house of God. But before they could start the work, they had to clear away
all the waste material. Why? Because underneath all the ruin lay the place of the original foundation. They had to
remove all that was hindering their view so that they could start the work of restoring the foundation and
rebuilding the house of God.
We must do the same if we are to be about our God's business. God has laid the foundation. It is not in need of
repair, but we must dig down to be built upon it. The it is a He , and His name is Jesus-Yeshua. We must sweep
aside all our ambition, our name, our title, our position, our energy, our desires, our natural ability, our resources,
our ingenuity, our purpose, plans, and strategies, and, most of all, our traditions, and anything else that is of our
old fallen nature and not of God. It is time to sweep it all clean and see our Lord who is our foundation!
Second, we need to clarify the foundation .
Clarify means "to be free of confusion," "to become clear," or "to have clarity," meaning we need to be
abundantly sure that all we do, both collectively and individually, is based on the foundation of Christ. We need to
be sure that we are doing the will of God and that what we are doing is according to the character of Christ,
expressed by the fruit of the spirit and substantiated by the word of God. Is it of Christ, or is it of man? Are we
building with gold (divine love), silver (righteousness), and precious stone (fruit of the spirit), or are we building
with wood, hay, and straw (i.e., the materials and character of the flesh) (1 Corinthians 3:12)? Are we resting in
the Lord, waiting on the Father, seeking to know what He is doing, and then responding only as His spirit leads?
To clarify the foundation, we need vision, something that seems to be so lacking in our day. Oh, the Lord's people
talk a lot about vision and strategy and act out of these things, but are these things of the Lord or of their own
doing? Where there is no vision, that is, spiritual, heavenly vision, the people perish. Without vision, we will be
swept off the foundation of Christ and onto a faulty foundation. What is vision? It is seeing something with the
eyes of our heart. It is spiritual sight based on God's word as revealed by the spirit of truth. Paul prayed for the
Ephesians that the eyes of their heart would be enlightened (Ephesians 1:18). If there is cloudiness in our vision,
then we must fervently seek the Lord to open our spiritual eyes to see more clearly and to give us clarity. As David
said: "Thy face, O LORD, I shall seek" (Psalm 27:8). To the Laodicean church, the spirit of God says to buy
eyesalve to anoint your eyes, that you may see (Revelation 3:18). We need to buy while it is still today.
Let us not live in the ruins of wood, hay, and straw. Let us clear and clarify the foundation. Let us set our lives on
the firm foundation of Jesus the Christ and build our lives upon His character.