- Renée Coventry
Dream: Is Your House Attached to Its Foundation?
Friday evening, April 9th, 2021, I dreamed. There were two houses directly across the road from one another. It was exceptionally dark. One owner was frightened their home would be ripped from them; the other had no concerns whatsoever and even began giving the other owner advice on preventing such measures. However, one evening, there came a fearful noise in the confident owner's house, wakening the household. When they ran outside, their home was attached to large pulleys, and as the pulleys started, their home was sliding off its foundation onto a truck! Those that were operating it were blatant in their right to do so. The owner began yelling, "STOP! STOP! You've got the wrong house! It's the house across the street you're supposed to take!" While the pulling stopped, half of his house was off its foundation. The owner ran inside to call a number provided by the crane worker, and after a discussion, a cease and desist order was given to halt and remove the cranes, although the house was not put back where it had been initially. I awoke to the Spirit's whisper, "A house is built by wisdom."
I immediately had insight into this dream. The Lord told me that many homes feel confident, but when the storm comes, it can be dragged directly off its foundation because while a foundation existed, they had not built anything in their home directly attached to it with nails and screws. Their actions were not tied in any meaningful way to what they professed to believe. Others may be walking in fear, who shouldn't be because everything in their home is firmly attached to the foundation of Christ, and it is unshakeable – to move it would require destroying its foundation, which cannot happen.
Several verses throughout Scripture speak directly to how we build our house.
Proverbs 24:3-4 states, "By wisdom a house is built, and by understanding it is established; by knowledge the rooms are filled with all precious and pleasant riches."
Jesus taught us in Matthew 7:24-27, "Everyone then who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on the rock. And everyone who hears these words of mine and does not do them will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell, and great was the fall of it."
Notice that it was exceptionally dark out. I think one thing we can all agree on is that our world is in a very dark place, and there are forces of darkness at work in our land. Forces that would love nothing better than to see everything built on the foundation of Christ destroyed. For those who have appropriately built their homes, the darkness cannot overcome it. For those whose homes appear to be firmly rooted on a foundation but are not, beware. The night coming can sweep it away in a moment, and you will have to restart.
The Apostle Paul encourages us in 1 Corinthians 3:10-15 that, "According to the grace of God given to me, like a skilled master builder I laid a foundation, and someone else is building upon it. Let each one take care how he builds upon it. For no one can lay a foundation other than that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ. Now if anyone builds on the foundation with gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, straw— each one's work will become manifest, for the Day will disclose it, because it will be revealed by fire, and the fire will test what sort of work each one has done. If the work that anyone has built on the foundation survives, he will receive a reward. If anyone's work is burned up, he will suffer loss, though he himself will be saved, but only as through fire."
While I realize this is in answer to a quarrelsome congregation, the same principle applies to our own homes. How have we built them? Have we used true doctrine and quality teaching to construct our houses upon the foundation of Christ, or have we allowed ourselves to be swayed by "every form of doctrine, by human cunning, by craftiness in deceitful things," as Paul warned the Ephesians (4:14)?
There is a redemptive side to this dream. Please notice that the previously confident owner was able to get a cease and desist order given. When we call upon Jesus, the enemy's work to bring destruction must halt but realize that the consequences remained. The owner still needs to rebuild correctly on the foundation. I believe that greater darkness is coming. However, remember that "where sin increased, grace abounded all the more" (Rom. 5:20).
So, what do we do both practically and spiritually?
1. We need to do an in-depth spiritual house inspection. Is there any area that gives place to the enemy? Whether through attitudes, technology, or not giving God His rightful place in our home, it's time to make sure things are made right.
2. This is when we need to scrutinize the doctrine of those we are allowing to teach us. Is Scripture being taught, or are they theorizing from man's perspective? Be discriminating in who and what you follow. Don't allow the spiritually blind to lead. You may end up in a pit!
3. Make sure you are in a church that preaches the Word of God and interacting with those who love the Lord and His Word. A strong community of faith is vital as we confront this present darkness.
Father, it is dark outside, and the forces of darkness are thick. But I thank You that Your Spirit will be poured out on all flesh and that the darkness can't overtake the light! I want to make sure my home is built on the solid foundation of Christ Jesus and Your Word. Please give me the wisdom, understanding, and knowledge it takes to build correctly. I ask that You reveal what is susceptible to the enemy so that I may remodel my home according to Your blueprints. When things are shaking, I want my home to be a shining and immovable light to Your glory and praise. Thank You, that You have overcome the world. Thank You that I do not need to fear. You alone are worthy of my praise! In Jesus' Name. Amen.